Mel left the position of President of Dynachem in April 1989 to accept the position of Vice President of Technology (C.T.O.) of what was then Morton/Thiokol, the parent company of Dynachem.Mel had accomplished what he set out to do at Dynachem, advancing the concept of Aqueous Dry Film to the point where it had become the leading primary imaging solution for the global interconnect industry and, in doing so, had risen from Technical Director of Dynachem to the position of C.E.O. In his new position with Morton/Thiokol, which was global in nature, Mel continued to live and maintain an office in Southern California.His
mission at Corporate was to coordinate technology sharing between the many and varied Morton/Thiokol
divisions and to assist in protecting the scientific intellectual assets of the Corporation by acting as a member of each of the patent committees.During the next few years, Mel
spearheaded the acquisition of various technology licenses, helped to reduce costs of materials through studies of sourcing (make/buy decisions, rationalization of manufacturing locations, etc.) and assisted with M&A activities of Morton/Thiokol
.Mel set in motion the activities that led to the business swap with MacDermid, bringing Dynachem's
electroless copper/metallization business to MacDermid and MacDermid's
semiconductor photoresist business to Dynachem
(details in another story).
In 1992, Mel
decided to take early retirement from Morton and start his
own consulting business.Among Lipson Associates clients were Chromaline, IVT (Inter Ventional Technologies), Hitachi
and, of course, Morton.Chromaline
, a public company, elected Mel
to its Board, a position he
held for five years.At IVT, he
helped develop the lithographic technology and chemical machining processes that were needed to manufacture cardiac stents.He
with their sourcing of non-electronic materials in the United States.During this period of time, he
also joined up with Frank, Ruth and Verne Kurisu to create Aurelon, Inc.
, a contract company that developed a unique process for the non-electrolytic application of precious metals to circuit boards prior to wire bonding.
was at Morton
, a small start-up company approached Morton
with some unique technology and ideas for making pressure variable resistors.At the time, Morton
was not interested in taking on any new embryonic technology projects, but Mel
, in evaluating the technology for Morton
, became personally interested in the company.The company, Pivotech, Inc., subsequently retained Mel as a consultant, brought him onto their Board and ultimately asked him to serve as C.E.O. to guide them into the marketplace.
The company is still in the development stage with regard to commercial applications, but…stay tuned.
Two years ago, Mel
was asked if it were possible to develop a material to replace natural (latex) rubber for a specific application.
Not content to just continue a long distinguished career as a scientist and business executive, Mel
, along with his
wife, Jacquee Lipson, became highly involved in community affairs.They were instrumental in the founding of Heritage Pointe, the first Jewish home for the aged in Orange County and Long Beach, California.As part of a group of founders, they identified the need, bought the property and brought the dream to reality.Heritage Pointe now houses over 200 elderly people and provides assistance, both personal and financial, to this growing segment of our community.Mel served on the Heritage Pointe Board and as its President.
All in all, Mel
has answered the question that many of us who have been with one company or who have lived one mission for years and decades have asked, "Is there life after…(in my case, like Mel's
, Dynachem)."The answer is a resounding yes.
OK, back to the "out of work and homeless" teaser.Mel
does not consider what he
does as work.It is a labor of love.Besides, he
claims that to work one must be paid for one's efforts.I am not so sure we should believe that, however.As for being homeless, the Lipsons are rebuilding their Newport Beach, California, home to accommodate more office space, to make it more functional for their later years and to accommodate their frequent family gatherings, which now count 19 people in the immediate family.For the past six months, and for the next two months, the Lipsons have been living in a mobile home park, in hotels and other places that Mel
will not admit to."Homeless and out of work?"I would only wish the same for all of us.Mel
and Jacquee do have a computer in their mobile home and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.