Rob Kalman, PhD
Rob Kalman is co-founder and CTO of Avicena. Rob has a long history of successfully bringing leading-edge optical communications solutions to market. He was on the founding teams of Optivision, ONI Systems, and Luminous Networks. Most recently, he was VP of Engineering for Kaiam where he led development of 100Gbps and 400Gbps optical transceivers for hyperscale data centers. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Alex Tselikov, PhD
Alex Tselikov is a co-founder and Principal Engineer at Avicena. From MEMs-based tunable lasers at Iolon, to optical inspection equipment at KLA Tencor, to 100G and 400G transceivers at Opnext and Kaiam, to high power pulsed fiber lasers at Polar, Alex has developed much of the optical technology that is around us today. Alex received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1998.
Chris Pfistner, PhD
Chris Pfistner joined Avicena in September of 2021 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Chris has over 25 years of experience in Sales, Marketing, Product Line Management, and Business Development in the global fiber optic module and systems market. Prior to Avicena, Chris held executive positions with Jabil Photonics, Lumentum, Finisar/II-VI, NeoPhotonics, Terawave, Advanced Fibre and Pirelli Optical Systems. Chris holds Ph.D. and MS and BS degrees in Applied Physics from the University of Berne, Switzerland.