Reimagine what’s possible, with Phononic.
At Phononic, we believe the world deserves a better way to cool and heat. Our solid-state chip has the power to transform our daily lives, cooling and heating our modern world responsibly, without toxic refrigerants. Join us in delivering the solid-state technology platform that the world needs.
Director, Co-Founder, & CEO
Director, Co-Founder, & CEO
Dr. Atti is an experienced energy technology investor, entrepreneur, and executive who has demonstrated expertise and leadership in venture financing, business development, start-up growth and operations, and negotiating joint venture relationships.
As founder and CEO at Phononic, he’s led the development and growth of the company as the leading innovator of solid-state cooling and heating management solutions through accretive venture capital and institutional investor support. As a former Director at MHI Energy Partners, a seed- and early-stage energy private equity fund, Dr. Atti managed deal flow networks, conducted due diligence, structured venture financing transactions, and provided direct portfolio company leadership.
Dr. Atti earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute at the University of Southern California. Dr. Atti also holds an MBA from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Ithaca College.
Ron Tarter is Chief Operations Officer, where he leads product development, manufacturing operations, supply chain, and the customer experience. Mr. Tarter is a seasoned Supply Chain Executive and has worked in various senior management capacities, collaborating with a number of Fortune 500 companies. His experience includes both domestic and international assignments. He has been part of numerous product development and manufacturing ramps, and is a recognized expert in what it takes to scale an organization and its corresponding supply chain.
In one of his most recent roles as Senior Vice President/General Manager at Flex, Mr. Tarter managed a global footprint of over $5B in revenue, with operations in Europe, Asia, and North America. His 20-year tenure allowed him to partner with various companies to engineer and implement comprehensive supply chains on behalf of their markets and customers.
Prior to Flex, Mr. Tarter was employed by Apple for almost 15 years, where he worked in various manufacturing engineering and production management roles. He spent nine of his Apple years in the Macintosh Division and developed his early supply chain skills in the original Macintosh factory.
Mr. Tarter attended San Diego State University and San Jose State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology with a Minor in Business Management.
Tom Werthan is a seasoned finance executive experienced in leading financial operations at public and privately held technology companies in the semiconductor industry. Mr. Werthan comes to Phononic from Solid State Equipment, a leading semiconductor capital equipment company, where as CFO he was a key participant in the successful sale of the company to Veeco Instruments (NASDAQ: VECO) in 2014.
Previously, Mr. Werthan held the CFO position at Sunlogics and Emcore, where he was a key participant in the company’s Initial Public Offering in 1997. Mr. Werthan has also held finance and accounting leadership positions at Audio Visual Labs, and has public accounting experience at Ernst & Young.
Mr. Werthan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, and of the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees, Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Monmouth County. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Boston University.
Mick Wilcox is Chief Marketing Officer at Phononic, with responsibility for marketing programs, brand management, and demand generation. Prior to joining Phononic, he worked in strategy, business development, and marketing at several companies. Notable is his previous four years as Vice President of Strategic Marketing for Acuity Brands, a Fortune 500 Company, where he utilized an analytical approach to marketing to implement successful strategies to capture target consumers.
Previously, Mr. Wilcox held the VP of Marketing position at high-tech start-ups Bridgelux, acquired by CEC, and Nuventix, acquired by Aavid. Mr. Wilcox has also held positions at Cielo Communications and Corning Inc.
Mr. Wilcox served seven years as a captain in the United States Air Force, stationed in Kapaun, Germany, and Colorado Springs, CO. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Wyoming and an MBA from Regis University in Finance and Accounting.
Work at Phononic.
Life at Phononic.
At Phononic, our culture is built on inclusive and supportive values that shape who we are as a company. Only by investing in our culture can we confidently set out to change the world.
We call Durham home.
Located in Durham, North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, Phononic is part of a flourishing innovation hub with more than 250 cutting-edge businesses.
Our greatest strength lies in our people. We are a talented group of thinkers and innovators who are constantly pushing the status quo, disregarding the naysayers, and having a whole lot of fun along the way.
At Phononic, we truly value you as an employee and part of our professional family. Our goal is to offer the very best healthcare possible to you and your loved ones. With this in mind, we have developed a comprehensive employee benefit package designed to protect you and your family. All benefits, with the exception of voluntary life and FSA, are 100% paid by Phononic for eligible full-time employees, dependent children, and spouses.
Phononic recognizes the importance of providing each full-time employee the opportunity to take time off from work to rest, relax, recharge, and have fun. Because we are an organization with high performance standards, we offer a very flexible vacation policy.
Phononic provides paid sick time to regular full-time employees to provide them with protection against loss of income if they are ill or injured, need to attend to an immediate family member, or if they need time off from work for necessary or routine healthcare.
401K Retirement Plan
A 401K plan is an effective way for employees to save for retirement. We offer an Auto Enroll feature and you can contribute up to 90% of your income as required by law.
Employees are given the opportunity to have ownership in the company with options.