Meet the Leadership Team

Dr. Benton CalhounCo-CEO / Co-CTO

Ben Calhoun is a co-CEO / co-CTO and co-founder at PsiKick, where he is responsible for technology direction and development. Dr. Calhoun is a renowned expert and frequent speaker on the topic of ultra-low-power systems-on-chip (SoCs) and Sub-Threshold circuit design. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and 2 books: Design Principles for Digital CMOS Integrated Circuit Design, NTS Press 2012, and Sub-Threshold Design for Ultra Low-Power Systems, Springer 2006. His specialization in ultra lower power circuit design has led to pioneering work on wearable body sensors, including the first demonstration of an integrated SoC for body sensor networks (BSNs) that is completely self powered, running from energy harvested from body heat. Dr. Calhoun is also a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Virginia. Dr. Calhoun received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT, where he and Dr. Wentzloff first began their collaboration.

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Dr. David WentzloffCo-CEO / Co-CTO

David Wentzloff is a co-CEO / co-CTO and co-founder at PsiKick, where he is responsible for design, tape-outs, and implementation of PsiKick’s technology. Dr. Wentzloff is an expert in low-power wireless and RF circuit design. His research interests include ultra-low power RFICs for energy- and volume-constrained applications, clock generation, and IC techniques to improve synchronization of sensor networks, wireless body area networks, channel modeling, and all-digital phase-locked loops for precision frequency generation. He received a B.S.E. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT, where he and Dr. Calhoun first began their collaboration. Since August 2007, he has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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Paul MacMillanVice President of Operations

Paul MacMillan is the Vice President of Operations at PsiKick, where he is responsible for all manufacturing, supply chain management, quality, reliability, product and test engineering functions. Prior to joining PsiKick, Paul was Director of Engineering in Qualcomm’s PMIC group, having joined the Qualcomm team through the acquisition of Summit Microelectronics in 2012. At Summit, Paul served as Vice President of Operations and Quality from 2005 to 2012. Previously, from 1997-2005, he held engineering and engineering management positions in Test and Product Development at Microchip Technology’s Analog Division, formerly TelCom Semiconductor. Paul began his career in product manufacturing at Motorola’s, East Kilbride, Scotland wafer fabrication plant. He graduated with honors from the University of Paisley, Scotland in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

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Shadi HawawiniSenior Director, Product Marketing & Applications Engineering

Shadi Hawawini is the Senior Director of Product Marketing and Applications Engineering, where he is responsible for customer applications, system integration, and product definition. Prior to PsiKick, Shadi was with Qualcomm where he was responsible for the battery management and Quick Charge product line for mobile phone applications in Qualcomm’s PMIC group. Before Qualcomm, Shadi was with Summit Microelectronics, where he helped create and define the battery management product line, and ran the FAE group before being acquired by Qualcomm. Shadi has over 10 issued and pending patents related to power converters and battery management. Shadi holds an MSEE from Santa Clara University and a BSEE from San Jose State University. When not thinking about novel new applications that can be enabled by PsiKick, Shadi enjoys playing soccer while attempting to continue playing “at a high level.”

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Phil CarmackAdvisor

Phil is a successful serial entrepreneur and business leader who has built a number of large businesses in Silicon Valley over his 30 year career. He was the CEO of Aptina Imaging LLC until it was sold to ON Semiconductor in 2014 for $400M. Prior to Aptina, Phil spent 13 years at NVIDIA where he started and ran a number of business units including the Mobile Business Unit where he led the development of the Tegra product line of SOC (system on a chip) processors. Throughout his career he has been involved in processor and software development in all of the major relevant industries. He served as Executive Vice President of Research and Development at 3dfx Interactive Inc. as well as Senior Vice President and COO of Gigapixel. He also founded and served as CEO of Raydiant. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Brigham Young University and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

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