Mr. John Bickel has direct experience in all aspects of existing and start-up manufacturing. While at Corning Inc., Mr. Bickel was involved in the scaling of the global fiber optics business. He also started Corning’s photonics division (fiber optics connectors) and grew it from benchtop to a $300M business with $35M bottom line contribution in four years. Subsequent to his tenure at Corning, Mr. Bickel served as the Chief Operating Officer for The Emerging Technologies Group (ETG), later acquired by ManTech Technologies. ETG engaged in the provision of computer forensics services in the post-9/11 United States. Mr. Bickel graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point with a degree in engineering where he also taught as an assistant professor in electrical engineering. He has a Masters in EE from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Long Island University.