Tal Margalith received his PhD in Materials from UCSB in 2002, in the field of Gallium Nitride optoelectronics. After graduating, he spent 10 years in the industry: first in the R&D division of Philips Lumileds Lighting, then at UCSB-spinoff Soraa as the Director of the Process Engineering arm of the company’s Operations Division. Tal serves as the Executive Director for Scientific Initiatives and Innovation at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), where he works to strengthen corporate relations and technology outreach, facilitate technology translation from academia to industry, and promote new multi-PI and multi-campus initiatives for science and engineering at UCSB. Tal oversees the shared-use facilities, runs the startup-focused CNSI Technology Incubator program, and serves as the Industry Liaison for the NSF Quantum Foundry and the Executive Director for BioPACIFIC MIP.
Oversight of CNSI's innovation initiatives and resources - shared facilities, technology translation and startup incubation, Challenge Grants to promote multi-PI and multi-campus efforts, and industry partnerships.