John Schneiter earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut (1978) and his M.S. and ScD. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT (1982 and 1986, respectively). Dr. Schneiter is the CEO and co-founder of Free Form Fibers where he has worked for 6 years. He is also a trustee of MiSci, the museum of Innovation and Science. Dr. Schneiter is an experienced high technology entrepreneur. In addition to Free Form Fibers he co-founded Veratag in 2006 and GlobalSpec in 1996. He was president of GlobalSpec, a vertical search engine for engineers, for 10 years and helped to grow the company from a four person startup to a 225 person leader in the engineering information market. Under his leadership GlobalSpec was twice granted the “Model of Excellence Award” by InfoCommerce and was named in the “25 Companies to Watch” list by Cahners. Prior to GlobalSpec he spent a dozen years at the GE Corporate Research and Development Center where he was acting manager of the Control Systems Program. In 2008 Dr. Schneiter received the Tech Valley Entrepreneur of the Year award for his work in GlobalSpec, Veratag, and the many early stage technology companies he has helped with guidance and advice. He holds eighteen patents.