Dennis R. Pape, Ph.D

Dennis brings over twenty five years of experience with high technology companies from research scientist to manager to start-up founder to entrepreneur, corporate, and investor advisor.  His primary expertise is in advising and directing new venture business, technology, and product development.  He has strong technical, communication, organizational, and business skills with technical expertise in optics, photonics, optical networks, acoustics, electronics, communications, and medical devices.

Dennis has authored or coauthored numerous business plans and investor presentations that have resulted in over $200M in institutional venture capital funding.  He has hands-on experience as both a CEO and CTO during a new ventures’ formative stage.  He was a key player in a number of corporate technology spin-outs while he was at Milcom Technologies, a venture capital backed corporate technology commercialization firm in Orlando, Florida.

Prior to joining Milcom, Dennis founded and was President of Photonic Systems Incorporated (PSI) in Melbourne, Florida.  His firm specialized in the development of optical information processing technology products for both government and commercial customers.  He secured venture capital funding for the firm and was responsible for the firm's technical leadership position in its field, which resulted in the award of over $7 Million of government research and development contracts which he managed.  Before founding PSI, Dennis worked as a Group Leader at Harris Corporation and as a Member of the Technical Staff at Texas Instruments.  Dennis is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of UTEK Corporation.  Dennis was previously an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Central Florida Technology Incubator.  He is a member of AUTM, IEEE, SPIE, and OSA. He is the coeditor of a book, the author of 3 book chapters and some 50 publications, and was the organizer of numerous national and international conferences in the field of optical information processing.

Dennis earned an A.B. in Physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Physics from Duke University.

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