RingIR endeavors to become the world’s leading gas recognition and management company, because we believe everyone deserves to breathe clean air.
The health and safety of workers and the general public is a major concern in contemporary society as we go about our daily business and travel. The air we breathe should be as clean as the fresh, sparkling, water we drink.
The Founders and Board of Directors of RingIR have a clear vision to bring breakthrough science to the world. In an effort to serve our industry partners, our commitment to help solve problems where the safety and welfare of workers and surrounding communities is essential.
RingIR aims to produce innovative, superior quality, spectrometers with distinct value-added integration such as superior compound detection, portability, automation, real-time data delivery, high selectivity and sensitivity, and qualitative reproducibility. Our patented Quantum spectrometers take a leap ahead in scrutinizing the quality of our work environments for the well-being of all.
The Board of Directors for RingIR has over 100 years combined experience in high tech, research and related industries.
Charles C. Harb, PhD
CEO/President | Director
For nearly 30 years, Dr. Charles Harb has been a noteworthy leader in the field of advanced interferometry and quantum optics. His distinguished research career has gained him international recognition with a H-index exceeding 25. Apart from his expertise in the area of laser development and instrumentation and his academic career, he has held numerous positions in commercial organisations and has personally started and been involved several start-up companies, as well as a range of industrial corporations in California and Australia. He has held positions such as Sr. Engineering (Space Optical Interferometry Group), Director of Scientific Development, and Sr. Manufacturing Engineer.
In 2013, Dr. Harb founded RingIR to commercialize the rtCRDS technology developed in his laboratories at the University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia, setting a new standard for taking technology out of the university research system. He is committed to bridging the gap between business and academia, in order to bring new ideas originating in research, to industry as practical products. He subsequently moved to a full-time role as President and CEO of RingIR and has grown the company to having facilities of operation in Albuquerque, NM, USA and Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Dr. Harb’s vision is to create a thriving industry for young business and technical personnel, enabling them to continue their education in a nurturing environment and one of equal opportunity. As a frequent flyer to all parts of the US and Australia, he can often be found drinking his elixir of life, coffee, keeping up with the news, his team, and his vision for success.
VP Administration | Director
Anna’s passion and expertise for building a superlative business infrastructure was honed in Silicon Valley, CA, where she spent significant time working in business and tech start-ups such as PennWell Publishing (recently purchased by Clarion Events of London), Informed Diagnostics, Inc. (now Picarro), and Lambda Control, Inc., to name a few. The excitement and fervour of new technology along with this groundwork gives her a unique perspective to see the “big picture” and the ability to help create the path necessary to achieve the ultimate goal.
As RingIR Co-founder, VP of Administration, and Wearer of Many Hats, her focus is to ensure that while building the business they are not so busy working in the business, that they neglect to work on the business. Her unique insight and fearless attitude toward learning and implementing new methodologies has given her tools necessary for success in building administrative processes and functions essential for growth. When her head is not buried in business, she switches from the analytic to the creative and throws herself into art and music, always ravenous for trying something new. Her latest challenge is the humble ukulele.
General Manager-Australia | Director
Lisa Linssen - Based in Sydney, Lisa Linssen is the General Manager for RingIR’s Australian division. Lisa is a highly experienced executive who has held leadership roles with multi-national companies including Akzo Nobel, Toyota Tsusho and Huntsman Corporation. Lisa has a strong commercial focus and extensive experience in achieving strategic outcomes through excellence in execution and by delivering innovative solutions. Holding a Master of Intellectual Property, specialising in technology transfer and intellectual property commercialisation, Lisa also serves as an active member of the RingIR, Inc. Board of Directors.
Life Sciences, Information Technologies, Space Technologies. Alternative Energy • Semiconductors • Chemicals/Specialty Materials • Optics - In April 2008, Tom Brennan joined ARCH as a Venture Partner. He has special focus on ARCH activities at Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory. During his first year with ARCH, he served as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), a position supported by a Department of Energy grant awarded to ARCH early in 2008. Currently working LabStart, The NYC Life Science Funding Initiative and ARCH Technical Services (not limited to) for ARCH Venture Partners www.archventure.com
Butrus (Pierre) T. Khuri-Yakub
Butrus (Pierre) T. Khuri-Yakub is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He received the BS degree from the American University of Beirut, the MS degree from Dartmouth College, and the Ph.D. degree from Stanford University, all in electrical engineering. His current research interests include medical ultrasound imaging and therapy, ultrasound neuro-stimulation, chemical/biological sensors, gas flow and energy flow sensing, micromachined ultrasonic transducers, and ultrasonic fluid ejectors. He has authored over 600 publications and has been principal inventor or co-inventor of 103 US and international issued patents. He was awarded the Medal of the City of Bordeaux in 1983 for his contributions to Nondestructive Evaluation, the Distinguished Advisor Award of the School of Engineering at Stanford University in 1987, elected Fellow of the IEEE in 1995, the Distinguished Lecturer Award of the IEEE UFFC society in 1999, a Stanford University Outstanding Inventor Award in 2004, Distinguished Alumnus Award of the School of Engineering of the American University of Beirut in 2005, Stanford Biodesign Certificate of Appreciation for commitment to educate mentor and inspire Biodesgin Fellows in 2011, recipient of IEEE Rayleigh award 2011, and elected Fellow of the AIMBE in 2015.
Brian is retired from Intel Corporation where he was most recently the General Manager of Corporate Services for the Americas Region. In this role, he was responsible for Intel physical infrastructure and facilities in the United States and Canada, including three large manufacturing sites. His team managed facilities operations, building services, construction, environmental health and safety, and on-site employee conveniences. In addition, he had managed Intel’s aviation program and drove an internal drone operations program to improve safety, cost, and productive. Brian’s past roles include running the manufacturing operations for Intel’s highest volume wafer fabrication facility, as well as leading the engineering to ramp Intel’s High-K / Metal Gate technology into high volume manufacturing. Prior to Intel, Brian received his B.S.E., M.S.E. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He worked at the NASA Langley Research Center on control of large unmanned space structures, as well as autonomous space-based robotics. Brian’s expertise includes Structured Problem Solving, Lean Manufacturing, Organizational Development, Business Process Design, and creating Diverse and Inclusive work environments. Finally, Brian is actively engaged in the local community. He is currently a Trustee and Treasurer of Bosque School, a member of advisory council for the Arrowhead Innovation Network at New Mexico State University and was former Chairman of the Board of Santa Fe-based Creative Startups.
Robert R. Tufts
Founder - Tufts, Stephenson & Kasper LLP Extensive experience in general corporate representation, with emphasis on start-up and emerging businesses and financings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate taxation. Current or prior Director and/or Officer of various corporations, including Adia Services, Inc., American Microsystems, Inc., Autodesk, Inc., Cardinal Sound Labs, Inc., Holex Incorporated, Materials Analysis, Inc., NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc., OSI Security Devices, Inc., Pacific Genuity, Inc., Pacific Measurements, Inc., Planet Biotechnology, Inc., PLC Diagnostics, Inc., Prometrix Corporation, Sensys Instruments Corporation, Single Cell Technology, Tamal Energy, Inc., and Z-Plane, Inc.