Dr. Steve Carlson was President, CEO, and Founder of Optodot, and led Optodot for the more than 20 years since its founding in 2000. He has over 40 years of experience as a chief technology officer or chief marketing officer for various high-technology companies in the battery, imaging, data storage media, coatings, and chemicals businesses. Dr. Carlson’s inventions are protected by over 50 U.S. patents and patent applications, including 20 U.S. patents on ceramic separators for batteries. Dr. Carlson was honored by the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA) as the 2022 Inventor of the Year Award Winner, for pioneering safer separators for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, widely used in electric vehicles and portable electronics. He has been a registered U.S. patent agent since 1995. Dr. Carlson earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from MIT.