Meet the Leadership Team of Emphysys
Ali Shajii, PhD
Founder and CEO
Ali Shajii has served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Emphysys since 2009, bringing more than 25 years of technology development and business management experience to the company he founded. A distinguished pioneer in the field of RF power systems and plasma physics, Ali is instrumental in developing and strengthening partnerships with clients. He contributes to all technical facets of the company’s multi-disciplinary client programs. He is responsible for building out the technical capabilities required by clients who are under pressure to deliver truly differentiable products in the life sciences, medical device and industrial markets.
Prior to founding Emphysys, Ali was Vice President of Corporate Research & Development and Chief Technology Officer for the Power and Reactive Gas products division of MKS Instruments, a manufacturer of gas analysis and control systems used in semiconductor manufacturing and other industrial processes. Previously, Ali served as Director of New Product Development at Axcelis Technologies, a supplier of high-energy, high-current ion implanters and process control instrumentation for semiconductor fabrication. He began his career at the MIT Plasma Physics and Fusion Center as a Senior Staff Scientist designing large-scale superconductors for nuclear fusion and particle accelerators.
Ali holds 57 issued U.S. patents. During his career, he has published 20 technical papers in numerous peer-reviewed, scientific journals including Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Journal of Applied Physics, Physical Review Letters, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer and Cryogenics. Ali holds a BS in Nuclear Physics and Engineering from University of Wisconsin–Madison and a PhD in Nuclear Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Chief Operations Officer and Vice President of Product Development
Tim Bowe joined Emphysys in 2018 and currently serves as the Chief Operations Officer and Vice President of Product Development. Tim oversees business operations and devises operating strategies to maximize client satisfaction. With extensive experience covering medical devices and information systems, manufacturing and test equipment in semiconductor, the gas, energy and automotive markets, Tim is guiding the company’s expansion into new markets. Drawing on decades of domain experience in technology as it applies to complex, software-intensive products and systems,Tim also drives the product development business for Emphysys.
Prior to Emphysys, Tim was co-founder and CEO of Foliage (now Altran N.A.). During his 25+ years at the helm of the company, Tim drove the strategic direction, oversaw worldwide operations, and directed the successful acquisition of the company by the Altran Group. Prior to Foliage, Tim held senior management and technical roles at Technology Integration, Inc., Eaton Semiconductor and Advanced NMR.
Tim writes extensively on leveraging product line synergies to create market opportunity, and on increasing R&D efficiency through focused alignment of technology and business strategies. He has contributed business and technical articles to Medical Design Technology (MDT), MD+DI, Product Design & Development, EE Times, Solid State Technology, and Semiconductor International. Additionally, Tim has provided opinion and fact-driven interviews with national and regional industry groups and media outlets. Tim holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Merrimack College and did graduate work in physics and computer science at the University of New Hampshire.
Vice President, Advanced Technology
Dan Masse joined Emphysys in 2012 and currently serves as the Vice President of Advanced Technology. Dan’s innate talent to envision the concepts and ideas of clients combined with his ability to model complex solutions and apply practical manufacturing and metrology methods is instrumental in bringing the product concepts of Emphysys clients to reality in short time frames. Working across technical disciplines, Dan builds and leads multidisciplinary engineering teams in the timely and successful execution of complex technology development projects and programs.
Prior to joining Emphysys, Dan led excimer laser product development at JPSA Laser (now IPG Photonics). In this capacity, he was responsible for mechanical and electrical systems design and the integration of excimer lasers into complex turnkey systems for the semiconductor and LED equipment markets. Dan began his career as a mechanical engineer at MARKEM Corporation (now Dover Corporation) and Pacer Corporation where he took on engineering roles of increasing responsibility. Dan holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in French Literature from the University of Notre Dame. Dan is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Vice President, Business Development
John Carey directs and drives the company’s sales strategy and market development. He joined Emphysys in 2019 after spending 23 years at Foliage and Altran Group. Altran acquired Foliage in 2014 and over his combined tenure John served in in a variety of executive roles including: Vice President of Business Development, General Manager of Medical and Life Sciences business unit, and CEO of the Innovative Product Development division in North America. Prior to Foliage, John held business development roles in the healthcare information system industry for Cerner Corporation, Meditech, and Versyss. John holds a BS in Business Administration from Northeastern University and also served four years in the U.S. Navy.
Vice President, Finance
As Vice President of Finance for Emphysys, Donna oversees all financial functions for the company including accounting, finance and tax strategies, asset protection, and reporting to ensure compliance with federal, state and local entities. Additionally, Donna manages the human resources function for the company.
Prior to joining Emphysys, Donna served as Controller with Nexx Systems which was acquired by Tokyo Electron Limited during her eight years with the company. Donna played a key role in the design and implementation of processes and internal controls that supported the company’s 44% CAGR and an initial public offering. Previously, Donna was President of Semilab USA, a metrology solutions provider for the photovoltaic and semiconductor industries. Donna also served as Vice President of Finance and Administration and Corporate Secretary for SemiTest, Inc.
Donna holds a BS in Business Administration from Merrimack College and an MBA from Northeastern University. She received a Certificate in International Finance and Marketing from École supérieure de commerce et d’administration de Reims, France. She also holds certifications in Managing Human Resources and Project Management from Northern Essex Community College.