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Image Sensors Americas 2020 Advisory Board

Smithers is proud to have worked with the following renowned experts to shape and guide the Image Sensors Americas conference.

  • Suraj Bhaskaran

    Sr. Manager, Engineering and R&D Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Suraj Bhaskaran leads the Engineering and R&D group at the Cameras & Imagers business unit of Thermo Fisher Scientific located in Liverpool, NY.  Suraj received his Bachelor of Science (1996) and Master of Science (2000) in Microelectronic Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY, USA).  For the past 17 years, Suraj has been working on advancing Thermo Fisher’s camera technology by taking advantage of the unique features of the Charge Injection Device (CID).  These camera systems are used for scientific and radiation hardened applications, helping keep the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

  • Robert Bloomquist

    Director - Automotive Marketing Xilinx

    Robert Bloomquist is Director of Automotive Marketing at Xilinx where he has a global role driving strategic opportunities directly with automotive OEMs, developing inbound and outbound marketing and supporting the sales team with the positioning of Xilinx’s key value propositions.

    He brings more than two decades of automotive expertise to his position at Xilinx. Prior to Xilinx, Bloomquist spent eight years at Texas Instruments where he lead an OEM-focused sales team that saw numerous industry-leading infotainment and ADAS design wins. Additionally, he held automotive positions at National Semiconductor and initially started at Maxim Integrated where he pioneered its entrance into the automotive market as a founding member of the company’s automotive business unit.

    Bloomquist sits on the 2019 IS Auto Americas advisory board where he helps to define the conference themes and speaker tracks. He holds a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Michigan.

  • Peter Centen

    Director R&D Cameras Grass Valley

    Peter Centen is Vice President R&D, Cameras for Grass Valley, A Belden Brand and he has over 30 years of experience in managing innovation in imaging technology. During his time with Grass Valley, Peter has been instrumental in transitioning the camera manufacturer from CCD-imagers to CMOS imagers across the entire product range, which enabled the present-day HD, 4K and HDR imaging. He was the inventor of HD-DPM technology for which Thomson/Technicolor was awarded an Emmy in 2003. In 2016 he received the David Sarnoff award for his work in imaging. He holds a BSc an MSc with honors and a Ph.D.  He is a member of the IEEE and SMPTE and has published over 65 journal and conference articles in related fields and has presented his work at dozens of international conferences.

  • Eiichi Funatsu

    Senior Director OmniVision

    Eiichi Funatsu is Sr. Director of Technology Management Group in the CTO Office, OmniVision. His team is responsible for defining the image sensor technology roadmap, introducing new technologies to the company and making product concepts using new technologies. He has been in the image sensor field more than 25 years and has a wide range of experience from image sensor design, wafer process, algorithm to camera systems.


    He started his career with intelligent image sensor R&D in Mitsubishi Electric. In 2001, he joined Sony and led the product design and business development of CMOS Image Sensors in Moiblephone segment. He and his team obtained the customers one by one and grew the Mobilephone CMOS Image Sensor business to the No.1 in the market. In 2012, he joined OmniVision and led the Mobile Marketing group. He has been in the current position form 2017.

    He got the Ph.D degree from Tokyo University, Japan, in 2005 based on the work done in Mitsubishi Electric.

  • Paul Gallagher

    Vice-President of Strategic Marketing Airy3D

    Paul K. Gallagher is currently the Vice-President of Strategic Marketing for Airy3D. He has over 30 years of industry experience, having held executive and product leadership roles at the top original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of imaging sensors including Samsung Electronics Company, OmniVision Technologies, Micron Technology (Aptina/ON Semi), Pelican Imaging, and ST Micro (VLSI Vision). Mr. Gallagher was most recently at LG Electronics in San Jose where he working to develop the company’s organic imager program. He continuously drives to open new markets and technology uses within imaging, and is an advisor to numerous imaging companies.

  • Dan McGrath

    Senior Principal Pixel Design Engineer GOODiX Technology

    Dan McGrath has worked for 37 years specializing in the device physics of silicon-based pixels, CCD and CIS, and in the integration of image-sensor process enhancements in the manufacturing flow. He chose his first job because it offered that “studying defects in image sensors means doing physics” and has kept this passion front-and-center in his work. He has pursued this work at Texas Instruments, Polaroid, Atmel, Eastman Kodak, Aptina, BAE Systems, and GOODiX Technology and has worked with manufacturing facilities in France, Italy, Taiwan, and the USA.  His publications include the first megapixel CCD and the basis for dark current spectroscopy (DCS).

  • Ron Mueller

    CEO of Vision Markets Associate Consultant of Smithers

    After several executive positions in B2B Sales and Marketing, Dr.-Ing. Ronald Mueller founded Vision Markets in 2014 with the mission to support companies to grow in the Imaging field. Quickly, Vision Markets became the leading Marketing and Management Consulting Company dedicated to the global Machine Vision industry. With a team of currently 8 co-workers Vision Markets has already supported over 55 SMEs as well as multi-billion dollar companies from Tokyo to Vancouver. The quality of the offerings derives from the technical know-how of imaging technologies, the market expertise built since 2002, and the executive management experience of its consultants. On this basis, Vision Markets enables its clients to grow with strategic consulting services in Marketing, Sales, Product Management, and Corporate Acquisitions. Operational outsourcing services like recruiting, public relations management, writing of marketing content, and digital marketing are complementing the portfolio. Furthermore, Ronald is member of several Machine Vision innovation award juries.

  • Gloria Putnam

    Marketing Director Americas GPixel

    Gloria Putnam joined Gpixel in 2019 to direct the company’s marketing activities in the Americas and accelerate its growth in scientific, industrial, professional video and VR/AR imaging applications. During her 16 year career at Eastman Kodak/Truesense Imaging/ONSemi, she built and led an international organization for applications engineering, business development, product marketing, strategic marketing, and demand planning to support the growth of the CCD business and the integration of the acquired National Semiconductor automotive business, and later the ONSemi industrial CMOS sensor business and the previously Aptina security sensor business. Recently, Gloria has been enjoying refamiliarizing herself with the scientific imaging market and related applications, and exploring emerging areas like the use of AI in pathology. She holds B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Physics from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and an M.S. degree in Physics from California State University, Fullerton.