Dr. Lapides has worked for more than 30 years at the intersection of science, technology and management.
He began his career as a physicist, obtaining a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and spending a year at NIH’s Laboratory for Chemical Physics as a postdoctoral fellow.
Soon after, he moved into information technology management at a national corporation, (Allegheny Beverage Corporation) with over $1 billion in revenues and 20,000 employees, eventually becoming its CIO. As CIO, he modernized the IT operations for four operating divisions. Thereafter he transitioned into executive management (executive VP, 2nd highest role) where he closed over $750 million in contracts, acquisitions and divestitures, including leading the company through a successful financial workout and going private transaction.
He continued his executive career with an optical sciences firm (Essex Corporation, acquired by Northrop Grumman) where he focused on building relationships between academia and large international technology firms, developing and prosecuting the company’s intellectual property portfolio and corporate finance.
Fourteen years ago, he started his own consulting firm that brought together the knowledge gained from these diverse areas to consult mainly with large firms. Nearly three years ago, he had the opportunity to bring these capabilities to academia at the University of Maryland, College Park. There he worked to establish relationships between researchers and industry. He recently left to continue his consulting practice.
Dr. Lapides’ work has enabled him to work in many technological and scientific fields and with a wide array of measurement techniques. Some of these include: nuclear physics, planetary and solar physics, transport theory, biophysics of cell membranes, optical signal processing, tomographic image reconstruction, neuropsychological testing, synthetic aperture radar and microscopy, magnetic resonance imaging, Raman spectroscopy, x-ray spectroscopy, and gamma-ray spectroscopy. In business, he used his science background to pioneer business applications based on operations research.
His corporate work also has allowed him to develop many capabilities including: corporate law and finance, intellectual property law, financial accounting, strategic planning, management practice, and management and control systems.
He holds a Ph.D (1981) and M.S. (1979) from the University of Maryland College Park and a B.A. from Clark University, all in physics.