Leadership

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 USA's Center for Manufacturing Innovation 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 USA & 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. AtFraunhofer USA's Center for Manufacturing Innovation, 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 USA - 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.

 

Matthew Kromer

Head, Grid Integration

Matt Kromer leads the Grid Integration group at Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation. With over a decade’s experience in the energy and defense industries, Matt’s expertise extends to grid-integration of PV systems; technology assessment of emerging energy technologies; and embedded systems development. In his current role, Matt leads research and development of next-generation renewable and smart grid systems for grid-connected and off-grid applications, taking new ideas from concept to demonstration.

Before he joined Fraunhofer USA in 2014, Matt was the Program Manager for Advanced Technologies at Satcon Technology Corporation in Boston, where he spearheaded the development and demonstration of grid-smart inverters for solar, energy storage, and microgrid applications. Matt previously held positions at TIAX LLC in Lexington, where his work focused on techno-economic analysis of sustainable energy in the transportation and power generation sector; and as a staff engineer at Draper Laboratory in Cambridge. Matt received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, and received an MS in Technology & Policy from MIT.

Dr. Christine McBeth

Head, Biomedical Instruments and Devices

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Dr. Christine McBeth received her B.S. degree in Microbiology from Brigham Young University and her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Washington. Her doctoral thesis work focused on investigating degenerate recognition in the immune system uncovering new mechanisms for how your body knows that you’re you and not a pathogen. Dr. McBeth then moved to Boston, MA for a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School to investigate how bacteria sabotage human cells.

 

In 2014, Dr. McBeth joined the engineering and research scientist teams at the Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation in their work to get biomedical diagnostics and devices market ready. Many of her activities involve in-house research with 3D bioprinting of tissues, rapid antibiotic susceptibility testing via microfluidics, and point-of-care diagnostic development. For the rest, she partners closely with the talented Fraunhofer USA - CMI engineers to help top biotech companies move their favorite R&D projects to the industrial scale. An adjunct professor with Boston University, Dr. McBeth also enjoys helping train the next generation of scientists as she mentors and works with the young student researchers at both the center and university.

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 USA's Center for Manufacturing Innovation, 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 USA - 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. Kurt Roth

Head, Building Energy Systems

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Dr. Kurt Roth leads the team develops, analyzes, tests, evaluates, and demonstrates energy-saving building technologies. Dr. Roth is Co-PI of the Fraunhofer SHINES project with the DOE Solar Energy Technology Office, a three-year effort to develop and demonstrate integrated control of a MW-scale PV plant, load management for commercial and industrial facilities, and energy storage to enable high-penetration PV. He is also Co-PI of a DOE Building Technologies Office Building America project to perform remote home energy audits using communicating thermostat data. Prior to this, he was a Principal at TIAX LLC, where he led several U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded studies to assess the energy savings and commercialization potentials of HVAC, building controls and diagnostics, toplighting, and IT technologies, as well as characterizations of building energy consumption by major end uses. Kurt has published and presented at numerous conferences, and authored more than sixty "Emerging Technology" ASHRAE Journal articles. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Architectural Engineering program.

Kurt received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in mechanical engineering, and is a member of Sigma Xi, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

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 USA's Center for Manufacturing Innovation, 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 USA's Center for Manufacturing Innovation, 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.