About Shasta Crystals

Shasta Crystals was founded in 2006 to develop the mLHPG technology into a full scale crystal growth manufacturing system. With the support of the National Science Foundation and Skymoon Ventures the company is operating a research and pilot scale manufacturing facility in San Francisco, California.


Management and Directors

Gisele Maxwell, Ph.D. —President, CEO and Director
Prior to founding of Shasta Crystals Inc., Gisele worked as manager of lithium tantalate products at Silicon Light Machines (a wholly owned subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductors) where she headed development of two businesses for surface acoustic wave devices. Gisele also worked as Process Scientist, then as Engineering Manager for Crystal Growth at Crystal Technology, Inc..

Gisele has extensive expertise in crystal growth (Czochralski and LHPG), non-linear optical materials (including lithium niobate and lithium tantalate), project management, and customer relations. She has patented one invention, published 19 articles in peer-reviewed journals, authored two booka chapters, and delivered 23 oral presentations at conferences. Gisele holds a Masters of Science in Materials Science from the University of Montpellier and a PhD in Physics from the University of Lyon II, France.

Barbara A. Paldus, Ph.D. — Chairman, Board of Directors
Barb is currently a partner at Skymoon Ventures and CEO of Finesse Solutions, a company manufacturing sensor, hardware, and software solutions for life science applications. Barb was the CTO of Picarro, a company she founded in 1998. At Picarro, she was responsible for technology strategy, research, and business development, which led to a solid-state Cyan laser product in 2003 and cavity ring-down spectroscopy products in 2004. Barb received both her Ph.D. (1998) and M.S.E.E. (1994) degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and her BS (1993) in electrical engineering/applied mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

Kevin McCarthy — Executive Vice President
Kevin McCarthy, in addition to his duties at Shasta Crystals, is on the Board of Directors of Pherin Pharmaceuticals, an early stage pharmaceutical company of which he is a co-founder and former CFO.  Prior to Pherin he was the CFO and member of the founding management team of Erox Corporation, a company which he helped take public in 1991. Kevin holds a BS in Business Administration from San Francisco State University and an MBA from CSU, Chico.

Mike Farmwald, Ph.D. — Director
Mike is a serial entrepreneur who founded six companies to date, five of which were financed in part by Benchmark Capital, where he is a Venture Partner. Most recently, Mike co-founded Matrix, which was acquired by SanDisk. Mike is probably best known for co-founding Rambus. Prior to Rambus, Mike founded FTL in 1986. FTL, an ECL supercomputing company, merged with MIPS in the same year. At MIPS, Mike served as Chief Scientist for High End Systems. Following his experience at MIPS, Mike was an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois. Mike holds a BS degree in Mathematics from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Mark Selker, Ph.D. —Director
Mark is the Chief Technology Officer of Finesse Solutions. Mark has worked and published in various areas within the optics industry including space based and commercial lasers/nonlinear optics, analog and digital optical communication, near field optics/plasmonics and bio-optical systems. He has worked for NASA, Coherent Laser Group, Harmonic, and most recently has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University. Mark received his Sc.B. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Brown University in 1986 and 1990 respectively.



Robert Feigelson, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Michel Ferriol, PhD
Professor, University of Metz

Roger Route, PhD
Senior Research Associate, Ginzton Laboratory, Stanford University

Alexander Kachanov
Principal Scientist & Group Leader, LI-COR Biosciences

Dale Koop
CEO, Perigee Medical Lasers

Raja M. Parvez
Former President & CEO Rubicon Technology (Nasdaq:RBCN)