Meet The Team

Kyle Benkendorfer,
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Kyle Benkendorfer was educated at the London Business School, Texas A&M University and Reed College, and brings more than 30 years of experience to his new role at X-Celeprint. He previously served for five years as Sr. Director of Business Development at Semprius, Inc., and has served as a Director of X-Celeprint since its inception. Prior to his employment with Semprius, Mr. Benkendorfer directed the global support and commercial development of OLED polymers for The Dow Chemical Company. He also has previous experience at Dow developing spin-on dielectrics, high-tensile-strength polymer fibers, and high-purity encapsulants.

Rudi De Winter,

CEO of X-FAB Silicon Foundries, he is responsible for guiding the company’s Research & Development, Marketing, Sales and Quality efforts worldwide. With 25+ years of experience in the electronics and semiconductor industry, he served as CEO of Melexis N.V. for the past 15 years. Previously, Mr. De Winter held positions as a development engineer at Mietec Alcatel (Belgium) and as development manager at Elmos GmbH. Since 1990, he also has served as director of Xtrion N.V., the main shareholder of X-FAB Silicon Foundries N.V. Mr. De Winter holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Gent (Belgium).

Dr. Christopher Bower,
Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Chris Bower obtained B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC in 1996 and 2000. He has more than 15 years of experience in the fabrication and packaging of novel electronic and photonic devices, both at the nanoscale and the microscale levels. For the past seven years he led micro-transfer-printing technology development at Semprius, Inc. His interests include three-dimensional integration of integrated circuits, heterogeneous integration of compound semiconductors onto non-native substrates and the fabrication of low-cost, large-format electronics using novel assembly methods.

Professor John Rogers,
Founder and Technology Advisor

Professor John A. Rogers obtained B.A. and B.S. degrees in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1989. From MIT, he received master of science degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992 and a Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Rogers was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows. He joined Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department in 1997, and served as Director of this department from the end of 2000 to 2002. He is currently Swanlund Chair Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, with a primary appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He is also Director of the Seitz Materials Research Laboratory. Rogers’ research includes fundamental and applied aspects of materials and patterning techniques for unusual electronic and photonic devices, with an emphasis on bio-integrated and bio-inspired systems. He has published nearly 400 papers and is inventor on more than 80 patents, more than 50 of which are licensed or in active use. Rogers is a Fellow of the IEEE, APS, MRS and AAAS, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research has been recognized with many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2009 and the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2011.

David Kneeburg,
Chief Systems Engineer

David Kneeburg received a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA in 1996. As an engineer at Quantum Corporation, he worked on the development of thin-film recording heads for archive tape drives. In February 2001, he joined Veeco Instruments as a System Design Engineer where he worked on the design and development of automated atomic force microscopes for the semiconductor manufacturing industry. In 2007, Mr. Kneeburg joined Semprius as a Senior Development Engineer and from 2010 served as the Technical Manager of the Systems Engineering group.