Whether you’re entering a market for the first time or extending a leading product line, you can count on the knowledgeable, experienced team at AEi to help you succeed.

AEi has been focused on adding to its management team to provide a foundation for growth. The company has been looking for experienced executives who have put cutting-edge equipment into production in the worldwide semiconductor industry.

With veteran leadership in place, our automation engineering, manufacturing, and service technicians work together to provide our customers with industry-leading solutions for camera module assembly.

Steve Michaud, President

Larry Mihalchik, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Mihalchik joined AEi in May 2014 with a distinguished management career primarily in the Massachusetts high-tech sector. Mr.Mihalchik brings not only an impressive financial acumen but also extensive operating background in emerging and mid-sized companies. Additionally, he has broad experience with international operations.

As CFO at AEi, Mr. Mihalchik is responsible for all financial operations of the company including business planning and budgeting, forecasting, financial reporting, cost-benefit analysis, treasury functions, and fundraising activities.

Before AEi, Mr. Mihalchik was CFO of Next Step Living, Inc., a services company that was published in Inc Magazine’s list of 100 fastest growing private companies in the United States. Previously, Mr. Mihalchik led the initial public offerings of Timberland and Chomerics and negotiated the sale of three public companies at significant premiums. He has raised more the $75 million from venture capital and private equity firms. He has also served on the Board of Directors of several companies, both as a non-management member and in his executive capacity.

Mr. Mihalchik is a graduate of Westminster College in Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Accounting. He also received his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate.



Patrick Tong, General Manager, Asia

Mr. Tong has 30 plus years of business development and sales management experience with Asian multi-national technology companies in both the electronics and plastic industries. Mr. Tong has a proven track record in directly selling and driving professional sales and customer services teams to increase market share, sales turnover, and customer satisfaction.

Mr. Tong is the General Manager of the Asia Operations of Automation Engineering Inc. He is based in Hong Kong and is chartered to build up the sales and support infrastructure in Asia to support the fast growing business in active alignment solutions.  

Mr. Tong graduated from the University of Hong Kong with Bachelor Degree in Engineering and Master Degree in Business Administration. He has held various sales, support and management positions with several USA-based multinational companies including Teradyne, Trexel, and HP.  


Phil Wendell, Director North American Sales

Mr. Wendell brings more than 27 years of global sales and marketing experience in the semiconductor test industry to AEi. Mr. Wendell joined AEi from Optimal+, a big data analytics start-up, where he was VP of Worldwide Sales.

Mr. Wendell worked at Teradyne for 25 years, where he most recently served as GM of U.S. Sales and Service. In this role, Mr. Wendell led a team of more than 200 account managers, applications and sales support employees with worldwide responsibility for all U.S. headquartered customers including their overseas sites and subcontract manufacturing suppliers in Asia. Mr. Wendell’s teams have been consistently selected as “Best Capital Equipment Supplier” by top 25 worldwide semiconductor companies.  

Mr. Wendell graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He also graduated from the MBA+ Sales Leadership Certificate program at the University of Texas.


Roger Burns – Director, Applications Engineering

Mr. Burns joined Automation Engineering, Inc as Director of Applications Engineering in 2015. He brings particular expertise in the field of electronics and systems engineering as well as design for manufacturability and new product introduction.

Before joining AEI, Mr. Burns was Vice President of Engineering of OLEV Technologies, a privately funded Boston area startup seeking to introduce very high power wireless charging for electric vehicles to US urban transit buses and delivery vehicles. He served as co-chair of the SAE J2954/2 Heavy Duty Wireless Standardization Committee.  

Additionally, Mr. Burns has held senior engineering positions at Teradyne, Inc., in process and technology development, new product introduction and multi-functional team leadership. Roger was Lead Technical Analyst and Applications Manager for DC, Power and Automotive Markets where he was responsible for defining product directions for the test needs of the automotive market in the power management sector.  

Mr. Burns holds a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has studied RF design and communications at the graduate level and has completed the Teradyne – Babson Executive Certificate Program. Roger is a member of the IEEE, SAE.