Board Members


Paul Then, Board Member

Paul M. Then was appointed director, Early Stage Business Development in January 2015. In this role, he is responsible for the identification, evaluation, and transition of potential new products through stages 1 and 2 within S&T’s Emerging Innovations Group. Prior to this role, Then served as Commercial Technology director in Advanced Optics where he was responsible for the development of optical technology across AO and driving commercialization of new opportunities through the Innovation Process.

Then joined Corning in 1981. Since that time, he has held a variety of engineering, manufacturing, and commercial positions.

Then joined Tropel in 2001 as Commercial Technology director for Laser Optics, a new product line for Corning Tropel Corporation. From 2001 through August 2006, he served in various positions, including commercial and manufacturing leadership. In August 2006, he was appointed general manager, Corning Tropel.

From 1991 to 2001, Then held a number of roles for the Environmental Products Division. During this time, his responsibilities included the creation and implementation of the product engineering strategy for the division. He served as worldwide product engineering manager in Wiesbaden, Germany, from 1997 to 2000.

Then was also responsible for the creation of the Specialty Cellular Ceramic Plant, serving as project manager and subsequently production manager from 1987 through 1991. He began his career in the Manufacturing and Engineering Division, working on manufacturing cost reduction and automation projects.

Then holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in manufacturing engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Waguih Ishak, Board Member

Dr. Waguih Ishak joined Corning in 2007 to establish a new Silicon Valley facility, the Corning West Technology Center (CWTC) in Palo Alto, California. CWTC is part of Global Research and is staffed with scientists and engineers working on high-speed interconnects, novel displays, solid-state illumination and embedded sensors. CWTC is a Corning Innovation Hub in Silicon Valley responsible for business development, collaborations with industry, academia, VCs and startups on the West Coast.

From 2005 to 2007, Ishak was the chief technology officer and vice president of Avago Technologies. From 2003 to 2005, Ishak was the vice president and director of the Photonics & Electronics Research Lab at Agilent Labs responsible for R&D programs in photonics, high-speed electronics, sensors, semiconductor tests, wireless communications and consumer electronics. From 1987 to 2003, Ishak was the director of the Communications & Optics Research Laboratory at Hewlett-Packard Labs, working on photonics and integrated electronics. From 1978 to 1987, Ishak was a Member of Technical Staff and project manager for bubble memories, SAW devices and MSW devices.

Ishak has authored approximately 100 journal and conference papers, and four chapters in the “Handbook of Electronic Instruments.” He was named an inventor on seven U.S. patents. He is on the Technical Advisory Boards of USC, UC San Diego, Santa Clara University, and NRC of Canada. He was a member of the National Academics Committee on “Harnessing the Light” and to write the book “Optics & Photonics – Essential Technologies for Our Nation,” 2013, resulting in the White House announcement of the Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute on October 2014 http://spie.org/x110433.xml.

Ishak received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Cairo University in 1971 and a B.S. in mathematics from Ain Shams University, Egypt, in 1973. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D., both in electrical engineering, from McMaster University, Ontario, Canada, in 1975 and 1978, respectively. Ishak obtained the Stanford University Executive Program in 1999. Ishak is a Life Fellow of the IEEE. Ishak received the University of California Exemplary Service Award in 2015.