Dr. McCorquodale is currently residing in the South Loop of Downtown Chicago where he is quietly building Arbor Devices, a stealth mode medical device company founded on the idea of transforming the patient experience and which was inspired by his own lengthy illness, subsequent surgery, post-op complications and now full recovery. Further, he is engaged in technical consulting for start-ups and established businesses on topics including technology due diligence, resolving manufacturing defects, M&A, product-market fit and investment. He has also served as a Board Member to various companies. In the evenings, he is often retained as a private University-level tutor for students in electrical and computer engineering. While working on Arbor Devices, he can sometimes also be found day trading in the background, typically unsuccessfully. This is all after a previously comical, often rewarding and occasionally annoying experience serving as an Adjunct in the University of Michigan's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in Ann Arbor.
Prior to the appointment at Michigan, he had returned to Ann Arbor to serve briefly as the CEO of Arborlight, an integrator of LED lighting technology. ArborLight's IP assets were sold to AstraLite.
Previously, he was the CEO of Cortera Neurotechnologies, a start-up company based in Berkeley, CA and founded with the vision to build medical devices aimed at revolutionizing the treatment of intractable neurological disorders. Under his tenure, Cortera successfully commercialized its microelectrocorticography (µECoG) technology. Cortera was acquired by Nia Therapeutics.
Prior to Cortera, Dr. McCorquodale was the President, COO and a Co-Founder of e-SENS, a start-up based in Salt Lake City, UT that is developing instruments for chemical sensing in potable water using patented lab-on-a-chip solid-state electrochemical technologies licensed from the University of Michigan. Over the course of his year of service at e-SENS, he developed the business plan, raised over $500k in angel capital, established manufacturing partnerships and recruited the original team which resulted in functional chemical sensor prototypes in less than 9 months of development. e-SENS has raised additional equity capital and continues to grow.
Prior to e-SENS, Dr. McCorquodale was the General Manager of the Silicon Frequency Control (SFC) business unit at Integrated Device Technology (IDT) based on the acquisition of Mobius Microsystems by IDT (NASDAQ: IDTI) in January of 2010. At IDT, he was responsible for the vision, growth and general management of the SFC business. He and his team have been credited with an aggressive and successful ramp including shipping millions of units of product quarterly while introducing new, ground-breaking and industry award-winning products in the field of frequency control. The SFC product line has received three Product of the Year awards including two in the US (UBM ACE Electronics Awards and Electronic Products Magazine) and one in Europe (Electroniques). For these efforts, Dr. McCorquodale was honored with the Innovator of the Year Award by UBM Electronics, the publisher of EETimes and EDN, at the 2012 ACE Electronics Award ceremony in San Jose.
Prior to IDT, Dr. McCorquodale was the CTO and founder of Mobius Microsystems. Mobius was founded based on Dr. McCorquodale's research at the University of Michigan in precision analog and RF integrated circuits for CMOS-based frequency generation and quartz replacement, a technology which is now the fundamental platform in IDT's SFC group. On that work, Dr. McCorquodale has published over 25 technical articles and holds inventorship on 29 issued U.S. patents, all of which are applied to products that generate revenue for multiple companies through both assignment and licensing agreements. Founded in 2004, Dr. McCorquodale led Mobius as its CEO for two years and secured the first design-wins, which generated the first revenue for the company. Dr. McCorquodale was also the lead architect in the design of Mobius' first product, which has shipped 10's of millions units to date. For those efforts, Governor Jennifer Granholm awarded Mobius for the Largest High-Tech Job Creation in the State of Michigan in 2005. In 2006, the Small Business Association of Michigan and Governor Granholm awarded Dr. McCorquodale and Mobius for developing the Innovation of the Year in Michigan. Also in 2006, the Fabless Semiconductor Association recognized Mobius as 1 of 3 nominees for the Start-up to Watch Award. In 2009, EDN recognized Mobius' all-silicon spread-spectrum clock generator as one of the "Hot 100 Products" of 2008. In recognition of these accomplishments, Dr. McCorquodale received the Young Alumni Achievement Award from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Alumni Board at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Recent Engineering Graduate Award from the College of Engineering Alumni Society Board at the University of Michigan, both in 2009. In 2011, he was the first Engineer in Residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to founding Mobius, Dr. McCorquodale was with Hughes Space and Communications Co. in El Segundo, CA where he developed high-speed InP and SiGe integrated circuits for space communications.
Dr. McCorquodale earned the B.S.E. degree with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was a James Scholar and an invited member of the Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) honor society. He completed the M.S.E and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Michigan in Electrical Engineering in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Engineering Research Center (ERC) in Wireless Integrated Microsystems (WIMS). While at the University of Michigan, Dr. McCorquodale was the sole national recipient of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Doctoral Fellowship in 2002. He also originated several integrated circuit design concepts at Michigan that have been awarded at 4 national and international integrated circuit design competitions including a 1st place and best paper award at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in 2000 and a 1st place award at the joint DAC/ISSCC design competition in 2003. Dr. McCorquodale and his colleagues have also been awarded 1st place at 6 (and been finalists at 11) state-wide, national and international business plan competitions associated with launching Mobius. For these efforts, he received the Distinguished Electrical Engineer Award and the Harry B. Benford Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, which was presented by the former Head Football Coach of the University of Michigan, Lloyd Carr. Additionally, in 2010, he was elevated to the Senior Membership level by the IEEE. He is an inventor on 28 issued US patents and foreign counterparts thereof as well as the author of 1 book chapter and over 25 refereed articles on semiconductors, MEMS, electronic design SW and manufacturinng. His work has over 1,400 citations including an h-index of 25 and i10-index of 40.
In addition to his current activities, Dr. McCorquodale has been invited regularly to lecture on entrepreneurship, start-ups, economic development and technology. In his spare time, Dr. McCorquodale enjoys traveling abroad in some of the far-reaches of the planet. At times, he can be found in a yurt on the Mongolian Steppe or horseback riding across it if he's not diving to 100ft in the North Atlantic or off the coast of Thailand. Other diversions include that he is a hiker, camper, biker, PADI diver, golfer, amateur musician (guitar and piano), tube audiophile and licensed HAM radio operator (KF6OYZ).