Board of Directors

Richard B. Brown, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board

Prof. Brown earned BS and MS degrees in EE from Brigham Young University. After working in industry for six years, he returned to school at the University of Utah and received an EE Ph.D. in 1985, developing one of the first “smart sensors,” an array of liquid chemical sensors with integrated electronics.

Upon graduation, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan, where he later served as Associate Chair for EE and as Interim Chair of EECS, and received an Arthur F. Thurnau Endowed Professorship. He developed the Michigan VLSI program and conducted research on sensors (ions, heavy metals, and neurotransmitters), microprocessors (high-performance, low-power, and mixed-signal), and brain-machine interfaces (electrochemical sensing, and word recognition from non-penetrating electrodes). In 2004, he was appointed Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Utah.

Prof. Brown has been a founder with his students of Mobius Microsystems (all-silicon clock generators), i-SENS (glucose, blood electrolyte and blood gas sensors), Sensicore (water chemistry sensors), and e-SENS (chemical sensors). He holds 17 patents and has authored more than 225 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Brown has graduated 30 Ph.D. students whose research was in sensors or circuits.

Brian A. Cummings
Board Member

Mr. Brian A. Cummings has been involved in e-sens since its inception and serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the company.

Mr. Cummings was the Vice President for Technology Commercialization at Ohio State University and President of the University Foundation for Innovation. He is responsible for coordinating all aspects of knowledge transfer and technology development with a special focus on building a proactive and responsive culture. Mr. Cummings served as an Executive Director of the Technology Commercialization Office and as an Assistant Vice President of Technology Ventures at the University of Utah. He also served as President of a University-based personalized medicine company and has assisted in the establishment of three venture funds. Previously, Mr. Cummings led the life science commercialization efforts at the University of Texas. Mr. Cummings serves on the Board for The Utah Life Science Association, The Rocky Mountain Research Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, The Governor’s Board for Business Resource Centers, The Kickstart Seed Fund, The Renaissance Foundation, Launch Magazine and the LES Board for Technology Commercialization Structure and Development. Mr. Cummings served as Director of Catheter Connections, Inc. and Edison Welding Institute Inc.

Larry V. Lunt
Board Member

Larry V. Lunt received a BS in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Utah.

His civilian occupation has been a private legal practice specializing in corporate law and real estate development.  He founded a real estate development and management business that now has more than 2,000 units in properties from Florida to Wyoming, as well as an oil and gas development business.  Overlapping his business life, he had a 36-year career in the military, where he was a US Air Force command pilot of the C-97, C-124 and KC-97 aircraft, and served as the Commander of the Utah Air National Guard, from which he retired as brigadier general.

Mr. Lunt has also been active in civic service.  He is the former chairman of the Utah Republican Party, and served in the Utah State Legislature.  He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Southern Utah University, and served as the Vice-President of the Western Region for the Boy Scouts of America. He has also served in many capacities for his church.

He has been an active investor in companies ranging from aerospace manufacturing to biometrics to water testing.

Matt Ireland
Board Member

Matt is currently the CEO for Cumming Investment Corporation, a private investment office that manages a diverse portfolio of companies.  Matt graduated from Brigham Young University with a Masters and Bachelors degree in accounting and information systems. He also earned a MBA in marketing, strategy and finance from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. 

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