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Michael K. Ahlijanian

Michael K. Ahlijanian

Vice President of Research, EnVivo Pharmaceuticals
Dr. Ahlijanian has worked in Neuroscience for over 25 years with 15 years in CNS Discovery at Pfizer rising to the level of Executive Director. Ahlijanian has broad experience in small molecule drug discovery in both Neurodegenerative and Psychiatric diseases and has led or contributed to teams that have generated multiple compounds for clinical development. He also has significant experience in preclinical and clinical development. As VP of Research Michael is focused on the delivery of preclinical candidates. Ahlijanian received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota (A. E. Takemori) and received post-doctoral training at the University of Colorado (D.M.F. Cooper) and the University of Washington (W.A. Catterall).

Jeffrey P. Andrews

Jeffrey P. Andrews

Venture Partner, Atlas Venture
Andrews invests in hardware and software companies serving markets including clean energy, mobile electronics and media. His investments include Lilliputian Systems, Pixtronix, Miasole, Gotuit Media, Optovia (acquired by JDSU), eDial (acquired by Alcatel), ASIP (acquired by Cyoptics) and others. Prior to Atlas, Andrews worked for Intel Corporation developing strategy and making venture capital investments.

Andrews holds six patents, four in fiber optics and two in medical systems. He has a BS in Physics from Binghamton University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Andre C. Arsenault

Andre C. Arsenault

Chief Technology Officer, Opalux
André Arsenault is a co-founder of Opalux Incorporated ("Opalux") and leads R&D as chief technology officer. He earned his Ph.D. degree in polymer and materials chemistry at the University of Toronto working with Professors Geoffrey A. Ozin and Ian Manners. Arsenault co-authored a textbook, Nanochemistry: A Chemical Approach to Nanomaterials, with Prof. Ozin, whose 2nd edition was recently released. His doctoral dissertation was on tunable photonic crystal materials which form the basis of Opalux’s core technologies.

He was awarded both an NSERC doctoral fellowship and CGS scholarship over the course of his graduate studies, and received the top prize in NSERC's Innovation Challenge Awards.

William Aulet

William Aulet

Acting Managing Director and Senior Lecturer, MIT Entrepreneurship Center
Bill Aulet, senior lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Acting Managing Director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, has 25 years of experience in technology business operations and financing. He started his career at IBM and then ran two private companies, Cambridge Decision Dynamics and SensAble Technologies. Most recently he helped engineer a dramatic turnaround at Viisage Technology as their Chief Financial Officer. Aulet now works with students and start-up companies to build strategies and operating plans that will create sustainable value.

Aulet has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a graduate degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he was a Sloan Fellow.

Chris Blizzard

Chris Blizzard

Evangelism Director, Mozilla
Blizzard has been part of the Mozilla project for most of the past decade. In that time, he has been a part-time developer and has bridged the gap between Mozilla and other high-profile open-source projects, and currently leads Mozilla's worldwide evangelism and developer-relations efforts. As the Web grows, Blizzard will help Mozilla continue to promote the open Web as a platform to allow people and organizations to find new ways to connect with each other and explore what's possible with technology and the Internet.

Kenneth Brill

Kenneth Brill

Founder and Executive Director, The Uptime Institute
Many data center industry innovations over the last 25 years trace back to his original concepts including dual power, the industry’s Tier system for evaluating and classifying data center facility performance, and IT/facility energy efficiency and productivity measurement. Brill’s research into the Economic Meltdown of Moore’s Law, Data Center Productivity and Energy Efficiency, and IT’s declining economics form core knowledge needed by corporate leaders charged with business performance, profitability, and sustainability.

Brill is the author of numerous ground breaking industry white papers and he writes a bi-weekly IT column for Forbes.com. In 2008, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Datacentre Dynamics in London.

James Cathey

James Cathey

Vice President of Business Development, Qualcomm MEMS Technologies (QMT)
Cathey is responsible for cultivating new revenue opportunities and overseeing applications engineering, technical product marketing, product management and marketing communications. Under his leadership, QMT’s innovative mirasol display has transitioned from a little-known, emerging display technology to an award-winning product incorporated in a diverse portfolio of mobile devices. Cathey is a 17-year technology industry veteran and a recognized expert in the display sector, with experience spanning multiple display technologies such as field emission display (FED), liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS), organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and liquid crystal display (LCD).

Uma Chowdhry

Uma Chowdhry

Senior Vice President and Chief Science and Technology Officer, DuPont
Dr. Uma Chowdhry is responsible for DuPont’s market driven science and technology based innovation. Uma oversees a diverse portfolio of programs from materials for energy, safety and electronics to industrial and agricultural biotechnology. Chowdhry is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an elected "Fellow" of the American Ceramic Society. She has served on advisory boards at MIT, Penn, Princeton and the University of Delaware and held active roles with the National Academy of Engineering, the Industrial Research Institute, and the national Inventors' Hall of Fame.

Ranjan Dash

Ranjan Dash

Chief Technology Officer, Y-Carbon
Dr. Dash has work experience in diverse fields ranging from ceramic manufacturing and software development to research and development in materials science. Dash is an alumnus of the A.J. Nanotechnology Institute, where he did his research on the core technology that Y-Carbon is commercializing. He has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Drexel University and BE in Ceramics Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela. He was awarded the 2006 Award for the Best Dissertation by a student in engineering and physical science of Drexel University. He was also awarded the 2007’s international Carbon Prize, for his doctoral research.

Recently, Dash received Drexel University’s 2009 Young Alumni Entrepreneur Award and under his leadership, Y-Carbon received the 2009 R&D 100 Award. Dash is also a recipient of 2009’s TR35 Award given by Technology Review Magazine.

Utkan Demirci

Utkan Demirci

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard Medical School
Demirci received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1999 from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his M.S. degree in 2001 in Electrical Engineering, his M.S. degree in Management Science and Engineering in 2005, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2005, all from Stanford University. His research interests involve biological applications of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and acoustics, especially: microfluidics for low cost CD4 counts for HIV in resource-limited-settings for global health problems; acoustic picoliter droplets for cell-by-cell 3D tissue generation, and semiconductor applications; capacitive micromachined ultrasonic arrays (CMUTS) for medical imaging applications.

Demirci was elected to TR35 in 2006 as one of the world’s top 35 young innovators under the age of 35 by Technology Review Magazine.

Ron Dixon

Ron Dixon

Director, Virtual Practice Project, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Ron Dixon is the Director of CIMIT’s (Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology) Value Based Healthcare Delivery Program, the Associate Medical Director of MGH Beacon Hill, and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dixon’s interests are in alternative methods of health care delivery, specifically relating to technology adoption. He is the Principal Investigator on a number of research efforts, notably a joint effort with biomedical engineering to develop a kiosk based system for automating certain aspects of the care delivery process, and work involving clinical technology adoption.

Ed Doller

Ed Doller

Chief Technology Officer and Corporate Vice President, Numonyx
Doller was appointed Chief Technology Officer of Numonyx during the formation of Numonyx in 2008. During his tenure at Intel, he held a variety of positions in the flash memory group before being named Chief Technology Officer in 2004. Prior to joining Intel, Doller held several key positions at International Business Machines (IBM) in East Fishkill, N.Y., all in advanced semiconductor memories. He has over 24 years of experience in semiconductor memories, holds multiple patents, is a co-author of the IEEE floating gate standard, and is a frequent key note speaker at memory conferences.

Doller received a BS in computer engineering from Purdue University in 1984.

Adam Dunkels.

Researcher, Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS)
Dunkels is the author of the Contiki operating system and the uIP and lwIP embedded Internet communication software. His software is used in hundreds of thousands of devices in space, on earth, and on the seven seas. For his work, he has received the ACM SIGOPS EuroSys 2008 Roger Needham PhD thesis award, the 2007 Xerox Chester Carlson award, and the ERCIM Cor Baayen 2008 award.

Dunkels is also a recipient of 2009 TR35 given by Technology Review Magazine.

David Eyton

David Eyton

Group Head of Research and Technology, BP
Eyton was appointed BP’s Group Head of Research and Technology in April 2008 and is accountable for technology strategy and its implementation across BP. He conducts research and development in areas of corporate renewal and oversees the technological capability of the company. Prior to this, Eyton was BP’s Upstream GVP for Technology. His responsibilities included research and development, technical service work, IT, procurement, and supply-chain management.

Eyton joined BP in 1982 with an engineering degree from Cambridge University and has held Upstream General Manager roles in Australia, the U.K., Trinidad, and the Gulf of Mexico.

Steven Feiner

Steven Feiner

Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University
Feiner directs the Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Lab and co-directs the Columbia Vision and Graphics Center. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University. Feiner’s research interests include augmented reality and virtual environments, 3D (and 2D) user interfaces, knowledge-based design of graphics and multimedia, mobile and wearable computing, computer games, and information visualization. He is coauthor of Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice, received an ONR Young Investigator Award, and together with his students, has won best paper awards at UIST, CHI, and VRST.

David Frankel

David Frankel

Founder, Founder Collective
Frankel has recently established Founder Collective, a seed stage venture fund based in Boston and New York. His partners include Sequoia, Bain, Bessemer, Flybridge, GC, Peter Thiel & Ron Conway. Frankel is a director of Rand Merchant Bank, which was voted the leading Investment Bank in South Africa. He was the CEO, co-founder & major investor in Internet Solutions, the largest ISP in Africa, acquired by Dimension Data. In 2000, Frankel was voted the South African Technology Achiever of the Century & selected by the World Economic Forum for the GLT program in Davos, Switzerland.

Frankel holds an Honors degree in Electrical Engineering (Wits) and, post selection for the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program, an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School.

Kevin Fu

Kevin Fu

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Professor Fu investigates how to ensure the security and privacy of pervasive devices that must withstand determined, malicious parties. These devices range from RFIDs to implantable medical devices. Fu is a Sloan Research Fellow and was recently named the 2009 TR35 Innovator of the Year by Technology Review magazine.

Jeffrey Glass

Jeffrey Glass

Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures
Glass focuses on wireless, digital media and consumer marketing technologies. He represents BCV on the boards of Blip.tv, LinkedIn, and TargetSpot, and serves on the boards of BzzAgent, the Massachusetts Innovation Technology Exchange, and the Mobile Marketing Association. Glass was President & CEO of m-Qube, Inc., a Bain Capital Ventures portfolio company acquired by VeriSign, which was previously named by Boston Business Journal as the fastest growing business in New England. In 2006, Glass was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner and was named to the BBJ’s “40 under 40” list.

Imre Gyuk

Program Manager of the Storage Research Program, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Gyuk received his B.S. from Fordham, did his graduate work at Brown and received a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Purdue University. He has taught physics, engineering, and architecture at Syracuse University, University of Wisconsin, and University of Kuwait. Research interests have included work on elementary particles, groundwater flow, environmental architecture and cultural dynamics. The program funds work on a wide portfolio of technologies including advanced batteries, flywheels, super-capacitors, and compressed air energy storage for applications such as frequency regulation, distribution upgrade deferral, better asset utilization, load leveling, and making renewables dispachable. The Storage Program maintains Joint Initiatives with the States of California and New York and works closely with Industry and Utilities. It also manages a $200 M Energy Storage Demonstration program under the Recovery Act.

Jon Haas

Director of the Eco-Technologies Programs Office, Intel Corporation
Haas is part of the Digital Enterprise Group (DEG) at Intel Corporation. DEG creates Intel architecture server workstation and client products and technologies. In support of that mission, Haas manages technical and marketing teams that work with the industry’s key technical forums and vendors on Energy Efficient computing. Haas is a 23-year Intel veteran spending most of his career working on server and I/O technologies. He participates in the Green Grid as the Vice Chair of the Technical Committee, Chair of the Data Center Design Guide Workgroup and on the Board of Directors.

Victoria Hale

Victoria Hale

Founder, OneWorld Health
Dr. Hale is founder and CEO of Medicines360, a sustainable nonprofit pharmaceutical company dedicated to inequities in women’s health and children’s health. She is founder and chair emeritus of OneWorld Health, the first nonprofit pharmaceutical company in the United States. Under her leadership (2000–2008), the organization developed a new cure for a forgotten parasitic disease and new technology to reduce the cost of malaria drugs by more than tenfold. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a MacArthur Fellow. She is recognized as an outstanding social entrepreneur by the Skoll Foundation, Schwab Foundation, and Ashoka.

Michael Idelchik

VP of Advanced Technologies, GE Global Research
In his role as vice president of Advanced Technologies, which he undertook in 2004, Idelchik oversees the company’s longest range and highest impact research endeavors. With major programs in nanotechnology, energy conversion, molecular medicine, advanced propulsion, organic electronics and sustainable energy, the Advanced Technology office represents the most significant investments in emerging technologies. In January 2006, GE President and CEO Jeff Immelt presented Idelchik the Chairman’s Award for Technology Leadership in recognition of a lifetime achievement in driving innovation and growth for the future.

Idelchik received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and a Masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds 12 patents.

Alexander Igelsböck

Alexander Igelsböck

Co-CEO, Mobilizy; CoFounder, TheMerger
Mobilizy is a startup creating cutting-edge Augmented Reality technology, while TheMerger is an Austrian M&A and strategy consulting boutique. Igelsböck spent most of his career in the Web and Mobile space. Igelsböck joined VeriSign in early 2006 through the acquisition of 3united, the leading European mobile service provider. He worked for VeriSign until end of 2008, managing international teams in Europe and the United States as Vice President of Mobile Messaging.

Jay Iorio

Jay Iorio

Technical Advisor, IEEE Standards Association
Iorio founded the Standards IT group at the IEEE Standards Association and has worked primarily with publishing technologies, multimedia and 3-D user interfaces. A Yale graduate, Iorio is a machinimatographer and founder of Inworld Pictures. He can be reached at j.iorio@ieee.org.

Steve Isakowitz

Steve Isakowitz

Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Department of Energy
Isakowitz has overall responsibility for the Department’s $26 billion annual budget. Reappointed by President Obama, he is now serving in the role of CFO for a second Administration. Previously, Isakowitz held positions in policy, finance, program management, and engineering. He has led key efforts for the US Government supporting major national goals in research and development, space exploration, and national security.

Isakowitz has also held key positions at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Sandra L. Kearney

Sandra L. Kearney

Volunteer President, e426.org
e426.org is a virtual nonprofit organization that designs and implements change management strategies, providing technical support, education and training. The former Director of IBM Research for Global Initiatives and Programs, Kearney focused on government business and national agendas, 3D Internet/Virtual Worlds and training/learning. She has spearheaded strategy, business and programs in all areas of government including aviation and logistics, media & entertainment, Alternative Futures, IT security and software development.

Kearney earned her Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Grand Canyon University.

Asad Khan

Asad Khan

Chief Technology Officer, Kent Displays
Dr. Khan holds more than 15 U.S. and international patents and is a co-inventor of several pending U.S. and foreign patents on cholesteric materials and displays. He is the author of numerous technical publications on liquid crystals including a contributing author in a book. Khan has a B.S. in Physics from the College of Wooster, an M.S. in Physics from Kent State University, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University. Khan is also an Adjunct Professor at the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University.

Michelle Khine

Michelle Khine

Assistant Professor, UC Irvine
Prior to joining UC Irvine, Khine was an assistant & founding professor at UC Merced (2006-09). She co-founded Shrink Nanotechnologies, the first start-up company from the youngest UC campus. Khine’s expertise is in developing nano- and micro- fabrication technologies for in vitro assays and stem cell research.

Khine received both her B.S. (1999) and M.S. (2001) in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. (2005) in bioengineering from UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley. While in graduate school, she spun out a company, Fluxion Biosciences, based on her dissertation work. Khine is a recipient of 2009 TR35 Award by Technology Review Magazine.

Joseph Kim

CEO and Director, Inovio Biomedical; Chairman, VGX International
Dr. J. Joseph Kim is a veteran of biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Currently he serves as CEO and Director of Inovio Biomedical Corporation, a leading developer of new vaccines. Kim also serves as Chairman and Director of VGX Internationals. In addition, he has managed efforts in manufacturing and process development of several FDA-approved products and developmental therapeutics at Merck & Co. These products include FDA-approved vaccines for hepatitis as well as developmental vaccines and therapeutics for HIV/AIDS. Kim has published over 75 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters, holds numerous patents and sits on several editorial boards and review panels.

Jonathan Koomey

Jonathan Koomey

Project Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dr. Koomey holds M.S. and PhD degrees from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley, and an A.B. in History of Science from Harvard University. He is the author or coauthor of eight books and more than 150 articles and reports on energy efficiency and renewable power technologies, energy economics, energy policy, environmental externalities, and global climate change, and is one of the leading international experts on the economics of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of information technology on resource use.

Robert Langer

Robert S. Langer

Institute Professor, MIT
Named one of the 100 most important people in America in 2001, Langer is the most cited engineer in history. His contributions are a cornerstone in the field of controlled drug release, and he is one of the founders of the field of tissue engineering. Langer has more than 630 issued or pending patents. He is the author of more than 1,000 articles and is a member of all three U.S. National Academies: the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences.

Langer is the recipient of more than 170 major awards, including the 2006 United States National Medal of Science.

Henry Lee

Henry Lee

Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
Lee is the Jassim M. Jaidah Family Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program within the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Faculty Co-Chair of the School’s International Infrastructure Program, and a Lecturer in Public Policy. Previously, Lee served on numerous state, federal, and private boards and advisory committees on both energy and environmental issues, and has worked with private and public organizations, including the InterAmerican Development Bank, the State of Sao Paulo, the U.S. Departments of Energy and Interior, the Intercontinental Energy Corporation, General Electric, and the EPA. His recent research interests focus on environmental management, geopolitics of energy, China’s energy policy, global climate change, regulation of electric and water utilities, and public infrastructure projects in developing countries.

Richard W. Levandov

Richard W. Levandov

Managing Member, Avalon Ventures
Levandov has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, operating executive, and venture capitalist. He co-founded Phoenix Technologies (Nasdaq: PTEC) in 1982. He joined America Online and served as Vice President of Business Development in 1993. His venture capital career started with the first SOFTBANK VC fund in 1996 followed by Masthead in 2002 and currently with Avalon VII, $150M early stage technology and life sciences fund. In the last 13 years as a venture capitalist, Levandov has been involved in over 150 investment decisions, led over 50 investments and has been a director of over 15 companies.

Peter Lorraine

Peter Lorraine

Manager of the Applied Optics Laboratory, GE Global Research Center
Lorraine received a BASc from the University of Toronto in Engineering Science in 1983 and a PhD in physics from Cornell University in 1991. Since joining GE, Lorraine has received over 40 patents for work in optical and other technologies. In 2000, he started a program to identify materials for new generations of optical data storage. In 2002 he became the manager of the Applied Optics Laboratory – an organization that conducts research in data storage, biomedical optics, solar power, and optical systems.

Pattie Maes

Associate Professor of the Program in Media Arts and Sciences, MIT
Maes founded and directs the Media Lab's Fluid Interfaces group. Previously, she founded and ran the Software Agents group. She currently acts as the associate Department Head for the Media, Arts and Sciences Department. Prior to joining the Media Lab, Maes was a visiting professor and a research scientist at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab. She holds bachelor's and PhD degrees in computer science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium. Her areas of expertise are human-computer interaction, intelligent interfaces and ubiquitous computing. Maes is the editor of three books, and is an editorial board member and reviewer for numerous professional journals and conferences.

Maes has received several awards from numerous organizations, including, Newsweek magazine, TIME Digital, the World Economic Forum, Ars Electronica, and the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council.

Yael Maguire

Yael Maguire

Co-Founder and CTO, ThingMagic
Maguire is interested in the fundamental ties between information processing and physics, signal processing and nontraditional computing devices. He has modeled oil pipeline robots, developed software and electronics for aided inertial guidance systems and worked on advanced web programming and sensor fusion in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics from Queen's University in Canada, and a master's degree and doctorate from MIT Media Lab.

Christopher G. Malone

Christopher G. Malone

Thermal Technologies Architect, Google
Malone works with Google's Data Center Research and Development team, which is responsible for developing Google's next-generation data centers with a focus on efficiency, sustainability, and cost. Malone has authored numerous refereed technical papers, and has been granted over 100 US and international patents. He is involved with several industry groups and government agency initiatives focused on improving IT efficiency. Prior to joining Google, Malone was a senior technologist at Hewlett-Packard responsible for enterprise server thermal technology strategy.

Malone received his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

Jim Matheson

Jim Matheson

General Partner, Flagship Ventures
Matheson joined Flagship Ventures in 2000 and focuses on creating and funding new ventures in the sustainability, clean technology and special technologies arenas. He has over 20 years of technology and leadership experience across a variety of organizations and roles designing, engineering and deploying sophisticated technology platforms. Matheson serves on the boards of Flagship portfolio companies Advanced Electron Beams, Black Duck Software, Frontier Energy, Mascoma Energy Corporation, Novomer and Oasys Water and is Chairman of the Board of Genstruct and Ze-gen.

Matheson earned an MBA from The Harvard Business School, a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy and retired as a Commander in the US Naval Reserves.

Ville-Veikko Mattila

Research Manager, Nokia Research Center
Mattila received his M.Sc. in 1995 and Dr.Tech. in 2001 from the Department of Information Technology at the Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Finland. He has been with Nokia Research Center since 1994. In addition he has been an Adjunct Professor at TUT’s Institute of Signal Processing since 2006. He has a long research record in audio and perception-based signal processing, human perception, and user experience. As Senior Manager, his later research has focused on mobile multiplayer gaming, as well as mixed and augmented reality. He has authored 30 journal and conference papers, and contributed to several ITU-T standards. He holds 20 patents and pending patent applications.

Pranav Mistry

Pranav Mistry

Research Assistant and PhD Candidate, MIT
Mistry is passionate about integrating the world of information with our real world interactions. SixthSense is his latest invention. Among some of his previous work, Mistry has made intelligent sticky notes that can be searched, located and send reminders and messages; a pen that can draw in 3D and a tangible public map that can act as Google of physical world. Mistry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, a Masters in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT and Masters of Design from IIT Bombay. He also worked with Microsoft as a UX researcher. Presently, Mistry is a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab.

Bill Moggridge

Bill Moggridge

Founder, IDEO
Bill Moggridge founded his design firm in London in 1969, adding a second office in 1979 in Palo Alto. Here he designed the first laptop computer, the GRiD Compass, and pioneered interaction design as a discipline. In 1991, he merged his company with those of David Kelley and Mike Nuttall to form IDEO. Bill has been as visiting professor in interaction design at the Royal College of Art in London and a consulting associate professor in the Design program at Stanford University. His book Designing Interactions was named one of the 10 Best Innovation and Design Books of 2006 by BusinessWeek.

Kenneth P. Morse

Kenneth P. Morse

Founding Managing Director, MIT Entrepreneurship Center; Chair, Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Competitiveness, Delft University of Technology; Chairman, Entrepreneurship Ventures
Ken has been a high performance leader in global high tech sales and sales management for over 30 years. He was a co-founder of six high tech companies, together with MIT friends and classmates, including 3Com and AspenTech. Five did well; one was a disaster. Ken is a member of the Board of Advisors of several start-ups and MIT-spinoff companies, including Terrafugia, the flying car. He is currently working on a book about global entrepreneurs.

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Karim Nader

Associate Professor and William Dawson Chair of the Department of Psychology, McGill Univeristy
Nader received his PhD in Neuroscience for work performed in Prof. Van der Kooy’s lab, at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1996. The following three years Nader accepted a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Center for Neural Sciences, at New York University, and worked in collaboration with Dr. J. E. LeDoux. Nader is best known for his work rediscovering memory reconsolidation. He is an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, EJLB Foundation Scholar, William Dawson Chair and a EWR Steacie Fellow. He was recently named to the Caldwell Partners/Globe&Mail's Report on Business Top 40 under 40 and 1 of the top 10 people to change the world by Forbes.com in 2007.

Kyle Nikolich

Kyle Nikolich

Interactive Design Specialist, IEEE
Nikolich’s social networking knowledge, creative skills, and background in 3D computer graphics have been instrumental in the development of IEEE’s corporate activity in Second Life®. IEEE’s two-island corporate presence serves to engage visitors in every aspect of the IEEE experience. As part of this project, Nikolich is currently completing final designs and implementation for each island, while also supporting events which serve to promote and socialize the project’s goals. He holds a degree in New Media Interactive Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Daniel G. Nocera

Daniel G. Nocera

Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nocera’s group pioneered studies of the basic mechanisms of energy conversion in biology and chemistry. He has recently accomplished the solar fuels process of photosynthesis outside of the leaf - the splitting of water to hydrogen and oxygen using light from neutral water, at atmospheric pressure and room temperature. He has been awarded an extraordinary amount of awards throughout the years for his work. He is currently working with several artists, actors and producers along with major business leaders in the U.S. to help them develop a position that contributes positively to the energy and sustainability challenge confronting this planet. In 2008, he founded Sun Catalytix, a company committed to bringing personalized energy to the non-legacy world.

Steve Perlman

Scott Noteboom

Senior Director of Data Center Engineering & Operations, Yahoo
Since joining Yahoo in 2005, Noteboom has served as chief design architect and a founder of the Yahoo’s data center self construct operate initiatives. He has managed the growth of the company’s data center compute operating footprint, to over ten times its former size, by leading teams that installed and supported hundreds of thousands of hosts. Noteboom’s duties include managing all aspects of the data center lifecycle from design, construction, and operations, to decommission.

Prior to joining Yahoo, Noteboom was Director of Data Center Operations at AboveNet, managing the world’s second largest data center collocation footprint at the time. He also founded several companies in the ISP, and VOIP space.

Catherine Oyler

Senior Director of Emerging Technologies, Johnson and Johnson
Oyler joined J&J from AstraZeneca where she was responsible for evaluating and in-licensing clinical and marketed oncology products. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Oyler served in a progression of business development roles at Myriad Genetics, culminating in leading diagnostic licensing for the Myriad Genetic Laboratories division of the company. Oyler previously held marketing and research scientist roles at Amgen, Alza and Alkermes.

Oyler received a bachelor's degree in Biology from Williams College and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Steve Perlman

Steve Perlman

Founder and CEO, OnLive
Perlman, OnLive founder, president & CEO, is an entrepreneur and inventor devoted to pioneering Internet, entertainment, multimedia, consumer electronics and communications technologies and services. Best known for the development of QuickTime®, WebTV® and Mova® Contour™ facial capture technologies, he has over 30 years of technology development experience, 19 years of start-up experience and a track record of bringing media-rich products and services quickly to market. In addition to having founded and operated multiple startup companies, Perlman has been a Microsoft division president and a principal scientist at Apple Computer.

Perlman holds over 80 US patents, and has more than 100 additional patents pending.

Dan Rastler

Dan Rastler

Program Manager of the Energy Storage and Distributed Energy Resources Program, Electric Power Research Institute
Rastler’s responsibilities include development, execution and overall management of this R&D program area. Rastler joined EPRI in 1981 as a Project Manager in the Fuel Cell program. He later conceived, developed and grew EPRI’s distributed energy resources program to provide a portfolio of products and services to the U.S. electric power industry. He now also manages R&D activities in electric energy storage, hydrogen, and distributed generation. As program manager of the Energy Storage area he directs research in technology assessments, market and business case evaluations, wind and energy storage integration; distributed energy storage system assessments and demonstrations and integration of storage in Smart Grid and with renewables.

Rastler is a world-recognized authority on distributed generation, energy storage and emerging alternative clean energy technologies, their applications, markets, and business opportunities.

Donald R. Sadoway

Donald R. Sadoway

John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry , MIT
Sadoway's research seeks to establish the scientific underpinnings for technologies that make efficient use of energy and natural resources in an environmentally sound manner. His research spans engineering applications and the supportive fundamental science. The overarching theme of his work is electrochemistry in nonaqueous media. Specific topics in applied research are the following: environmentally sound electrochemical extraction and recycling of metals, lithium solid-polymer-electrolyte batteries for portable power, high-amperage energy storage devices for stationary applications, advanced materials for use as electrodes in fused-salt electrolysis cells and batteries, electrochemical synthesis of compound semiconductors, and electrochemical synthesis of diamond coatings.

Leon Sandler

Executive Director, The Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, MIT
The Deshpande Center’s mission is “Innovation to Impact” – stimulating innovation and moving technology from the laboratories to the marketplace. In his role at the center, Sandler spans the worlds of academia and industry, technology and business, established companies and entrepreneurial start-ups. Prior to joining the Deshpande Center, he held senior management positions in large technology companies and founded and ran technology start-ups.

Sandler holds an MS Chemical Engineering from Natal University and an MBA from the Stanford Business School.

Joel Schindall

Associate Director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics, MIT
Dr. Schindall re-joined the MIT faculty in June of 2002 after a 35 year career in the defense, aerospace and telecommunications industries. His research includes the invention and development of a nanotube-enhanced ultracapacitor which holds the promise of being superior to electrochemical batteries as a means of efficient regenerative electrical energy storage, and he has also supervised research on dynamic simulation and reliability analysis of complex safety-critical systems. Prior to joining MIT, Schindall was VP and Chief Technology Officer of Loral Space and Communications, Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer for Globalstar, and President of Loral Conic.

Mike Schroepfer

Mike Schroepfer

Vice President of Engineering, Facebook
Schroepfer is the Vice President of Engineering at Facebook. Schroepfer is responsible for harnessing the engineering organization’s culture of speed, creativity and exploration to build products, services and infrastructure that support the company’s users, developers and partners around the world. Before coming to Facebook, Schroepfer was the Vice President of Engineering at Mozilla Corporation, where he led the global, collaborative, open and participatory product development process behind Mozilla's popular software.

Schroepfer holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in computer science from Stanford University and has filed two U.S. patents.

Lawrence Schwartz

Lawrence Schwartz

Product Director, E Ink
Schwartz is responsible for the E-Reader business of E Ink. Prior to E Ink, Schwartz held several roles in the high tech industry including Senior Manager at EMC, Senior Engineer at Lucent Technologies (now Alcatel-Lucent), Staff Member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and Program Manager at Hughes Space and Communications (now Boeing). He holds domestic and international patents for contributions in the electronics and mechanical fields.

Schwartz has a B.S. and M.S. in engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Simeon Simeonov

Simeon Simeonov

Founder and CEO, FastIgnite
Simeonov helps entrepreneurs shape promising ideas, raise capital, build teams and execute across all stages of the startup lifecycle. Simeonov is also cofounder of San Francisco-based Thing Labs. Prior to that, Simeonov spent seven years as technology partner at Polaris Venture Partners where he made investments in the online, enterprise and mobile sectors and helped start four companies that Polaris invested in. Prior to joining Polaris, Simeonov was vice president of emerging technologies and chief architect at Macromedia (now Adobe). Earlier, Sim was a founding member and chief architect at Allaire. Simeonov blogs at blog.simeonov.com.

Anthony Sinskey

Anthony Sinskey

Professor of Microbiology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
Sinskey is a top authority on metabolic and biopolymer pathway engineering. His research accomplishments include demonstrating acrylic acid as a biochemical intermediate in a unique anaerobic fermentation process, and fundamental contributions (genetics, molecular biology, pathway engineering) to amino acid production. His most notable contribution has been in the genetics and molecular biology of polyhydroxyalkanoate production (a biodegradable polymer) from renewable resources.

Sinskey received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and his Sc.D. from MIT.

George Sullivan

George Sullivan

CTO, Me4Sure
Sullivan is responsible for the vision, innovation and commercialization of technology in the product and solution portfolio of Me4Sure. He is a noted expert in distributed/networked systems, application virtualization, convergence, call-centers and communication application development, delivery and management. Sullivan has an impressive history and record of success with more than 30 years experience with information technology in Fortune 100 companies, various government agencies and entrepreneurial businesses. Sullivan graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1977 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and from the Naval Post Graduate School in 1984 with a Masters of Science in Computer Systems. He completed PhD course work with specialization in advanced computer communications & VLSI/VHSIC.

Wim Sweldens

Wim Sweldens

Vice President, Alcatel-Lucent Ventures
Swedens leads Alcatel-Lucent Ventures, the business incubator and investment division of Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Labs. In this role, he oversees internal, joint, and external ventures. Previously, he was the Computing Sciences Research vice president and headed Bell Labs Research China. Swedens received his PhD in computer science in 1994 from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He is the inventor of the lifting scheme, a new wavelet method on which JPEG2000 is based. Technology Review included him in the TR100 young innovators in 1999. In 2003, he was elected to fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to multi-resolution methods for image and 3-D geometry compression.

Saied Tehrani

Saied Tehrani

Chief Operating Officer, Everspin Technologies
Dr. Tehrani is chief operating officer and co-founder of Everspin Technologies. Prior to the formation of Everspin in 2008, he was director of Analog and Mixed Signal Technologies at Freescale Semiconductor. His R&D team was responsible for the development of power, analog, RF, sensor and MRAM technologies. In 1995, Tehrani was instrumental in beginning Freescale’s MRAM program. Under his direction, Freescale became an industry MRAM leader and unveiled the industry’s first MRAM samples in 2003. Tehrani is co-recipient of the IEEE Dan Noble award and is a Motorola Fellow and a Freescale Semiconductor Fellow. He has 75 issued patents.

Joe Tsien

Joe Z. Tsien

Co-Director of the Brain and Behavior Discovery Institute, Medical College of Georgia
Dr. Tsien is a world renowned neuroscientist in learning and memory. He is also known as the creator of smart mouse Doogie which was selected as one of top ten major scientific breakthroughs by Science magazine for the year 1999. His discovery of memory code was featured as the cover story for the 2007 July issue of Scientific American. Most recently, his laboratory has revealed a molecular paradigm via which a given memory in the brain can be rapidly and selective erased.

Jack Turner

Jack Turner

Associate Director of the Technology Licensing Office, MIT
Turner joined MIT's Technology Licensing Office (TLO) in February of 1993 after working for more than twenty-five years in engineering and senior management positions at three Boston-area high-technology companies. Following his graduation from MIT (Electrical Engineering, 1966), Turner spent ten years with the Equipment Division of the Raytheon Company. In 1976, Turner left Raytheon to become Vice President of Engineering and subsequently Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Metritape, a small early-stage company providing precision liquid-level gauging systems for very large tanks, especially the marine tanker industry.

Ben Verwaayen

Ben Verwaayen

CEO, Alcatel-Lucent
Verwaayen was appointed as Alcatel-Lucent’s CEO on September 2008. He is a Dutch national and has intensive telecommunications and IT experience spanning many years. He was CEO of BT from February 2002 to June 1, 2008. Verwaayen was formerly vice chairman of the management board of Lucent Technologies in the United States, which he joined in September 1997. Previously, he worked with KPN in the Netherlands for nine years as president and managing director of its telecom subsidiary, PTT telecom. Prior to that, Verwaayen worked for ITT, a predecessor of Alcatel.

Cyrus Wadia

Cyrus Wadia

Postdoctoral Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Co-Director, CleanTech to Market, Haas School of Business
Wadia has spent the last six years at U.C. Berkeley and LBNL in pursuit of new low cost photovoltaics using earth abundant metal sulfides. Prior to his doctoral studies, Wadia spent over 7 years in Silicon Valley launching new technology to market. Most recently, Wadia founded a startup specializing in complex data analysis for which he now serves as Chairman of the Board. He was recently honored for his groundbreaking work by being named a 2009 TR35 by Technology Review magazine.

Wadia earned his PhD in Energy & Resources from U.C. Berkeley and holds both an M.S. and S.B. in Chemical Engineering from MIT.

David Weir

David Weir

Journalist, BNET
Weir is a veteran journalist who covers the media industry for BNET. He has worked at Rolling Stone, California, Mother Jones, Business 2.0, SunDance, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, MyWire, 7x7, and the Center for Investigative Reporting, which he co-founded in 1977. He has also been a content executive at KQED, Wired Digital, Salon.com, and Excite@Home. Weir has published hundreds of articles and three books,including "Raising Hell: How the Center for Investigative Reporting Gets Its Story," and has been teaching journalism for more than 20 years at U.C. Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and Stanford.

Ken Zweibel

Director, George Washington University Solar Institute
Zweibel has almost 30 years experience in solar photovoltaics. He was at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory much of that time and the program leader for the Thin Film PV Partnership Program, which is often credited with being central to the success of thin film PV. In 2006, Zweibel co-founded and became President of a thin film CdTe PV start-up, PrimeStar Solar, a majority share of which was purchased by General Electric. Zweibel subsequently became the founding Director of The George Washington University Solar Institute at its formation in 2008.

Zweibel is frequently published and known worldwide in solar energy.