Management

Mark Johnson

Vice President, Quality

Mark Johnson brings to the table more than 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Before WiSpry, Johnson was Director of Quality at Axiom Microdevices, a renowned CMOS power amplifier start-up. While there, he was responsible for quality systems, ISO9001 certification and product reliability. Prior to Axiom, Johnson held various technical and management positions at Conexant, Silicon Systems and Texas Instruments. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston.

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Shawn Cunningham

GM & Vice President Engineering

Dr. Shawn Cunningham is the General Manager and Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of Wispry, Inc., a RF MEMS pioneer fielding programmable RF circuits for commercial wireless applications. His responsibilities began with MEMS design and development, but have transitioned to General and Engineering management.

Shawn received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah. He has more than 25 years of experience in MEMS process, design and product development. His MEMS experience was launched in 1988 in the Center for Engineering Design, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Utah. Here he worked on the development of electric- and magnetic-field based microactuators and microsensors targeted for robotics solutions. The rotational microactuators were intended for robotic revolute joints. The microsensors used floating-gate FET technology for linear and angular displacement sensing and force or torque sensing.

He has been employed by leading MEMS pioneers including Ford Microelectronics, Coventor, and Wispry. At Ford Microelectronics, he was part of the team that developed MEMS inertial sensing for air bag deployment modules including the 1st hermetic, wafer-level encapsulated, surface mount plastic over-molded accelerometer. During his tenure at Coventor, he was the Design Center Manager responsible for design and development of ohmic contact switches for DSL switching, optical CDMA switching and other MEMS technologies and sensors. He has taught ASME professional development courses for MEMS DFM and courses at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

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Arthur Morris, PhD

CTO

Dr. Art Morris is CTO and co-founder of wiSpry, Inc., a company fielding programmable RF circuits for commercial wireless applications, where he is responsible for wiSpry’s core technology, next generation product roadmap and IP portfolio.

Art has focused on physical electronics and electromagnetic fields for over 30 years. Dr. Morris received a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from NCSU in 1983. He began his career at Microwave Laboratories advancing traveling wave tubes for electronic warfare to unprecedented power densities and frequencies. He received his M.S. in 1986 in Plasma Physics and then pursued his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1992 under Dr. Robert Trew at NCSU investigating the high frequency limits of heterojunction bipolar transistors.

Following graduate school, Art founded ApresTek, a consulting firm supporting commercial development in electron devices, communication systems, and high voltage instrumentation. This was absorbed into Raychem (now part of Tyco Electronics) to build a business around state-of-the-art broadband RF and optical components where he was the EE Department Head and Acting Development Director. Art joined Coventor in 1999 where, as Director of Technology, he pioneered RF and optical applications of MEMS and microsystems to groundbreaking products.

Dr. Morris co-founded wiSpry in 2002 leveraging core IP developed at Coventor. Art is a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi honor societies and is an adjunct professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at NCSU.

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