Board of Advisors

John Major

Mr. John Major joined the Energous Board of Advisors in July 2014. He founded MTSG, a strategic consulting and investment company of which he has served as president since 2003. From April 2004 to October 2006, he also served as chief executive officer of Apacheta Corp., a privately held mobile, wireless software company whose products are used to manage retail inventory, service and deliveries. From August 2000 until January 2003, Mr. Major was chairman and CEO of Novatel Wireless Inc., a wireless data access solutions company. Previously, Mr. Major was chairman and CEO of Wireless Knowledge, a joint venture of Qualcomm Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Prior to joining Wireless Knowledge, Mr. Major served as corporate executive vice president of Qualcomm and president of its wireless infrastructure division. For approximately 18 years, he held various executive and leadership positions at Motorola Inc., the most recent of which was senior vice president and chief technology officer. He served on the University of California President's Board on Science and Innovation and currently serves as Chairman of the Dean's Advisory Committee of the University of Rochester Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Science and as Chairman of the University of Illinois at Chicago-Engineering School Advisory Board. Mr. Major is also the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of EvoNexus, a nonprofit telecom industry group and incubator and Chairman of the La Jolla Institute, the premier research institute focused on the immune system. Previously, he has served on the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academy of Science, and the board of the Software Engineering Institute. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Broadcom, Lennox International Inc., Littelfuse Inc., ORBCOMM Inc. and Resonant Inc. Additionally, he is chairman of the board of Pulse Electronics. Mr. Major received a B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Rochester, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, an M.B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Loyola University. Mr. Major is a named inventor in 13 U.S. patents.

Nick Alexopoulos

Dr. Nick Alexopoulos joined the Energous Board of Advisors in March 2017.  He is currently Vice President for Academic Affairs and University Relations with the Broadcom Foundation. Prior to that, Nick served as the Vice President for Antennas, RF Technologies and University Relations at Broadcom Corporation. Before joining Broadcom, he was the Dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California at Irvine (UCI), a position he held from 1997 to 2008. Previously, he was a member of the faculty at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1969 to 1996, where he served as Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department between the years 1987 and 1992. While at UCLA, he also served as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs between 1986 and 1987. Dr. Alexopoulos was elected an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to the understanding of substrate-superstrate effects on printed circuit antennas and integrated microwave circuits. He was elected to the United States National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to microwave circuits, antennas, and structures for low observable technologies, and for contributions in engineering education. Dr. Alexopoulos is highly cited in Computer Science and has received two IEEE Best Journal Paper Awards. He and his students have published more than 300 articles in journals, refereed conference publications and book chapters. He also holds several US patents and has received Honorary Doctorates from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and Chapman University in California. Dr. Alexopoulos has served as a consultant to various high-tech companies and to the US Government. In addition, he founded Kimalink Inc., which was bought by Broadcom in 2000. Dr. Alexopoulos graduated from the 8th Gymnasium in 1959 and earned his BSEE in 1964, his MSEE in 1967, and his Ph.D. in 1968 in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Recently, he and his wife, Sue Curtis were honored with a $2 million endowment for the establishment of the Nicolaos G. and Sue Curtis Alexopoulos Presidential Endowed Chair in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering of the University of California, Irvine.

Franco De Flaviis

Dr. Franco De Flaviis is a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California at Irvine (UCI). Dr. De Flaviis has been consulting for companies in CMOS passive design, small form factor antenna, and phased array systems. He was a long-time consultant to Broadcom Corporation working on antenna design and CMOS passives and has also previously consulted for Motorola Inc., Atlantic Aerospace, and various small start-up, high tech companies. Dr. De Flaviis has authored and co-authored over 200 papers in reference journals and conference proceedings, filed several international patents and authored one book and three book chapters. He is a member of the URSI Commission B and was elected to the grade of IEEE Fellow in 2014 for his contributions to reconfigurable antennas and tunable dielectrics for wireless communication systems. His research interests include the development of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for RF applications fabricated on unconventional substrates such as printed circuit board and microwave laminates, with particular emphasis on reconfigurable antenna and front-end systems. He is also active in the research field of highly integrated packaging for RF and wireless applications and small size, low-cost antenna array for personal communication systems and vehicle. Dr. De Flaviis received his degree (Laurea “Summa cum laude”) in electronics engineering from the University of Ancona in Italy in 1990. He was a visiting student in 1991 at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) working on ultralow distortion resistive mixers. Dr. De Flaviis then received his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Department of Electrical Engineering at UCLA in 1994 and 1997 respectively, followed by his post-doctoral fellowship on full-wave analysis of nonlinear dielectric for microwave structures in 1998.

Sheryl Wilkerson

Sheryl Wilkerson has served in a variety of leadership roles and comes to Energous with in-depth experience in public and private sectors in the U.S. and abroad. She is a bi-partisan advisor and results-oriented leader with a reputation for building and retaining highly-motivated teams. Prior to her current role, Wilkerson was president at Willow, LLC where she served global wireless, telematics and automotive companies and the senior vice president of strategic planning and corporate services at Ygomi. Wilkerson spent more than a decade working in the federal government including the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Federal Judicial Center and Federal Communications Commission where she led the office of legislative and intergovernmental affairs, and served as an advisor to the general counsel and chairman.