Dr. Robert A. Young is the CEO of Advanced Nano. He was president and CEO of Tessera (Nasdaq:TSRA), a world leader in semiconductor interconnect technology and digital imaging software for embedded cameras in which he was the founding investor. He also served on the Tessera board and as chairman from 1996 to 2002. Prior to Tessera, Young managed personal private equity investments in early stage technology companies through IRT, Inc., before which he was chairman and CEO of Curl Corporation, an MIT spinout developing Internet infrastructure software. Young was also the founding investor and board member of SanDisk (Nasdaq:SNDK), a world leader in flash memory.
Dr. Young was previously a senior partner at Dillon, Read & Co., an investment bank, where he had corporate finance responsibility for information technology companies, and was the managing general partner of their venture capital funds investing primarily in information technology companies. He started his business career with IBM, where, over an 18-year period, he held a number of management and executive positions in computer and software development and marketing. His last position at IBM was as president, IBM Instruments, a fully integrated global company whose products consisted of scientific instruments and scientific computers.
Bob served as a director of ATI Technologies (NASDAQ: ATYT), a leading producer of 3-D graphics and multimedia products, until its merger with AMD in 2006. He has served on the visiting committees at MIT for both the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Young serves on the Board of Directors of Jatheon Technologies, unstructured digital communication archiving systems; DigiLens, holographic optical technology for Heads Up Displays and augmented reality; Unify2, software analytics and management tools for Microsoft Lync; Seebright, augmented reality software systems; and Shocase, social network exclusively for marketing professionals.
Dr. Young holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Delaware.