Stephen E. (Steve) Cooper
Steve Cooper is a seasoned executive and successful entrepreneur with nearly 40 years of experience leading companies in the semiconductor, semiconductor equipment, software, and medical device industries. After the Air Force, Steve began his career at Intel in 1973, where he held various engineering and management positions, including engineering manager and wafer fabrication manager.
From 1980 to 1987, Steve held various positions, including president and COO, with Silicon Systems Inc., a leading manufacturer of analog/digital semiconductors that he took public with the founder in 1981. From 1987 to 1990, he served as president and CEO of Bipolar Integrated Technology, a manufacturer of bipolar semiconductors. In 1993, Steve was recruited to turn around Etec Systems Inc., the leading manufacturer of laser and e-beam pattern generation equipment, which he took public in 1995 and sold to Applied Materials in March 2000 in a transaction valued at approximately $2.5 billion.
In 2001, Steve provided financing to start Inogen, the technology leader in portable oxygen concentrators for patients with COPD. In 2003, he founded Skyler Technology Inc., a developer of enterprise software for the financial services industry, and served as its chairman and CEO until it moved to London in January 2010. That same year, Steve joined Active Life Scientific Inc. as its chairman. Active Life develops translational tools (BioDent™ and the Osteoprobe™) for investigating the physical properties of bio materials, including in vivo testing of bones. In 2010, Steve started High Tech CEO Advisor, a management consulting firm focused on mentoring CEOs of a few early-stage high-tech companies.
Steve holds a BSEE from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is a trustee and former chair, a member of the College of Engineering Dean's Cabinet, and a member of the advisory board for the Technology Management program. Currently, Steve is chairman of Active Life Scientific and Built On Logic, and serves on the boards of Inogen and Aurrion.