The Company

About AKHAN Semiconductor

Formed in early 2013, AKHAN Semiconductor, Inc. (AKHAN SEMI) is a wholly owned subsidiary of AKHAN Technologies, Inc. The primary aim of AKHAN SEMI is to develop and manufacture next generation Nanocrystalline (NCD) based materials & devices. AKHAN SEMI's IP portfolio combines AKHAN's breakthrough Miraj Diamond® Electronics portfolio with revolutionary low temperature diamond deposition technology -- resulting in the world's most advanced diamond semiconductor platform. The company is based in Gurnee, IL.

Board of Directors

Adam Khan- Founder, Chairman, & Chief Executive Officer

Adam has authored several patents and technical publications, and is also a frequent speaker on Diamond Semiconductor & Clean Technology. As a result of his award winning research, which he began as an electrical engineering student at age 19, Adam is inventor of the Miraj Diamond® Platform. Adam has also served as a speaker and expert witness to a variety of Federal bodies, including the U.S. House Space, Science, & Technology Committee and the U.S. Department of Energy. Additionally, Adam's work was recognized and individually honored by the United States Congress in the 114th Congressional Records & Proceedings. Adam’s professional affiliations include the Materials Research Society, Board of Directors for the Chicago Council on Science and Technology, and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness.

Adam earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Physics from the University of Illinois Chicago, before pursuing graduate research at the Stanford University Nanofabrication Facility. He has been everything from a CleanTech Open Midwest Innovation Summit winner, a Forbes 30 Under 30, to a Modern Day Nikola Tesla in the International Documentary Film ‘Tesla’s Children’ (2016).


David Heller

Mr. Heller is currently the President of Heller Industries, a leader in the reflow soldering materials and equipment market. During his time with the company, Mr. Heller has been responsible for developing the current line of leading epoxy curing machines, ultimately growing the company’s market share to the lead position. Prior to joining Heller Industries, Mr. Heller served as a Control Test and Development Engineer for General Motors Corp. Mr. Heller holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, as well as an MBA from Harvard University.


Jeffrey Miller- Sales Advisor to the Board

Jeff has over 30 years of industry experience within consumer electronics, telecommunications and technology, displaying a dependable reputation of delivering profitable growth for both start-ups and mature, multi-billion dollar global businesses. He’s held many senior business executive roles with Motorola and Motorola Mobility, including directing the company’s business relationships with North American wireless operators and retailers, as well as global technical sales, support, and program management. Furthermore, Jeff led both Motorola’s Strategic Account Management Program, in addition to Motorola’s global eCommerce business. Jeff graduated with a BS from Miami University (OH) and later earned his MBA from The Ohio State University.

Executive Management Team


Carl Shurboff- President & Chief Operating Officer

Carl has extensive experience in engineering management, Intellectual Property portfolio strategy, licensing and litigation, and customers acquisition. Prior to AKHAN, Carl was the Manager of Industry Partnerships at Argonne National Laboratories, leading the team to develop IP Strategy, negotiating Patent Licenses, and forming industry partnerships. Before Argonne, Carl spent 25 years at Motorola as the Director of technology and product initiatives, and integrated circuits. Carl has 30 patents and patent applications, and authored several semiconductor articles. He received his Executive MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University, his MS in Semiconductor Device Physics at ASU, and his BSEE at Purdue.


Bill Alberth- Chief Technology Officer

Bill brings nearly 30 years of experience in the mobile device and wireless technology. Before joining AKHAN, Bill spent twenty-five years with Motorola, overseeing the architecture and commercialization of wireless products. In 2012, he founded Innovations Technologies Consulting Inc., advising startups and establishing companies on wireless technology, product, and intellectual property. He has served as a board member or advisor for organizations including NextNav LLC, Argonne National Laboratory, Open Mobile Alliance, and SiNode Systems. Bill has 115 patents. He earned his BSEE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.



Technical Team


Robert Polak, Ph.D.- Optical Engineer

R&D Engineer with extensive experience in identifying, implementing and sourcing product-differentiating advanced technologies into consumer electronics. Dr. Polak spent 10+ years with Motorola, involved in all aspects of display development within Motorola’s cellular phone business. He has authored 15+ patent applications (2 issued). He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University.


Priya Raman, Ph.D.- Process Engineer

Dr. Raman boasts six years of hands-on experience in building, maintaining and operating high vacuum systems, five years of experience in building and running plasma diagnostics, and extensive research experience in thin film deposition. Dr. Raman has co-authored 7 publications & 3 patent applications. She earned her M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering as well as a M.Sc. & Ph.D. in Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering.


Ernest Schirmann - Senior Electrical Engineer

30+ years of broad industry experience in definition and development of RF system architectures, components, and semiconductors. Ernie was an RF engineer at Motorola Mobility, GaAs device development engineer at Motorola Semiconductor, and a GaAs development/characterization engineer at Lockheed Sanders. He has co-authored 14 issued patents in the areas of GaAs semiconductors, RF PAs, and RF transmitters.


Pete Shurboff- Operations and Quality Manager

12 years with Motorola as a Manufacturing Operations Manager developing new process lines, and driving quality assurance. Program Manager at Dell for Latitude and Inspiron mainstream laptop computers. Program Manager at Microsoft for Business Architecture of Enterprise Resource Planning responsible for business modeling to implementing ERP software. Previous Security Clearance working with Motorola and ITT Aero.


Awards and Recognition