Profile of MARCUS

MARCUS Accomplished senior technical executive with experience leading technology development and commercialization in startups and corporate R&D. Served as fractional CTO for several ventures across diverse sectors.
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I’m a senior technical executive with 25+ years of experience that spans R&D, agile product and technology development, and manufacturing with a wide variety of organizations. I’ve spent the majority of my career developing new technology and innovative processes in a variety of sectors in corporate R&D, startups, government entities, and academia. Currently, I work as a consultant or functional CTO with entrepreneurs, students, researchers, startups, corporations etc. to provide guidance, create value, de-risk technical solutions, and monetize and scale their ideas as they navigate the commercialization process.

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  • Member of Technical Staff

    Bell Laboratories - AT&T

    October 1986 - March 1998

    Member of Technical Staff, Transmission Media Laboratory 1986 – 1998  Responsible for the Reliability Assurance Program for the Optical-Application Specific Integrated Circuits (OASIC) Program including dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) devices  Led cross-organizational, multi-location development team responsible for development, fabrication, and qualification of linear optical fiber amplifiers for broadband communication systems  Managed the Destroyed Furnace QIT in manufacturing environment that optimized, developed and evaluated the performance of furnace designs for the optical fiber production facility (realized > $1M savings in 9 months)  Developed and tested fiber designs used in military applications such as fiber optic guided vehicles ($2.9B DoD Non-Line of Sight FOG-V program), nuclear radiation environments, tactical fiber optic cable assemblies used in the Patriot Missile System during Operation Desert Storm ($70M US Army TFOCA program)  Developed the optical fiber design and development plan for qualification of AT&T Network Cable Systems for successful ISO 9001 registration  Subject matter expert on optical fibers and optical fiber communication systems, specifically tactical and specialty applications of optical fibers, optical fiber sensors, and polarization phenomena; developed courses for internal and external constituents  Actively participated in technical recruiting activities and mentored over 200 technical professionals and students
  • Distinguished Member of Technical Staff

    Bell Laboratories - Lucent Technologies

    March 1998 - June 2000

     Served as lead RF optimization engineer responsible for several engineering teams performing the optimization of CDMA PCS and 850MHz wireless systems during system deployment; all deadlines met under budget  Cultivated and conducted system performance audits of existing wireless communications systems  Developed RF engineering certification program and taught multiple courses in Wireless University of Bell Laboratories
  • Vice President, Engineering

    Luxcore Networks, Inc.

    June 2000 - December 2002

    Vice President, Advanced Technologies Vice President, Engineering  Created and managed the technical and R&D business units of start-up company including technical staffing and resource management, and development of performance based compensation and evaluation plan  Led Phase I development effort for all-optical switching and transport system prototype in compressed timeframe and under budget; system demonstration conducted at 2001 OFC resulting in “Best of Systems” and “Best of Show” awards  Assisted in creating strategic plan and technology roadmap for the start-up company including ISO registration effort and new product introduction gate process  Developed, identified and evaluated new technologies and intellectual property to enable Luxcore’s product solutions including ultra-long reach systems, all-optical wavelength conversion, optical amplification schemes, dispersion management, and advanced switching architectures  Assisted in developing business case and communicating technology differentiation/value proposition resulting in $22.5M+ venture capital investment
  • Vice President, Research

    Tennessee State University

    October 2003 - May 2008

    Vice President, Research and Sponsored Programs Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering 2003 – 2008  Developed and implemented the research vision and mission of the University including establishing and leading new research initiatives in areas such as nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology/bio-safety, learning sciences, and technology transfer and commercialization  Responsible for management of research centers and oversight of 150+ staff members in the research enterprise  Responsible for design, development and construction of $14M+, 62,000 sq. ft. research building which is the first facility of this type at the University  Obtained ~$6M in congressionally directed awards for various initiatives and research infrastructure including funding for the Nanosciences and Biotechnology Core Facility and university-connected research foundation Committees and Initiatives: University President’s Council; The National Academies Emerging Research Institutions Committee; State of Tennessee Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Committee; State of Tennessee Cyber-Infrastructure Committee; State of Tennessee Optical Network (OneTN) Subcommittee; Senior Advisory Committee of Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence; Executive Advisory Committee of Clarkson Aerospace/Air Force Research Labs/HBCU Nanoscience Initiative; Advisory Board of Cumberland Emerging Technologies biotechnology incubator; Tennessee Board of Regents Research Vision Committee; various dissertation committees and other ad-hoc University committees.
  • Vice President, Research


    May 2014 - May 2014

    Research and Sponsored Programs Professor, Physics and Dual Degree Engineering Program * Developed and implemented vision, mission and strategic plan for the research enterprise including staffing, policy and process development, and resource management MARCUS WILLIAM SHUTE, SR., P.E., PH.D. 2 * Developed and implemented the commercialization and tech transfer program including development and training program for intellectual property * Led and managed major funding initiatives and interaction with external funding sources including major corporations, federal agencies and Congressional delegation * Developed and managed program for research compliance including internal controls, corrective action plans, and development of online training program (RSP Academy) to resolve prior compliance problems and audit findings, and federal research compliance agreement and oversight * Developed and led initiatives for two university strategic plans and one SACS accreditation cycle * Led development of framework for new graduate programs in Computational Sciences and Materials Science
  • Vice President, R&D and Commercialization/Group President

    510NANO INC. (

    August 2014 - July 2018

    Vice President, R&D and Commercialization/Group President, Scarab Technologies LLC * 510nano is a renewable energy and technology development enterprise * Led the product development and commercialization effort for Solar VIA™, 510nano’s patent-pending solar module technology, including transitioning design to “ready to manufacture” state, identifying and managing supply chain partners, and third party manufacturer * Assisted in development of overall vision, business plan and policies, intellectual property management and patent prosecution, and funding strategy for the firm * Provided oversight of proposal development effort for extramural funding opportunities from various government and private sources for research and commercialization of Solar VIA™ and cQuest™ (510nano’s carbon recycling technology) * Responsible for establishment and operation of Scarab Technologies LLC, 510nano’s future technology commercialization subsidiary
  • Consultant


    January 1987 - Now

    Consultant * Fractional CTO for emerging companies proficient in technology development and commercialization transition R&D to product development/service delivery in compressed timeframe * Technical consultant and subject matter expert in renewable energy optical communication wireless communication materials (nanotechnology) intellectual property management digital media (serious games) science, technology and innovation policy and several emerging technologies * Mentor for the Advanced Technology Development Center startup accelerator at the Georgia Institute of Technology to advise tech entrepreneurs on customer discovery, venture formation, commercialization, business model validation, capital acquisition, etc. * Appointed as member of several Army Science Board study panels to develop an innovation culture in the Army, talent management strategies, cybersecurity strategies and initiatives, using experimentation to transition technology into solutions for the warfighter, etc. * Some engagements include: serving as functional CTO for a renewable energy and technology company to commercialize “new-to-the-world” solar module technology advising a mobile social media software development venture advising an inventor/ small business developing a new training aid/rehabilitation product and assisting an inventor in assessing commercial viability of new hybrid electric vehicle concept


  • Professional Engineer

    State of Georgia

    March 1988 - Now


  • BS

    Tennessee State University

    August 1980 - May 1984

    Mechanical Engineering
  • MS

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    August 1994 - September 1986

    Materials Science
  • MS

    Georgia Institute of Technology

    January 1987 - March 1991

    Mechanical Engineering
  • PhD

    Georgia Institute of Technology

    March 1991 - September 1994

    Mechanical Engineering