TPS was started in 2009 as a spin-out from Professor Martin Gundersen's pulsed power laboratory at the University of Southern California. Meet your nanosecond pulsed power experts!
Dan Singleton, CEO & President
He completed a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2010 at the University of Southern California, where he also received USC’s Cardinal and Gold Award for leadership. He earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles in 2006, where he was a Presidential Scholar, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from USC in 2008, and a certificate in Technology Commercialization, which involved taking MBA classes, from USC in 2009. In the past 10 years, he co-founded a company selling skateboards whose designs have been replicated and standardized in the industry, worked at a startup technology company in Silicon Valley, and has published more than 15 papers and delivered presentations at conferences on topics related to TPS. In addition to his entrepreneurial background and his work in the scientific community, Dr. Singleton is a commercial pilot with instrument, helicopter, and single- and multi-engine land, and single-engine sea ratings.
Jason Sanders, Chief Research Scientist
Jason received his Ph.D. degree in 2011 from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. His doctoral work was primarily focused on the design, implementation, and application of enabling technologies in the field of nanosecond pulsed power. During his time at USC, he authored numerous peer reviewed publications, was awarded two patents, and received the IEEE Nuclear Plasma Sciences Society Student Paper Award for his paper entitled “Design and Optimization Techniques for the Generation of Intense, Ultrafast Pulses with Nonlinear Transmission Lines.” As Chief Research Scientist of TPS, he has worked to develop the company’s burgeoning IP portfolio while also commercializing the technology for applications that span multiple industries, including automotive, agricultural, and biomedical.
Martin Gundersen, Technical Advisor and Board Member
He received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California and a B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently Professor of Electrical Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at USC and Visiting Professor of Physics at the Naval Postgraduate School. From 1998 to 2003, he was Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering-Electrophysics at USC. Dr. Gundersen received the Germeshausen Award of the IEEE Power Modulator Symposium, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the IEEE.
Andy Kuthi, Technical Advisor
He received a Ph.D. degree in physics from The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, in 1981. He was a research physicist in the UCLA Plasma Physics Laboratory from 1983 to 1991, in the field of experimental magnetic fusion research. Since 1991 he has been working in industry, concentrating on pulsed power, plasma centrifuge for material and medical isotope separation, high energy electron beam generation, pulsed laser concepts for plasma diagnostics, electron-beam based methods for treatment of VOCs and NOx, SOx emissions, and neutron sources for geophysical exploration. He holds 33 patents and has published 36 scientific papers in refereed journals.
Mark Thomas, Sr. Principal Engineer
Mark Thomas went to Texas Tech where he graduated with his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2007 and his masters in Electrical Engineering with a focus on plasmas and pulsed power in 2010. While at Texas Tech he worked on and contributed to publications regarding high power microwave surface flashover on dielectric surfaces as well as gave several presentations at conferences over the subject. After Texas Tech, Mark went to work for the Advanced Development Programs (Skunkworks) for Lockheed Martin where he worked on the design and integration of highly repetitive nanosecond pulsed power systems as well as made major contributions to a prototype compact fusion reactor. Mark's primary interests are in high power density fast rise time nano-second compact pulsed power and continues to develop those expertise through his work at Transient Plasma Systems.
Patrick Ford, Sr. Electrical Engineer
Patrick completed his M.S. in Electrical Engineering at the Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics at Texas Tech University, and B.S.E.E. at Florida Institute of Technology. His graduate research involved experiments in and numerical modeling of pulsed high power microwave induced plasma and he published this work in peer-reviewed journals and presented at IEEE and AIP conferences. Patrick spent 4 years at Cummins Inc. in the Advanced Engineering Controls department; developing natural gas and alternative fuel engine control systems and gaining experience in electronic engine diagnostics and field testing. In joining the TPS team, he is working to integrate nanosecond pulsed power and combustion engine technology, in addition to other industrial applications.
Lynden Song, Manufacturing Engineering Technician
Lynden Song is a Southern California native and U.S. Army veteran with extensive background in electronics, from aerospace manufacturing and testing to consumer electronics. His career began at Hughes Electronics where he worked on satellite testing and manufacturing, and he continued to develop tremendous experience interfacing with engineers to build proof of concept prototypes as a Senior Development Engineer at Raytheon. He was responsible for “just in time” delivery of custom assemblies and battlefield ready hardware and has held multiple security clearances. His hobbies include hot rods, home remodeling, repairing and modifying electronics, and photography.
Jeanne Johns, Office Manager
Michael Mann, Chairman of the Board
Dr. Mann has served as an advisor to government agencies and leading aerospace corporations around the globe. He is the founder of a number of technology companies and was the CEO of a diversified high technology company with manufacturing operations in the defense, information systems, and energy sectors. Dr. Mann has served as an outside director of high technology and health services companies and on advisory boards for emerging companies. He was a member of the Board of Examiners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the Army Science Board, where he chaired the Directed Energy and Ballistic Missile Defense panels. He was a participant in the Scientist Exchange Program between the National Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R., and was an advisor to the Russian government on issues of privatization and economic transition. In addition to serving as an Adjunct Professor at USC, he also has served on the faculty of the National Technological University, the Asia Pacific Institute, and Moscow State University, and as a guest lecturer at other major universities. Mike is also the recipient of the Patriotic Civilian Service Commendation from the Secretary of the Army.
Hoshi Printer, Vice Chairman of the Board
Hoshi Printer has several decades of business experience, beginning with Xerox for 18 years as VP of Finance. He has been a CFO for 20 years serving ten technology companies, three of which he took public. He was well respected by both buy-side and sell-side analysts. For the last four years, Hoshi has been a board member and the chair of audit committee for a technology company. He also serves on the board of a privately held company, and on the board of NACD – National Association of Corporate Directors. He has an MS in Industrial Engineering from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Mario Leone, Board Member
Mario Leone is a Fortune 200 executive with more than three decades of management experience at leading industry firms including Union Carbide / Dow Chemical, FIAT, Federal-Mogul and Ingram Micro. He has earned industry recognition for his work in IT, supply chain, licensing and M&A transformation work on a global scale. Presently, he is an Assistant Professor at Chapman University while continuing a deep involvement in technology business development as COO of DocVerify a digital signage firm and board member of Cannykart a new IoT firm. He has a BA from Boston University in Biology and Chemistry and an MBA from Babson College.