Monarch Antenna, Inc.'s mission is to develop and apply Self-Structuring Antenna (SSA) technology to become the leader in wireless applications.

Dr. Tayfun Özdemir is a co-founder of Monarch and serves as its Chief Technology Officer. At Monarch, he is responsible for technology development and manages all R&D activity. Dr. Özdemir is also the co-founder and President of Virtual EM Inc., which is active primarily in the defense market and develops disruptive technologies in areas of computational electromagnetics, antennas, RF circuits, embedded wireless systems and machine learning. At Virtual EM, he is credited with winning competitive R&D contracts worth over $5M and served as principal investigator on over 30 federally funded R&D projects. Dr. Özdemir holds a patent on a planar integrated antenna, and has over 20 years of experience in his field of expertise. Dr. Özdemir published 6 refereed journal papers, made over 50 conference presentations and holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.


John Carney serves as Monarch's interim President and member of the Board of Directors. John is also the Director of Commercialization & Licensing at Delphi Automotive Systems, LLC and his career in the automotive business spans 39 years, with background in finance, sales, marketing and program management. He successfully completed four divestitures as a deal director during Delphi's 2005 -2009 restructuring effort. John joined the Delphi licensing activity in 2009, where he is currently the director of the worldwide licensing and IP monetization efforts. Delphi is a major producer of vehicle systems and components today with manufacturing, engineering and sales activities in 33 countries and 130 sites worldwide. Delphi's 2015 revenues were $15 billion. John holds a BA in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from Indiana University and hold accreditation as a Certified Licensing Professional. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Aerospace and Transportation Committee for the High Tech Sector, of the Licensing Executive Society.


Dr. Edward J. Rothwell serves as the senior technical consultant to Monarch. He is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Michigan State University (MSU) and is the inventor for the first patent awarded on the self-structuring antenna (SSA) technology. Dr. Rothwell's pioneering work on the SSA technology at MSU in collaboration with his colleagues at Delphi Research Labs led the way for eventual launching of Monarch Antenna, and he currently facilitates prototyping efforts at Monarch. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Rothwell worked for Raytheon Corporation and for MIT Lincoln Laboratory. At MSU, he received the John D. Withrow award for teaching excellence in 1991, 1996, and 2006, the Withrow Distinguished Scholar Award in 2007, and the MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan Quality in Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2003. Dr. Rothwell was a joint recipient of the Best Technical Paper Award at the 2003 Antenna Measurement Techniques Association Symposium, and in 2005, he received the Southeast Michigan IEEE Section Award for Most Outstanding Professional. Dr. Rothwell is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, Commission B of URSI, and is a Fellow of the IEEE. He is also the co-author of the book Electromagnetics (Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2001).


Thomas Kelly serves as Monarch's Chairman of the Board and Treasurer. Tom is also the Executive Director of Automation Alley (an investor of Monarch Antenna) and oversees strategic planning, all financial and personnel matters and the ongoing activities for the organization on behalf of its nearly 1,000 member organizations across Southeast Michigan. Over the past 25 years, Tom has directed marketing for the tenth largest industrial distributor in the United States; spearheaded innovation and sales automation at Dow Jones & Co., NY as a consultant with IBM's Salesforce Transformation practice; patented and launched revolutionary automatic 3D model generation software in the CAD industry, winning the Cadence magazine "Best of Show" award at the National Design and Manufacturing Expo in Chicago; and successfully launched three separate start-up companies over a span of ten years for angel, VC, and corporate investors in the fields of software, manufacturing technology, and distribution. Tom has a BS in electrical engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.


Mr. Terry Cross is a member of the Board of Directors of Monarch and serves as its Secretary. Mr. Cross is an active venture capitalist and serves as Wayne State University's Entrepreneur in Residence at the School of Business.

After graduating from Wayne State University with an MBA in Finance in 1966, Mr. Cross entered the machine tool business in Detroit, Michigan, with The Cross Company, (publicly traded) the world's leader in Automated Machine Tools. From 1964 through 1968, Mr. Cross worked in many departments of The Cross Company, learning the business from the ground up. In 1970, Mr. Cross joined Kidder, Peabody & Co, and spent the next 25 years in the brokerage and investment banking business in Detroit, New York City, and San Francisco where he focused primarily on technology companies. Mr. Cross' past board memberships include: G2 Networks, Inc. of Los Gatos, CA, Safari Technology Inc. of Lawton, Michigan, GCB Technologies of San Jose, CA, InGenius Technologies of Kalamazoo, MI., Wordenglass Inc. of Kalamazoo, MI., Machine Vision International of Ann Arbor, MI, and Inivest of Detroit, MI, and Triumph Resources of New York City Since 1962, Mr. Cross has invested in forty private companies. Among the more well known are Novell, DSC Communications, Inktomi, Warehouse Club, PayPal, Napster, and he was a first round investor in Google.



Dr. Val Livada serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Val Livada founded Weybridge Partners in 1996 as a network of formal and informal associations of practitioners and organizations focused on the successful commercialization of technology. The network includes business and technology consultants, venture capitalists, academics, entrepreneurs, lawyers, etc in the US and abroad.

Val has spent over 25 years as a management consultant to both Fortune 200 and emerging companies. He was a Director at Braxton Associates, an international strategy planning consulting firm, and a Vice President at Pugh-Roberts Associates, a technology management firm established by MIT Entrepreneurship Professor Ed Roberts.

Prior to establishing Weybridge Partners, he was the leading practitioner in the area of innovation management for the PA Consulting Group. During his career, Dr. Livada has combined expertise in the areas of strategic planning and organizational dynamics with a detailed knowledge in the areas of innovation, product development and R, D & E management.

Val received his undergraduate degree from MIT and his MA/ PhD from Tufts University. He has been a Guest Lecturer at the MIT's Sloan School, Management of Technology Program for the last 12 years. Presently Val is working with the Cambridge University/MIT Institute on a variety of topics including Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Growth as well as Industry/University relations.




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