Management Team

MICHAEL SLAWSON

Mike is a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Lumense, a Georgia Tech spinoff commercializing real-time chemical and biological sensor technology.  At Lumense Mike oversees all aspects of the company’s development, including business strategy and fundraising.  Prior to Lumense, Mike was the founding CEO of Qualtré, Inc., another Georgia Tech spinoff commercializing MEMS inertial sensors.  While at Qualtré, Mike was instrumental in licensing the company’s intellectual property from Georgia Tech, developing the business model and strategy, establishing relationships with key customers, partners and suppliers, hiring team members, and raising $5 million in equity capital and $2 million in debt and grant capital from top-tier investors.  Mike has served as Advisory Board Chairman at Qualtré since relocating the company to Boston in late 2009. 

From 1998 until 2011 Mike was also a general partner at Alliance Technology Ventures, a $250 million Atlanta-based venture capital firm focused on developing early-stage companies in information technology and life sciences.  For several years, Mike was responsible for the firm’s information technology investment strategy.  Mike either managed or assisted other partners with the management of the firm’s successful investments in several companies, including SecureWorks, Novera, Telaxis, SyChip, Digital Furnace, Mindlever, and OmniGuide.  Prior to joining ATV, Mike was a Kauffman Fellow at Chicago-based ARCH Venture Partners.

Mike has a bachelor's degree (magna cum laude) in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University, a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.  Mike also held engineering and engineering management positions with Hewlett-Packard, Siemens, and Alcatel, and holds three US patents. 

 

KENNETH JOHNSON

Ken co-founded Lumense and serves as the company's Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Lumense, Ken served as Head of the Environmental Sensors Branch of the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory and Director of GTRI’s Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Program. Ken was also a member of the research faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he held the position of Senior Research Scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). He received his Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Ken’s primary research interests were related to the assessment and impact of the natural and man-made environment on human health and safety. He was a major contributor, through the Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Program in GTRI, in technical matters related to the environmental/occupational safety and health assistance programs offered by Georgia Tech to communities and industry in Georgia. He did considerable work building GTRI’s professional education efforts and founded Georgia Tech’s Center for Emergency Response Technology, Instruction, and Policy.

Ken was also very active in GTRI’s research efforts related to sustainable structures. His primary interest was related to green schools and how their design can positively impact the learning environment. He co-authored a paper, “Toward a Living Laboratory for Built Environment Sustainability” which was presented at the International Conference on Engineering Education in Sustainable Development in Barcelona, Spain.

 

GEORGE MURDOCH

George serves as Lumense’s Vice President of Sales. Prior to joining Lumense, George served as an Executive Vice President for CTB, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company and a leading provider of agricultural technology equipment. During his 25 years of experience in leadership roles with CTB, the company evolved from a North American focused business into a global market leader through product innovation and acquisitions. As an EVP at CTB, George led the International Division, profitably growing sales and market share outside North America and leading the company’s growth overseas. George was later promoted to develop a new global business by integrating three European acquisitions with an American operation. Prior to that, his roles included Business Development Manager, General Manager – Europe, and Sales Manager – Latin America. He routinely developed sales channels, service offerings, products and strategic partnerships in new markets. During his tenure he held roles responsible for developing brand value.

George holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgia Tech. He is fluent in Spanish and English.

 

DANIEL CAMPBELL, Ph.D.

Dan is a co-founder and serves as the Chief Science Officer for Lumense. He obtained his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1982 where is has since been serving as a member of the research faculty in the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He is skilled in organic synthetic methods, including heterocycles, fluorinated and organometallic compounds, natural products, carbohydrates and inorganics.  Has knowledge of a wide range of separation and characterization techniques. Is skilled in design and microfabrication of electronic devices, including mask making, clean room methodology, photolithogra­phy, metal evaporation, sputter and chemical vapor deposition, wire bonding and testing of devices.  Has experience in Fabry‑Perot interferometric absorption spectroscopy, microwave spectroscopy and Langmuir‑Blodgett monolayer methodology. He holds several patents as a result of his research a Georgia Tech.

His current interests are in the design and fabrication of devices with integrated optic waveguides for the detection of chemical species with application in chemical processing, environmental monitoring and medical diagnostics; design and synthesis of polymers for chemical sensors; sol-gel chemistry for sensor applications; nonlinear optics and their application in electronic devices; surface chemistry; chemical and physical chemical approaches to optical modulation.

 

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