Dr. Lorne Whitehead is the initial inventor of the ELIX wireless power transfer technology, a co-founder of the company and serves on its Board of Directors.
Dr. Whitehead’s career has involved sustained innovation in technology, business, and administration. From 1983-1993, he served as CEO of TIR Systems Ltd., a University of British Columbia (UBC) spin-off company that he founded and grew to 200 employees prior to being purchased by Philips in 2007.
Dr. Whitehead is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UBC, carrying out studies of the optical, electrical, and mechanical properties of microstructured surfaces, a field in which he holds more than 120 US patents and 150 international counterpart patents. His technologies are used in many computer screens and televisions. In addition to TIR Systems and ELIX Wireless, Dr. Whitehead has also helped start five new companies commercializing technologies that he developed in his UBC laboratory – Sonigistix, Brightside Technologies (purchased by Dolby Laboratories in 2007), Boreal Genomics, SunCentral, and CLEARink Displays.
In addition to his faculty position at UBC, Dr. Whitehead has held a number of administrative positions including Associate Dean, Dean pro tem, Vice President Academic and Leader of Education Innovation. He is currently UBC’s Special Advisor on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Research, and in this capacity, he also serves as the Program Director for the Bay View Alliance – a group of nine major research universities collaborating on applying improvement science to the challenges of leadership in advancing teaching effectiveness.
Dr. Whitehead received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of British Columbia and is also a Professional Engineer.