People

Felix Ejeckam, Ph.D., Founder, CEO

Felix Ejeckam, Ph.D. co-founded Akash Systems in January 2016 and is currently CEO. Felix is a seasoned entrepreneur, electrical engineer, and venture capitalist. Prior to Akash, Felix invented GaN-on-Diamond technology in 2003 at Group4 Labs, Inc. He was Co-founder/CEO of Group4 Labs until 2013 when he sold the business to a De Beers business unit (Element Six Technologies). Prior to Group4, Felix was co-founder/CEO of venture-backed Nova Crystals, Inc., a developer and maker of next-generation semiconductor lasers and detectors for Telecom/Datacom markets. Felix began his career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, Inc. in 1997. He has published over 100 journal and conference papers, holding many patents. Felix holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University with a minor in Materials Science & Engineering.

Ty Mitchell, Ph.D., Founder, COO

Ty Mitchell, Ph.D. co-founded Akash Systems in January 2016 and is currently COO. Ty has been a leader in the fields of GaN and SiC materials, optoelectronics, and LED lighting with a long background in technology development, business development, and business leadership. Ty has grown and led public-company technology businesses from $10M to $500M+ in revenues. Ty started his career as an engineer at GE and IBM, before working as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company, a global management consulting firm, from 1993 to 1999. Prior to founding Akash, Ty was an executive with Cree, Inc., a $1.6B manufacturer of LED lights, LED components, and GaN and SiC RF and power devices and materials. Ty held several business leadership roles at Cree, including VP/GM of Cree’s Optoelectronic device and GaN/SiC materials businesses, and EVP/GM of Cree’s LED lighting business. Ty holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kris Kong, Ph.D., CTO

Kris Kong, Ph.D., is currently CTO of Akash Systems. Kris has over 25 years of industry leadership in RFIC, MMIC, and system design and development. From 2011 to 2017, Kris was a Design Engineering Fellow at Qorvo (previously TriQuint), where he led the design of state-of-the-art MMIC power amplifiers for commercial markets including point-to-point radio, VSAT communications, and other satellite and ground communications applications. From 1998 and 2011, Kris served in positions including Principal Power Amplifier Architect for Axiom Microdevices and a Team Leader in Telecom/Millimeter-Wave Radio Products for TriQuint. Kris began his career an engineer for TRW Space and Defense (now Northrup Grumman), Hughes Aircraft (now Raytheon), and ADX Microsystems (now Microsemi) where he first built his leading expertise in the design and development of MMICs at X, Ku, K, and Ka-band and beyond (V, E and W band). Kris holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin.

Paul Saunier, Ph.D., head of Device Technologies

Paul Saunier, Ph.D., is currently head of Device Technologies for Akash Systems.  Prior to joining Akash, Paul retired from Qorvo/TriQuint as a Senior Fellow, following a distinguished 35+ year career in management and engineering at Qorvo/TriQuint, and Texas Instruments where he was one of the industry’s true pioneers in GaAs and GaN RF and Power devices.  Paul’s accomplishments include pioneering work developing unique technologies and getting them into production, such as GaN-on-SiC RF devices, GaN-on-Si RF devices, creation and development of production processes of X-band pHEMTs and amplifiers, and invention of the HFET for Space, Defense, and Base Station applications.  Paul was also the first in the industry to demonstrate the HEMT for Power applications, which led to Texas Instruments’ leadership position in power devices.  Paul has published more than 120 papers and has 10 patents. Paul holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.