Nicholas P. De Luca

Professional Objective:

To bring world changing ideas and technologies to life and implement programs to insure their success in the market place.

To help lead the technical and strategic development of companies founded on innovative technology.

To foster, share, and explore the process of innovation.



October 2011 – Present
OAS Design Group, Sand City, CA,

President and CTO


The Taylor Company, Rockton, IL: Provide engineering and technical expertise for various research and development projects including the development of commercial food service equipment, high speed oven heating elements, energy storage and distribution systems, and power and switching systems.  Responsible for innovation associated with increasing the life of consumable high power mesh based heating elements by 50 times.  Additional focus on quality testing and life testing of manufactured elements.

Little Feet Packaging, Sand City, CA: Develop novel manufacturing systems for a new line of paper based package cushioning materials.  Systems include continuous high speed paper converting machines, paper dome forming processes, as well as portable end user packing line equipment to form paper Pubble wrap.

October 2014 – Present
Create Technologies Inc., Carson City, NV,

President and CTO

Development of novel technologies in various fields including solar energy collection, marine plastic debris collection, haptics, packaging, and lighting.

October 2014 – Present
De Luca Oven Technologies, San Francisco, CA

Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer

Invented a high-speed stored energy wire mesh heating element and using the mesh, developed an oven capable of cooking at 4 times the normal speed of a conventional infrared oven.  Managed a 10 person engineering team to integrate the core technology within numerous commercial, consumer, and industrial applications.  Managed licensing efforts, patent prosecution, and contract developments with various licensees including United Technologies,  The Taylor Company, Middleby, Pia’s Amazing, Hyperwave Technologies, Revolution Cooking, and Rapid Radiant Technologies.  Technology licensing and partnerships worth $5M secured based on the technology.

May 2001 – August 2014
Create Technologies Inc.
, Carson City, NV,

Inventor, Technology Strategist, President

Partnered with Sealed Air Corporation to conceive of products and manufacturing processes, develop new technologies, and create and implement commercialization strategies. Developed technology in the fields of on-demand robotic manufacturing systems, computer color coding system, meat tracking systems, computer vision systems, food safety, hospital safety, environmental packaging, solar concentration systems, and haptic technologies.  Directed a full time consulting team of 20+ mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineers and scientists, technicians, manufacturing experts, computer scientists, designers, industrial designers, marketing and business professionals. Projects developed: Layered Packaging, ColorID, VTID, Vision Enabled Training, Vision Safety Solutions, Excell Foam, Polyboom.   Co-managed innovation project budget of over $7M.

Jan 1997 – May 2001       

Novus Packaging Corporation, Richmond, CA

Founder and President

Founded Novus as a developer and manufacturer of inflatable packaging systems for use in the $2BB industrial packaging market.  Raised $5.2 MM to test market, establish sales, and build a manufacturing facility for an automatic cushioning and void fill inflation packaging system.  Managed the initial technology development team of 3 engineers and a marketing coordinator and then built team to 30 including directors of sales, marketing, manufacturing, finance, and engineering.   Company sold to FP International, achieving investor yearly ROI of 8%-200%   

May 1993 – Dec 1996       Novus Product Development, Watertown, MA

July 1996 to June 1997        Tracor Aerospace, San Ramon, CA

Nov. 1991 to Jan. 1993         New Products Program, MIT

Sep. 1991 to Jan. 1992        Cryogenic Engineering Laboratory, MIT                                            

Summer 1991 Fusion Systems Corporation, Rockville, MD

Sep. 1990 to May 1991        Bitter National Magnet Laboratory, MIT                                    

June 1988  to June 1990      National Institute of Standards & Technology, Gaithersburg, MD        


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA


        Harvard Business School, “Sealed Air Corporation: Deciding the Fate of VTID’,

         N-9-512-029, August 25, 2011.

        Berg, R.F. and De Luca, N.P., “Milliwatt Mixer for Small Fluid Samples,”

        Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 62, No. 2, February 1991.

        US Patent and Trademark Office Patents and Publications – See Patents


        2012 Kitchen Innovation Award from National Restaurant Association (SA Partner)

        1993 MIT 1st Prize De Florez Award for Outstanding Ingenuity in Mechanical Design

        1993 MIT 1st Prize in 10K Entrepreneurial Competition

        1990 Maryland Governor’s Commendation for Science Award

        1990 Westinghouse Science Competition Finalist


       Italian and French – fluent, some Spanish.


       Graduate of Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, MD

Other Interests

       Teaching K-6, Piano Improvisation, Traveling, Singing, Rock Climbing.


       Upon Request