Management Team

Management Team

Nader Sadrzadeh

Nader Sadrzadeh

President and Chief Executive Officer

Nader Sadrzadeh joined Kionix as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2013. In advance of taking this position, Mr. Sadrzadeh was serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Kionix, and brings broad experience in the successful leadership of global semiconductor companies.

Mr. Sadrzadeh also serves as Sr. Vice President of ROHM Semiconductor, the parent company of Kionix.

Prior to joining the ROHM Group of Companies in 2009, between 2002 and 2009, Mr. Sadrzadeh was with OKI Semiconductor, a division of OKI Electric Industry Co. Japan, serving as Chief Information Officer and Vice President. Previous to OKI, he held positions in management consultancy at Andersen and Decision Technologies. Mr. Sadrzadeh holds his B.S. and M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with focus in Finance and Operations Management.

Scott A. Miller

Scott A. Miller, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering

Dr. Miller received his B.S. in Physics from Purdue University in 1991 and received his M.S. ('95) and Ph.D. ('98) in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University. As an undergraduate, his research focused on the use of scanning tunneling microscopes to characterize surface roughness. His graduate research focused on the design and fabrication of an array of micro-electromechanical scanning probe microscopes.

While completing his thesis, Scott joined Kionix as the senior engineer developing an ultra-high density MEMS data storage system. When that project ended, Scott continued working at Kionix on inertial sensors and optical mirror arrays. Over the years he has been at Kionix, his role has evolved from senior design engineer to design manager to product and application director to vice president of engineering.

Dr. Miller is the co-author of 6 technical publications in reviewed journals, 8 conference papers, and 1 book chapter. He is also the co-inventor on 11 U.S. patents. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

John M. Chong

John M. Chong, Ph.D.

Vice President, Product and Business Development

John is responsible for productizing and supporting Kionix's growing portfolio of sensors, and for developing new business opportunities.  Previously he was Director of Product Engineering and was also responsible for developing the Manufacturing Test capabilities for Kionix's accelerometer products as production increased tenfold to 100M units/yr. 

Before joining Kionix in 2006, Dr. Chong worked for Calient Networks, a company focused on using Optical MEMS to support increased bandwidth through the automated management of fiber optic networks.  He completed his B.S. (‘93) and his Ph.D. (‘99) in Electrical Engineering at Cornell University, where he worked on novel techniques for the design and manufacturing of Microfludic MEMS.

John holds a number of patents, has spoken at numerous conferences about sensors and their role in the Internet of Things and currently serves on the Governing Council of the MEMS Industry Group.

Nicole Kerness

Nicole Kerness, Ph.D.

Vice President, Sensor Design and Technology

Nicole Kerness joined Kionix as VP of Sensor Design and Technology from the Advanced R&D team at Maxim Integrated. As an Executive Director at Maxim Integrated, Nicole managed a team focused on Optical Sensor Integration and wafer level packaging of those sensors. These have been used in applications such as ambient light sensing, RGB, proximity, gesture, UV and heart rate sensors. Additional areas of research have been in bio and environmental sensors. She was responsible for technology development for sensor strategy and brought multiple new sensor and technologies to high volume production.

At SMI, after working as a program manager on a wide range of sensors: pressure sensors, accelerometers, gyroscopes, microphones and several other devices, she lead the engineering team as Vice President of Product Engineering. In this role she managed engineers to develop, improve, and sustain the product portfolio primarily pressure sensors (both die and packaged parts) for automotive, medical and industrial applications. She was responsible for sensor design, simulation, characterization, packaging, test, and development.

Just prior to SMI, she was a post doc at Stanford University for one year in the Transducers lab lead by Prof. Greg Kovacs.

Nicole earned her Ph.D. at ETH Zurich in the research group of Prof. Henry Baltes. Her Master of Engineering was from Cornell University and BS in Engineering Physics from RPI in Troy, NY. She is the co-author of multiple technical publications in reviewed journals and conferences papers. She is the co-inventor on 20 U.S. patents/patent applications. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Scott Kobylarz

Scott Kobylarz

VP, Quality Assurance and Automotive Products

Mr. Kobylarz has over 20 years of professional engineering experience dealing with product management, product design, application engineering, and quality management.

Prior to joining Kionix, Mr. Kobylarz worked for Borg Warner for 18 years, most recently as Chief Engineer - Americas.  At Borg Warner, he successfully led business units that captured more than $300M in new business for the company from U.S. and European OEMs. In addition to his business leadership skills, his engineering efforts resulted in patented technology as well as numerous process and development advancements adopted globally by Borg Warner. 

Scott holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.