Mr. Richard E. Hitt
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
Senior Vice President and General Manager for government operations
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 Sr. VP and GM, 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 high-performance A/D, D/A, and T/D converters, Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) hardware, a sub-nanosecond access time RAM, and ultra-high speed digital filters for a variety of applications including 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 Senior Member of the IEEE, authored over ninety scientific papers and many patents. He was president of the US Committee on Superconducting Electronics in 2005-2007, member of many organizing and program committees of national and international superconductor electronics conferences. Dr. Mukhanov is board member of the Applied Superconductivity Conference, member of advisory committees of international conferences 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. 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.
Vice President, Research and Development
Dr. Gupta joined HYPRES in 1997 as a Member of Technical Staff. He has been instrumental in defining HYPRES’ development strategy to focus on small-scale digital-RF systems using superconductor integrated circuits and multi-chip modules, and creating a $65M multi-faceted program with multiple, synergistic research and development (R&D) projects. At HYPRES, Dr. Gupta has initiated and led over 50 R&D projects in superconductor digital electronic circuits and systems. Prior to joining HYPRES, Dr. Gupta was a post-doctoral research affiliate at Stanford University, working on hybrid superconductor-semiconductor electronics. He received a B. Tech. in Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 1990, followed by an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 1992 and 1995 respectively. Dr. Gupta, a senior member of the IEEE, is a coauthor of over 60 articles, holds 15 patents and has 11 patents pending. Dr. Gupta serves on the boards of the Applied Superconductor Conference and the United States Committee for Superconductor Electronics, Inc.
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).
Dr. Elie K. Track
Dr. Track was formerly (1994-2000) HYPRES President and CEO, during which time he focused the R&D effort on applications-relevant developments leading to HYPRES’ current opportunity focus. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Applied Superconductivity Conference in 1994 and served on that Board 1994-2000 and again from 2004 until the present, including as the ASC Electronics Program Chair in 1998 and 2006, and as President-Elect of that conference for 2014. He was the 1999 Chair of the Workshop on Superconductive Electronics, and, after serving as Vice President from 2006 to 2010, was elected in 2010 as President of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity. From 2003 to 2005 he was Visiting Professor at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. Since 1999, Dr. Track serves on the Board of the Yale Science and Engineering Association for which he was President from 2007 to 2010. He served as Chairman of CCAS, the Coalition for the Commercial Applications of Superconductors, from 2008 to 2010 and continues as Past-President and member of its Executive Committee. Dr. Track holds a Ph.D. from Yale University in the field of superconductivity and is author and co-author of over 45 publications in the field.