Meet Our Management Team

Steve Carlson

President & CEO

Dr. Steve Carlson is President, CEO, and Founder of Optodot, and has led Optodot for the 17 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.

Dave Avison

Chief Technology Officer

Dave has over 30 years of industrial experience in the development of polymer-based solutions for continuous web coating applications.  He has led multiple commercially-successful new product development programs, several of which have required international technology transfer.  Prior to joining Optodot in October 2015, Dave was Director of New Technology at Madico, Inc., where he collaborated with Optodot and led the development, scale-up, and validation of thermally-stable separators for enhanced performance and safety in lithium ion batteries.  Mr. Avison holds numerous patents, and has 14 patents pending worldwide and 2 U.S. provisional patent filings for improved composite separators for lithium ion batteries.  Dave has a B.S. and M.S. in chemistry and polymer science from UMASS/Lowell and has Six Sigma Black Belt certification.

Ben Sloan

General Manager

Ben has been part of the Optodot team since 2004, contributing in a number of different roles during his 13+ years with Optodot.  Ben is 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.

Scott Swazey

Chief Strategy Officer

Scott has over 25 years of experience in hardware testing and development.  Scott 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.


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.