July 26, 2007

Craig Lund, Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Mercury Computer Systems, 7-26-07


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Craig Lund coordinates the Mercury Computer Systems Technology Office, which is the company's lead lobbyist for strategic technology investments that anticipate the company's existing customer requirements as well as those that open new markets.

Prior to joining Mercury, Mr. Lund was president of Local Knowledge, a technical consulting group he founded in 1991 to provide clients with technology-oriented market research and business planning services. Prior to Local Knowledge, Mr. Lund ran the engineering group at Mercury from 1986 to 1988. He also held engineering and marketing roles at Charles River Data Systems, the first company to create multicomputing computers using microprocessors.

Mr. Lund was a key player in the design of the ANSI/VITA RACEway Interlink standard, one of the initial founders of the IEEE POSIX family of software standards, and is a member of the steering committee of the RapidIO Trade Association.

Mercury Computer Systems is the leading provider of computing systems and software for data-intensive applications that include image processing, signal processing, and visualization. With a strong commitment to innovation, Mercury’s expertise in algorithm optimization, systems development, and silicon design is blended with software application knowledge and industry-standard technologies to solve unique computing challenges. Mercury works closely with customers to architect solutions that have a meaningful impact on everyday life - detecting aneurysms; designing safer, more fuel-efficient aircraft; identifying security threats; discovering oil; developing new drugs; and visualizing virtually every aspect of scientific investigation.

Mercury’s comprehensive, purpose-built solutions capture, process, and present data for the world’s largest medical imaging companies, eight of the ten top defense prime contractors, and other leading Fortune 500 and mid-market companies in semiconductor, energy, telecommunications, and other industries. Mercury’s dedication to performance excellence and collaborative innovation continues a 24-year history in enabling customers to stay at the forefront of the markets they serve.

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April 26, 2007

Matthew O’Connell, President and CEO, GeoEye, 4-26-07


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Matthew M. O’Connell is President and CEO of GeoEye. He was CEO of GeoEye’s predecessor, Orbimage, beginning in 2001. In January 2006, Orbimage merged with Space Imaging to form GeoEye, the world’s largest operator of commercial imagery satellites. In the fall of 2006, GeoEye became the first commercial remote sensing corporation to be traded on NASDAQ [GEOY].

Mr. O’Connell has over 20 years of experience in communications management and finance. Prior to joining GeoEye, he was a managing director at Crest Advisors, a New York-based private merchant bank that invested in and advised communications companies, and senior vice president of Legal and Business Affairs for Sony Worldwide Networks, a division of Sony Corporation specializing in radio and Internet programming. Before working at Sony, he served as senior vice president and general counsel of Osborn Communications Corporation, a publicly traded radio and television station operator. Mr. O’Connell began his career on Wall Street as a lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Mr. O’Connell holds a B.A. in Classics from Trinity College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School.

Space News named Mr. O’Connell one of the “10 Who Made a Difference in Space in 2006”.

Headquartered in Dulles, VA, GeoEye is the world’s largest operator of commercial imaging satellites. GeoEye was formed as a result of ORBIMAGE’s acquisition of Space Imaging in January 2006. The company is the premier provider of geospatial data, information and value-added products for the national security community, strategic partners, resellers and commercial customers. GeoEye operates a constellation of three Earth imaging satellites – OrbView-2, OrbView-3 and IKONOS – and possesses an international network of regional ground stations, a robust image archive, and advanced geospatial imagery processing capabilities. The company was listed on NASDAQ in September 2006.

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December 18, 2006

Dr. Michael Bockstaller, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 5-3-06


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Dr. Michael Bockstaller’s research interests include polymer-based nanostructures and nanoparticle assemblies; field-responsive nanoparticles for drug delivery; X-ray and neutron scattering; and electron microscopy. He is a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation and Emmy Noether grant recipient of the German Science Foundation.

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November 01, 2006

Professor Ed Schlesinger, Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 11-3-06


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Professor Ed Schlesinger is Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Research efforts being pursued by Professor Schlesinger center on the fabrication and modeling of a wide variety of optical devices. Much of this work is aimed at developing advanced read/write heads for optical data storage systems. Projects are centered on the development and detailed understanding of electro-optic laser beam deflectors, solid immersion lenses and near field scanning probe microscopy. In addition, optical microelectromechanical systems such as deformable mirror arrays, variable focal length lenses and guided wave optical systems are also being developed that may have application in optical data storage systems and other application areas.

Carnegie Mellon University has been awarded a six-year, $4.2 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to create a new type of reconfigurable integrated circuit for chip manufacturers. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon’s new Center for Memory Intensive Self Configuring Integrated Circuits intend to create intelligent, self-repairing nanoscale chip designs and architectures. New technology will join mechanical probes with integrated circuits in a design that allows for their reconfiguration. In addition, these systems will allow for the inclusion of memory, storage and processing technologies with minimal additional cost to competitive global chipmakers.

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October 27, 2006

Dr. Mario Paniccia, Director of the Photonics Technology Lab Communications Technology Lab, Intel Corporation, 10-27-06


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Dr. Mario Paniccia is a Senior Principal engineer and Director of the Photonic Technology Lab at Intel Corporation. He currently directs a research group with activities in the area of Silicon Photonics. The team is focused on developing silicon-based photonic building blocks for future use in enterprise and data center communications.

Dr. Paniccia has worked in many areas of optical technologies during his career at Intel including optical testing for leading edge microprocessors, optical communications and optical interconnects. His team’s pioneering activities in silicon photonics have led to the first silicon modulator with bandwidth greater than 1GHz (2004) and the first continuous-wave Silicon laser breakthrough (2005).

Dr. Paniccia has won several awards including the Scientific American Top 50 (November 2004) for his team’s work in the area of silicon photonics. He has published numerous papers — including three in Nature — and two book chapters, and has over 65 patents issued or pending. Dr. Paniccia is a senior member of IEEE and a fellow of OSA. He earned a B.S. degree in Physics in 1988 from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Ph.D. degree in Solid State Physics from Purdue University in 1994.

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