Don R. Kania, Ph.D.
Don R. Kania has served as a member of the board of directors and as a member of the audit committee since October 2019. From 2006 to 2016, Mr. Kania served as CEO and president of FEI Company until its acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. Mr. Kania also held various positions at Veeco Instruments Inc. He joined as chief technology officer in 1998, was named general manager in 1999, group president in 2003, president in 2004, and most recently president and chief operating officer in 2006. Prior to that he held technical and general management positions of increasing responsibility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1993 to 1998 and Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1987 to 1991. From 1991 to 1993, he was Research Director at Crystallume, a manufacturer of thin film diamond coatings. Mr. Kania currently serves on the board of directors of Intuitive Surgical. He previously served as a board member of Aldevron LLC, the leading global supplier of plasmid DNA used in gene therapies, and of American Science and Engineering Inc., a leading manufacturer of X-ray imaging equipment. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Pacific University and the Oregon Health & Science University Foundation and he serves as an advisor to several privately held life sciences companies. He holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics and engineering from the University of Michigan.