Dr. Makarand “Chips” Chipalkatti

Chips previously served as Senior Director, Solid State Lighting (SSL) and Emerging Market Initiatives for OSRAM SYLVANIA. His work initially included research on advanced materials and organic light sources. In 2000, Chips transitioned from technology development to commercial execution, when he led the start-up of OSRAM’s LED lighting business in North America.

Today, Chips runs an independent practice focusing on industry transformation, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Chips is focused on niche growth driven businesses, serving as an advisor and Director. While his emphasis remains on solid state lighting, Chips’ extensive breadth of experience and knowhow is applicable to growth staged technology oriented companies across multiple industries. Chips joined TSG as a Senior Advisor in 2013.

Select Highlights

  • OSRAM SYLVANIA, Senior Director, Solid State Lighting & Emerging Market Initiatives
  • OSRAM SYLVANIA, Head of Strategic Innovation Management
  • GTE Laboratories Inc., Senior Member Technical Staff
  • NEMA SSL, Founding Chairman
  • National Electrical Manufacturers Association, SSL Section, Chairman
  • Next Generation Lighting Initiative, Founding Member
  • Active Advisor, Speaker, Leadership Roles Including:
    • Heilux, LLC
    • ilumi solutions, inc.
    • AbodeZ, LLC
    • The Department of Energy
    • Annual SSL Ecosystems Conference
    • Other SSL, Science, and Innovation conferences and initiatives
  • Ph.D., Polymer Science & Engineering, University of Massachusetts
  • B.S., Tech Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay

Select Added Value

  • Corporate and divisional start-ups
  • Innovation to commercialization
  • Global operations