Scott A. Graeff
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Graeff was appointed as Luna’s president, chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors in October 2017. Mr. Graeff joined Luna Innovations in August 2003. Throughout his tenure at Luna he has held various positions including chief strategy officer, chief operating officer, chief financial officer, evp of corporate development, chief commercialization officer and a member of our Board of Directors. Prior to joining Luna, Mr. Graeff was a Partner at Gryphon Capital, a Virginia based venture capital fund. He has also served as the founder and cfo of a software technology company that was sold to a Fortune 500 Company and held senior-level positions at various investment banking firms. In these various roles, Mr. Graeff has completed a public offering and has been involved with mergers and acquisitions with a notional value of more than $8 billion. He is experienced in a broad range of capital market transactions, strategic planning and financial management. Mr. Graeff holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia.
James T. Garrett, Ph.D.
Vice President of Technology Development
Dr. Garrett joined the executive team with his promotion to Vice President in July 2012. He began his career at Luna in 2005 and served as director of the Material Systems group from 2006 to 2012. Prior to joining Luna, Dr. Garrett developed polyurethane intermediates for Bayer MaterialScience (now Covestro) and researched electroactive materials at the Naval Research Laboratory. He received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary, and a doctoral degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Penn State University, and an MBA from the Mason School of Business at William and Mary. Dr. Garrett holds five patents and has 14 pending related to polyurethane elastomers, materials, and coatings.
Dale E. Messick
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Messick returned to his role as chief financial officer in April 2011. He fulfilled the role of interim president and chief operating officer from August 2010 until April 2011. He began his career at Luna as chief financial officer in August 2006. He is a strong financial executive with more than 20 years of experience in accounting and financial reporting, pre-initial public offering and IPO activities, and management of a multi-national company with revenue in excess of $900 million. Other areas of expertise include international operations, cost control, forecasting, budgeting, and significant strategic and tactical planning. He began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he worked for seven years in rapidly advancing positions of leadership within the firm. In 1993 he joined Worldspan as an assistant controller before being named chief financial officer. While there, he prepared Worldspan twice for a public offering, the first resulting in a leveraged buyout and the second in a new public debt offering. Mr. Messick received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary and is a certified public accountant.
Margaret R. Murdock
General Manager, Terahertz Division
Ms. Murdock joined the executive team as General Manager in January 2017. She comes to Luna with more than 20 years of experience in strategic leadership of global strategies for innovative product development, engineering and manufacturing and has successfully optimized organizations’ capabilities by implementing best practices and effective organizational change. Ms. Murdock began her career in terahertz instrumentation application development at Picometrix, LLC in 2007. She served as Director of Engineering from 2007 to 2014 and ultimately moving up through the organization to General Manager of the Terahertz Business Division. She received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Brian J. Soller, Ph.D.
Vice President & General Manager, Lightwave Division
Dr. Soller joined the executive team as Vice President in April 2014. Prior to joining Luna he served as Vice President of Marketing for Micron Optics & VP of global sales and business development for Lightpath Technologies. Previously he spent ten years in fiber optics with Luna, beginning as a scientist and ultimately moving up through the organization to General Manager of the Products Division. Dr. Soller co-developed the instrumentation for fiber optic devices manufactured by Luna today. He has over 15 issued patents in optics with an expertise in the interferometric measurement field. He received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Wisconsin– La Crosse, and a doctoral degree from the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester.