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Dr. Thompson Lin
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Chih‑Hsiang (Thompson) Lin, Ph.D., founded Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. in February 1997 and has served as 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. Since May 2015, Dr. Lin has served on the University of Missouri's Chancellor's Advisory Group and since November 2016 he has served as a chair on the University of Missouri's Industrial Advisory Board for the College of Engineering. Dr. Lin also served as a research associate professor from 1998 to 2000 and as a senior research scientist from 1994 to 1998 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.

Chairman of the Board
    William H. Yeh
    Chairman of the Compensation Committee and Member of the Corporate Governance Committee

    William H. Yeh has served as a director on our Board of Directors 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. Since 2005, he has served as President of Pearlyeh Investments Inc., a real estate development and investment company. Since 2014, he has served as president of Stonemetal Capital, LLC, an equity financial company and as president of Pearl Yeh Charitable Foundation LLC, a charitable foundation focused on cultural exchange and education programs. He served as the Vice Chairman of Central Bancorp, Inc. (the holding company of United Central Bank, now Hanmi Bank) from 1997 to 2014. He served as an Advisor of Hanmi Bank for the Texas region from 2014 to 2019. Mr. Yeh received a BS degree from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan and a MS degree from University of Houston—Clear Lake.

    Richard B. Black
    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 2017, he also served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of CRON-ECRM LLC, a worldwide supplier of laser based imaging equipment. Mr. Black 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 has served as trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton since 1990, and became its Vice Chairman in 2006, and Trustee Emeritus since 2012. He has served as a trustee of the American Indian College Fund, Beloit College, and Bard College. At the University of Chicago, he serves on the Dean’s Council for the Physical Sciences Division and on the Board of Governors of the University’s Smart Museum of Art. 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.

    Alex Ignatiev, Ph.D.
    Member of the Audit Committee

    Alex Ignatiev, Ph.D. has served as a director on our Board since February 2013, and previously served as a director on our Board of directors from June 2008 to October 2009 and from May 2001 to August 2002. From 2005 until 2017 he served as a director of the Center for Advanced Materials at the University of Houston and has served since 2010 as the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen professor of physics, chemistry and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Houston. Dr. Ignatiev is now Emeritus Professor of Physics 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. Since December 2017, he has served as Chief Technology Officer of Lunar Resources, Inc., which develops functional thin materials in the vacuum of space. 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 also has been elected to the International Academy of Astronautics and to the Kazakhstan National Academy of Sciences, and was awarded Russian American of the Year in 2015. Dr. Ignatiev received a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Cornell University.

    Min-Chu (Mike) Chen, Ph.D.
    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 2001, he has been a partner and member of the board of directors of EverRich Capital Inc., a financial consulting 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. Since May 2010, he has served as executive director of C&C International Services, Inc., a petrochemical equipment services and marketing company. 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 January 2012, he has served as an executive director of FGel Nanotek, Inc., a food and beverage additive company based on nanotechnology. Since April 2014, he has served as a director of Harbin NeoTek Medical Devices Co., Ltd. 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 2018, he has served as executive director of EABO Information Technology (Shanghai), Co. Ltd. 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
    Member of the Compensation Committee

    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.

    Elizabeth Loboa, Ph.D.
    Member of the Audit Committee
    Elizabeth Loboa, Ph.D. , has been elected to serve on our Board of Directors at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Stockholders. Dr. Loboa serves Southern Methodist University as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. From 2015 to 2020, Dr. Loboa served the University of Missouri System and the University of Missouri in various roles such as Vice Chancellor for Strategic Partnerships, Dean and Ketcham Professor of the College of Engineering, University of Missouri System Review Committee for Excellence in Research and Creative Works, Council of Leaders, MU Engagement Council, Translational Precision Medicine Complex (TPMC, now called Next Gen Precision Health Institute) Academic and Research Programming Group, University of Missouri System Taskforce for Innovation, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Innovation Center. She also currently holds various leadership and service roles related to her profession. In 2018, she served as Coordinator of the Precision Medicine Summit for the University of Missouri System. In 2017, she served as Co-Chair of the University of Missouri Chancellor Search Committee. Since 2015, Dr. Loboa has also served as adjunct professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. From 2003 to 2015 she served as Director of the Cell Mechanics Laboratory, Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. From 2014 to 2015 she served as adjunct professor in the Departments of Biotechnology, Physiology and Fiber and Polymer Science at North Carolina State University and in the Department of Orthopaedics and Curriculum in Oral Biology at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. From 2014 to 2015 she served as Professor of the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University. She also served as Associate Chair of the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University from 2013 to 2015. Dr. Loboa received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, an M.S.E in Biomechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.