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Technology for next generation windows.

Natural light is essential to our emotional and physical wellness. It provides an array of benefits, from productivity to better sleep, so in 2010 Kinestral was founded to explore an innovative way of harnessing sunlight.

Our goal was threefold. Give people the ability to control natural light. Reduce glare and heat. And lower energy consumption.
Kinestral has succeeded in creating a technology that is changing how people live and work, as well as revolutionizing the construction industry. Halio, the world’s most advanced smart-tinting glass, is responsive, intelligent, and a beautiful architectural element. It transitions automatically or on-command from clear to fully tinted in less than 3 minutes.

With Halio architects, designers, and builders have a more versatile element for windows, skylights and interior walls to create homes and buildings that are comfortable, beautiful, and sustainable.

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Leadership Team

S.B. Cha, Ph.D.
S.B. has over 20 years of experience in the display and electronics industries. He was formerly CEO of ACAL Energy and Chief Commercial Officer for Cambridge Display Technology (CDT), both in the UK, and Director of Sumation KK in Japan. He holds a Ph.D. from Imperial College, London and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

S.B. Cha, Ph.D.CEO

Howard Turner, Ph.D.
Howard is a co-founder of Kinestral. He was formerly VP R&D at Symyx Technologies where he pioneered the use of combinatorial methods for the discovery and optimization of functional materials. With a Ph.D. from MIT, Howard started his career with Exxon. He has authored more than 60 scientific publications and 100 issued patents

Howard Turner, Ph.D.CTO

Sam Bergh, Ph.D.
Sam drew from his experience in process development and systems design to co-found Kinestral. Previously VP Engineering at Symyx, Sam has written over 25 issued patents. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Sam Bergh, Ph.D.COO

Paul Nagel
An accomplished senior technology manager with a broad experience in developing, building, marketing, and selling consumer lifestyle technology products, Paul was previously with Control4, 3Com, and Compaq (HP). He holds a BSEE from the University of Utah.

Paul NagelSenior VP Product Development

Craig Henricksen
Craig has extensive experience in product development and marketing, including working with global consumer brands such as Bose and iRobot. He holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, an international MBA from the University of San Diego, and an MBA from EGADE in Monterrey, Mexico.

Craig HenricksenVP, Product & Marketing

Ian Chao
Ian has over 25 years of experience in semiconductor, display and renewable energy industries. He was formerly CEO of GMZ energy in Boston and President of E-Ton Solar Tech, a public traded company in Taiwan. He holds an MBA from Purdue University and an MS from University of Texas at El Paso.

Ian ChaoPresident, Kinestral Taiwan

Gregg Higashi
Gregg has over 30 years of experience in R&D and manufacturing in companies such as Alta Devices, Applied Materials, Intel, and Bell Laboratories (Bell Telephone, AT&T, Lucent, Agere). He is a fellow of the IEEE. He holds an undergrad and a Ph.D. in physics from MIT.

Gregg HigashiVP Process Development

Kenneth Higashihara
Ken has over 25 years of mechanical and system design experience in the aerospace, semiconductor, and laboratory automation industries and was formerly Director of Mechanical Engineering at Symyx Technologies. He received an MS in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

Kenneth HigashiharaVP of Engineering

James Arnold
Jim is a senior executive with nearly 40 years of experience in sales and general management. With a successful track record of building businesses, he has held leadership positions that included general manager at Thomson Consumer Electronics, senior vice president of sales at DIRECTV, and senior vice president of sales at Control4.

James ArnoldPresident, Halio North America

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