Chih‑Hsiang (Thompson) Lin, Ph.D., founded Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. in February 1997 and has been President and Chief Executive Officer since our inception. He currently serves as the Chairman of our Board, a position he has held since January 2014. He has served as a director on our Board since 1997, and he served as Chairman of our Board from May 2000 through September 2002, and again from June 2008 through October 2009. Dr. Lin has also served as a research associate professor and senior research scientist at the University of Houston. Dr. Lin holds a BS degree in Nuclear Engineering from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and a MS degree and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Missouri‑Columbia. The Board believes that Dr. Lin is qualified to serve as a director based on his extensive background in business management, his role as founder, President and Chief Executive Officer and his years of service on our Board.
Chairman of the Compensation Committee and Member of the Corporate Governance Committee
William H. Yeh has served as a director on our Board since May 2000. Since 1997, he has served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Golden Star Management, Inc. a real estate investment and management company. He is currently serving as an Advisor of Hanmi Bank for Texas Region. He served as a Senior Vice President of United Central Bank, now Hanmi Bank, overseeing the Houston region from 1997 to 2012. He also served as the Vice Chairman of Central Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of United Central Bank, from 1997 to 2014. Mr. Yeh received a BS degree from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan and a MS degree from University of Houston—Clear Lake.
Chairman of the Audit Committee and Member of the Corporate Governance Committee
Richard B. Black has served as a director on our Board since August 2001. Since 1983, he has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ECRM, Incorporated, a worldwide supplier of laser based imaging equipment. From 2014 to 2016, he also served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of CRON‑ECRM LLC, a worldwide supplier of laser based imaging equipment. Beginning in 1989, Mr. Black was a director of Oak Technology, Inc., a manufacturer of semi‑conductors for optical storage and laser printers, and then became President in 1998 and Vice Chairman of the board of directors in 1999 until its merger with Zoran, Inc. in 2003. He served as a director and chairman of the audit committee of GSI Group, a manufacturer of lasers, laser systems, semi‑conductor equipment, from 1998 to 2012, and was its chairman of its board of directors from 2006 to 2012. He served as a director and Chairman of the audit committee of Alliance Fiber Optics Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: AFOP) from 2002 until its acquisition by Corning in 2016. He serves as a director of TREX Enterprises, Inc., a defense technology company, a position he has held since 2000. Mr. Black received a BS degree in Engineering from Texas A&M University, an MBA from Harvard University and an honorary Ph.D. from Beloit College.
Alan Moore has served as a director on our Board since March 2013. Since 1995, he has served as the President of Red Oak Capital, a private equity company. Since 2007, Mr. Moore has served as a Manager of Silver Tree Fund II Management, LLC, a real estate investment fund. From 1999 to May 2006, Mr. Moore cofounded and served as the Treasurer of Silver Tree Partners, Inc., a real estate development and investment company. From March 1998 to October 1999, Mr. Moore served as the Chief Financial Officer of Window on Wall Street (sold to Trade Station Group, Inc. in 1999). Previously, Mr. Moore was a co‑founder of Fossil, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL). Mr. Moore received a MS degree in Accounting and a BA degree in Business Control Systems from the University of North Texas.
Alex Ignatiev, Ph.D. has served as a director on our Board since February 2013, and previously served as a director on our Board from June 2008 to October 2009 and from May 2001 to August 2002. Since 2005, he has served as a director of the Center for Advanced Materials at the University of Houston. Since 2010, he has served as the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen professor of physics, chemistry and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Houston. From March 2013 to September 2015, Dr. Ignatiev served as the Chief Science Officer of Smart Grid Intelligent Management, Inc., which develops operating systems and alternative energy source integration. Since February 2009, he has served as the Chief Technology Officer of Quarius Technologies, LP, a renewable energy company, since February 2006, he has served as a vice president and Chief Technology Officer at Nano EnerTex, Inc., a nanomaterials company, from January 2005 to September 2015, he has served as a Vice President of Virtual Vision LLP, which develops artificial retinas, and since May 2002, he has served as the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Science Officer of Metal Oxide Technologies, LLC., which develops, manufactures and sells superconducting wire. Dr. Ignatiev received a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Cornell University.
Chairman of the Governance Committee and Member of the Compensation Committee
Min‑Chu (Mike) Chen, Ph.D. has served as a director on our Board since February 2013. Since September 2016, he has served as Vice Chairman of the board of directors of Shandong SicerKline Advanced Material Co., Ltd., a surface‑etched silicon carbide and alumina mini‑whisker manufacturing plant for ceramic applications. Since April 2014, he has served as a director of Harbin NeoTek Medical Devices Co., Ltd. Since January 2012, he has served as an executive director of FGel Nanotek, Inc., a food and beverage additive company based on nanotechnology. Since November 2011, he has served as the Asia Pacific Director for U.S. Flow Control Group Pte. Ltd., a petroleum equipment manufacturer and services company. Since May 2010, he has served as executive director of C&C International Services, Inc., a petrochemical equipment services and marketing company. Since 2003, he has served as a director of Seth Nanotechnology Inc., a nanotechnology patent portfolio company owning more than 10 patents in fullerene derivatives and related application technologies, and since 2001, he has been a partner and member of the board of directors of EverRich Capital Inc., a financial consulting company. From September 2008 to April 2010, Dr. Chen served as the Chief Executive Officer of SilverPAC, Inc., a consumer electronics business, and from March 1994 to June 2002, Dr. Chen served as a board member of PCTEL, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCTI). Dr. Chen received a Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering from Oregon State University.
Che‑Wei Lin has served as a director on our Board since January 2014, and previously served as a director on our Board from December 2006 to October 2009. Since November 2007, Mr. Lin has served as the President of ASMedia Technology Inc., a chipset manufacturer. Since November 2009, Mr. Lin has also served as the Corporate Vice President of the Motherboard Business Unit of the Open Platform Business Group of ASUSTek Computer Inc., a computer hardware and electronics company. Mr. Lin was employed at VIA Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of integrated circuits and motherboard chipsets, from 1993 to 2007 in various positions, including President of the Desktop Platform Business Unit, Vice President of the System Platform Division and Vice President of OEM and Chipset Product Marketing. Mr. Lin received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Fu Jen University in Taiwan and a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri.