Executive team - Signal Advance Technologies, Inc.
Chris Hymel, Ph.D., President/Treasurer, Director
Dr. Hymel, Ph.D., the President/Founder and a Director of Signal Advance Technologies, Inc. is an experienced entrepreneur, engineering/scientific consultant and technical manager. He has authored a number of scientific and technical publications and holds multiple patents. He has over 25 years of experience in start-up and development stage private and public companies, including SEC securities registrations and reporting. Dr. Hymel previously founded a computer systems/networking consulting and technology development firm, and, subsequently, a medical-legal consulting firm which developed over 60 animations used in litigation. He also served on the board of a non-profit corporation for over 20 years. Dr. Hymel received his Doctorate from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health) and Bachelor and Master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University. Dr. Hymel’s professional experience includes technology development at the Neurophysiology Research Center at UT Health which included proprietary neurostimulation, signal generation and data acquisition systems. Prior experience includes control systems engineering with Johnson Control, Inc, as well as Shell Oil and Development Companies.
Dr. Hymel developed the proprietary Signal Advance technology and successfully demonstrated temporally advanced detection of a range of analog (including bioelectric) signals in his doctorate research. In 2011, the research results were summarized in a feature article published in the IEEE Circuits and Systems Magazine. Under his leadership, Signal Advance, Inc. was awarded first place in the prestigious Goradia Innovation Prize competition. In 2012, the Intellectual Property Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association named Dr. Hymel the 2012 Innovator of the Year. The State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Section recognized Dr. Hymel as the 2015 Inventor of the Year.
Ron Stubbers, B.S.E.E., M.B.A., Vice President, Director
Mr. Stubbers has held engineering and production management positions in start-ups and early-stage companies; Experienced in product development, production, world-wide client fulfillment, quality control and regulatory requirements. Mr. Stubbers holds multiple patents. Mr. Stubbers holds an M.B.A. and bachelors degree in electrical engineering. Ron A, Stubbers, B.S., MBA (Vice-President, Director): Mr. Stubbers has been developing and manufacturing electronic biomedical devices for over 20 years, much of it while VP of Engineering and VP of Operations for Neuroscan, Inc. and its successor Compumedics, USA from 1991-2003, and aDEPtas, Inc. and its successor InGeneron, Inc. from 2004-Present. His experience includes development and production of medical devices ranging from neurostimulation systems to EEG acquisition and analysis systems. He has also worked in the areas of product design and manufacturing engineering, quality, regulatory and technical support for startup companies. Mr. Stubbers has managed corporate ISO/EN/QSR quality management systems requirements and compliance and European CE and FDA 510K Class II as well as other regulatory approvals for world-wide medical device distribution. Mr. Stubbers received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho in 1985, completed graduate coursework at the University of Texas, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and at Rice University, and received an MBA at the University of Houston (2013).
Richard Seltzer, J.D., LL.M., Secretary, Director
Richard Seltzer is licensed to practice and is an approved mediator in the State of Texas, LL.M. in Taxation; Experienced in corporate and tax law, mergers and acquisitions and contract/license negotiations, business litigation, shareholder disputes. Mr. Seltzer lectures on general business law matters as an invited speaker.
Mr. Seltzer received his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 1981 and his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida in 1982. Mr. Seltzer has been in private practice for more than thirty years representing both established and startup businesses in acquisitions and mergers, financial and tax issues, contractual matters, shareholder disputes, real estate acquisitions and general business litigation in Texas State Courts. His practice includes arranging viable capital infusions for ongoing businesses, negotiating business and real estate related contracts. He has handled the licensing of proprietary information for a non-profit organization in Texas. He also continues to successfully represent numerous taxpayer corporations and individuals before the Internal Revenue Service, including both its Appellate and Collection as representing taxpayers for matters filed with the U.S. Tax Court. For more than fifteen years Mr. Seltzer has been a frequent invited speaker covering general business topics at the People’s Law School in conjunction with the University of Houston Law School. He is also an approved mediator in the State of Texas having received his certification in 2008. Mr. Seltzer has continued to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of Bridges to Life, a nonprofit organization in Houston, since 2003. He was appointed in 2011 as a member of the Board of Directors of STARBASE, Inc., a federally funded educational program working in conjunction with the Department of Defense and the National Guard that works with upper elementary school students particularly interested in math, science, engineering and technology related programs. In addition, Mr. Seltzer serves on the Boards of Directors of the following Texas corporations: Atlas Management, Inc. (appointed in 2000), Innovative Tooling and Accessories, Inc. (appointed in 2007), Intuitec, Inc. (appointed in 2003), Milsob Properties, Inc. (appointed in 2008). He has also served on the Board of Directors of Delta Shaver Company, Inc., a Delaware corporation since 2011.
Stan Dubyn, M.S.A.E., Director
With over 40 years of experience in the design and development of spacecraft systems at Hughes Space & Communications, TRW, Spectrum Astro, SpaceDev, and most recently, Millennium Space Systems, Stan is an accomplished and recognized leader in the space and satellite industry. He provides executive hands-on leadership in spacecraft and related mission design & development, program execution, business development and company operational functions. He founded Millennium Space Systems in November 2001, where as CEO and Chairman of the Board, he grew the company, starting from a “green field”, to almost 400 people, with annual revenues exceeding $200 million. The company was acquired by Boeing in September 2018. He was appointed as SpaceDev’s President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2000, where during his tenure, he built the company’s business base and capabilities to include contracts from NASA’s Explorers Office, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Boeing, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Mars Sample Return Architecture Study and Mars Ascent Vehicle Study), and grants from the California Space Authority and Western Commercial Space Center (WCSC). As one of the two co-founders of Spectrum Astro, he served as Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, where he was critical to building the company into a leading supplier of satellites and subsystems to the government, increasing annual revenue from approximately $1 million/year in 1992 to over $150 million/year in 1999. Under Stan’s leadership, system and subsystem contracts were won from the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA on such missions as MSTI-1, -2 and -3, New Millennium Deep Space 1, RHESSI and the Swift Gamma Ray Observatory – Spectrum Astro was acquired by General Dynamics in 2005. At TRW, where he served for nine years, Stan held several system engineering and program management positions on DSP, BSTS and several classified space programs – including Shuttle astronaut crew EVA and payload training for classified missions. At Hughes Space & Communications, Stan held positions as mechanical design engineer, systems engineer, mission analyst and operations technical advisor on numerous spacecraft. While at Hughes, he was awarded a Hughes Masters Fellowship, and returned to USC for his Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (MSAE), awarded in 1981. He began his space career in 1978, after earning his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (BSAE) from USC.
- Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer: Millennium Space Systems Nov 2001 – Nov 2020
- Member, Board of Directors, Space Launch Corporation: Aug 2001 – Sep 2004
- President & Chief Operating Officer, SpaceDev: Jan 2000 – July 2001
- Co-founder, Sr. Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Member of Board of Directors: Spectrum Astro: Oct 1990 – Jan 2000
Michael E. Brandt, Ph.D., Biomedical Science / Engineering
Gary Bucek, B.S., Business / Commercialization
Herbert Joe, J.D., LL.M., Intellectual Property
Hue-Teh Shih, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A., Electrocardiology
Michael Watson, Electronics / Control Systems
Peter Worman, Engineering/Project Management,
Biff Van Cleve, Corporate & Scientific/Technical Communications
Mr. Van Cleve is the CEO & Cofounder of Theatrics.com a provider of cloud-based platform for aggregating, curating, managing and presenting video, text, photo, and graphic imagery. His responsibilities include corporate oversight, investor relations and communication. Mr. Van Cleve has been working as a communications professional for over 40 years. He began as a surgical photographer for Baylor University College of Medicine in the mid-60s and progressed to a film and television in the early 70s. His experience in multi-media marketing and information dissemination encompasses a variety of production genres from print and broadcast television to cloud-based, crowd-sourced media development. He is an experienced writer, producer, and film maker whose portfolio has predominately focused on corporate training, communications and marketing. However, his broadcast experience includes live sporting events as well as multiple television commercials, and as V.P. / Production for Mars Hill, Mr. Van Cleve oversaw the making of a major Biblical dramatization, “The Hope” (www.thehopeproject.com) which is now in worldwide distribution in over 40 languages.
Malcolm Skolnick, Ph.D., J.D., Secretary, Director
Theoretical physicist, former tenured professor and director of technology transfer at the University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston, served as president and CEO of a publicly traded biotech firm (10 yrs). Dr Skolnick is also a registered patent attorney, licensed to practice in Texas, and experienced biomedical researcher with related publications and patents.
Dr. Skolnick received his Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University and J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. He retired in 2008 after ten years as a Director, President/CEO of CytoGenix, Inc., a publicly traded, development stage biotechnology firm in Houston Texas. Prior to joining CytoGenix, Dr. Skolnick, a tenured professor, held academic positions in the Medical School, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Public Health (SPH) of the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston (UTHSC). In addition to his service as a Department Chair in the Medical School and professorial duties, Dr. Skolnick directed the UTHSC Office of Technology Management, overseeing the University’s activities in protecting and licensing its technology portfolio. He also headed the Neurophysiology Research Center and served as principal investigator of several clinical trials in pain management, smoking cessation and reduction of withdrawal symptoms in drug addiction. Dr. Skolnick also serves as Director and Vice President of the Southwest Health Technology Foundation, Resolution Forum, Inc., Responsible Community Design International, Inc., and Hudson Forest Homeowners’ Association. He has served as an expert witness in intellectual property, product liability, and accident reconstruction matters. Dr. Skolnick is a registered patent attorney, patented inventor and is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. In addition to his service on various corporate boards, since his retirement from CytoGenix, Inc., he has been active in patent prosecution and licensing for selected clients and has been an invited lecturer at several local universities.
Signal Advance Technologies, Inc. has been recognized by several prestigious organizations.