Executive Team

 Tom Clay, Chief Executive Officer

Tom joined Xtalic as CEO in March of 2008. Prior to joining Xtalic Tom spent 10 years growing another successful MIT start up, Z Corporation, from early commercialization phase through to market leadership in the 3D printing space. Tom served Z Corporation as President, CEO and board member. Tom is a former Airborne Ranger and led reconnaissance teams while stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Tom holds a BA from Princeton University in Mathematics and an MBA with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from the Harvard Business School.

Professor Chris Schuh, Ph.D., Chief Scientist

Christopher A. Schuh is the Chief Scientist of Xtalic Corporation, Department head of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  and  Danae and Vasilios Salapatas Professor of Metallurgy. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, both in the field of Materials Science and Engineering. Prof. Schuh’s research is focused on structural metallurgy, and seeks to control disorder in metallic microstructures for the purpose of optimizing mechanical properties. Prof. Schuh is co-inventor of the Xtalic technology that permits control over grain size in nanocrystalline alloys, and co-founded the company with Dr. Alan Lund in 2005.


Alan Lund, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Lund co-founded Xtalic Corporation with Prof. Christopher Schuh of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Under Dr. Lund’s leadership Xtalic Corporation licensed core technologies from MIT, transformed these technologies into industrial processes, formed critical early-stage customer relationships, raised over $6M in angel and venture financing, and recruited experienced and accomplished professionals for its senior management and technical teams. Dr. Lund’s academic training was in the area of metallurgy. He received degrees in Materials Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BS) and Northwestern University (PhD), and spent three years as a post-doctoral researcher at MIT.

John Kinne, Vice President of Business Development

John Kinne joined Xtalic Corporation in May 2008 as Vice President of Business Development. He has been working in the field of metal coatings and metal finishing for more than 30 years. From 1993 until 2000 John served as Vice President of Worldwide General Metal Finishing Business with Atotech, a world leader in metal coating technologies, and was responsible for the development of global business and R&D activities in this business sector. In 2000 he was appointed President of Atotech USA with responsibility for the entire range of the Atotech’s business activity in North and South America. In 2008 John was the sole recipient of the National Association of Surface Finishers lifetime achievement award. He is a 1973 graduate of Princeton University.

Christopher Hemme, Chief Financial Officer

As CFO of Xtalic Corporation, Christopher Hemme is responsible for overseeing the company’s financial operations and its plans for growth. Christopher brings more than 23 years of accounting, finance and operational experience at fast growing technology companies. Prior to joining Xtalic, Christopher served as CFO of Mall Networks, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at SoundBite Communications where he was directly involved with all aspects of the company’s IPO ($43M). Before Soundbite, Christopher served as Corporate Controller at Winphoria Networks, Inc. where he helped secure series “B” financing of $42 million and played a key role in the sale of Winphoria to Motorola in May 2003.

Christopher holds a BS in business economics from S.U.N.Y. at Oneonta and an MBA from Suffolk University.

Mike Vogel, VP of Operations

Mike joined Xtalic in March of 2011 as VP of Operations and is responsible for customer site support, technical service and technology implementations. He has over twenty years of experience at emerging technology companies serving in R&D, engineering and operations leadership roles. Prior to joining Xtalic Mike held senior management positions at the laboratory automation company HighRes Biosolutions and at Z Corporation, where he helped grow the company from a start-up to a leader in the 3d printing industry. Mike began his career at the world renowned Lockheed Martin “Skunk Works”, where he designed advanced aircraft, spacecraft and marine systems.  He holds BS degrees in Aerospace Engineering and in Life Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

John Cahalen, Vice President of Engineering

John joined Xtalic in November 2007 to lead the commercialization of the Xtalic product lines and development of the electronic’s applications area. John has more than 20 years of experience in R&D and Commercialization of industrial materials. Prior to joining Xtalic he was the metallization manager for the newly formed Photovoltaic’s business group within the Rohm and Haas, Electronic Materials business unit. From 1994 until 2007 he worked for Shipley Company/Rohm and Haas in their Electronic Materials division developing and commercializing products and processes in the metallization, surface finish, and photolithography areas. John holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University.

Robert Hilty, Ph.D., P.E.,  Vice President of Research and Development

Bob joined Xtalic in 2015 as VP of Research and Development. Bob is responsible for seeking out and developing new product technologies, engaging with customers to solve challenging technical problems. He has over 20 years of experience in global R&D and product development roles. From 2007 to 2012, Bob led R&D at Tyco Electronics and from 2012-2014 he was the Chief Technology Officer at TE Circuit Protection Business. Bob has a history of implementing new materials and process technologies in broad industries including consumer electronics, automotive, industrial and communications. He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering & Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.