Presently, Michael (www.linkedin.com/in/lebby) is working to bring forward advanced materials, device, and integrated photonics technologies that will generate extreme value as products. Michael is driving new frontiers in the integrated photonics field as CEO of OneChip Photonics as well as part-time full professor, and chair of optoelectronics at Glyndwr University in Wales, UK. Michael has been focusing on InP based photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and optoelectronic integrated circuits (OEICs) for the datacenter segment. Michael joined OneChip in June 2013 to lead the company through fiscal restructuring, raising investment, and commercializing the library of optical components into advanced integrated photonic chip designs. At Glyndwr University, Michael is helping lead Glyndwr’s role on integrated photonics for the datacenter market on a global scale. Michael is also helping Glyndwr create a centre of excellence for integrated photonics in North Wales, and promoting the commercialization of PICs for the next generation datacenter designs.
More recently Michael headed up Translucent Inc. based in Palo Alto, California to drive the company’s R&D efforts to commercialize novel epitaxial based materials that include GaN-on-Si for solid state lighting and power electronics using single crystal rare earth oxides grown by MBE. In this role, Translucent is producing high quality single crystal MBE grown rare earth oxide templates for GaN MOCVD growth of the device layers. Michael also led the work for a solar and III-V on silicon program using GeSn single crystal compounds deposited by CVD. Initial results for single crystal GeSn-on-Si have yielded multi-junction solar cells for CPV applications, as well as high quality layers of GaAs on silicon for electronics applications. The goal of this work is to put complex device designs onto large format low cost silicon wafers using novel single crystal epitaxy, and run them economically in large fabrication plants.
During the mid to late 2000s while leading OIDA in Washington DC, Michael led the drive for green photonics. The adoption and acceleration of this new discipline has become a significant focus for the photonics industry.
Michael’s career has spanned all aspects of the optoelectronics business ranging from R&D, operations, manufacturing, and finance, to sales, marketing, expert witness, due diligence reviews, and investing. In addition, Michael has led projects on materials epitaxy, materials processing, device design, fabrication, processing, and module system designs. Michael has also worked at Oclaro (via acquisition of Ignis Optics – his VC backed start-up), Intel (both silicon photonics and capital investment divisions), Tyco Electronics, Motorola, AT&T Bell Labs, and RSRE for the UK Gvt.
With more than 200 USPTO utility patents issued in the field of optoelectronics (over 375 including world-wide patents), Michael has been cited by the USPTO to be in the most prolific 75 inventors in the country from 1988-1997. Michael is a Fellow member of IEEE and OSA, and has testified on behalf of the optoelectronics industry while working for OIDA on Capitol Hill as well as an expert witness in optoelectronics. Michael has given numerous invited and keynote talks, speeches, panel discussions, and interviews. The subjects have ranged from the IC semiconductor industry to optoelectronics to modern trends of green photonics, both nationally and internationally over the past two decades. Michael has 2 doctorates and a MBA from the University of Bradford in the UK and is a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng).