QUASAR has a dynamic staff of professionals with
complementary expertise in executive management, research, engineering,
manufacturing, sales and marketing. The team is largely comprised
of technical and scientific professionals (~85% technical/scientific
staff with > 25% of them holding Ph.D.’s), and is led by:
Andrew D. Hibbs, PhD
Dr. Hibbs earned
his PhD in Physics, and his B.A. and M.S. in Engineering,
all from the University of Cambridge and was a leading scientific and industrial figure
in the low-frequency electromagnetic sensing community.
Before founding QUASAR in 1998, Dr. Hibbs served as
CEO of Quantum Magnetics, where he oversaw all aspects
of corporate growth and product development. Dr. Hibbs
was responsible for shepherding an explosive detection
system from early scientific investigation to commercially
available product. He also secured private equity investments
and successfully negotiated the acquisition of Quantum
Magnetics by Invision. While at QM, Dr. Hibbs acquired
all rights to IBM’s large portfolio of superconducting
materials, device patents, and know-how.
Dr. Hibbs has been responsible for many important advances
over a broad range of electromagnetic instrumentation.
- • QUASAR’s proprietary electric field sensors,
which permit the first true free-space electric
- • A SQUID-based imaging instrument (1992 R&D
100 Award), which enabled a superconducting sensor
to make high sensitivity measurements while operating
in an oscillating magnetic field (over 50 units
- • The first commercially available Nuclear Quadrupole
Resonance (NQR) explosive detector (1995 R&D
- • A SQUID-based variable temperature NMR system
for very low frequency measurements
His many awards include the R&D 100 Award in 1992, 1995
and 2010, the TR 100 Award from MIT Technology Review
and the Technology Innovation of the Year Award from Aviation
Week & Space Technology in 1997, Technology of the Year
Award, Sensors Category, SBIR in 1998, Grand Winner of
the SBIR Technology of the Year award in 1999. Dr. Hibbs
was named “Person of the Year” by Superconductor Week
in 1994, and his most recent award was Gold at the World’s
Best Technology Marketplace competition.
Dr. Hibbs passed
away on January 8th, 2015.
He is survived by his wife and four children, as well
as five companies he founded: Quantum
Applied Science and Research (QUASAR), QUASAR
Federal Systems, Electronic
Neurometrics, and GroundMetrics.
Walid Soussou, PhD
Dr. Walid Soussou, leads QUASAR’s efforts at developing commercial applications of dry-electrode EEG technology. Dr. Soussou leverages his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California (USC), expertise in Brain-Computer-Interfaces, and experience in sleep research, for developing commercial applications of wearable EEG/EOG/EMG/ECG sensors. At QUASAR, Dr. Soussou has raised several million dollars for R&D in the form of research grants from the NIH, DARPA, Army, Navy, and Air Force. In 2010, he launched the first wireless dry electrode EEG system into the market, and continues to develop QUASAR’s cutting-edge sensor technology and explore their commercial applications.
Ms. Poquette holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Southern California (USC). In addition, she has been a Patent Agent registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office since 2010. Combining her technical and intellectual property (IP) skills, Ms. Poquette has been managing the QUASAR team to ensure program goals are successfully achieved, oversee the financial and business operations of the company, and protect critical IP.