Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> May 5, 2003

Ronald Walrod – Jmar Technologies Inc (jmar)

RONALD A. WALROD was elected President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of JMAR Technologies, Inc., in October 2002. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Walrod served as President and CEO of Kinetic Probe, a privately-held company engaged in the development of semiconductor probe cards. While there, he established a new business model for the startup operation and secured funding from a range of sources to develop and commercialize its product. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Walrod served as President and CEO of Nautronix, a leading supplier of dynamic positioning, autopilot and automation systems for marine applications. While under his direction, that company, a US subsidiary of an Australian company, effectively capitalized on emerging opportunities in the offshore oil and gas industry and tripled its revenues in less than two years. From 1984 to 1993, Mr. Walrod served as President and CEO of Applied Remote Technology, Inc. (ART), a company he founded to develop autonomous undersea vehicle (AUV) systems, advanced undersea sensors and acoustic communications links, all of which have both commercial and military applications. Under his leadership, ART formed a series of teaming agreements, strategic alliances, and technology transfer agreements that enabled it to gain rapid access to its targeted markets. The effectiveness of ART's AUV and sensor systems earned the company recognition as a leading innovator in the field and led directly to ART's acquisition by General Dynamics. Mr. Walrod graduated with honors from the United States Coast Guard Academy and earned both Master's of Science and Professional Engineer degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1970, and he received a Master's of Business Administration degree from the University of San Diego in 1983. He was awarded a fellowship for graduate studies in Ocean Engineering from the National Science Foundation and has twice received the Industrial Research and Development IR 100 Award for Remotely Operated Vehicles developed under his direction. Mr. Walrod holds a United States Patent for 'Comminution by Cryogenic Electrohydraulics' that was issued in 1998. Profile
TWST: Would you begin with some background on JMAR Technologies?

Mr. Walrod: JMAR Technologies develops advanced high brightness

lasers, laser produced plasma light sources and X-ray