Speakers from the 2006 Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT

Asad Abidi Asad Abidi
University Professor, UCLA

Asad A. Abidi was at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, from 1981 to 1984 as a member of technical staff in the Advanced LSI Development Laboratory. Since 1985, he has been professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of California, Los Angeles. Abidi's research interests are in CMOS RF design, data high-speed analog integrated circuit design, conversion, and other techniques of analog signal processing.

From 1992 to 1995, Abidi was editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. He has received an IEEE Millennium Medal, the 1988 TRW Award for Innovative Teaching, and the 1997 IEEE Donald G. Fink Award. He was a co-recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 1995 European Solid-state Circuits Conference and the Jack Raper Award for Outstanding Technology Directions Paper at the 1997 International Solid State Circuits Conference.

Abidi received a BS degree from Imperial College, London, and MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley

Alex Bard Alex Bard
President and CEO, Goowy Media, Inc.

Alex Bard is president and CEO of Goowy Media, responsible for the corporate vision, product strategy, and marketing/business development initiatives. Previously, Bard was part of the founding team for two other Internet communication companies, eAssist Global Solutions and eShare Technologies. He has held several senior-level management positions, including vice president of sales and marketing and vice president of sales engineering. Bard has directed the sales process, managed sales and engineering teams, directed product strategy, and helped accomplish their strategic goals. He holds a BS in finance from Stony Brook University.

Angela M. Belcher Angela M. Belcher
Germeshausen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering, MIT

Angela Belcher is a materials chemist with expertise in biomaterials, biomolecular materials, organic-inorganic interfaces, and solid-state chemistry. She received her BS in creative studies and her PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Belcher joined the faculty at MIT as the John Chipman Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering in 2002. In 2006 she was appointed Germeshausen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering. She was awarded the 24th annual MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the 2004 Four Star General Recognition Award.

Jeffrey P. Bezos Jeffrey P. Bezos
Founder and CEO, Amazon.com

Jeff Bezos has always been interested in anything that can be revolutionized by computers. Intrigued by the amazing growth in use of the Internet, Jeff created a business model that leveraged the Internet's unique ability to deliver huge amounts of information rapidly and efficiently.

In 1994, he founded Amazon.com, Inc., now the leading online retailer, offering services that traditional retailers cannot: lower prices, authoritative selection, and a wealth of product information.

Before heading west to start Amazon.com, Jeff worked at the intersection of computer science and finance, helping to build one of the most technically sophisticated quantitative hedge funds on Wall Street for D.E. Shaw & Co. He also led the development of computer systems that helped manage more than $250 billion in assets for Bankers Trust Company.

He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University in 1986.

John M. Chapin John M. Chapin
Chief Technology Officer, Vanu, Inc.

John Chapin is the chief technology officer of Vanu, a leading developer of software radio networks based in Cambridge, MA. Before joining the company, Chapin was an assistant professor at MIT in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He also worked at Sun Microsystems and TYX Corporation. Chapin earned all three all of his degrees from Stanford University: a PhD in computer science in 1997, an MS in computer science in 1991, and a BA in East Asian studies in 1989.

Marc Chapman Marc Chapman
Global Leader, Strategy & Change Practice, IBM

Marc Chapman is the global leader of IBM's Strategy & Change consulting practice. To this position, Chapman brings 15 years of international management-consulting experience in Asia, Europe, and North America. He has led engagements for Fortune 500 manufacturing and service companies in numerous sectors: electronics, industrial control and automation, component manufacturing, engine production, automotive, consumer appliances, cement, batteries, oil and gas products, pharmaceuticals, household cleaning materials, and software. Chapman advises clients on issues of transformation, business growth, portfolio development, merger integration, and services strategies. In leading the Strategy & Change practice, Chapman is also responsible for advising IBM business units on strategic growth issues; his ideas have created several rapidly growing businesses inside the IBM portfolio. Prior to joining IBM, Chapman was vice president of Mainspring, a leading digital-technology strategy company.

Yet-Ming Chiang Yet-Ming Chiang
Kyocera Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT

Yet-Ming Chiang graduated from MIT with the SB degree in materials science and engineering in 1980 and the ScD in ceramics in 1985. He has been a faculty member at MIT since 1985, and a full professor since 1994. His fields of expertise include advanced inorganic materials and their applications in energy storage and generation, mechanical actuation and “smart” structures, and micro/nano electronics. He is a fellow of the American Ceramic Society and recipient of its Ross Coffin Purdy, R.M. Fulrath, and F.H. Norton Awards, and was an ONR Young Investigator. Chiang is a founding scientist of A123Systems (Watertown, MA) and American Superconductor Corporation (Westboro, MA), and held a research appointment at DuPont Central Research in 1992-’93.

George Church George Church
Professor of Genetics and Director of the Center for Computational Genetics, Harvard Medical School

George Church is professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School in Boston and director of the Center for Computational Genetics. With degrees from Duke University in chemistry and zoology, he co-authored research on 3-D software and RNA structure with Sung-Hou Kim. His PhD from Harvard in biochemistry and molecular biology with Wally Gilbert included the first direct genomic sequencing method in 1984, initiating the Human Genome Project. He was then a research scientist at Biogen, Inc., and a Monsanto Life Sciences Research Fellow at UCSF.

Church invented the broadly applied concepts of molecular multiplexing and tags, homologous recombination methods, and array DNA synthesizers. Technology transfer of automated sequencing and software to Genome Therapeutics Corp. resulted in the first commercial genome sequence (the human pathogen H. pylori, 1994). Church has served as an advisor for 12 journals, five granting agencies, and 22 biotech companies. His current research focuses on integrating biosystems modeling with personal genomics and synthetic biology.

Vicki Colvin Vicki Colvin
Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Rice University

Vicki Colvin has been on the faculty at Rice since 1996. A physical chemist with special interest in complex materials problems, she leads a group that includes a diverse range of synthetic chemists, physical chemists, and applied physicists. Specific research areas include template chemistry, meso- and macroporous solids, nanocrystalline oxides, photonic band gap materials, and confined glasses.

Previously, she was a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs, where she developed new materials for holographic data storage. In 2006 she was named an Alfred P. Sloan research fellow and a Beckman Young Investigator. She holds three patents and is the author of more than 25 refereed publications and one book chapter. Colvin received her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in chemistry and physics at Stanford University.

Michael Egholm, Ph.D. Michael Egholm
Vice President of Molecular Biology, 454 Life Sciences

Michael Egholm joined the 454 management team from Molecular Staging, where he served as senior vice president of research and development. While at Molecular Staging, Egholm led the development of the REPLI-g single tube whole genome amplification product as well as the industry-leading blood protein profiling platform. Previously, Egholm was at Applied Biosystems working on peptide nucleic acids, of which he was a co-inventor. Egholm earned a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

David Faber David Faber
Anchor, CNBC's Faber Report and contributor to Squawk on the Street

A Peabody and DuPont Award winner, Faber is the anchor and co-producer of CNBC's acclaimed original documentaries and long-form programming as well as a contributor to the network's Squawk on the Street. During the day, he leads the news cycle and provides in-depth analysis on a range of business topics during his twice-weekly Faber Report. In his 12 years at CNBC, Faber has broken many major financial stories, including the WorldCom fraud, bailout of hedge fund Long Term Capital Management, and numerous takeovers.

Faber joined CNBC in 1993 after seven years at Institutional Investor, where he covered corporate finance and global equity markets. His book The Faber Report was published by Little, Brown in the spring of 2002. Faber holds a BA in English from Tufts University.

Kelly R. Fletcher Kelly R. Fletcher
Sustainable Energy Advanced Technology Leader, GE Global Research

Kelly Fletcher attended the University of California at Berkeley, graduating with BS and MS degrees in nuclear engineering. On graduation, he joined the nuclear-energy division of GE Energy through the Edison Engineering Program. During his 18-year career in nuclear energy, he has held various technical and leadership positions. In 1997, he was named manager of nuclear and safety analysis. And since 1999, he has held a number of positions with responsibility for regulatory services, e-business, strategic marketing, business development, and quality.

In 2005, Fletcher was appointed general manager of nuclear technology, managing activities for GE’s nuclear products and services through new-product introduction, R&D, and intellectual-property management. In 2006, he was appointed to his current position, in which he is responsible for technology and business development in key sustainable-energy areas—advanced energy storage, hydrogen technologies, CO2-free power generation, concepts for advanced nuclear power plants, and solid-oxide fuel.

Jason Fried Jason Fried
President, 37signals

Jason Fried is president of 37signals, a Chicago-based company that builds and markets a variety of Web-based applications centered on simple collaboration. Fried believes that software is usually the problem, not the solution. Therefore, 37signals products are simple, intuitive, and focused on a few key features. They do less than the competition—intentionally. Indeed, 37signals is spearheading the "less software" movement, which counters the entrenched, traditional software industry that continues to produce overly complex and confusing products.

Yair Goldfinger Yair Goldfinger
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Dotomi; Inventor of Instant Messaging

Yair Goldfinger co-founded Dotomi with Eyal Schiff and Tamir Koch in July 2000 and currently serves as its chief technology officer. Goldfinger started Dotomi with the goal of delivering a solution necessary for marketers to establish one-to-one communication with their customers.

Before starting Dotomi, Goldfinger co-founded ICQ, the world's first Internet-wide instant-messaging service, and served as its chief technology officer. He is credited with the development of instant messaging (IM). ICQ was acquired by AOL in 1998.

Goldfinger holds a BA in math and computer science from Tel Aviv University. He was given the Wharton Infosys Business Transformation Award in 2005.

Jene Golovchenko Jene Golovchenko
Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Harvard University

Jene Golovchenko has been a professor of physics and applied physics at Harvard University for the past 19 years. Previously, he was a distinguished member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ. His current interests lie in developing advanced methods of physics, materials, and molecular science to achieve very rapid sequencing of the entire human genome.


Adam Gross

Adam Gross
Vice President of Developer Marketing, Salesforce.com

Adam Gross is vice president of developer marketing at Salesforce.com. He was formerly vice president of product marketing at Grand Central Communications. Before that, Gross co-founded Personify, a San Francisco-based enterprise software company credited with pioneering the personalization and Web analysis market. Previously, he served as a technology analyst in Stanford Research Institute's Media Futures Program. At SRI, he helped leading consumer electronics and computer companies—including Apple, Sun, Sony, and Microsoft—develop business, technical, and regulatory strategies for entering broadband digital video and consumer online services markets.

Gross holds a BS in new media systems and policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

Leonard Guarente Leonard Guarente
Novartis Professor of Biology, MIT

Leonard Guarente has been on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1981, currently as the Novartis Professor of Biology. He formerly studied gene regulation in eukaryotes, then the mechanism of aging and its regulation using yeast and higher organisms.

His extensive research in the fields of genetics and aging focuses on the study of molecular mechanisms that regulate aging and mechanisms by which SIR2-related genes regulate lifespan and calorie restriction. His book Ageless Quest (Cold Spring Harbor Press, 2003) describes the pathway of discovery of SIR2 as a key regulator of life span in response to diet.

Guarente received a BS in biology from MIT in 1974 and a PhD in molecular genetics from Harvard University in 1978.

Susan Hockfield Susan Hockfield
President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A noted neuroscientist whose research has focused on the development of the brain, Susan Hockfield is the first life scientist to serve as president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Hockfield graduated from the University of Rochester and received her PhD from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, carrying out her dissertation research in neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health. Before assuming the presidency of MIT in 2004, she was provost at Yale University, where she had also served as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Andrew Huang Andrew Huang
President, Bunnie studios

Andrew “Bunnie” Huang is a nocturnal hacker, a security consultant, and the hardware factotum for his startup, Chumby Industries. His consulting firm, Bunnie Studios, specializes in unusual design and reverse-engineering problems. With a PhD in EE from MIT in 2002, Huang has jousted with several projects, ranging from hacking the Xbox (and writing the eponymous book) to designing the world's first fully integrated photonic-silicon chips, running at 10 Gbps, to building some of the first prototype hardware for silicon-nanowire-device research. He has participated in the design of 802.11b/Bluetooth transceivers, graphics chips, digital cinema CODECs, and autonomous robotic submarines, as well as the "undesign" of many security systems. Huang is also a contributing writer and technical advisor for O'Reilly Media's Make magazine.

Brad Hunt Brad Hunt
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)

Brad Hunt works closely with the six major studios that make up the MPAA, specializing in anti-piracy issues and policy-making. He leads the MPAA Office of Technology's involvement in content-protection specifications and licensing, international standardization efforts, regulatory and legislative initiatives, and content-protection compliance monitoring and enforcement.

Hunt has worked in the motion-picture and television industry for more than 30 years in a variety of roles, including R&D, marketing, strategic planning, and executive management related to film, digital post-production hardware, and post-production services. He has a BS in chemical engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA from the William E. Simon Graduate Business School at the University of Rochester. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the academy's Science and Technology Council. He is also a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television.

David Kappos David Kappos
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property Law, IBM

David Kappos directs IBM's intellectual-property law function, providing legal counsel over all facets of protecting and licensing the firm's intellectual-property assets and leading its engagement of intellectual-property-law policy issues. In particular, he is responsible for managing IBM's patent and trademark portfolios; protecting and licensing intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trademarks, know-how, and technology) worldwide; and directing intellectual-property-law operations relating to entities within IBM, including research, marketing, services, consulting, systems, storage products, and semiconductor and technology development.

Kappos serves on the board of directors of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), the International Intellectual Property Society (IIPS), and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). He has spoken widely around Asia and the United States on intellectual-property matters

Barbara Karn Barbara Karn
EPA (currently transitioning from the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)

Barbara Karn has led the agency's research grants program for nanotechnologies in the Office of Research and Development since the program's creation in 2001. She represented the EPA on the interagency Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, National Science and Technology Council.

Karn's professional background includes work in electroplating, polymers, environmental consulting, small-business ownership, academic administration, and water quality management. A sought-after lecturer and the lead editor of Nanotechnology and the Environment: Applications and Implications (Oxford University Press, June 2005), she holds a PhD in biology and environmental science from Florida International University.

Nathan Lewis Nathan Lewis
Professor, California Institute of Technology

Nathan Lewis's research interests include light-induced electron transfer reactions, both at surfaces and in transition metal complexes, and the photochemistry of semiconductor-liquid interfaces.

A George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, he has been on the faculty of the California Institute of Technology since 1988, and has served as professor since 1991. He has also served as the principal investigator at the Beckman Institute Molecular Materials Resource Center at Caltech since 1992. From 1981 to 1986, he was on the faculty at Stanford, as an assistant professor from 1981 to 1985 and a tenured associate professor from 1986 to 1988.

Lewis has been an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and a Presidential Young Investigator. He received the Fresenius Award in 1990, the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry in 1991, the Orton Memorial Lecture award in 2003, and the Princeton Environmental Award in 2003. He has published more than 200 papers and supervised approximately 50 graduate students and postdoctoral associates.

Lewis received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tod Machover Tod Machover
Composer and Inventor; Professor of Music and Media, MIT

Called “America’s most wired composer” by the Los Angeles Times, Tod Machover is widely recognized as one of the most significant and innovative composers of his generation. He is also celebrated for inventing new technology for music, including hyperinstruments, which he launched in 1986. He has been professor of music and media at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA, since it was founded in 1985, and is currently helping to launch a major new Center for Inventive Thinking at MIT. In addition, Machover has recently been appointed visiting professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Machover is also co-founder and chairman of Harmony Line, a Cambridge-based company devoted to developing musical tools and techniques to extend creative music-making to everyone. Its key application is Hyperscore, a software tool for music composition.

Andrew D. Maynard Andrew D. Maynard
Chief Science Advisor, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Andrew Maynard is chief science advisor to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Trained as a physicist, he is widely known for his work on the risks and benefits of nanotechnologies. Maynard previously led nanotechnology research at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and was co-chair of the federal Nanotechnology Health and Environment Implications Working Group. He is a regular international speaker on nanotechnology and appears frequently in print and on radio and television.

Roger McNamee Roger McNamee
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Elevation Partners

Roger McNamee began his career at T. Rowe Price, where he managed the top-ranked Science and Technology Fund. In 1991, he launched Integral Capital Partners, the first crossover fund (combining later-stage venture capital with public-market investments), in partnership with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. In 1999, McNamee co-founded Silver Lake Partners, the first private equity fund focused on technology businesses. Like the T. Rowe Price and Integral funds, Silver Lake was the top-performing fund of its era and established a new model of private equity. In 2004, McNamee and his partners launched Elevation Partners, a private equity partnership focused on media and entertainment content.

Over his 24-year career, McNamee has made venture investments in Electronic Arts, Flextronics, Intuit, Overture, Rambus, Blue Nile, and many others. Silver Lake's investments included Seagate, Ameritrade, Gartner, and Business Objects. Elevation has made three investments to date: Move.com, Pandemic, and Bioware.

He is a frequent speaker at industry and investor conferences and a commentator on CNBC.

McNamee serves on the board of trustees of Bryn Mawr College and the board of overseers of the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. He holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Tuck.

Jonathan F. Miller Jonathan F. Miller
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AOL LLC

Jonathan Miller is responsible for setting the strategy and overseeing the businesses and operations of the world's leading interactive services company. Before joining AOL, Miller was president and chief executive officer of USA Information and Services (USAIS). He also served for a year as president and chief executive officer of USA Electronic Commerce Solutions and was president and chief executive officer of USA Broadcasting, which he joined in 1997. Miller worked for Nickelodeon in the mid-1990s, joining it as chief executive officer and managing director of Nick UK and rising to managing director of Nickelodeon International. He previously served as chief executive of Paramount's first branded international channel. Earlier in his career, Miller was vice president of programming and NBA entertainment at the National Basketball Association in New York.

Ted Miller Ted Miller
Supervisor, Advanced Battery Technology, Ford Miller Group

Ted Miller manages Ford Motor Company's advanced battery technology development for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), and battery electric vehicles (BEVs). As supervisor of advanced battery technology, Miller supports production vehicle development programs in North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as prototype vehicle development at Ford Research in the United States and Europe. Miller was chairman of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) Technical Advisory Committee and is an active participant in the USABC Management Committee. He holds several battery technology patents, is the author of numerous published papers, and has been a frequent speaker and technical conference session chair.

Mark Obrovac Mark Obrovac
Research Specialist, 3M

Mark Obrovac, a research specialist at 3M in St. Paul, MN, is an expert in the field of electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries. He is currently developing advanced alloy materials for next-generation, high-energy lithium-ion batteries. This year he received 3M's corporate technical award for his work.

Mr. Obrovac is currently developing advanced alloy materials for next-generation, high-energy lithium-ion batteries. This year he received 3M's corporate technical award for his work.

Obrovac earned a PhD in physics on nanostructured electrode materials in 2000 from Dalhousie University in Canada. Afterward, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Cornell University, where he studied inorganic synthesis.

He joined the lithium-ion battery lab at 3M in 2002.

Thomas T. Perls Thomas T. Perls
Director of the New England Centenarian Study, Associate Professor, Boston University

Thomas Perls is a physician and researcher in the study of aging at Boston University Medical School. As associate professor in medicine and a geriatrician, he cares for older patients at Boston Medical Center. For the past 11 years, Perls has directed the New England Centenarian Study (NECS). Funded by the National Institute on Aging, it is the largest genetic and social study of centenarians (100-year-olds) and their families in the world. Perls is also a scientific founder of People’s Genetics and Elixir Pharmaceuticals and the developer of the life expectancy calculator.

Iqbal Quadir Iqbal Quadir
Director, Program in Developmental Entrepreneurship at MIT

As director of the Program in Developmental Entrepreneurship at MIT, Iqbal Quadir develops economically sustainable ways for people to produce, distribute, and consume the benefits of technologies. Quadir is currently involved in projects with electricity, potable water, and market information.

Between 1993 and 1999, Quadir conceived, designed, and organized GrameenPhone, which provides universal access to telephony in his native Bangladesh and self-employment opportunities for its rural poor. He persuaded Grameen Bank and the Norwegian telephone company Telenor to create GrameenPhone and remained involved in its board and management through 1999. Today, GrameenPhone is profitable, with more than six million subscribers, and is the largest telephone company in Bangladesh. Quadir's work has been recognized as a successful development model by leaders and organizations around the world.

He received an MBA and MA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from Swarthmore College.

Paul Rademacher Paul Rademacher
Software Engineer, Google

Paul Rademacher is the creator of HousingMaps.com, a combination of Craigslist and Google Maps that is regarded as the first "Web mash-up," showing how multiple websites can be combined by a third party to create an entirely new application. Rademacher holds a PhD in computer science from UNC-Chapel Hill; he previously worked as an R&D software engineer at Dreamworks Animation and in the graphics group at Microsoft Research. He is now working on the next generation of Web technologies at Google.

Joseph Romm Joseph Romm
Founder and Executive Director, Center for Energy & Climate Solutions

An acclaimed author, scholar, and energy expert, Joseph Romm is the former acting assistant secretary of energy efficiency and renewable energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. He has written and lectured widely on energy technology, environmental management, and competitiveness, and is the author of two books on the subject: Cool Companies: How the Best Businesses Boost Profits and Productivity by Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Lean and Clean Management. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Science, the Atlantic Monthly, Business 2.0, Forbes, Technology Review, and Foreign Affairs. Romm holds a PhD in physics from MIT and did his thesis work at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA.

Martin Sadler

Martin Sadler
Director, Trusted Systems Laboratory, HP Labs

As director of the Trusted Systems Laboratory (TSL), based at HP’s corporate labs in Bristol, England, Martin Sadler is responsible for leading the company’s research in trust, security, and privacy. TSL focuses on technology to enhance trust, security, and privacy for consumers, citizens, small businesses, enterprises, and governments. Its research areas include the use of trusted hardware to help build trusted solutions; the public-policy consequences of this kind of technology and the role of digital rights management; new forms of cryptography; identity management; security and corporate governance; security for grid and utility computing; and active countermeasures against viruses.

Sadler spent six years at the Department of Computing at Imperial College, London, where he lectured in theoretical computing science and advanced software engineering. He joined Hewlett-Packard in 1989 and led the research project that resulted in the company’s first workflow product, as well as working in telephony call control and e-business, before moving on to security and TSL. In addition to security research, he oversees some of the most long-term research in HP Labs, in quantum information processing.

Sadler regularly speaks on security at international conferences and is a member of the advisory panel of Infosecurity magazine.

Jason Schultz Jason Schultz
Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Jason Schultz is a staff attorney with EFF, specializing in intellectual property and reverse engineering. He currently leads the foundation's Patent Busting Project. Schultz also teaches graduate classes on cyberlaw at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law and School of Information.

Before joining EFF, Schultz worked at the law firm of Fish & Richardson, where he spent most of his time invalidating software patents and defending open-source developers in lawsuits. While at F&R, he co-authored an amicus brief on behalf of the Internet Archive, Prelinger Archives, and Project Gutenberg in support of Eric Eldred's challenge to the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. During law school, Schultz served as managing editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and helped found the Samuelson Clinic, the first legal clinic in the country focusing on high-tech policy issues and the public interest. He maintains a blog at lawgeek.net.

Jason Schultz

Adam Selipsky
Vice President, Product Management and Developer Relations, Amazon Web Services

Adam Selipsky joined Amazon Web Services in May 2005, as vice president for product management and developer relations. He oversees developer support, product strategy, demand generation, evangelism, and marketing communications related to the Amazon Web Services business. Launched in July 2002, the business exposes technology and product data from Amazon and its affiliates, enabling developers to build innovative and entrepreneurial applications on their own.

Before joining Amazon Web Services, Selipsky served as a vice president in several areas for RealNetworks, including video services, consumer marketing, and RealPlayer. He also held a number of systems marketing positions relating to enterprise markets. Earlier, Selipsky was a partner at Mercer Management Consulting, specializing in business strategy for telecommunications and technology companies.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College and a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Phillip A. Sharp Phillip A. Sharp
Nobel Laureate; Professor, MIT; Pioneer of RNA Interference

Phillip Sharp is an Institute Professor at MIT and a member of its Center for Cancer Research. His research has focused on the cell biology of gene expression in higher cells and, more recently, the biochemistry of RNA interference. Sharp won the Nobel Prize in 1993 for the discovery of the split gene structure. He is a co-founder of Biogen (now Biogen Idec) and Alnylam, and serves on the boards of both companies.

Simeon Simeonov Simeon Simeonov
Technology Partner, Polaris Venture Partners

Simeon Simeonov has been a technology partner based in the Boston office of Polaris since 2002. He invests primarily in Internet, mobile, and enterprise technologies. Before joining Polaris, he was vice president of emerging technologies and chief architect at Macromedia (now Adobe).

His expertise ranges from strategy definition and positioning to R&D execution and go-to-market and alliances development. Simeonov has played a key role in eight product initiatives and eight M&A and spinout transactions. His leadership has brought about category-defining products: the first Web application server (ColdFusion), a precursor to Web services and AJAX (WDDX), the best open-source Web services engine (Apache Axis), and the first rich Internet application platform (Flash/Flex).

Simeonov has won a number of awards from the American Statistical Association, the Association of Computing Machinery, the Minnesota Economics Association, MIT's Technology Review, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Theodore Sizer II Theodore Sizer II
Director, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies

Tod Sizer is a director in the Broadband and Wireless Access Center of Bell Laboratories. His department performs research in next-generation high-speed wireless systems, EPON and GPON access systems, wireless/wireline convergence solutions for indoor and outdoor systems, novel radio designs for government customers, and design of next-generation cellular base stations. He was Lucent’s representative on the architecture board of Bluetooth, where his responsibilities included successfully petitioning the FCC for a change in the rules regarding adaptive frequency hopping in the 2.4-gigahertz unlicensed band. He is the author of more than 40 U.S. patents, many patents pending, and more than 50 refereed publications.

Sizer received master’s and doctorate degrees from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester

Sean W. Smith Sean W. Smith
Professor, Dartmouth College

Sean W. Smith has been working in information security—attacks and defenses, for industry and government—for 15 years. As a graduate student, he worked with the U.S. Post Office on postal-meter fraud; as a postdoc and staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he performed security reviews, designs, analyses, and briefings for public-sector clients. At the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, he designed the security architecture for the IBM 4758 secure coprocessor and led the formal modeling and verification work that earned it the world's first FIPS 140-1 Level 4 security validation. Smith has been granted ten patents, and his security architecture is used in thousands of financial, e-commerce, and rights management installations worldwide.

In July 2000, Smith joined the Dartmouth College faculty. As PI of the Dartmouth PKI Lab, he investigates how to build trustworthy systems in the real world. His book Trusted Computing Platforms: Design and Applications (Springer, 2005) provides a deeper presentation of this research. At Dartmouth, his courses on operating systems, security, and theory have been named "favorite classes" by graduating seniors.

Donald Steinberg Donald Steinberg
Chair, Intellectual Property Department, WilmerHale LLP

Donald Steinberg is chair of the intellectual-property department at WilmerHale in Boston. His practice focuses on advising clients on intellectual-property matters, obtaining patent and trademark protection, and performing intellectual-property litigation.

He works with technology clients in a variety of fields, including analog, digital, and mixed-signal devices; semiconductor manufacturing; computerized database and searching systems; operating systems; networking and communication systems; electromechanical devices; Internet-based applications; computer security; consumer electronics; and medical devices.

Steinberg is a member of the Software and Business Methods Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). He has spoken recently on patent strategy and protecting and litigating software patents.

Sebastian Thrun Sebastian Thrun
Director, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Stanford University; DARPA Grand Challenge Winner

Sebastian Thrun is an associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford and director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He received his PhD from the University of Bonn in 1995 and spent several years on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University before coming to Stanford. Thrun is a visionary in the field of robotics. He led the team that won the DARPA Grand Challenge, a historic robot race in the Mojave Desert. Thrun also pioneered the use of statistics in robotics and has developed robots for nursing homes, museums, and mining operations. He has co-authored nearly 300 articles and seven books. Thrun has received numerous international awards and is a frequent keynote speaker at international events.

Jay S. Walker Jay S. Walker
Chairman, Walker Digital

Jay Walker is chairman of Walker Digital, a private R&D laboratory based in Stamford, CT. He founded the lab in 1994 with the guiding vision that new consumer applications for large-scale networks represent the key growth opportunity for many industries.

Walker holds around 250 U.S. patents. In total, Walker Digital has invented about 1,000 applications for the Internet, cell phones, credit-card networks, and casino networks, as well as vending machines and lottery and retail networks. The company employs teams of inventors, engineers, designers, and attorneys. Typically, it partners with Fortune 500 firms to bring its inventions to market.

Walker is best known as the founder of Priceline.com. He also founded Synapse, which became the world’s largest seller of magazine subscriptions and is now a unit of Time Warner. Walker holds a BS in industrial relations from Cornell University.

David B. Warheit David B. Warheit
Research Fellow, DuPont Haskell Laboratory for Health and Environmental Sciences

In 1984, David B. Warheit joined DuPont Haskell Laboratory to develop a pulmonary toxicology research lab. His principal research interests are pulmonary toxicological mechanisms and corresponding risk related to inhaled particulates, fibers, and nanomaterials. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications and has been the recipient of the ILSI Kenneth Morgareidge Award for contributions in toxicology by a young investigator and the Robert A. Scala Award and Lectureship in Toxicology (2000). He has also attained diplomat status at the Academy of Toxicological Sciences and the American Board of Toxicology.

Warheit received a PhD in physiology from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. Subsequently, he was awarded an NIH postdoctoral fellowship and, two years later, a Parker Francis Pulmonary Fellowship, which he used to study mechanisms of asbestos-related lung disease. He currently serves on NIH review committees and several journal editorial boards.

Padmasree Warrior Padmasree Warrior
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Motorola, Inc.

Padmasree Warrior is executive vice president and chief technology officer for Motorola, where she directs the company's $3.5 billion R&D efforts and has operational responsibility for Motorola Labs, the global software group and emerging early-stage businesses. Warrior leads a global team of more than 7,000 technologists, prioritizing technology programs, creating value from intellectual property, guiding creative research from innovation through early-stage commercialization, and influencing standards and roadmaps.

A "Motorolan" since 1984, Warrior has been instrumental in driving innovative methods for technology commercialization that realize early "time to revenue" for the company. She has held many leadership positions within the company, was appointed vice president in 1999, and was elected a corporate officer in 2000.

Warrior received an MS in chemical engineering from Cornell University and a BS in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, India.

George Weinstock George Weinstock
Co-Director, Human Genome Sequencing Center; professor, Department of Molecular & Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

In 1998 George Weinstock joined the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center as its co-director. In 2001, he became a tenured professor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at BCM.

The BCM-HGSC is one of three NIH-funded genome centers involved in completion of the first human genome sequence. The center's accomplishments include sequencing more than 300 megabases of human genomic DNA from chromosomes X, 12, and 3; collaborating with UC-Berkeley and Celera Genomics to sequence the Drosophila genome; and working to sequence the Dictyostelium genome and all human cDNAs. Its current major focus is producing a draft of the rat genome, in collaboration with Celera and Genome Therapeutics. Five bacterial genome projects are also under way, focusing on pathogenic microorganisms.

Weinstock received a PhD in microbiology in 1977 from MIT, where he constructed one of the first genomic physical maps.

Richard Weindruch Richard Weindruch
Professor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin

Richard Weindruch is professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin. In 1975, as a graduate student at UCLA, he began his interest in caloric restriction (which slows the aging process in diverse animal models). He received his PhD in 1978. Weindruch has authored two books and 170 scientific publications, and has received several awards for his work. In 2001, he and Tomas Prolla founded LifeGen Technologies, a company focused on nutritional genomics, including the impact of nutrients and caloric restriction on the aging process.

Christoph Westphal, MD, PhD Christoph Westphal, MD, PhD
CEO and Vice Chairman, Sirtris Pharmaceuticals

Christoph Westphal is CEO and vice chairman of Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, the leading sirtuin therapeutics company. Previously, he was a partner at Polaris Venture Partners. He co-founded Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, and Acceleron Pharma as CEO and vice chairman. He also co-founded Nanosys and led investments in Advion, Athenix, GI Dynamics, Hydra, and Saegis. Westphal received his MD and PhD from Harvard Medical School and spent two years at McKinsey and Company.

George M. Whitesides George M. Whitesides
Professor, Whitesides Research Group, Harvard University

George M. Whitesides, a world-renowned researcher, is the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor at Harvard University. He is among the most prominent researchers in nanoscience.

He and his Whitesides Research Group work in four areas: biochemistry, materials science, catalysis, and physical organic chemistry. The author of more than 70 publications, he wrote "Formulation of Monolayer Films by the Spontaneous Assembly of Organic Thiols from a Solution onto Gold”, which has been cited more than 1,400 times. Whitesides is also co-author, with Felice Frankel at MIT, of On the Surface of Things: Images of the Extraordinary in Science.

Whitesides received an AB from Harvard University and a PhD from the California Institute of Technology. He was a member of the faculty of MIT from 1963 to 1982. He joined the Department of Chemistry at Harvard University in 1982, and was chairman from 1986 to 1989 and Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry from 1982 to 2004.

Mike Yonker Mike Yonker
Director of Technology Strategy, Wireless Business Unit, Semiconductor Group of Texas Instruments

As director of technology strategy for Texas Instruments’ wireless business unit, Mike Yonker is responsible for developing strategy and analysis for new, emerging, and disruptive wireless technologies. This includes defining TI’s industry interactions with mobile operators, content providers, middleware developers, device manufacturers, and standards bodies. Yonker previously co-founded and served as chief technologist for TI’s OMAP Application Processor Group. He managed the technology direction of TI’s wireless processor products and represented TI at the Mobile Industry Processor Interface Alliance, where he served on the MIPI Technical Steering Group. Before joining TI in 1998, Yonker held positions at Compaq Computing Corporation, Pixel Semiconductor, and Cirrus Logic.

He has been granted three U.S. patents. In 1990, he graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BA in computing engineering.

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