Meet Our Management Team
President & CEO
Dr. Steve Carlson is President, CEO, and Founder of Optodot, and has led Optodot for the 19 years since its founding in 2000. He has over 40 years of experience as a chief technology officer or chief marketing officer for various high-technology companies in the battery, imaging, data storage media, coatings, and chemicals businesses. Steve’s inventions are protected by over 40 U.S. patents and patent applications, including 20 U.S. patents on ceramic separators for batteries. He has been a registered U.S. patent agent since 1995. Steve earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from MIT.
Vice President & General Manager
Ben has been part of the Optodot team since 2004, contributing in a number of different roles during his 15 years with Optodot. Ben is as Optodot’s General Manager, while also overseeing Sales and Business Development. Ben has been instrumental in leading efforts to monetize Optodot’s technology and IP through strategic partnerships, licensing agreements, and product sales. He is a co-inventor on several issued, pending, and provisional patents at Optodot. Ben has a B.A. in Economics from Wheaton College, Norton, MA.
Chief Strategy Officer
Scott has over 25 years of experience in hardware testing and development. He has overseen multiple engineering and hardware development initiatives. Prior to joining Optodot, Scott was Senior Manager, Hardware Test at Tesla where he was responsible for the development of production test hardware and software for the battery, motor, charger, and infotainment systems. Prior to Joining Tesla, he spent 18 years of his career at Qualcomm, where he was Director of Engineering. He holds numerous patents, and has a BSEE in Computer Engineering from San Diego State University.
Director Asia Pacific Business Development
Jae-Bok Young has 25 years of combined international marketing, sales and consulting experience. He specializes in evaluating global markets and new business opportunities as well as in executing comprehensive business and operational plans. He has provided targeted business analysis and leadership in a number of highly technical industries, including consumer electronics, semiconductor, factory automation, solar, and automotive. Fluent in both English and Korean, Jae-Bok brings extensive experience in building strategic partner relationships and in negotiating complex global contracts. Jae-Bok holds his MBA from Washington University’s Olin Business School.
Thomas Edison said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Edison’s credo has significant resonance for Optodot president Dr. Steve Carlson, who forged a friendship with the inventor’s son, Theodore Edison, in the 1980s. Edison’s inventions revolutionized life in the 20th century. Since its founding in 2000, Optodot has been matching its advanced materials technologies to the pressing needs of the 21st century world market.
Optodot continually seeks to innovate in the commercialization of next generation products based on nanoporous membranes and infrared (IR) organic coatings. Our discoveries in this field have produced a wide range of products for commercial, government, and military applications.
Since its founding in 2000, Optodot has worked both with private-sector companies (from startups to Global 100’s) and with federal agencies, such as the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. Optodot continues to seek business partners and licensees to commercialize products for better energy, security, and communications solutions that benefit people and our planet.
Our Devens, MA headquarters are strategically located near manufacturing partners for convenient production outsourcing and collaborative research and development, and in close proximity to major universities and technical centers of excellence.