Felix Ejeckam, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, CEO, Board Director
Felix Ejeckam, Ph.D. has spent most of his career as an entrepreneur and electrical engineer. He co-founded Akash Systems in January 2016 with Ty Williams and has since served as CEO.
Prior to founding Akash, Felix invented GaN-on-Diamond technology in 2003 at Group4 Labs, Inc which he then sold to De Beers in 2013. Afterward, Felix began his career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Felix is a highly esteemed thought leader with over 100 journal/conference papers published in engineering. He also holds over 80 technology patents.
In June 2021, Ejeckam was named a “Technology Pioneer” at the World Economic Forum in Davos. In December 2021, Newsweek named Ejeckam to its list of “America’s 50 Greatest Disruptors: Visionaries and Innovators Who Are Changing The World”.
Felix holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with a Minor in Materials Science from Cornell University.
Ty Mitchell, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Board Director, Managing Director
Ty Mitchell, Ph.D. is a leader in the fields of GaN and SiC materials, optoelectronics, and LED lighting with a long background in technology development, business development, and business leadership. He co-founded Akash Systems in January 2016 with Felix Ejeckam and serves as the Board Director.
Ty has grown and led public-company technology businesses from $10M to $500M+ in revenues. Ty started his career as an engineer at GE and IBM, before working as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company, a global management consulting firm, from 1993 to 1999.
Prior to founding Akash, Ty was an executive with Cree, Inc., a $1.6B manufacturer of LED lights, LED components, and GaN and SiC RF and power devices and materials. Ty held several business leadership roles at Cree, including VP/GM of Cree’s Optoelectronic device and GaN/SiC materials businesses, and EVP/GM of Cree’s LED lighting business.
Ty holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.