PowerLight Technologies (PLT, formerly LaserMotive)
TOM NUGENT is the chief technology officer and cofounder of PowerLight Technologies (PLT, formerly LaserMotive) and has been working on optical wireless power at PLT for over 10 years. Prior to PLT/LaserMotive, he was a project scientist at Intellectual Ventures Labs, a multidisciplinary early-stage R&D laboratory in Bellevue, WA. He was involved in the Photonic Fence project that used lasers to kill mosquitoes and other unpublished medical device projects. Mr. Nugent served as research director for LiftPort Inc. and worked on liquid-fueled rocket engine development at MIT. He holds a B.S. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.S. in materials science and engineering from MIT.