Executive Team

Mr. Richard E. Hitt

CEO/President
Mr. Hitt joined HYPRES in January 2003 as vice president and general manager of government products and systems. Prior to that, he served at Raytheon where he was director of Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) programs, and director of business development for radios and terminals. During his career, he has held senior leadership positions with EG&G of Boston and Mnemonics, Inc., of Florida. His career in the Air Force included extensive time as a senior program manager in the advanced technology headquarters of the Air Force program, where he was involved in bringing new space command, control, and communications technologies to tactical combat units. His commercial experience has focused primarily on bringing new technologies to mainstream command, control, and communications product lines and programs. Mr. Hitt earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Chapman University, California, and a graduate degree in systems engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He is also a graduate of the DoD Senior Program Manager Course, Defense Systems Management College, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, and the Senior Leadership Course at the University of Chicago, School of Business.

Dr. Oleg Mukhanov

Chief Technology Officer, Senior Executive Vice President 
Dr. Mukhanov joined HYPRES, Inc. in April 1991 as a Superconductive Integrated Circuit Designer to initiate the development of digital circuits based on Rapid Single Flux Quantum (RSFQ) logic family. As CTO, he is currently responsible for coordination of all technical areas: circuit design, test, fabrication, cryopackaging, and system integration. Dr. Mukhanov has initiated and been involved in multiplicity of HYPRES projects including development of energy-efficient digital and memory circuits, high-performance A/D, D/A, and T/D converters, Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) hardware, and high speed digital signal processors for a variety of applications including computing, communications, radar, EW, and instrumentation. Prior to joining HYPRES, he was a staff scientist at the Cryoelectronics Laboratory at the Moscow State University, where he worked on the single-flux-quantum digital devices since 1984. Dr. Mukhanov is a co-inventor of the RSFQ logic and was the designer of a number of the world’s fastest digital circuits. Dr. Mukhanov is a Fellow of the IEEE, authored over 140 scientific papers and many patents. He was president of the US Committee on Superconducting Electronics in 2005-2007, chair and member of organizing and program committees of several national and international superconductor electronics conferences. Dr. Mukhanov is a member of advisory committees of international conferences and institutions on superconducting electronics and editor of IEEE Transactions of Applied Superconductivity. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Moscow State University in 1987 and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute in 1983.

Mr. Dan Samela

CFO
Mr. Samela joined HYPRES in May 2011 as the chief financial officer.  During a 30-year career filled with numerous highlights and achievements, Mr. Samela has built up an impressive finance and accounting skill set with emphasis in operations, planning, SEC reporting, acquisitions, Sarbanes Oxley implementation and information systems. His track record of success includes the successful oversight of multi-million dollar acquisitions, ownership transitions and assimilations, IPOs and investor relations, and developing strategies that led to financial operations and system infrastructure efficiencies. Most recently he served as the CFO of Magellan Petroleum Corp. (Portland, ME) where he was responsible for international negotiations and for the acquisition of an Australian subsidy and the company’s assimilation of the corporate model.  Additionally, Mr. Samela established budgeting systems that improved corporations’ financial stability and overall financial health.  His experience also includes independent financial consulting for multimillion dollar corporations as they dealt with bankruptcy and the development and implementation of business plans, budgets, accounting systems and management information reports.  Mr. Samela earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Providence College.

Dr. Deepnarayan Gupta

Executive Vice President, RF Circuits and Systems
In his current position, Dr. Gupta is responsible for the RF Circuits and Systems Business Segment that includes the whole digital-RF technology program. Dr. Gupta was instrumental in changing HYPRES’ business direction in 2000-2001 to focus on RF applications and small-scale digital-RF systems, and creating a multi-faceted program consisting of synergistic research and development (R&D) projects funded by different Government agencies and other sources. This branch of business has attracted over $75M revenue, and encompasses analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters (ADCs and DACs), digital signal processors (DSP), multi-chip modules (MCMs), cryogenic analog RF modules (CARM), and complete cryocooled digital systems. Dr. Gupta has led the development of three generations of digital-RF receiver systems, the latest of which are modular, multi-function systems operating in customer facilities. Dr. Gupta served in various capacities, including VP R&D (2003-2012), since joining HYPRES in 1997. Prior to joining HYPRES, Dr. Gupta was a post-doctoral research affiliate at Stanford University (1995-1997), working on hybrid superconductor-semiconductor electronics, a theme that he has continued to develop into the hybrid-temperature heterogeneous-technology (HTHT) systems concept that combines the strengths of various warm and cold electronic and photonic technologies to solve difficult technical problems. His doctoral research (1990-1995) at University of Rochester involved the invention of an inductive opening switch built with high-temperature superconductor (HTS) thin films and triggered by short laser pulses.  He earned B. Tech. in Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering (1990) from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India. Dr. Gupta, a senior member of the IEEE, is a coauthor of over 60 articles and holds 32 U.S. patents. He serves on the boards of the Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC) and the United States Committee for Superconductor Electronics. Dr. Gupta has been serving as the IEEE Electron Device Society (EDS) representative on the IEEE Council on Superconductivity since 2009.

Dr. Masoud Radparvar

Vice President, Engineering
Dr. Radparvar joined HYPRES in 1984. He has worked on all aspects (design, simulation, layout, fabrication and evaluation) of superconducting-based circuits. His expertise, in addition to superconductivity, includes circuit design, thin film growth by various techniques, patterning by photolithography and reactive ion etching, low temperature (cryogenic) techniques and low noise measurements. He developed and demonstrated the first analog to digital converter in the NbN technology operating at 9.5 K and engaged in the design and development of a niobium process for superconducting circuits integrated in the fastest Time Domain Reflectometer/Sampling oscilloscope. Prior to joining HYPRES, Dr. Radparvar was at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering (Solid State Electronics).