Dr. Andre Sharon

Executive Director

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Professor Andre Sharon has accumulated over 20 years of experience, both industrial and academic, developing and deploying computer-controlled custom automation equipment for a number of industries, ranging from sub-micron, high-precision machinery for the optoelectronics, biotech / biomedical, and renewable energy markets to high-speed assembly of consumer products.

As Executive Director of the Fraunhofer CMI and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University, Professor Sharon works closely with faculty, students and engineers to develop next-generation technologies for local and international clients. He also teaches a course on precision machine design and instrumentation, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing.

Prior to joining Fraunhofer CMI/Boston University, Professor Sharon co-founded and served as Executive Officer of the MIT Manufacturing Institute. There, Professor Sharon led a large program aimed at cost reducing the manufacture of optoelectronic and fiber optic systems through the development of cost-effective packaging, pig tailing and handling equipment. Before that, Professor Sharon spent seven years at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center and IBM's General Technology Division developing production machinery and test equipment for computer components.  Additionally, Professor Sharon has consulted extensively for industry in the area of cost-effective automation.

Professor Sharon received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute New York. 

David Chargin

Program Manager

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David Chargin has extensive experience in mechatronics and precision engineering. His background is in computer-controlled, high-bandwidth servo motion systems for nanometer-scale applications, consisting of both lithographic and single point diamond turning systems for micromachining applications. At Fraunhofer CMI, he pursues research in the design of stable, non-contact metrology for nanoscale measurements incorporating both thermal control and low-expansion materials.

As a program manager at Fraunhofer CMI, he co-leads our custom automation group with Holger Wirz.  He has spent the last 15+ years working serving clients from a diverse range of industries, specializing in integrating novel technologies to modernize manufacturing automation. He focuses on ensuring that the unique challenges of each client's application are successfully addressed.

David Chargin received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering from the University of California, Davis.


Bill Mosolgo

Business Development Manager

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Mr. Mosolgo is an accomplished technical sales & business development professional with over 33 years of experience. He has facilitated the development and implementation of custom machinery, electromechanical instruments, and robotic automation systems for virtually every field of science and technology. Implementing a consultative, value-added methodology, Bill Mosolgo has provided innovative turnkey automation systems and technical product solutions to over 1000 companies globally.

At Fraunhofer CMI, Bill Mosolgo is responsible for business development, sales, and marketing.  He is the first point of contact for clients and facilitates the relationship between our clients and our staff members. He is always available for answering questions about Fraunhofer CMI.

Prior to joining Fraunhofer CMI, Bill Mosolgo was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Brooks Automation/Intelligent Automation, which focuses on developing custom machinery and prototype electromechanical instruments for the semiconductor, life science, biotech, consumer product, and sports equipment markets. He also served as Regional Sales & Marketing Manager for Avionic Instruments - now part of TransDigm, which specializes in high reliability, power conversion equipment for the military, aerospace, medical, and consumer markets.

Bill Mosolgo earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Geology from the University of Rhode Island.

Dr. Alexis Sauer-Budge

Senior Research Scientist

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In 2007, Dr. Sauer-Budge joined Fraunhofer CMI to lead the biotechnology group. Her research portfolio includes rapid diagnostics (point-of-care, microfluidics, biosensors, assay development), tissue engineering (bio-printing), medical devices (multi-functional surgical tools and wearable monitors), and bench-top instrumentation.  Some of her recent projects include design and development integrated lab-on-a-chip molecular diagnostics for pathogen detection from physiological samples, isolation of pathogens from blood for integration with novel surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy that enables strain specificity, novel methods for rapid antibiotic susceptibility detection within minutes, novel surgical tools and coatings for implantable devices, wearable chemotherapy monitors, and handheld drug detection systems. Dr. Sauer-Budge also manages the BU-Fraunhofer Alliance for Medical Devices, Instrumentation, and Diagnostics (2006-2016) and the beta-prototyping core for the NIH Center for Future for Technologies in Cancer Care - both translational research and engineering programs.

Dr. Sauer-Budge received her B.S./M.S. in Chemistry from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Biophysics from Harvard University. While at Harvard, she worked on developing methods for studying and controlling the passage of DNA through biological nanopores in the laboratory of Professor Daniel Branton. After completing her Ph.D., she joined a start-up company BioScale, Inc. developing infectious disease and protein diagnostics on bioMEMS resonating membrane platform technology.

Aaron Sharpe

Software and Controls Manager

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Aaron Sharpe has vast experience developing precision custom automation specializing in unique out of the box solutions to very difficult automation tasks. His background is in precision multi-actuator electro-mechanical machine design and process development.

As the Software and Controls Manager at Fraunhofer CMI he manages the process development effort for the custom automation group, giving the equipment its brain. He has spent the last 12+ years developing custom automation for a range of industries including: fiber optic, telecom, plastic molding, bio pharmaceutical vaccine production, and metal forming.  He ensures that the customer’s vision is fully realized in the custom automation.

Aaron Sharpe received is M.S. in Global Manufacturing Engineering and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University.

Holger Wirz

Program Manager

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Holger Wirz has worked for over 15 years in the field of automation design for various industries, including optoelectronics, biomedical, photovoltaic, and high-volume fabrication of consumer products. His expertise is in the mechanical design of complex, intricate instruments and machines, such as a fiber-optic coil winder, an optical circuit assembly system, an automatic titer plate handler, an automatic wafer fabricator for photovoltaic applications, an automated system for plant-based pharmaceutical production, and many more.

As a Program Manager at Fraunhofer CMI, he co-leads the custom automation group with David Chargin. He specializes in systems engineering and integration of custom and OEM components to meet complex manufacturing needs. He continues to lead highly competent project teams to successful completion.

Holger Wirz received his German diploma in mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University, one of the top engineering universities in Europe.

Marco Kampka

Program Manager

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Dr. Marco Kampka has over five years of research and development experience in gear and transmission technology at the WZL Laboratory at the Technical University of Aachen, one of the world’s leading institutes for transmission technology. His main focus is in gear manufacturing processes, design, simulation and testing.  

In 2017 he joined Fraunhofer CMI to lead the newly founded gear and transmission technology group. The group provides consulting services and undertakes research projects for the gear industry. It also provides short courses, both at our facility, as well as at client sites, aimed at educating engineers about all facets of gear and transmission technologies. 

Dr. Kampka received his German diploma and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany.

Dr. Maxim Kalashnikov

Senior Research Scientist

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Dr. Maxim Kalashnikov joined Fraunhofer CMI in 2009. He has extensive experience leading cross-disciplinary biomedical research at the interface of optics, biology and microfluidics. His PhD work was focused on the development of the early detection of the pre-cancerous lesions using light scattering spectroscopy. At CMI, Dr. Kalashnikov leads the development of rapid diagnostic technology for antibiotic susceptibility testing under federal grant support. He also contributes his expertise in optics and science to other industry-related and government-sponsored projects within the center. 

Dr. Maxim Kalashnikov received his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, followed by PhD in Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.