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Cherik T. Bulkes

Title: Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Company: Advanced Applied Technologies, Inc.
Location: Sussex, Wisconsin, United States

Cherik T. Bulkes, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Advanced Applied Technologies, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering administration.

With nearly 45 years of experience to his credit, Mr. Bulkes has excelled as the founder and chief executive officer for Advanced Applied Technologies Inc. since 2015. Prior to these positions, he found success as the co-founder and vice president of Kenergy Inc. between 2005 and 2015. He previously served in multiple capacities with GE Healthcare between 1983 and 2005, including as an MRI hardware engineer, MRI systems engineer, interventional MRI systems engineer, MRI development engineer, MRI chief engineer, high-field open MRI program manager and the science director for MRI, XR, CT and visualization of the Global Applied Science Laboratory. During this time, he was additionally active with Concurrent Consulting from 1993 to 1998 and collaborated with Yokogawa Medical Systems in Japan in the early 1990s. Mr. Bulkes began his career as an engineer with Technical Bureau Meywaard in Sliedrecht, Netherlands in 1979 and Cooper Energy Services in Mount Vernon, Ohio from 1980 to 1983.

A native of The Netherlands, Mr. Bulkes initially earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Erasmus University Rotterdam before embarking on his professional path. He subsequently completed internships with Sperry Marine Systems, Dr. Neher Laboratory and the Royal Dutch State Mines. Mr. Bulkes concluded his academic efforts at Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1979, graduating with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. 

Attributing his success to his belief in quality, Mr. Bulkes was notably presented with a Young Investigator Award from the National Talent Search Initiative and the Royal Dutch Shell Corporation in 1974 as well as the Group Executive Award from General Electric Healthcare in 1986 and 1989. Over the years, he has accrued 85 patents, including one for the development of the first MRI-compatible lead for one of the biggest pacemaker companies in Minneapolis. Looking toward the future, Mr. Bulkes hopes to develop a semi-artificial kidney that would allow people living with kidney diseases to lessen their dialysis time to two-to-three days per month.

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