Our Team

Chips Chipalkatti

Managing Director
Dr. Makarand “Chips” Chipalkatti was till recently Senior Director, Solid State Lighting (SSL) and Emerging Market Initiatives for OSRAM in North America. His early work included research on advanced materials and organic light sources (OLEDs). Chips led the start-up of OSRAM’s LED lighting business in the Americas in 2000. Since 2005, Dr. Chips led the Strategic Innovation Management function for OSRAM Americas. Dr. Chips is recognized as one of the pioneers in LED lighting and as an industry leader and advisor with trade, and public agencies on lighting and energy policy. Recently, Dr. Chips established an executive consulting practice focusing on industry transformation, innovation and entrepreneurship with special emphasis on the commercialization of innovation in lighting and energy efficiency ecosystems. He serves globally as a consultant for product, service, and market strategy targeting technology intensive verticals mainly focusing on energy and environmental efficiency. His clients range from early seed stage companies seeking scale, to large global companies launching new businesses. He continues to play a role as mentor for early stage companies and students of entrepreneurship and innovation. Chips received a Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Eng. from Univ. of Massachusetts and a B.Tech Chem. Eng. from IIT Bombay.

Industrial Design, Product Design, Design Thinking

Dr. Chips design partners are a leading global design house for product design, and innovative approaches to practiccal solutions. Working together, the team offers critical consumer insights, regional insights around the globe, as well as future trends in technology and end-user preferences. A unique capability offered is expertise and training in “design thinking”, “service design” and user experience.

Large Scale Low Cost Manufacturing

Dr. Chips' manufacturing partner is a trusted, value-added manufacturing partner in Asia with many years manufacturing experience for leading global lighting and electronics companies and experience in low cost manufacturing without sacrificing quality. They are also experts in “design for manufacture”, have an R&D center, and provide technical and testing and supply chain services to customers.


We provide a wide range of Consulting services globally, and we have successfully assisted in our clients' missions
Dr. Chips @DrChips_SSLguy RT @Workbar: We are a network of smart workspaces, but most importantly, we are an engaged #community fostered by innovative entrepreneurs… 7 days ago
Dr. Chips @DrChips_SSLguy Congratulations to the Gutenberg Team 👏 https://t.co/bP8fNojqkv 1 week ago
Dr. Chips @DrChips_SSLguy RT @BobBennett_b2: Next Gen Mayors Panel at #govlive. Mayors focused on leading in a time of generational change. https://t.co/9Vml4NkVkW 2 weeks ago
Dr. Chips @DrChips_SSLguy RT @adam_tooze: A helpful reminder of just how enormous India is: major Indian states compared with countries around the world. h/t @RRAMPl 3 weeks ago
Dr. Chips @DrChips_SSLguy Really enjoyed Rebecca Klossner #Syracuse city planner’s talk at #Cimcon booth. #smartcities projects need a “whole… https://t.co/2x9GLMwg6E 4 weeks ago
Dr. Chips @DrChips_SSLguy RT @Leni_Light: Join! 5/22 @lightfair #NighttimeDesign-New Approaches for Cities to Thrive. A response to 24hr globalization challenges foc… 4 weeks ago
Dr. Chips @DrChips_SSLguy Heading to Philly for #LFI2019! Will be my 19th. LEDs are the the norm. We are #beyondbulbs now! What’s next? #lightfair2019 #SSLecosystem 4 weeks ago
Dr. Chips @DrChips_SSLguy Heading to Philly for #LFI2019! Will be my 19th. LEDs are the the norm. We are #beyondbulbs now! What’s next? 4 weeks ago
Dr. Chips @DrChips_SSLguy RT @turianlabs: "I constantly see people rise in life who are not the smartest, sometimes not even the most diligent, but they’re learning… 4 weeks ago
Dr. Chips @DrChips_SSLguy It’s #Lightfair2019 time! I hope to see you in Philly next week. If you are there, reach out and say hi! 4 weeks ago
Dr. Chips @DrChips_SSLguy @ScottKirsner Hi Scott, I was evangelist/founder of OSRAM Sylvania’s LED lighting business. We had to rely on exist… https://t.co/6Mt88nsn14 5 weeks ago