Director of Business and R&D
UC Irvine, Physical Sciences Chemistry 1991
After receiving my PhD in Physical Chemistry from UC Irvine in 1991, I began working for MetroLaser Inc., a start up in Irvine,CA, primarily developing optical sensor technologies. I spent about 15 years there, writing proposals, collaborating with universities, building a research group, and basically moving up the ranks. Along the way, I became interested in technical management and set my sights on moving to a larger firm with more resources and opportunities in program management. I landed with Ball Aerospace in Boulder, CO, where I held the position of Principal Engineer in Systems Engineering. After a few years working on space-based programs at Ball, I returned to my technical roots and began work for HORIBA, a global instrumentation company. While at HORIBA, I co-lead the Process & Environmental Segment where I was responsible for business development and strategy. At HORIBA, I also served as general manager of the P&E group at the Irvine, CA facility. After 7 years, I moved to CoorsTek Sensors, Ladera Ranch, CA, where I was the Vice President of Global Business Development, Sales, and Marketing for the Pegasor and EmiSense product lines. In 2016, together with a few colleagues, we spun out a new company, Ilmarium Oy, based in Helsinki, Finland. Ilmarium was a solutions provider in the air quality industry with primary market focus in Asia. I was a co-founder of Ilmarium and chairman of the board. In 2017, I was recruited by Delta-Phase Electronics, Inc. in Santa Ana, CA and accepted a position as Director of Business Development and R&D. In addition to my salaried tasks, I actively participate in university external advisory boards and mentoring programs. Very recently, with a colleague, I have started a nonprofit humanitarian organization called the Sharp Mind Foundation (SMF). SMF's goal is to develop critical thinking skills through reading aimed at persons detained at ICE facilities. We are in the process of piloting a project at the local Adelanto, CA detention center.
Technical Management, R&D Project Management, Systems Engineering, Business Development
In his "spare" time, Dr. DeBarber enjoys snow skiing, hiking, mountain biking, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, soccer, cooking, Japanese language studies, and guitar.
Type of Students:
Seeking a student interested in a global technical career, perhaps starting as a scientist or researcher and then growing into management.
Number of Students I can Mentor:
11 years 6 months ago
Ideal Mentoring Relationship:
Ideally meet face-to-face once per month for about one or two hours at my office. When this is not possible, email, phone, video chat works. Meeting at the PSUM mentor/mentee functions or other networking opportunities also are encouraged.