About | Block Engineering Management Team

Block Engineering Management Team

Daniel J. Cavicchio, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Cavicchio holds a B.S. Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He was an Engagement Manager at the consulting firm of McKinsey & Company and Director of Business Development at American Can Company. Dr. Cavicchio co-founded Greenwich Venture Partners, Inc., and subsequently acquired Commonwealth Sprague Capacitor, Inc., a power capacitor company, and Block Engineering. At Block he directs strategy, programs and customer interfaces.

Michael L. Bickford, Vice Chairman

Mr. Bickford holds a B.S. degree from Boston College, an MBA from the University of Bridgeport, and is a graduate of the Executive Program at the London Business School. Mr. Bickford served in the U.S. Army and the National Guard. He founded and led BIC Consultants LTD, which advised U.S. multinationals on foreign direct investment. Mr. Bickford was the International Treasurer at American Express Company and later a manager and international advisor at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York. Previously, he was the international treasury manager at Standard Brands, Inc. and earlier a manager at Arthur Young & Co. (now Ernst & Young). At Block Mr. Bickford directs strategy and corporate finance.

Al Weggeman, President

Mr. Weggeman has over 20 years of business leadership experience in technology and highly-engineered product companies. In his most recent role as the President of L3 Technologies Security and Detection Systems, he was responsible for leading their global security and detection systems business focused on aviation, transportation, government and critical infrastructure markets. Prior to L3, he served as Vice President of Survivability Systems at The Safariland Group, a leading provider of technology based Personal Protective Equipment for law enforcement, military, and global government agencies. Prior to The Safariland Group, he was President and CEO of the Stamford Industrial Group, as well as President of a GE subsidiary. Mr. Weggeman earned a Master's in Management (MBA) from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.

Bachir Kharraja, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Technology

Dr. Kharraja holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the Universite Louis Pasteur in France, a Doctorat D'etat in Physics from the Universite Chouaib Doukkali in Morocco, and a B.S. in Physics from Universite Mohammed V de Rabat in Morocco. He joined Block from Roboworx, a robotics firm that he co-founded. Before that he held engineering management positions at Topflight Technologies, Rypos, Bluefin Robotics, iRobot and Motorola. Dr. Kharraja heads up Block's Engineering Department, including product development and commercialization for commercial products.

Anish Goyal, Vice President of Technology

Dr. Goyal is an expert in the area of mid-infrared laser technologies and applications. He joined Block from MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he was a member of the Technical Staff in the Laser Technology and Applications Group working on quantum cascade lasers, diode lasers, fiber lasers, solid-state lasers, wavelength beam combining, and photonic integrated circuits while also developing systems and sensors based on these technologies. He has recently had particular interest in mid-infrared hyperspectral imaging for the detection of trace chemicals on surfaces. Dr. Goyal leads all aspects of technology development, assessment and demonstration of new commercial and government applications, and establishment of corporate technology strategies. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, specializing in Solid-State Device Technology, and a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Richard Nelson, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing

Mr. Nelson has a long history of leading sales and marketing efforts for trace explosives detection systems and other security and safety products. He was recently Vice President of Sales at Astrotech/1st Detect Corporation. Previously, he was General Manager, EMEA Sales for L3's Implant Sciences Division; and held marketing and management roles of increasing importance with Philips Healthcare and GE Medical Systems. He has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Nelson leads all sales and marketing efforts at Block Engineering.

Swathi Ramanujan, Controller

Ms. Ramanujan comes to Block Engineering with over 6 years of public accounting experience at the Deloitte Boston and Deloitte Chennai, India offices. Prior to joining Block she was responsible for the audits of several domestic and international clients of Deloitte. She has worked with clients in a range of industries, including manufacturing, financial services, wholesale, public sector and not-for-profit. Ms. Ramanujan holds a CPA license in the US and a CA certificate from India, as well as a B.S. in Commerce and Accounting from the University of Chennai, India.

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