At Kinestral, we’re in the transformation business.

Exposure to natural light is essential to our well-being, affecting our emotional and physical health. A home with an abundance of natural light is friendly, cheery, and inviting. A home with limited natural light can be uninspiring and dreary.

So in 2010, we set out to find the best and simplest way to control sunlight. Our goal was to give people the ability to let in the maximum amount of natural light into their work and living spaces while cutting out the glare and unwanted heat and protecting our valued possessions from sun damage. 

We’ve succeeded.

Today at Kinestral, we’re transforming glass into responsive, intelligent, beautiful architectural elements that transition from clear to tinted to dark, automatically or on command. We’re transforming architecture and design by offering a much more versatile architectural element for windows, skylights and walls. We’re transforming buildings, homes – and eventually cities – to be more sustainable, efficient, and beautiful. Most importantly, we like to think that we’re transforming lives by giving people unprecedented comfort and control of their indoor environments and more connection with the outside world, while creating inspiring spaces for living and working.

Leadership

S.B. Cha, Ph.D.

S.B. Cha, Ph.D.

CEO

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.

Howard Turner, Ph.D.

Howard Turner, Ph.D.

CTO

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

Sam Bergh, Ph.D.

Sam Bergh, Ph.D.

COO

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.

Paul Nagel

Paul Nagel

Senior VP Product Development

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. 

Gregg Higashi

Gregg Higashi

VP Process Development

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.

Kenneth Higashihara

Kenneth Higashihara

VP of Engineering

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.

Ian Chao

Ian Chao

President, Kinestral Taiwan

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.

Strategic Partnerships

Investors