Dr Chris Mann
Digital Barriers Plc. (ThruVision)
Dr Chris Mann is an enthusiastic, driven, professional Physicist/Engineer and entrepreneur. He has held the position of Chairman on the IET RF and Microwave TPN Executive panel for the past two years.
He has worked in the start-up environment, industry and academia in the UK and abroad. He was co-founder of ThruVision Ltd, a hi-tech start-up company spun out of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire and the European Space Agency. In 2002 he co-conceived and was co-project manager for the ESA StarTiger programme.
He has spent the early part of his career working in Space science at RAL developing space instrumentation that has been used to monitor and understand climate change and the Ozone depletion process. This involved the development from first principles through to space operation of complex electronic detectors, sources and system technologies spanning the terahertz range from 100GHz to 2.5THz.
Being innovative, he is listed as single or joint inventor on over ten patents and patent applications several of which have generated revenue or subsequently used to rise significant private investment.
In taking a high technology start up from two people to over forty employees he gained considerable experience in both product development, manufacturing, commercial exploitation and raising hi-tech investment.
He is currently the Scientific Advisor to Digital Barriers: ThruVision, the supplier of a unique person screening product. He provides technical direction to the Engineering team and is instrumental in carrying out the future product development programme. He is the first port of call for evaluation of new applications, business potential and technical opportunities.
He was awarded the degree of Doctorate of Philosophy form the University of London in 1992 for his dissertation subject: ‘A 183GHz Sub-harmonic Mixer ‘. He is the current Chairman of the IET RF and Microwave Technical and Professional Network.
To pursue his opportunities outside the security industry, in 2009 he founded Water Window Ltd, providing consultancy services to Industry and academia in terahertz technology and also to carry out R+D into novel forms of low carbon energy.
He was Chief Technology Officer (Co-Founder), ThruVision Ltd 2004 – 2009, deriving technology and business strategy and raising private and government investment. He was responsible managing the technologies evolution from conception through product development and eventual sale. From 2000 to 2004 as Chief Engineer at Flann Microwave Ltd he was responsible for all new product development and technical analysis of production issues.
He was project Manager (co-originator) for the European Space Agency’s StarTiger project, held at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in 2002. Prior to this he was a Senior Scientific Officer at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, running numerous projects in the field of millimetre wave and terahertz sensing systems. Customers included UK government and industry, the EU, ESA, NASA and MOD. From 1992 to 1994 he held the position of Frontier Researcher at the RIKEN, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.