Background: Boston From Across The Charles River


Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation

Leadership Visual - People Connected by Communication Arrows

Our Management Team

Portrait of Dr. Andre Sharon

Dr. Andre Sharon

E x e c u t i v e    D i r e c t o r

Professor Andre Sharon has accumulated over 20 years of experience, both industrial and academic, developing and deploying computer-controlled automation equipment for several industries, ranging from sub-micron, high-precision machinery for the optoelectronics, biotech / biomedical, and renewable energy markets to high-speed assembly of consumer products. As Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University, Professor Sharon works closely with faculty, students and engineers to develop next-generation technologies for local and international clients. He also teaches a course on precision machine design and instrumentation. Prior to joining Fraunhofer / Boston University, Professor Sharon co-founded and served as Executive Officer of the MIT Manufacturing Institute. There, Professor Sharon led a large program aimed at cost reducing the manufacture of optoelectronic and fiber optic systems through the development of cost-effective packaging, pigtailing and handling equipment. Additionally, Professor Sharon has consulted extensively for industry in the area of cost-effective automation.

Prior to joining MIT, Professor Sharon spent seven years at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center and IBM's General Technology Division developing production machinery and test equipment for computer components.

Dr. Sharon received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing.

Back to top


Portrait of David Chargin

David Chargin

P r o g r a m    M a n a g e r

David Chargin has extensive experience in mechantronics and precision engineering. His background is in computer-controlled, high-bandwidth servo motion systems for nanometer-scale applications, consisting of both lithographic and single point diamond turning systems for micromachining applications. His research interests include the design of stable, non-contact metrology for nanoscale measurements incorporating both thermal control and low-expansion materials.

He has spent the last 12 years working at Fraunhofer CMI serving clients from a diverse range of industries, including biomedical, optoelectronics, semiconductor, and general manufacturing. As a Program Manager, he focuses on ensuring that the unique challenges of each client's application are successfully addressed.

David Chargin received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering from the University of California, Davis.

Back to top


Portrait of Bill Mosolgo

Bill Mosolgo

S a l e s    &    M a r k e t i n g    M a n a g e r

Mr. Mosolgo is an accomplished technical sales professional with over 26 years of experience. He has facilitated the development and implementation of custom machinery, electromechanical instruments, and robotic automation systems for virtually every field of science and technology. Implementing a consultative, value-added methodology, Bill Mosolgo has provided innovative turnkey automation systems and new technical product solutions to over 800 companies globally.

Prior to joining Fraunhofer CMI, Bill Mosolgo was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Brooks Automation / Intelligent Automation, which focuses on developing custom machinery and prototype electromechanical instruments for the semiconductor, life science, biotech, consumer product, and sports equipment markets. He also served as Regional Sales & Marketing Manager for Avionic Instruments--now part of TransDigm, which specializes in high reliability, power conversion equipment for the military, aerospace, medical, and consumer markets.

Mr. Mosolgo earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Geology from the University of Rhode Island.

Back to top


Portrait of Dr. Alexis Sauer-Budge

Dr. Alexis Sauer-Budge

S e n i o r    R e s e a r c h    S c i e n t i s t

Dr. Sauer-Budge received her B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Biophysics from Harvard University. While at Harvard, she worked on developing methods for studying and controlling the passage of DNA through biological nanopores in the laboratory of Professor Daniel Branton. After completing her Ph.D., she joined start-up company BioScale, Inc. developing infectious disease and protein diagnostics on bioMEMS resonating membrane platform technology.

In 2007, Dr. Sauer-Budge joined Fraunhofer CMI to lead the biotechnology group. Her research is focused on developing new biosensors and diagnostic tests with particular emphasis on translational research for biomedical applications. Some of her recent projects include design and development of optical biopsy forceps for early detection of gastrointestinal cancer, integrated lab-on-a-chip molecular diagnostics for pathogen detection from physiological samples, isolation of pathogens from blood for integration with novel surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy that enables strain specificity, novel methods for rapid antibiotic susceptibility detection within minutes, development of rapid nucleic acid isolation for high throughput applications, in vitro blood production, and neuro-electric interfaces. Dr. Sauer-Budge also manages the BU-Fraunhofer Alliance for Medical Devices, Instrumentation, and Diagnostics--a translational research and engineering program.

Back to top


Portrait of Holger Wirz

Holger Wirz

P r o g r a m    M a n a g e r

Holger Wirz has worked for over 12 years in the field of automation design for various industries, including optoelectronics, biomedical, photovoltaic, and high-volume fabrication of consumer products. His expertise is in the mechanical design of complex, intricate instruments and machines, such as a fiber-optic coil winder, an optical circuit assembly system, an automatic titer plate handler, an automatic wafer fabricator for photovoltaic applications, an automated system for plant-based pharmaceutical production, and many more.

As a Program Manager at Fraunhofer CMI, he has led highly competent project teams to successful completion for over 10 years.

Holger Wirz received his German diploma in mechanical engineering at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule, one of the top engineering universities in Europe.

Back to top