management team

Lightsense has a seasoned management team of industry veterans with a proven track record from multiple startups as well as large technology companies and government service, and with extensive experience in bringing new technology products to market.

By employing a multi-disciplinary team of experts in the science, technology, and business development of sensors, and a team of experienced executives, Lightsense will be able to assist its partners to bring the best products to market in the most profitable ways.

The experience includes MEMS chip design and manufacturing, sensor design, manufacturing and sales and marketing.

Terje Skotheim, Ceo


Terje is the founder of Lightsense and has a successful record in developing new technologies and launching new products in fields as diverse as advanced lithium-sulfur batteries, MEMS devices, photovoltaic cells, and biosensors, through several startups.  His research interests have spanned across several disciplines in materials science, including conducting polymers, semiconductors, ion conductors and diamond-like carbon. 

He has held research positions and co-founded companies in Europe and the US, and was head of the conducting polymer group at DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory before launching his career as an entrepreneur. He received his B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute Technology and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Gordon Davidson, Chairman


Gordon is a co-founder of Lightsense and has held a Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as co-founding companies dealing with environmental technology and risk. He also worked with the Department of Energy (DOE) to provide leadership in converting former nuclear weapons sites into clean energy parks.

Earlier, Gordon was recruited by EPA to build its federal facilities enforcement program overseeing cleanup and compliance at DoD bases and DOE weapons sites. He also led U.S. delegations to NATO to negotiate agreements regarding environmental and radioactive releases form former Soviet military bases. 

He has a B.A. in biology from Wittenberg University and a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University where he was adjunct faculty.

Stephen Whalley, CTO


Stephen has 30+ years experience in the semiconductor and MEMS/Sensor industries in various design, applications, ecosystem creation, marketing and business/strategy management roles in UK and US companies. His specialties include a diverse technical background in semiconductors, MEMS/Sensors, PC, Server, Smartphone and Tablet platform technologies coupled with a strong strategy and business acumen and ability to drive complex cross industry initiatives and collaborative industry ecosystem building.

His career includes 25 years with Intel Corporation in pan European and US functions directing multiple product and technology development programs. He has led and served on multiple industry association boards in the semiconductor and MEMS/Sensors arenas impacting numerous successful technology developments such as USB, PCI and others.

john coates, key collaborator, sensor design

John collaborates with Lightsense for overall sensor design. He is a veteran of the infrared spectroscopy industry and has extensive experience in optical spectroscopy, instrumentation, and sensors for dedicated applications. He was one of the chief designers of the current Lightsense handheld spectrometer product, working with Lightsense's Korean partner Life on Lab for product design. 

His past experience includes working for the oil and petroleum industry and for instrumentation companies, including Perkin-Elmer and Nicolet Instrument Corp. His current focus is on instrumentation development, instrument miniaturization and spectral sensing devices. He has been responsible for the development of more than 90 different systems. He obtained his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Brunel University in the United Kingdom. He is author of numerous publications in spectroscopy, both articles, book chapters, and issued/pending patents.

michael Berman, VP Operations MEMS


Michael has 30+ years of experience in semiconductor and MEMS industries and is head of the MEMS group at Lightsense. Michael has managed groups ranging in size from small to several hundred in process and equipment engineering, maintenance and manufacturing. Responsibilities included engineering, R&D, and technology transfer inside and outside the US covering all standard processes. He has been a member of leadership teams in charge of startup and ramp of five major semiconductor wafer fabs in the US and Malaysia for AMD and LSI Logic. He has also managed all aspects of a MEMS Research and Development center. Michael is also a prolific inventor of semiconductor processes and designs, with 50 patents issued and numerous publications on semiconductor process development. He received his degree in Physics from University of Central Florida.


Alex Beehler, Government programs

Alex provides guidance to Lightsense on the approach to government programs for R&D and procurement. He held several key positions with the Department of Defense including Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations & Environment; Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Environment, Safety & Occupational Health (ESOH); and Principal Deputy to the Deputy Under Secretary with Top Secret Clearance. 

alan kost, optics r&d

Alan is Research Professor at the College of Optical Sciences of the University of Arizona, where he is participating in a multi-university research consortium. Alan has been a principal in startups in optics, optical components and photovoltaics. Previously, He was a senior member of the technical staff at Hughes Research Laboratories where he led numerous photonic/optical R&D programs. 

kevin young, business strategy and marketing

Kevin is a Washington, DC-based corporate executive, management consultant and Adjunct Professor of Marketing at George Mason University's School of Business and Volgenau School of Engineering. Kevin has a long and successful history in the planning and execution of Marketing, Business Development and Business Management strategy, programs, processes and metrics across multiple industries. He has served in senior vice president roles for three Fortune 500 companies.

James harris, medical diagnostics, life science industry

James is Vice President Business Development at Translational Genomics Research Institute, an organization focused on developing earlier diagnostics and smarter treatments. Previously, James was VP/General Manager at Beckman Coulter, Inc. 

william owens, sensor design and applications

Bill was an Engineering Fellow at Raytheon where he was in charge of infrared sensor programs. Prior to Raytheon, he was head of the Sensors and Signature Phenomenology Branch in the Electro-Optics Lab of GTRI at Georgia Institute of Technology.