Industrial Advisory Council

CNFM Industrial Advisory Council

Dr. Nguyen (Win) Ly, Chair

Dr. Nguyen (Win) Ly is Director of Research and Development at Biosensing Instrument, Inc. (BI), where he has overseen research and technology development and the release of several generations of BI-SPR instruments since 2007. He has helped to make BI a global manufacturer of high-performance Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) instruments that possess unmatched flexibility for a broad range of applications.  Dr. Ly received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2007.  His research has focused on biosensors, molecular electronics, nano-structures and -fabrication, microfluidics, and MEMs.  His awards and recognitions include the Park Foundation Scholarship, the NSF-IGERT Fellowship, and the prestigious Fulbright Award. Dr. Ly has authored many papers and holds numerous patents.  

Mr. Baabi Das, Member

   Mr. Baabi Das is the founder of Zansors commercializing wearable biosensors, point of care diagnostics, and mobile health.   He graduated with a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.  He has been working to commercialize technology platforms for the last 15 years, including e-learning, molecular medicine diagnostics, and aerospace.  He has worked at leading  firms like Sylvan Learning, UTC Singapore, and BectonDickinson. In healthcare, he worked to commercialize multiplex biomarker panels including establishing regulatory (FDA) and reimbursement strategies.  In addition, he developed new business segments in personalized medicine (pharmacogenomics).    

Dr. Dan Draney, Member

Dr. Dan Draney was previously Reagent Quality Control Manager and Chief Chemist at LI-COR Biosciences, a leader in the design and manufacture of instrument systems for environmental and biotechnology research. Dan received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1980 and his BA in Chemistry from Doane College. He joined the research and development group at LI-COR in 1996 from Cytec Industries (formerly a division of American Cyanamid), where he began his industrial chemistry career. His research has led to publications and patents covering: epoxy resins and curatives for advanced composites; water soluble polymers for water treatment; bioabsorbable polymers; NMR spectroscopy; and fluorescent dye chemistry and applications. He received American Cyanamid’s Scientific Achievement Award in 1986.

Dr. James Hilfiker, Member

Dr. James Hilfiker is an applications engineer at the J.A. Woollam Co., Inc., a worldwide leader in spectroscopic ellipsometry. James received his Master’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As an undergraduate, he was involved in research on computer simulations of high-speed microelectronic devices. His graduate interests included materials processing, multilayered nanostructures, and in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry. He designed and built a liquid cell for in situ monitoring of electrochemical deposition.  His recent publications involve vacuum ultraviolet ellipsometry and liquid crystal characterization.

Dr. Minna Hovinen, Member

Dr. Minna Hovinen is a Senior Staff Engineer with Seagate Technology, a world leader in digital data storage solutions, where she has built a strong fleet of optical metrology tools as the Ellipsometry Team Lead since 2007. Minna received her Ph.D. in Physics from Tampere University of Technology, Finland, in 1995 on the subject of degradation of semiconductor laser diodes. She had a post-doctoral assignment at the University of Maryland in Integrated Photonics, and has served as an Applications Scientist and independent Consultant on optical metrology and characterization of semiconductors, metals, dielectrics, and magnetic materials. Minna has experience in Ellipsometry, Reflectometry, Scatterometry, X-ray diffraction, Photoluminescence, Electronmicroscopy and the fabrication of  semiconductor, photonic, and magnetic devices.

Dr. Matthew Wagner, Member

Dr. Matthew Wagner is a Section Head at the Procter & Gamble Company, the largest consumer packaged goods company in the world. Matt received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2002 and his B.E. in Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1998. After completing his PhD, Matt joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow. In both his graduate and postgraduate work, Matt developed surface and data analysis methods for the characterization of biological and polymeric surfaces. In 2004, Matt joined the Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, OH, to lead the development of surface analysis methods applied in the consumer packaged goods industry. His current research focuses on the cleaning of surfaces and deposition of actives.