Cathy Chis, President
There’s something to be said for entrepreneurs who are involved in their field for most of their lives. You’ll find that both of the PCTI founders have that in common—it’s in their blood. Cathy began her exposure to power electronics by helping her father’s power electronic startup when she was just 8. She and her sisters assembled printed circuit boards on the dining room table, and later had the opportunity to work at various jobs within the company while in high school and college. After graduating Lafayette College as an electrical engineer, she began her career at Westinghouse (later Eaton) as a product engineer, where she engineered and marketed medium voltage switchgear and substations to Northeastern US utility companies. Later she worked at Controlled Systems, Inc. as Sales Manager. a manufacturer of motor starters, VFDs, frequency converters for aircraft ground support, and PWM inverters. At Controlled Systems, Cathy and Mihai Chis, executed a turnaround of CSI, increasing their backlog from $400K to $32M in less than 2 years. She obtained her MS from CMU in 1993. Cathy and Mihai started PCTI in 1991 with the mission to provide technically innovative power electronics to the global market in the highest power ranges. Cathy’s expertise lies in operations management. Like any entrepreneur, at PCTI she attends to a variety of responsibilities including financial management, sales and marketing, engineering management, production, quality control and safety.