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Hamid AbdollahiHamid Abdollahi
Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder of Recon Instruments
Future of MEMS in Consumer Electronics – Thinking Outside the Box

Hamid Abdollahi, the Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder of Recon Instruments, has continually studied and researched the fields of Micro-electro-mechanical Systems (MEMS), as well as sensor, robotic and optical technologies throughout his career. From these points of focus, coupled with a convergence of like-minded classmates and the guidance from his advising professors, while obtaining his graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Hamid co-founded Recon Instruments in January 2008.

Hamid has passionately devoted himself to creating and defining the Heads-Up Display (HUD) category. In the position of Chief Technology Officer he has focused intently on all the key aspects of research and technological development that are involved when not only creating a new product category, but an entirely new market too.
In previous positions, held in leading industrial engineering companies, Hamid has gained invaluable engineering and product-development experiences that have contributed to his success in starting and growing his own business along with his partners. Additionally, he has co-authored several conference papers and co-invented numerous patents to date.


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Matt ApaniusMatthew Apanius
Director, Desich SMART Center
Human Performance Applications for MEMS and Sensors

Commercialization Center for Microsystems

Matthew Apanius is the Director of the Richard Desich SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems – a MEMS package, assembly, and test-development foundry. He has commercial MEMS product-development experience working with applications that include telecommunications, aerospace, automotive, industrial controls, hand-held displays, biomedical devices, and life science. His work with academic and government research projects include state-change physics in microgravity, anisotropic thermal behavior of nanomaterials, and nanomechanical structures for switches and acoustic wave devices.

Prior to launching the Desich SMART Center, Matthew was the President of Microfabrication Solutions, Inc., a successful MEMS prototyping company located in Cleveland, Ohio. Matthew is also a co-founder of a medical device start-up company that utilizes microsystem technology for the creation of home-care medical products. He enjoys guest teaching at Case Western Reserve University on topics of entrepreneurship, engineering management, and intellectual property.


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Blake AxelrodBlake Axelrod
Ph.D., MEMS Engineer, Replenish, Inc.
Future of MEMS and Sensors in Healthcare and Wellness

Blake Axelrod received his B.S. in Physics from Haverford College, his M.S and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech. He spent 10 years in the Roukes group at Caltech, as a graduate student and then research engineer, where he worked on a variety of MEMS and NEMS sensor projects including a sub-cellular adhesion force sensor, resonant biosensors, a bio calorimeter, electro-chemical sensors and an electrochemical actuator. He is presently a MEMS Engineer at Replenish Inc. where he is responsible for development and fabrication of the flow sensor for Replenish's ophthalmic pump.


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Dr. Adam BartschDr. Adam Bartsch
Director, Head, Neck & Spine Research Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic
MEMS and Sensors in Athletic Applications

Dr. Adam Bartsch is a traumatic neuromechanics engineer specializing in the study of head, neck and spine injuries caused by trauma or force. He now oversees research projects aimed at reducing the risk of concussion, neck and spine injury for children participating in contact sports.

Dr. Bartsch is a co-inventor of the Intelligent Mouthguard, a wireless MEMS-based device that measures in-game head impact dynamics for contact sports. The Intelligent Mouthguard contains MEMS linear and angular sensors and uses Bluetooth technology to wirelessly transmit data on head orientation, position, velocity and acceleration of the impact. The Intelligent Mouthguard can assist with the rapid diagnosis of injury and supply statistics to aid the design of safer helmets and equipment.

In 2011, Dr. Bartsch received a grant from the National Football League (NFL) Charities to study the effect that children’s necks may have on their concussion risk.


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Dr. Janusz BryzekDr. Janusz Bryzek
Vice President Development, MEMS and Sensors Solutions, Fairchild Semiconductor

MEMS and Sensors: A Journey to Mainstream

Janusz Bryzek received his MSEE and Ph.D. from Warsaw Technical University, Poland.  He completed the Executive Management Program at Stanford University.  Janusz is considered one of the pioneers of MEMS, having cofounded several Silicon Valley MEMS companies.

Bryzek has also been performing due diligence for several top tier VC firms and has worked as an advisor or Board member for over 40 startups. In 1989 he was recognized as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Arthur Young.  In 1994 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Sensors Magazine and in 2003 by MANCEF.  Bryzek has published over 250 papers, written sections of 4 books, organized and chaired many international conferences and has been issued 23 US patents.


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Steven DeMelloSteven DeMello
Co-Director Healthcare CTRUS, University of California, Berkeley

MEMS and Sensors and Telehealth
Future of MEMS and Sensors in Healthcare and Wellness

Steven DeMello has over 30 years of experience in research, hospital operations, strategic planning, systems management and consulting. He is currently the Director of Health Care at CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining CITRIS, Steve was Executive Director and Senior Advisor of the Health Technology Center (HealthTech), a non-profit research group and expert network based in San Francisco. Steve also served as Chief Operating Officer of ezboard, Inc., a large first-generation consumer social networking company. His previous positions include serving as Senior Vice President California Healthcare System, President and COO of Alliance Home Care Management, Inc., and Principal at the global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. Steven DeMello received a BA in Economics from Claremont McKenna College, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.


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Marc DraderMarc Drader
Imaging Systems & Technology, STMicroelectronics
Optical Sensing from 1D to 3D using Time-of-Flight

Marc Drader leads the Imaging Systems & Technology team at STMicroelectronics in Grenoble, France. He is responsible for delivering integrated time-of-flight optical sensor systems to enable new use cases and applications. Marc holds a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada since 2001. He has 25 granted patents so far, and has been with ST since 2010.


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Michael EmersonMichael Emerson
Senior VP, Marketing, Preventice

MEMS in Diagnostics and Therapeutics
Future of MEMS and Sensors in Healthcare and Wellness

Michael Emerson has 25 years of experience leading successful marketing organizations that have driven the success of technology startups.

He was Chief Marketing Officer of Aprimo, which doubled its revenue during his three-year tenure. Aprimo was sold to Teradata in 2011 for $525 million. Emerson also served as a General Manager for a customer relationship management product line at Siebel, a $2 billion company that was sold to Oracle in 2005. He was Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Product Officer for Protagona, a European-based software and analytics company. While Emerson was at Protagona, the company grew from $500,000 to over $25 million in revenue and was sold to Doubleclick, a New York based company. In 2000, Protagona was recognized as the fastest growing company on the London Stock Exchange.

Emerson graduated summa cum laude from Bethel University in Psychology and Mathematics.  He also completed a Ph.D. program in Industrial Psychology at the University of Minnesota.


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Dr. Alissa M. FitzgeraldDr. Alissa M. Fitzgerald
Founder and Managing Member, Alissa M Fitzgerald & Associates LLC
Challenges of MEMS Integration into Medical Solutions
Future of MEMS and Sensors in Healthcare and Wellness

Dr. Alissa Fitzgerald founded her company in 2003. She has over 17 years of engineering experience in MEMS design, fabrication and product development. Having developed more than a dozen distinct MEMS devices, including piezo-resistive cantilevers, ultrasound transducers, and infrared imagers, she advises clients on the entire technology development cycle, from business and IP strategy, to initial design and prototyping, to foundry transfer. She is a recognized expert on reliability of brittle materials. Prior to founding AMFitzgerald, Dr. Fitzgerald worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Sigpro, and Sensant Corporation, now part of Siemens. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from MIT and her doctorate from Stanford University in Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. Fitzgerald has numerous journal publications, holds six patents, and is a frequent lecturer at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and at professional meetings. She currently serves on the Governing Council of the MEMS Industry Group.


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Arsham HatambeikiArsham Hatambeiki
Executive Director of Applied Innovations, Universal Electronics, Inc.

Integration of Multiple Sensors in Wireless Embedded Systems

Arsham Hatambeiki is the Executive Director, Applied Innovations, Universal Electronics Inc. and he--and others--consider him a creator of cool gadgets for the connected life.

In the decade he has spent in consumer electronics, mainly focused on entertainment systems and connected homes, Hatambeiki has seen crazy ideas turn into mainstream products that have shipped in the millions. As an active member of Wi-Fi Alliance & ZigBee Alliance, he sees industry alliances as an opportunity to institutionalize innovative solutions.

Earlier passions in his life include the security of data communication networks and artificial intelligence in circuit synthesis.


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R. Colin JohnsonR. Colin Johnson
EE Times
Future of MEMS and Sensors in Healthcare and Wellness

R. Colin Johnson has been a technology editor at EE Times since 1986, covering next-generation electronics technologies. He's the author of the book, Cognizers – Neural Networks and Machines that Think (John Wiley and Sons), is a contributing editor on SlashDot.Org, and is a Kyoto Prize Journalism Fellow for his coverage of advanced technologies and international issues. Covering next-generation electronics and technology news stories published non-stop for two decades, R. Colin Johnson's unique perspective has prompted coverage of his articles in a diverse range of major media outlets--from the ultra-liberal National Public Radio (NPR) to the ultra-conservative Rush Limbaugh Show.


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Tim KelliherTim Kelliher
Customer Solutions Architect, Movea Inc.

Data Fusion – The Cornerstone of MEMS applications

With over 17 years of experience in Silicon Valley, Tim Kelliher leads Movea Inc.’s Technical Business Development group where he focuses on strategic partnerships that take advantage of Movea’s unique intellectual property. 

Prior to Movea, as an entrepreneur in residence at Skymoon Ventures, Kelliher was the founder at Pedestal Networks and was awarded numerous patents. He has held senior engineering management positions at Dash Navigation, Pedestal Networks, Promatory Communications and Diba Inc (acquired by RIM, UTStarcom, Nortel Networks and Sun Microsystems respectively). Kelliher holds a BSEE from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Jon KindredJon Kindred
Senior Director of Signals and Systems, Starkey Hearing Technologies
MEMS and Sensors in Hearing Aids

Jon Kindred has been in the hearing aid industry for seventeen years, the last fifteen of them with Starkey Hearing Technologies where he is the Senior Director of Signals and Systems. He has served in a variety of technical and managerial leadership roles during Starkey's ascent in becoming best in class in many significant signal processing and wireless features. He has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University.


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Steve MalkosSteve Malkos
Senior Program Manager, Broadcom
HULA – Hybrid Universal Location Application using MEMS Gyros

Steve Malkos is a Senior Program Manager at Broadcom.  After earning his B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University, he started in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) at Global Locate Inc. that was subsequently acquired by Broadcom.  Malkos has been active in the development of assisted -GNSS and Hybrid GNSS technologies such as Hybrid Location Services (HULA), Sensor Fusion, Long-Term Predicted Orbits (LTO), Broadcom’s World Wide Reference Network (WWRN), and SUPL.  Since 2010, he has worked for Dr. Frank van Diggelen, assisting in the program management of Broadcom’s GNSS software.  Malkos currently has 4 patents issued and 16 pending in the field of location.


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Becky OhBecky Oh
President/CEO, PNI Sensor Corporation

MEMS in Consumer Electronics and Mobile Communications
Future of MEMS in Consumer Electronics – Thinking Outside the Box

Becky Oh is the President/CEO of PNI Sensor Corporation and also has direct responsibility for the company’s sales and marketing activities. Throughout her 13 years with the company Ms. Oh has held a range of senior-level positions, from operations to technical business development. She received a Masters of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

Her keen direction and technical knowledge has guided PNI Sensor Corporation's successful integration of its Magneto-Inductive sensor technology into dozens of state-of-the-art commercial and military applications. These products range from position sensors for TALON tactical robots, to attitude heading reference systems for NOAA's deep-water buoys, to large-scale consumer applications such as the digital compasses found in Ford, GM and Chrysler automobiles. Ms. Oh holds multiple patents in the area of devices with multi-sensing and reporting capabilities.

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Stephan (Steve) OhrStephan (Steve) Ohr
Research Director for Analog ICs, Sensors and Power Management Devices, Gartner, Inc.
Future of MEMS in Consumer Electronics – Thinking Outside the Box

Stephan (“Steve”) Ohr is the Research Director for Analog ICs, Sensors and Power Management devices at Gartner, Inc., and focuses on markets that promise semiconductor revenue growth. His recent reports have explored custom power management ICs for smart phones and tablets, the impact of Apple’s choices on the MEMs sensor industry, and a competitive landscape for MEMs sensor suppliers.

Ohr spent much of his career as an electronics trade journalist: He joined Gartner from EE Times, where he covered analog technologies and products, served as editor of Times’ “Planet Analog” magazine supplement, and manager of the Planet Analog website. His 30-year editorial experience includes stints with Electronic Design magazine, Computer Design magazine, and Asian Electronics Engineer.

Ohr’s engineering degree, a BS in Industrial Engineering, comes from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (the Newark College of Engineering) and his graduate degree, an MA in sociology, comes from Rutgers.


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Mike PerkinsMike Perkins
Vice President, Engineering, Neato Robotics
Future of MEMS in Consumer Electronics – Thinking Outside the Box

Mike Perkins is Neato Robotics’ vice president of engineering, where he is responsible for all engineering, technology and product development. Neato was founded on the idea that it’s possible to create robots that can perform household chores as intelligently and efficiently as a human. Neato’s robotic vacuum cleaners, with their laser-guidance systems, sophisticated real-time software and cleaning technologies, have been available in retail stores, world-wide, since 2010.

Prior to Neato, Mike was vice president of product development at Plantronics. He has held numerous senior management positions at Hewlett-Packard, in the U.S. and Europe, including vice president of R&D for servers, commercial, consumer and gaming PCs. Mike also led engineering for LeapFrog Enterprises as senior vice president of R&D. He earned his Bachelor of Science degrees in Applied Mechanics and Biomedical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego, in addition to post-graduate engineering studies at Stanford University.


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Enrique SaldivarEnrique Saldivar
Ph.D., Deputy Director, Wireless Health Program, Case School of Engineering San Diego Programs, Case Western Reserve University
Introduction to BioSensors

Enrique Saldivar received his MD from Universidad La Salle (Mexico City, Mexico), his Masters in Biomedical Engineering from Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (Mexico City, Mexico), and his PhD in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego. He joined The Scripps Research Institute as an Assistant Professor from 1998-2003, La Jolla Bioengineering Institute from 2003-2010 as an Associate Professor, and the West Wireless Health Institute form 2010-2011 as a Member/Senior Member of Technical Staff, where he directed the Bioengineering and Biosensors Group. He joined Case Western Reserve University in 2011.  Dr. Saldivar’s expertise includes, Digital Signal Processing of Biomedical Signals, Image Processing, Microcirculation in extreme hypoxic conditions, Platelet engineering, Bio-Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (Bio-MEMS), Nanotechnology, and Wireless Health.   His interests include the use of technology to improve the quality of life globally, and to ameliorate the accessibility to first-class medical attention in under-privileged communities, including remote areas and emergency situations.


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Kevin ShawKevin Shaw
Ph.D., CTO, Sensor Platforms, Inc.
Wireless Sensor Networks for Telehealth

Kevin has been pushing the limits of sensor technology for over 20 years.  First, he worked to develop low-cost fabrication technologies for MEMS, collecting more than 20 patents. He was a member of the formative engineering team at Kionix, a leader in motion sensors and accelerometers, and was integral in establishing its MEMS process and sensor design.   Next, at Calient Optical Components, Kevin was critical in the development of its MEMS optical switch, and in defining new markets for its switching business. He also co-founded and sold Ironwood Technologies, an innovative company in the transportation-services sector. He next joined Sensor Platforms, where he lead the transition from a mixed-signal ASIC company to a sensor algorithms software company, where sensor-driven software is the gateway to a whole new field of advanced interaction with mobile devices.  Now, with MEMS Sensors in virtually every smart phone, he wants those phones to understand the contextual environment that users live and work in.  Kevin holds a Doctorate from Cornell University in MEMS and a Masters from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he is a Stanford Sloan Fellow.


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Eli SavranskyEli Savransky
Principal Architect, NVIDIA
Future of MEMS in Consumer Electronics – Thinking Outside the Box

Guillermo (Eli) Savransky is a Principal Engineer in the CTO office of the mobile division of NVIDIA Corp. Eli drives special projects and is in charge of the sensors strategy for the company.

Before joining NVIDIA, Eli worked for fourteen years at Intel Corp. where he managed several architecture teams and was the Chief Architect for the upcoming Skylake project microprocessors. In the early 2000’s, his two-person research project in power-efficient CPU microarchitectures grew to become the Intel Core technology, the CPU used on the majority of the company’s products. Eli subsequently played a key role as one of Core2 Duo/Quad senior architects.

He holds 13 patents on computer architecture and computer graphics. Eli has a B.Sc. from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) and an eMBA from the Kellogg and Racanati business schools.


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Stephen ScheireyStephen Scheirey
VP Software Development, Hillcrest Labs
MEMS Motion Sensors

Steve Scheirey is responsible for software development of Hillcrest Labs. Steve has a diverse background in consumer electronics, Web and mobile applications, telecommunications, and radar systems. He has more than 20 years of experience in engineering, software development, and systems architecture. Steve is a founding member of Hillcrest and has a hands-on role in software development, project management, and technical leadership. Prior to Hillcrest, Steve was a software manager and technical contributor at Tellabs and SALIX technologies where he helped architect and develop one of the world's first high density VOIP switches. Steve began his engineering career at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a not-for-profit center, known for addressing complex research, engineering, and analytical problems. Steve helped develop and launch integrated command and control systems for the surface Navy fleet. Steve is a U.S. patent holder and inventor on numerous patent- pending applications. Steve earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Cornell University and a master of science in computer science from The Johns Hopkins University.


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Hugh SmiddyHugh Smiddy
Business Development Manager – Environmental Sensors, STMicroelectronics
Environmental Sensors – The Next Wave in the Socialization of Sensors

Hugh Smiddy is Business Development Manager for Environmental Sensors at STMicroelectronics in Milan, Italy. Prior to this he was the Program Manager for MEMs manufacturing at STMicroelectronics in Singapore. After a BSc (Mechanical Engineering) from the Dublin Institute of Technology, Hugh Smiddy has held various engineering and managerial positions in both technical and commercial areas during his 20+ years in the semiconductor industry. Hugh Smiddy also obtained an MBA from the Warwick Business School, UK.


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Susan TousiSusan Tousi
Vice President, Illumina

MEMS Applications  From Biosensors to Lab-on-a-Chip

Susan Tousi is the Vice President at Illumina responsible for global engineering development efforts. With over 20 years of leadership and engineering management experience at Fortune 100 technology companies, she has a track record of driving R&D innovation with expertise in developing teams and business units.

Most recently, Tousi was Corporate Vice President and General Manager for Eastman Kodak's Consumer Inkjet Systems organization. During her tenure, Inkjet Systems tripled the product portfolio; filed hundreds of new patent applications, developing one of the most important portfolios in the inkjet industry; and consistently outpaced the market in revenue and gross profit growth.

Earlier on, Tousi spent 10 years with Hewlett-Packard in technical and management roles and was an R&D program manager for Phogenix Imaging, a joint venture start-up of Hewlett-Packard and Kodak.
Susan Tousi holds an M.B.A. degree from UCLA and a B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Pennsylvania State University.


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Benedetto VignaBenedetto Vigna
Executive VP, General Manager Analog, MEMS and Sensors, STMicroelectronics

Keynote: Ubiquitous MEMS and Sensors in Wearables and Everything We Use in a Safer, Easier and More Efficient New World

Benedetto Vigna is Executive Vice President, General Manager of the Analog, MEMS & Sensors Group, and is a member of ST’s Corporate Strategic Committee.

In 1995, Vigna joined STMicroelectronics’ R&D Labs and launched the Company’s efforts in MEMS. Six years later, he became Director of the MEMS Business Unit, responsible for design, manufacturing and marketing of ST’s MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes. These have been successfully adopted by large consumer equipment manufacturers for motion-activated user interfaces in many popular devices, including the Nintendo Wii game console and a wide range of successful smartphones and tablets. In 2007, Vigna’s scope was enlarged to include management of Sensors, RF, High-Performance Analog and Mixed Signal, Interface, Audio for Portable, and General-Purpose Analog products. Vigna has filed more than 150 patents on micromachining to date, authored numerous publications in this field, and delivered many invited speeches at international conferences. He has served as industrial consultant for the President of the Italian Scientific Research Center and sits on the industrial board of several EU-funded programs.


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