Dr. Mario Paniccia is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer at Anello. He is the Founder and also serves as Chief Executive Officer at Versalume. He also is an Angel Investor. He has a distinguished career trailblazing new technologies and businesses in the photonics industry. During his 20+ year tenure at Intel, he has served in various roles from research and development to strategic direction setting to driving the development and commercialization of silicon photonics technologies needed to enable optical communications and/or optical interconnects in and around Intel platforms. Paniccia earned a bachelor's degree in physics in 1988 from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a PhD in solid-state physics from Purdue University in 1994. In May 2009 Paniccia was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Binghamton University. In 2011 Paniccia was named "innovator of the year" by EE times. As Versalume founding leader, Paniccia will bring his experience in the photonics and electronics industries, as well as his broad connections in Silicon Valley to this venture.