President of ilumisys Inc. in Troy, a firm focused on next-generation solid-state lighting technology in the areas of direct replacement of fluorescent light tubes with light-emitting diode (LED) lamps and direct replacement of incandescent lamps. In 2009, the company partnered with the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences in conjunction with a $590,000 Department of Energy grant for product life-cycle design for solid-state lighting. ilumisys received a $4 million tax credit from the Michigan Economic Growth Authority to expand research and development of LED technology as well as create jobs and ramp up manufacturing operations in Michigan. It also was granted a $1.3 million federal tax credit for advanced energy manufacturing. Simon has more than 24 years of design and development experience, including 10 years of managing manufacturing operations. Prior to ilumisys being spun off from Altair Engineering in 2007, he served as Altairís principal for product innovation, and led product development consulting in a cross section of industries, including automotive, Marine, commercial vehicles, consumer goods, industrial products, construction, mechanical systems, and packaging. Simon oversaw the formation of Altairís Design Studio, a facility focused on merging elements of user-centered design, aesthetics, and engineering functionality to create successful products. He also served as Altairís vice president and was responsible for enterprise process management and improving product development cycle times through process automation and product data management. Simon is a founding member and president of the Michigan Solid-State Lighting Association, dedicated to ensuring that Michigan is a global leader in solid-state lighting manufacturing, research, and development through knowledge sharing, education, and public policy advocacy. He received his bachelorís degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and his masterís in management from Walsh College.

WHERE BORN: "Grosse Pointe."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "Jim Scapa, the CEO of Altair Engineering, the late Bo Schembechler, University of Michigan football coach, and my father Lou Simon Ė three great innovators and leaders."

LAST BOOK READ: "Saving Sailing by Nick Hayes. It explores the choices we make with our time, especially the notion of family-oriented experiences of creation and discovery versus mass-marketed entertainment."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Enthusiastic, prolific, and boundary-pushing."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "The price and performance of solid-state lighting is on an exponential improvement curve. We are headed to a tipping point where payback periods become so short that mass market adoption of LEDs for general illumination will occur."


FAVORITE PLACE: "The middle of Lake Huron at sunrise."

FAVORITE HOBBIES: "Sailing, windsurfing, basketball, and annoying the rest of the house with various musical instruments."

FAVORITE FOOD: "Pumpkin pie and anything cooked with love by someone else."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "Speed-writing poetry."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "As a good father, friend, and person who helped people find new opportunities in their lives."