Innovation Forum #3

Innovation Forum #3

 

Munich, Germany

 

 

Innovation Forum #3

Join us as we build Georgia Tech’s Entrepreneurship/Innovation community in Europe.  Hear about previous programs and meet entrepreneurs and innovators who are starting, growing and enriching Europe’s economy.  Be assured that this is not a fundraising event (thanks to the generosity of our sponsor); rather we wish to strengthen our existing relationships and establish new ones where appropriate for the benefit of all.

Forum

Focusing on Georgia Tech’s powerful programs in artificial intelligence, robotics and computing and Germany’s robust industrial expertise and needs in these fields, this forum is the first that will have a corporate component as well as an extensive opportunity for alumni involvement.

 

Special Issues

  • What drives innovation? Nature or nurture
  • New and traditional careers
  • Entrepreneurship and AI

Schedule

ENTREPRENEURSHIP as the common factor among our European alumni programs:

Entrepreneurship as the tie that binds Georgia Tech communities worldwide

AI driving the industries of the future

Keynote Speaker

Josef Brunner is a successful entrepreneur and active investor in a range of industrial start-ups and deep tech firms across multiple industries including IT, cyber security and construction, to name a few.

Testimonials from Previous Forum Attendees

"I enjoyed attending the forum because it was a unique opportunity to be exposed to innovative thinking on how technology is creating new business opportunities. To be able to contribute to the development of new venture is always exciting (and sometimes potentially remunerative). GT alumni are always impressive, but the caliber of the alumni attending the Forum is a cut above the rest. Lastly, reconnecting with my Alma Mater and to re-engage with Georgia Tech, finding out about all the opportunities it can offer entrepreneurs, investors and talented individuals was in itself a great reason to attend the Entrepreneurship Forum."

Alessandro Hatami, CE 1983

"It is all about building a community of Tech alumni in London where we can help each other out. I found the forum to be a great way to establish relationships with Georgia Tech grads in London."

Curtis Hopkins, MGT 1995

Speakers

Speakers come from Georgia Tech and alumni entrepreneurs in Europe and the U.S.

  • Chaouki T. Abdallah

    Chaouki T. Abdallah was appointed the Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR) at Georgia Tech on September 1, 2018.  Prior to that, he was a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of New Mexico (UNM).  He also served as Chair of the ECE department at UNM between 2005 and 2011, as Provost of UNM between July 2011 and August 2018.   On January 2017 he became acting President, then interim President in June 2017, and finally the 22nd President, a position he held until February 2018 when he returned to his position as Provost until August 31, 2018.  He then became Professor & Provost Emeritus at UNM. 

    Abdallah was the first recipient of ECE’s Lawton-Ellis Award for combined excellence in teaching, research, and student/community involvement. Professor Abdallah also received the School of Engineering senior research excellence award in 2004, and was the ECE Gardner-Zemke Professor between 2002 and 2005. He received the 2017 UNM Staff Hero award for his “advocacy for staff during difficult financial times and for his support of Staff Council.”

    He was the recipient of the 2017 Spirit of New Mexico cited because "Despite the challenges,

    Abdallah has earned the support of faculty, students, the business community and lawmakers.” 

    He has published eight books (three as co-editor and five as co-author) and more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, generated more than $9 Million in external funding. As Provost, he assembled a team to improve student success focusing on underprepared and underrepresented students. Within 7 years, under his leadership, UNM increased the first-year retention rates by 8%, the four-year graduation rate by 125%, the five-year graduation rate by 8%, and the six-year graduation rate by 15%, while closing the retention achievement gap and narrowing the graduation achievement gap. During his tenure as Provost, he has also increased the ranks of Tenure Track faculty by around 10%, and led three equity salary adjustment programs that affected around one third of the UNM faculty. He also led the development and implementation of a long-range Academic plan and initiatives in 2011. 

    Abdallah obtained his Bachelor’s of Engineering (BE) degree from Youngstown State University in 1981, and his MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1982, and 1988 respectively.  Abdallah conducts research and teaches courses in the general area of systems theory with focus on control, communications, and computing systems. Abdallah is a senior member of IEEE, is a recipient of the IEEE Millennium medal, and is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.

  • Dr. Nicolas Alt

    Dr.-Ing. Nicolas Alt studied electrical engineering in a double-degree program at Technical University of Munich, Germany, and Georgia Tech Metz, France / Atlanta, USA. He completed his doctorate from 2009-2015 at Technical University of Munich. In his dissertation, which was awarded the Kurt-Fischer-Prize, he presented the concept of camera-based sensors for robots. This patented technology is now being commerzialied by RoVi Robot Vision, a spin-off from TU Munich, which Nicolas started and co-founded in 2016.

  • Diego X Avilés
    Diego X. Avilés
    Deputy General Manager
    Grupo Mexicano de Desarrollo (GMD)

    Diego X. Avilés has been the Deputy General Director of the Grupo Mexicano de Desarrollo (GMD) for more than 16 years. This company is an important developer of infrastructure projects in Mexico and Latin America; Among the works carried out by the company under the guidance of Mr. Avilés, there are viaducts, power plants, seaports and other civil engineering projects. The high market strategy and business development under his direction has been a fundamental component for GMD's position in the sector.

    Diego Aviles, has studies from Stanford University and Harvard Business School. Prior to his position at GMD, he served as Project Leader at Lendlease Group, which is a multinational construction, property and infrastructure Company in Australia.

    GT Alumni Degree and Class Year: CE 2000

  • Jorge Barnett
    Jorge Barnett
    Managing Director
    Georgia Tech Panama - Logistics Innovation & Research Center

    Jorge Barnett Lawton is Managing Director of the Georgia Tech Panama Logistics Innovation & Research Center, a joint initiative of the Government of Panama and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and which serves as a technical advisor to the Logistics Cabinet. As part of this institution, he leads local and regional projects related to the advancement of logistics and transportation. Prior to joining the Center, he held positions in the private sector for nearly a decade, with roles in manufacturing, project and logistics management. He has also held research and academic appointments in Spain, Argentina, Mexico and Panama.

    He is a graduate of the Technological University of Panama and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and holds a doctoral degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program in Spain, with a research focus on supply chain network design.

    GT Alumni Degree and Class Year: IE 2004

  • Christian Basedow

    Christian Basedow is an investment manager at Nimbus hands-on investors (www.nimbus.com), a mid-cap private equity fund that is specialized in equity investments in medium size companies in special situations such as restructurings or corporate carve-outs. His role includes evaluation of possible deal opportunities, deal execution and the “hands-on” management support to portfolio companies in order to accelerate their operational, commercial and financial performance. As part of this entrepreneurial involvement, Christian is currently also involved as managing director of NOE-Schaltechnik, a USD 60 mln formwork supplier that was acquired by Nimbus in 2017. The Nimbus portfolio currently consists of 35 mostly companies with total turnover of ca. USD 2 bln, most of which belong to the “old economy” but often being involved in or confronted with AI innovations.

    Before joining Nimbus, Christian has been working as a management consultant for Booz & Company (now Strategy&, part of the PwC network).

    Christian has obtained a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2002 and a Diploma in Industrial Engineering and Management from Karlsruher Institut für Technologie in 2003.

  • Bruce Beckloff

    Bruce is the co-Founder and CEO of Bloc Ventures, a venture company targeting investments in companies focused on Deep Technology.

    Previous to this, Bruce was with ARM Holdings for 12 years holding a variety of positions during his tenure. Most recently he served as head of Corporate Development responsible for ARM’s corporate strategy development, M&A, and investments activities.

    Bruce has assisted the UK government as a venture capital Strategic Advisor helping the UK’s high growth early stage companies’ access financing from venture providers.

    He is Executive Chairman at Marmalade Technologies Limited, a non-Executive Director at YellowDog Limited and advisor to Evrythng Limited. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor (’94) and Masters (’96) in Ceramic Engineering. He also holds a MBA from the Southern Methodist University (’99).

  • Dr. Yves H Berthelot
    Yves Berthelot
    Vice Provost International Initiatives
    GA Tech Lorraine

    Yves Berthelot is Vice-Provost for International Initiatives and Steve A. Denning Chair in Global Engagement at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He joined the Georgia Tech faculty in 1985, and is currently Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Woodruff School at the Georgia Institute of Technology (www.gatech.edu). A native of Paris, France, Dr. Berthelot received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne in France, his M. SC. from ISVR the University of Southampton in the UK, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. His research contributions are in the area of acoustics, ultrasonics, and material characterization. Dr. Berthelot is also President of Georgia Tech-Lorraine, the European Campus of Georgia Tech, located in Metz France. (www.GT-Lorraine.eu). Embedded in both French and American structures, GTL is often recognized as one of the best model for effective transatlantic collaborative programs in education, research, and development of high technology. Dr. Berthelot is Vice-President of the newly established Lafayette Institute in Metz. He also serves as President of GT-Global, the nonprofit entity that oversees some of Georgia Tech’s international activities.

    Dr. Berthelot received the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation and the White House in 1988; the Pi-Tau Sigma Gold Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1991 and the R. Bruce Lindsay award of the Acoustical Society of America in 1991. He has been an associate editor of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (2001-2010) and was elected Fellow of ASA in 1995. He was made a knight in the French National Order of Merit (2011).

  • Patricio Bichara
    Patricio Bichara
    CEO
    Collective Academy

    Mr. Bichara is a co-founder and CEO at Collective Academy since 2015. His company offers learning programs for young professionals, boosting their productivity and those of their companies. Collective Academy offers a Master's degree in Business and Technology and in Executive Education. Both programs are guided by business professionals in Mexico based on content from the best universities in the world. He is also a partner at Xochi Ventures which is a company dedicated to capital funding in Monterrey.

    Mr. Bichara has also served as VP Operations at Polymath Ventures, Senior Investment Analysis at IGNIA Partners and Chairman of the Board at Impacta. Mr. Bichara has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    GT Alumni Degree and Class Year: IE 2008

  • Jean-Christophe Billard
    Jean-Christophe Billard
    Founder and CEO

    Arts & Métiers and Georgia Tech’ alumni, Jean-Christophe created Bitmakers after having contributed to several medical devices with startups and corporations.  He incarnates the dual vision between mechanical & electrical engineering, with a strong technical expertise and experiences in new medical product development, as well as in Quality & Regulatory Affairs.

    Bitmakers a MedTech company

    Bitmakers is a French start-up founded in early 2015, develops cutting-edge 21st century medical devices. Bitmakers delivers innovative medical devices, portable, connected and responsive to new market requirements: ergonomy, aesthetics, easily implemented in the care pathway towards the best possible diagnosis and treatment for the patient.

    Heartbit is the first portfolio of tomorrow’s cardiovascular diagnosis solutions developed by Bitmakers. Our solutions facilitate the diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases through short to long-term ambulatory monitoring of cardiac electrical activity, with the help of innovative instruments and a complete service, overcoming the capacities of traditional solutions.

  • Jean-Christophe Billard
    Jean-Christophe Billard
    Founder and CEO

    Arts & Métiers and Georgia Tech’ alumni, Jean-Christophe created Bitmakers after having contributed to several medical devices with startups and corporations.  He incarnates the dual vision between mechanical & electrical engineering, with a strong technical expertise and experiences in new medical product development, as well as in Quality & Regulatory Affairs.

    Bitmakers a MedTech company

    Bitmakers is a French start-up founded in early 2015, develops cutting-edge 21st century medical devices. Bitmakers delivers innovative medical devices, portable, connected and responsive to new market requirements: ergonomy, aesthetics, easily implemented in the care pathway towards the best possible diagnosis and treatment for the patient.

    Heartbit is the first portfolio of tomorrow’s cardiovascular diagnosis solutions developed by Bitmakers. Our solutions facilitate the diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases through short to long-term ambulatory monitoring of cardiac electrical activity, with the help of innovative instruments and a complete service, overcoming the capacities of traditional solutions.

  • Alexandra Blitz
    Product Manager Innovations

    Current Position (since 2019):

    Product Manager Innovations at TOMTEC Imaging Systems GmbH, Unterschleissheim, Germany

    TOMTEC Imaging Systems is a worldwide leader in the field of diagnostic medical imaging and healthcare IT. Its state-of-the-art technology supports physicians to increase efficiency and quality through automated and reproducible complex measurements in ultrasound.

    Previous Positions:

    Project Engineer at TOMTEC Imaging Systems (2017-2018)

    Research & Teaching Assistant at Technical University of Munich (2012-2017)

    Research Scholarship at Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine and Charité University Hospital in Berlin (2011-2012)

     

    Education:

    Diplom Techno-Mathematics (Applied Mathematics) from Technical University of Munich (2011)

    Graduate Studies with TUMExchange at Georgia Tech (2009)

  • Dr. Rafael L Bras
    Rafael Bras

    A native of Puerto Rico, Rafael L. Bras is the provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. He holds the K. Harrison Brown Family Chair.

    Prior to becoming provost, Dr. Bras was Distinguished Professor and Dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering of the University of
    California, Irvine (UCI). For 32 years prior to joining UCI he was a Professor in the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    and Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT. He is past Chair of the MIT Faculty, former head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Director of the Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory at MIT. He has served as advisor to many government and private institutions. Some of the most significant include: Advisory Board, Engineering Directorate, NSF; Board of Atmospheric Sciences andClimate, National Research Council; Chairman, Earth Systems Sciences and Applications Committee of NASA and the NASA Advisory Committee; National Academy of Sciences Committee on New Orleans Regional Hurricane Protection Projects; Advisory to departments at Cornell University, Princeton University, Johns Hopkins, Technion, RPI, University of Puerto Rico; the University of California-Irvine.; Instituto Veneto; Stockholm Water Foundation and Prize, and Clarke prize. He was a member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board.

    Dr. Bras was a director of the American Geophysical Union. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. He served on the Coursera University Advisory Board and the Blackboard Advisory Council. He is an emeritus member of the board of Foundation for Puerto Rico and is a Member of the Board of TASIS Puerto Rico. He has served in the Board of Directors of Fundación Chile and the trustees of the University of California – Irvine Foundation. At Georgia Tech he sits in the Executive Committee of the GT Foundation and in the Board of the Research Corporation, GT Global, GT Facilities Inc. and GT Advanced Technology Ventures.

    Dr. Bras has received many honors and awards, including: honorary degree for the University of Perugia, Italy; Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Hall of Fame member; NASA Public Service Medal; the Macelwane Medal of AGU; John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship; the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize; Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award; Honorary Diplomate of Water Resources
    Engineering of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers; Horton Medal of AGU; AGUHydrology Days Award; Drexel University’s 2010 Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement; and National Hispanic Scientist of the Year Award, Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa, Florida. He is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the Academy of Arts and Sciences ofPuerto Rico, and is a corresponding member of the Mexican National Academy of Engineering and the Mexican National Academy of Sciences. He also is an elected Fellow of AGU, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Meteorological Society, and the American Association for the Advancementof Science. He has been elected Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and received the Lifetime Achievement Award of ASCE-EWRI.

    Dr. Bras maintains an active international consulting practice. He chaired a panel of experts that supervised the design and construction of a multibillion-dollar project to protect the City of Venice from floods.

    Dr. Bras has published two textbooks, over 225 refereed journal publications, and several hundred other publications and presentations.

  • Damian Brychcy

    Damian is the COO of Capital on Tap, a FinTech business lender in the UK. Prior to moving across the pond, Damian worked as an attorney in the construction litigation team at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Atlanta.

     

    Damian graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in civil engineering (’09). He also holds a law degree from the University of Georgia (’12). Damian lives in North London and is passionate about college football, cycling, reading, and going to the pub.

  • Dr. Jean Lou Chameau
    Jean Lou Chameau

    Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau, Ph.D. served as President and Member of the Board of Trustees at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology from July 1, 2013 to 2017. Dr. Chameau served as the President at the California Institute of Technology since September 2006 to 2013.

    Previously, Dr. Chameau served as a Professor, Research Scholar and Provost at Georgia Tech in Atlanta since June 2001. Dr. Chameau served as the Dean of Georgia Tech's College of Engineering. He served as the Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1997 to June 2001; a Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1995 to 1997; the President of Golder Associates, Inc. from 1994 to 1995; a Director of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1991 to 1994 and a Professor at the Geotechnical Engineering Program at Purdue University from 1980 to 1991.

    He served as the Chairman of the California Institute of Technology; the home of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as well as the Head of the soil engineering program and the dean of Purdue University. Dr. Chameau has been an Independent Director at Safran SA since April 21, 2011. He served as a Director of Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma'aden) since April 28, 2016 until November 01, 2017. He serves as a Director of Internet2 and Safran USA, Inc. He served as a Director for John Wiley & Sons Inc. since September 15, 2011. He serves as a Director at the Academic Research Council of Singapore, the Council on Competitiveness and l'Ecole Polytechnique France. He served as Lead Independent Director of MTS Systems Corporation and served as its Director since 1998. He served as a Director of a number of privately-held companies and non-profit organizations. He served as Member of Advisory Committee at InterWest Partners LLC.

    He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the French Académie des Technologies. His research interests include sustainable technology, environmental geo-technology, soil dynamics, earthquake engineering and the liquefaction of soils. He has received numerous awards for his research and contributions as an educator and academic leader. He is a member of both the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the French Académie des Technologies. In his native France, Dr. Chameau was elected Chevalier de la Légion d' Honneur. He was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the ASCE Arthur Casagrande Award, the Rodney Chipp Memorial Award from the Society of Women Engineers and the Prix Nessim Habif from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts-et-Metiers. Dr. Chameau engineering degree in France at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts et Metiers and earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.

  • Dr. Jean Lou Chameau
    Jean Lou Chameau

    Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau, Ph.D. served as President and Member of the Board of Trustees at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology from July 1, 2013 to 2017. Dr. Chameau served as the President at the California Institute of Technology since September 2006 to 2013.

    Previously, Dr. Chameau served as a Professor, Research Scholar and Provost at Georgia Tech in Atlanta since June 2001. Dr. Chameau served as the Dean of Georgia Tech's College of Engineering. He served as the Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1997 to June 2001; a Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1995 to 1997; the President of Golder Associates, Inc. from 1994 to 1995; a Director of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1991 to 1994 and a Professor at the Geotechnical Engineering Program at Purdue University from 1980 to 1991.

    He served as the Chairman of the California Institute of Technology; the home of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as well as the Head of the soil engineering program and the dean of Purdue University. Dr. Chameau has been an Independent Director at Safran SA since April 21, 2011. He served as a Director of Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma'aden) since April 28, 2016 until November 01, 2017. He serves as a Director of Internet2 and Safran USA, Inc. He served as a Director for John Wiley & Sons Inc. since September 15, 2011. He serves as a Director at the Academic Research Council of Singapore, the Council on Competitiveness and l'Ecole Polytechnique France. He served as Lead Independent Director of MTS Systems Corporation and served as its Director since 1998. He served as a Director of a number of privately-held companies and non-profit organizations. He served as Member of Advisory Committee at InterWest Partners LLC.

    He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the French Académie des Technologies. His research interests include sustainable technology, environmental geo-technology, soil dynamics, earthquake engineering and the liquefaction of soils. He has received numerous awards for his research and contributions as an educator and academic leader. He is a member of both the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the French Académie des Technologies. In his native France, Dr. Chameau was elected Chevalier de la Légion d' Honneur. He was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the ASCE Arthur Casagrande Award, the Rodney Chipp Memorial Award from the Society of Women Engineers and the Prix Nessim Habif from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts-et-Metiers. Dr. Chameau engineering degree in France at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts et Metiers and earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.

  • Sudheer Chava
    Sudheer Chava
    Chair and Professor of Finance
    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Sudheer Chava is the Alton M. Costley Chair and Professor of Finance at Scheller College of Business at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. He also serves as the Finance Area Coordinator at Scheller and as the director of the Masters in Quantitative and Computational Finance (MS-QCF) program at Georgia Tech (a joint program of School of Mathematics, Industrial and Systems Engineering and Scheller College of Business) that is ranked top 10 in North America. He is also an Associate Director for Risk Management at the Institute for Information Security and Privacy at Georgia Tech. 

    Sudheer received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore. His expertise is in Banking, FinTech, Credit Risk, Risk Management, Household Investment, Consumption, Debt, Retirement and Savings Behavior and, Applications of ML models in Finance. He has published extensively in all the top journals in Finance on these and related topics. His papers are highly cited in many of these areas and he is among the top 0.4% of the authors on SSRN, the #1 open access repository in the world.

    Dr. Chava has consulted for many major financial institutions and a major credit rating agency. He conducts executive education programs on FinTech and the disruption of banking and also advises some FinTech startups.

    Sudheer has presented and discussed his research at approximately 100+ universities and major conferences in finance and economics and at Federal Reserve, FDIC and other regulatory agencies. His research has won many awards including: 2017 BlackRock Research Prize, 2017 Think Forward Initiative Challenge, Morgan Stanley Microstructure Research Grant, Q group research award (2010, 2012), 2013 GARP Risk Management Program Research Award, a Financial Services Exchange Grant and a Federal Deposit and Insurance Corporation (FDIC- CFR) Fellowship. His research was also a finalist for Brattle Prize for the best paper in Corporate Finance published in Journal of Finance during 2008, received an Honorable Mention for the Moskowitz Prize in Socially Responsible Investing and for a Best Paper award (Financial Services Section) at the INFORMS annual Meetings, is a recipient of Ross Award and is nominated for Goldman Sachs award for the best paper published in Review of Finance and is a third place winner in 2016 Chicago Quantitative Alliance Academic Competition. 

    Dr. Chava has taught a variety of courses at the undergraduate, masters, MBA and PhD level including FinTech Ventures, Derivatives, Risk Management, Valuation, Credit Risk and Management of Financial Institutions. He has also taught both theoretical and empirical finance courses for Ph.D. students and advises multiple PhD. students. 

  • Alberto De Armas
    Alberto De Armas
    Vice President Human Resources
    CEMEX Global

    As Vice President of Human Resources for CEMEX Mexico, Alberto Luis De Armas is responsible for all aspects of human capital management (+44,000 employees), as well as safety and security, labor relations and compensation and benefits.  He has held a variety of positions in CEMEX, as Vice President of Business Development, responsible for multiple businesses including construction, materials, distribution, lime production, micro-finance programs, and other service operations. He also served as Chief Manager Developer at CEMEX. Prior to CEMEX, Mr. De Armas worked in different capacities for WW Grainger, a Chicago based distribution business and in General Electric, primarily in the automotive side of its Plastics business. 

    He is also the Monterrey Chapter Director at American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico. Mr. De Armas has a Master´s degree in Management from Purdue University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Miami.

  • Magnus Egerstedt
    Steve W. Chaddick School Chair and Professor
    School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Dr. Magnus Egerstedt is the Steve W. Chaddick School Chair and Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He holds secondary appointments in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, the School of Interactive Computing, and the Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering.  He previously served as the Executive Director for the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech, overseeing one of the largest robotics institutes in the nation.  He received the M.S. degree in Engineering Physics and the Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, the B.A. degree in Philosophy from Stockholm University, and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Harvard University.  Dr. Egerstedt conducts research in the areas of swarm robotics, with particular focus on distributed machine learning, decision making, and coordinated controls. 

    Magnus Egerstedt is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received a number of teaching and research awards, including the Ragazzini Award from the American Automatic Control Council, the Outstanding Doctoral Advisor Award and the HKN Outstanding Teacher Award from Georgia Tech, the Alumni of the Year Award from the Royal Institute of Technology, and the CAREER Award from the U.S. National Science Foundation.

  • John Fritsch

    John Fritsch is corporate relations and alumni affairs manager at Georgia Tech-Lorraine. He is in charge of industrial partnership related to career services for students.

    He supports companies in their communication effort about career opportunities and offer services to students to strengthen and achieve professional goals. He is also supporting effort of the GT community in France or in Europe from communication to organization of events. He is an intermediate between students and alumni.

  • Oscar Gallego
    Oscar Gallego

    Óscar has 22 years of international corporate experience and 3 years in start-ups with focus on IT, Digital, Big Data and Business Analytics, Manufacturing and Telco, and 3D Printing. On top of his GE Digital role and other business responsibilities, he is a part-time university professor at IESE (Digital) and at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Technology Management, Strategy & Innovation, Business Analytics, Corporate Governance).

    In GE Digital, Óscar is Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director of the Board for GE Digital Spain, and Director for Europe Sales in the Manufacturing and Heavy Industries sectors.

    Prior to GE Digital he worked for top multinationals (HP, Arthur D. Little, DHL, P&G), including WW Director/CxO roles from 2007 until 2015. In Nov. 2015 he left HP (where he worked 14 years) to launch iPlatea.com (a Global 3D Printing Marketplace) as President, CEO and co-founder (received the EU Business School award for Entrepreneur of the Year 2016).

  • Oscar Gallego
    Oscar Gallego

    Óscar has 22 years of international corporate experience and 3 years in start-ups with focus on IT, Digital, Big Data and Business Analytics, Manufacturing and Telco, and 3D Printing. On top of his GE Digital role and other business responsibilities, he is a part-time university professor at IESE (Digital) and at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Technology Management, Strategy & Innovation, Business Analytics, Corporate Governance).

    In GE Digital, Óscar is Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director of the Board for GE Digital Spain, and Director for Europe Sales in the Manufacturing and Heavy Industries sectors.

    Prior to GE Digital he worked for top multinationals (HP, Arthur D. Little, DHL, P&G), including WW Director/CxO roles from 2007 until 2015. In Nov. 2015 he left HP (where he worked 14 years) to launch iPlatea.com (a Global 3D Printing Marketplace) as President, CEO and co-founder (received the EU Business School award for Entrepreneur of the Year 2016).

  • Samuel Graham
    Samuel Graham
    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Samuel Graham is the Eugene C. Gwaltney, Jr. Professor and Chair of the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also leads the Electronics Manufacturing and Reliability Laboratory, which focuses on the development of wide bandgap semiconductors and flexible electronics. He holds a courtesy appointment in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech, joint appointments with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and is a Visiting Professor at Nagoya University in Nagoya, Japan working with Prof. Hiroshi Amano to develop future GaN power electronics. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Engineering Sciences Research Foundation Advisory Board of Sandia National Laboratories. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Florida State University (1993) and his MS (1995) and PhD (1999) degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

  • Miro Gregorovic

    Miro Gregorovic, who graduated from the Master’s program at Georgia Tech’s School of Industrial Engineering in 2012, has been on an exciting journey in last couple years.  From his first role at SanDisk in Silicon Valley before moving to Europe and joining London Stock Exchange Group, where he leads Data Science innovation and integration in the group Chief of Technology officer team.

    Beyond his ‘day job’, Miro is regularly attending hackathons to innovate even further and also enjoy data community engagement.  He participated in the 2017 Ulster Bank Hackathon where he designed and presented a working prototype for an open API voice activated banking assistant. Furthermore, being a Yellow Jacket and a proud Georgia TECH Marching band alumnus is a life-long ‘mission' and he feels privileged to serve his Alma Mater as a regional alumni coordinator in London.

  • Jorge Guzmán
    Jorge Guzmán
    Head Brewer
    Antigua Cerveza

    Jorge Guzmán is Head Brewer  Antigua Cerveza. He has been building and consolidating his own brewery dedicated to producing craft beers in the city of Antigua in Guatemala for 5 years. His company Antigua Cerveza, produces 4 different types of craft beers prepared under Mr. Guzman's own recipe and high-quality certified standards. Through his brewery, he has given to this small Guatemalan city, employment and economic development opportunities to the region in general. The plant of the company  has 2 distribution and sales points in the city and sponsors cultural events.

    Mr. Guzman also served as Senior Consultant at Midtown Consulting Group and as Associate at CBIZ M&A Group in Atlanta. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Carolina.

    GT Alumni Degree and Class Year: ISyE 2009

  • Alessandro Hatami
    Alessandro Hatami

    Alessandro, is Managing Partner of The Pacemakers. They provide advice to executive teams on selecting the right partners to turn digital strategies into commercial success.

    Previously, he was COO Digital Banking at Lloyds Banking Group; MD of PayPoint.net, Director Large Merchant Services at PayPal & European Marketing Director at GE Capital. Alessandro is a mentor of several FinTech start-ups working with Techstars, Seedcamp and Startupbootcamp. He is also an investor in several early stage companies.

    He lives in London with his wife and two daughters. He collects African Tribal art, is a keen cook and spends most of his Saturday mornings learning to play the piano.

    Twitter: @ahatami
    Linkedin: uk.linkedin.com/in/aehatami
    Medium: medium.com/@a_hatami
    Web: www.forestreet.com

  • Alessandro Hatami
    Alessandro Hatami

    Alessandro, is Managing Partner of The Pacemakers. They provide advice to executive teams on selecting the right partners to turn digital strategies into commercial success.

    Previously, he was COO Digital Banking at Lloyds Banking Group; MD of PayPoint.net, Director Large Merchant Services at PayPal & European Marketing Director at GE Capital. Alessandro is a mentor of several FinTech start-ups working with Techstars, Seedcamp and Startupbootcamp. He is also an investor in several early stage companies.

    He lives in London with his wife and two daughters. He collects African Tribal art, is a keen cook and spends most of his Saturday mornings learning to play the piano.

    Twitter: @ahatami
    Linkedin: uk.linkedin.com/in/aehatami
    Medium: medium.com/@a_hatami
    Web: www.forestreet.com

  • Lynne Henkiel
    Lynne Henkiel
    Director
    Innovation Ecosystems

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    ​Lynne Henkiel is the Director of Innovation Ecosystems in the Startup Ecosystems group at EI2. Lynne has been involved in developing EI²’s innovative incubation practices, aiding communities in developing their entrepreneur base through research, education and practice. She is the developer of the incubation health assessments tool and instrumental in developing our community readiness programs that are implemented not only in Georgia, but internationally as well.

    Her career at Georgia Tech has focused early on with evaluating and commercializing technology research from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Stennis Space Center, and Marshall Space Flight Center. Within her responsibilities of working with startup companies that licensed NASA technology, she worked in partnership with startup entrepreneurs to overcome many of the early pitfalls of starting a technology business. She also managed the dual-use industry partnerships for NASA Marshall involving both large and startup businesses.

    Her most recent endeavor has been to develop a “Soft Landings” program that will facilitate and educate international companies that are looking to expand their business into the US marketplace.

  • Florian Herzog

    Year of birth: 1975

    Nationality: German

    Location: Zurich

    Summary: >15 years work experience in financial markets, Co-Founder of swissQuant Group, and CEO. Research at ETH Zurich. PhD in Mathematical finance from ETH Zurich

    Relevant experience / Qualification

    • Founder, chairman and CTO of Deon Digital AG a startup for digital contracts technology, 2016 – today (Zurich)

    • Head of Investment Instruments & Data Analytics and Investor / Acatus GmbH 2017-today (Berlin Fintech startup)

    • Member Investment Committee / S Vita collective foundation ($16Bn AuM Pension fund) , 2009-today

    • CTO, CEO & Co-Founder / swissQuant Group AG (CH largest Fintech in 2016), 2009-2016

    • Lecturer for stochastic systems / ETH Zurich, 2005-today

    • PhD in Finance and Mathematics / ETH Zurich, 2002-2005

    • MSC ME Georgia Tech, 2001

    • MSC in Engineering and Mathematics ETH Zurich 2002

  • Curt Hopkins

    Curt Hopkins is the CEO of Koin Rewards, a blockchain loyalty platform for ecommerce and retail. In addition, he is non-executive chairman of Keia Wellness, a digital health marketplace, and a non-executive director at Sirenum, a staffing industry SaaS business. He is also on the advisory boards of Arvato Bertelsmann and Corbett Keeling.

    Previously, Curt was an investor director at Novastone, a leading fintech business, and was Chief Executive of Telenomics, a technology retail business. He also led the buyout of Redeem, a consumer electronics recycling firm, where he was CEO. Prior positions include senior executive roles at Vodafone, Nortel and Fujitsu.

    Curt, originally from Chicago, graduated from Georgia Tech in 1995 with a MSc in Management and has lived in England for 18+ years.

  • Alexander Koenig

    CEO and Founder of Reactive Robotics which develops, manufactures and sells robots that will deliver automated gait rehabilitation directly at the ICU patient’s bedside. Our device will enable clinicians to collect data on patient recovery so far unavailable to their decision making. At the same time, our device will help patients recover faster and safe money for hospitals through reduced length of patient-stay in the ICU.

    Previously Researcher at BMW Group Research and Technology working on driver state modelling, novel Human machine interfaces for automotive applications, new sensor and actuator technology. Co-Organizer of the BMW Summer school 2014.

    Made a Post Doc at Harvard Medical School: Researching Stroke Rehabilitation. We use theoretical models, driven by patient data that can give insight into the processes underlying gait rehabilitation after stroke. We are thereby interested in identifying parameters that can predict the responsiveness of patients to specific interventions with the goal of creating personalized intervention strategies.

    MSc Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech: Major in controls, minor in robotics. Master thesis at the Laboratory for NeuroEngineering. Developed a simulation model for experiments investigating the postural control of the Central Nervous System.

    Followed by a PhD at ETH Zurich, Rehabilitation Engineering: Developed "bio-cooperative" control strategies for robot-assisted gait rehabilitation as part of the MIMICS project (www.mimics.ethz.ch), a 1.6 mio € project. Supervised over 20 students, authored over 20 publications in the field of rehabilitation technology. Additional research project on modeling and simulation of motor control in spinal rats.

  • Matt Lindsey

    Matt Lindsey is the Vice President of Digital Product at Burberry, where he leads a team of Product Managers running Global: Web (Mobile/Desktop), Mobile Apps, Omnichannel, Clienteling tools, Marketing Technology (Organic, Paid, Email), Creative Technologies (Augmented/Virtual Reality), and WeChat platform in China.

    Matt has over 15 years of technology, product management, and marketing experience, having held previous position at Expedia, YP (Yellow Pages), and Georgia Tech.

  • Dexin Luo

    Dexin is currently the Head of Artificial Intelligence Solutions and Technologies at Linde plc. She is an intrapreneur who combines business knowhow with cutting edge AI technologies to develop value generating business solutions. Dexin received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech in 2011 and her B.S. in Environmental Science from Qingdao University in 2005.  She started her career in supply chain management, and has subsequently taken on different leadership roles in product management, supply chain management, and business development.

  • Dr. Keith McGreggor
    Keith McGreggor
    Vice Provost International Initiatives
    GA Tech Lorraine

    Keith McGreggor, VentureLab’s director, also serves as the lead instructor for the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program for Georgia Tech, a founding node in the I-Corps network. He is also a member of the NSF I-Corps curriculum committee, and gives frequent invited talks on the foundations of evidence-based-entrepreneurship philosophy.

    Keith has been an entrepreneur for the last three decades. His first company, Artificial Intelligence Atlanta, was the first AI company in the southeast, which led to a gig in robotics for Lockheed. He has been a founder or co-founder of six software companies.

    Keith wrote and shipped the first 3D program and first color paint program for the Macintosh. He developed the color architecture for the Macintosh, wrote substantial portions of the graphics system, and managed the graphics group at Apple Computer in Cupertino. A stint as co-founder of an internet company in the mid-1990s led to Keith becoming a director of engineering at Yahoo! in 1999.

    Keith holds a BS, MS, and PhD in computer science from Georgia Tech, and is an instructor of Georgia Tech’s new Startup Lab for undergraduates in the College of Engineering. In addition to his role at VentureLab, Keith holds an appointment as Professor of the Practice in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech and is the Associate Director of Georgia Tech’s GVU.

  • Dr. Abdallah Ougazzaden
    Director
    GA Tech Lorraine
    • Professor at ECE School at Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Director of Georgia Tech-Lorraine, the European Campus of Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Co-President of Institut Lafayette - The platform of technology transfer
    • Former Director of the Joint International Research Lab GT-CNRS (2006-2017)

    He worked in R&D as senior researcher and group leader at France Telecom for more than 8 years and 1 year at Optoplus/Alcatel (France) as Manager of Optoelectronic Materials Group.

    In 1999, he joined Bell-Labs at Lucent Technologies (USA) as Manager of Optoelectronic materials fabrication for Optical Fiber Communication.
    He kept this position with the company Agere Systems and then he worked as R&D and Fab Manager at TriQuint Semiconductor (USA).

    Dr. Ougazzaden joined the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005. His current research activity is in the field of wide bandgap semiconductors and related devices. He has authored more than 400 international scientific papers and communications and held 23 patents.

  • Didier Pinson

    Didier PINSON began his career as a teaching assistant at Georgia Tech while doing his master’s degree in electrical engineering. He then joined SNCF, the French national railway company, to work on various research projects on Robotics, signal processing, IT. He introduced email and web into the SNCF as well as the smart card ticketing system still used to this day in Paris. He then worked for Eurostar as IT Director before moving to the finance department of SNCF where he dealt with payment systems and the international credit card scheme for SNCF. He subsequently became Director of Revenue Accounting for the traveller BU and was in charge of over 800 people across France.

    Didier has been working for the railway industry for 30 years, most of them in an international environment within Europe and he has worked in close collaboration with several American companies. He has strong management experience in Finance, HR, Information Technology, Operations, Customer Service, ticketing and distribution.

    Didier joined Raileurope in late 2013 as CIO then CIO and COO, managing over 200 people on four different continents.

    Former basketball player and currently coach, Didier loves watching NBA games.

  • Ash Puri

    Ash is an entrepreneur turned VC, has previously helped ASOS with their international expansion in Asia based on his experience founding and running a premium e-fashion commerce business in India.

    Ash is a Partner at TempoCap, a growth equity Venture Capital fund based in London and has previously worked with Episode1 Ventures, Partech Ventures and Sofinnova Partners.

    He started his career as a consultant with Computer Associates. Ash holds a double Masters in Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A and Supélec, France, and a B.Eng. (Hons.) in Telecommunications from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India.

  • Yancy Riddle
    Yancy Riddle
    COO
    NearShore Technology

    Yancy Riddle is the Chief Operating Officer of NearShore Technology Company and responsible for all international operations. Mr. Riddle previously was the President and CEO of Sixth Sense, a medical technology integration provider.

    Mr. Riddle has built his career on rigorous educational training and 20 years of manufacturing experience in the U.S., North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Mr. Riddle brings to NearShore both breadth and depth of experience from the medical device, aerospace, electrical components, automotive, primary materials, military, oil and gas, coating services, and the solar/LED fields.

    Mr. Riddle was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni of Georgia Tech, and Georgia Tech’s Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni for significant contributions to technology and society. Mr. Riddle’s received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University, and received his Master of Science and Ph.D. in Materials Science from Georgia Tech.

    GT Alumni Degree and Class Year:  MSc. Materials Science 1998/ PhD. Materials Science 2000

  • Ricardo Saldivar
    Ricardo Saldivar
    Former President
    Home Depot, Mexico

    Ricardo Saldivar, for more than 18 years was in charge of the presidency and General Direction of The Home Depot Mexico, encouraging the development of the country in terms of jobs (15,500 jobs generated) and the the sector; providing affordable opportunities in every range to people and companies that were looking to carry out construction projects. There are more than 120 stores around the country where Ricardo's vision has achieved an imminent success and a well-known position within the business and economic sector in Mexico. His perseverance and fervent dedication to each one of his projects is reflected in the efficiency and good environment that he always promoted throughout his work team and friends at Home Depot. 55 quarters of positive growth in the company is one of the many records that Ricardo leaves behind him, noting that 85% of the products in his stores were from local suppliers.

    GT Alumni Degree and Class Year: IE 1977

  • Norberto Sánchez
    Norberto Sánchez
    CEO
    Norsan Group

    Founded in 2004 by Norberto Sanchez Norsan began with the Frontera Mex-Mex Grill restaurant concept in March 1987. Norsan then ventured into the processed meat industry and wholesale imports with the addition of Prime Meats to vertically align its practices. Norsan’s successful restaurant expansion began with Pampas Steakhouse in March 2001 followed by Luciano´s Italian Ristorante in 2007. Presently, Norsan operates a vast restaurant division comprised of 14 fast-casual Mexican Restaurants, 2 casual Italian concepts and 1 fine dining and award-winning Argentine steakhouse. The company also operates a central meat packaging plant and an additional out-of-state distribution center for improved logistics.

    In 2007, seeing a parallel opportunity in radio broadcasting and the explosive growth of the Hispanic population in the Southeast, Norsan Group entered the Hispanic media industry with the addition of Norsan Media. Norsan Media currently owns and operates 25 local Spanish language radio stations in Charlotte, NC, Greensboro, NC, Wilmington, NC, Columbia, SC, Charleston, SC and Jacksonville, FL. Norsan Media is also an affiliate of Estrella TV, and in 2015 opened Charlotte’s first and only local Spanish language television station available in Charlotte and the Triad area on Spectrum on channel 811 and 1233 HD. For viewers with no access to cable, Estrella TV is also available over the air on channel 16 offering news, weather, community programming, and emergency alerts to accompany Estrella’s national network feed. Hola News is Norsan Media’s award-winning weekly Spanish newspaper that is published in Charlotte, NC, Greensboro, NC, and Jacksonville, FL. In addition to media properties, Norsan Media also organizes large-scale events and festivals targeting the Hispanic community in the markets they serve including Vida y Salud Expo, Cinco de Mayo Festival, La Raza Fan Fest, Latina Summer Night, Veraneando con La Raza, El Grito Festival, and Hola Charlotte Hispanic Heritage Festival. Norsan Media strives to be a model of excellence for the Latino community as one of the Top 70 companies within the Hispanic Business 500.

    With projected growth within the Hispanic markets in the Southeast region of the US, we anticipate the possibility to continue to develop additional concepts within each of our divisions:  an expansion of restaurants, increased food processing, and distribution, and additional media channels.

    GT Alumni Degree and Class Year:MSME 1981 – MSIE 1984

  • Monica Sasso

    Monica Sasso graduated from Georgia Tech’s Masters Industrial Engineering programme in 2001 and moved to The Netherlands to be a Safety Engineering Consultant where she lived for 4 years.  From there she moved briefly back to the States then relocated permanently to the UK in 2007.

    Monica is an internationally recognised and seasoned change leader within the financial services industry and is the Global Head of Prospecting Strategy and Deutsche Bank Wealth Management.  Monica has held several global roles which have allowed her to work around the world and has taken her expertise in regulation (specifically MiFID II and GDPR) and business transformation into a strategic business development role focussing on digital prospecting.  Monica is also a speaker and recently spoke on a panel at the Global WealthTech Summit on the Customer Engagement and is the Honorary Treasurer for the University Women’s Club in London.

    Monica is an avid runner and cyclist and loves photography & travelling and recently cycled the Adriatic coast in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, also taking part in the Dumball Rally.

  • Rahul Saxena
    Rahul Saxena
    Associate Director
    Create-X

    Rahul Saxena is the Associate Director for CREATE-X Launch. Leading up to this role, Saxena had a career as a Venture Capitalist, startup CEO, entrepreneur, mechatronic design engineer, and published academic researcher. Saxena is a mechanical engineering Georgia Tech alumnus, earned his European Master’s degree in Fluid Mechanics from the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, and earned his MBA from Emory University. Saxena worked for Seraph Group, a venture capital firm, for 10 years evaluating and investing in companies while also holding the role of CEO in a company and serving on several Boards of companies that went on to be acquired.

  • Thorsten Schroeer
    Director Automotive & Electronics
    IBM Corporation

    Thorsten leads the automotive and electronics segment for IBM in Germany. He has a deep understanding of the key marketplace opportunities and challenges facing industrial manufacturers. He consults extensively with senior executives as they look to digitize, optimize and transform their organizations, manufacturing and business models applying leading edge technology around Watson, cloud, analytics and mobility. Through global relationships, market expertise and deep industry insights, Thorsten help firms improve product development, enhance collaboration, increase speed to market and reduce costs to sustain operational excellence and profit in today’s highly competitive marketplace 

    Thorsten has spent more than 18 years assisting companies in their use of information technology to solve their business problems and gain competitive advantage.  In his previous executive roles he led globally the Watson IoT for Manufacturing solution portfolio, he led IBM Electronics business in Europe and before that he led the operations and supply chain practice within IBM’s center of competence for the electronics industry.

    Thorsten became member of the IBM industry academy in 2016, IBM’s group of most eminent and innovative industry visionaries. He is also an active conference speaker and an active member of the council of Supply Chain Management (CSCMP) in Europe.

    Mr. Schroeer holds an Masters degree for Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Dortmund and a Masters degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA.

  • Dr. Raghupathy Sivakumar
    Raghupathy Sivakumar
    Founding Director
    CREATE-X

    Raghupathy Sivakumar is the Wayne J. Holman Chair Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. He leads the Georgia Tech Networking and Mobile Computing (GNAN) Research Group, where he and his students do research in the areas of wireless networking and mobile computing. He is the Founding Director of CREATE-X, a Georgia Tech initiative to instill entrepreneurial confidence in its students. Previously, he served as the Co-Founder and CTO for StarMobile, Inc. (now PowWow Mobile) between 2012 and 2016, as a Technologist for EMC Corporation between 2011 and 2012, as the Founder and CTO of Asankya, Inc. (now EMC), between 2004 and 2011, and as a Technologist for EG Technology, Inc. (now Arris), between 2001 and 2004. Professor Sivakumar received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000 and 1998 respectively, and his B.E. degree in Computer Science from Anna University (Chennai) in 1996. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

  • Matt Spetzler

    Prior to joining Francisco Partners in 2004, Matt worked at Bain & Company in Atlanta, Georgia as a strategy consultant where he worked on many private equity led turnarounds and strategies. Previously Matt has led several entrepreneurial endeavors from technology, internet, biotech, and design startups.

    Matt is currently a partner and co-head of Europe for Francisco Partners, a technology focused private equity firm with $14bn under management.   He sat on over 10 technology companies’ board of directors from companies valued at $5m to over $1bn.

  • Anna Stenport
    Chair and Professor
    School of Modern Languages

    As Chair of the School of Modern Languages, Professor Anna Westerstahl Stenport leads a dynamic group of seventy tenure-stream faculty, lecturers, and staff. She provides oversight to the unit’s multi-varied research foci, academic and curricular priorities, numerous study abroad programs in South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and supports the public engagement mission of the School. Holding a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley (2004), Dr. Stenport’s expertise includes transnational cinema and media, modern literature and drama, and visual and cultural studies. Her teaching includes courses in Global Cinema (“Green Screen: Environments in World Cinema”), Introduction to Global Media and Cultures, and Career Education for the Global 21st Century. As PI of an International Studies Title VI National Resource Center and Foreign Language and Area Studies (NRC-FLAS; $2.25 million) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Stenport also serves as the inaugural co-Director of the Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC), a consortium with Georgia State University. 

    Dr. Stenport is an expert in Arctic and Nordic cinema, media, and cultural studies. She has published widely on these topics in journals such as Camera Obscura, Cinema Journal, Convergence, Film History, Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, Media, Culture & Society, and The Moving Image. Her books include the groundbreaking volume Films on Ice: Cinemas of the Arctic (Edinburgh UP, 2015; co-ed. w/ Scott MacKenzie), the first comprehensive examination of filmmaking in the global circumpolar north from 1896 to the present, as well as Arctic Environmental Modernities: From the Age of Exploration to the Era of the Anthropocene (Palgrave Studies in World Environmental History series, 2017; co-ed. w/ Lill-Ann Körber & Scott MacKenzie), and Arctic Cinemas and the Documentary Ethos (Indiana UP, 2019; co-ed w/ Lilya Kaganovsky and Scott MacKenzie). Current research includes “Visualizing Climate Change Through Arctic Moving Images” (w/ Scott MacKenzie), funded by an Insight grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Stenport also co-curates Arctic film programs at conferences (ASTRA 2015, Visible Evidence 2015, SASS 2016,) and for film festivals, including the Annual Polar Film Festival at the Explorers Club in NYC (2016; 2018; 2019), the 13th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Budapest (2016), and the European Union Film Festival, Chicago (2017).

    Her scholarship on contemporary Scandinavian film includes the book Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere (Edinburgh UP, 2019; co-ed with Arne Lunde); a monograph on New Queer Cinema director Lukas Moodysson’s Show Me Love, published in the Nordic Film Classics series (U Washington P, 2012); and articles in a special Moodysson issue of Scandinavica (51:3, 2014). She has also written extensively about Scandinavian popular culture, including Nordic Noir crime fiction and film and the Millenium series, and was interviewed on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show on the topic. 

    As a scholar of modernism in literature, theatre, and the visual arts, Dr. Stenport most recently published the book August Strindberg and Visual Culture: The Emergence of Optical Modernity in Theater, Text, and Image (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019; co-ed w/ Eszter Szalczer and Jonathan Schroeder). She has published in journals such as ARTMargins, Comparative Literature, English Language Notes, Modern Drama, and Modernism/Modernity. She is an expert on playwright, novelist, and artist August Strindberg, and her publications in this area include Locating August Strindberg’s Prose: Modernism, Transnationalism, Setting (U Toronto P, 2010), The International Strindberg: New Critical Essays (ed., Northwestern UP, 2012), and Strindberg and Radicalism – Strindberg and the Avant-Garde: A Hundred Year Legacy, an extended special issue of the journal Scandinavian Studies (2012 84:3; co-edited w/Eszter Szalczer). 

    Before joining Georgia Tech in 2016, Dr. Stenport held the position of Conrad Humanities Scholar and Professor of Scandinavian Studies – with appointments in Comparative Literature, Gender and Women’s Studies, Global Studies, Media and Cinema Studies, and Theatre – at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There she also served as Director of the Campus Office of Undergraduate Research and Director of the European Union Center, a Title VI National Resource Center and a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence. She has been a Visiting Professor and Anna Lindh Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley; Queen’s University, Canada; and at several institutions in Scandinavia, including the Universities of Gothenburg and Stockholm; the Danish Film Institute; and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, where she regularly teaches in interdisciplinary field site summer program Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic.

    Anna has given hundreds of presentations about her research and academic interests, and can be contacted at aws@gatech.edu.

     

  • Paul Voss

    Dr. Voss received the B.A. degree in Humanities with an emphasis in French Literature from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in 1994. In 1997, he received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He was awarded the M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 2000 and 2003, respectively. After pursuing postdoctoral studies at Northwestern University, he joined the Georgia Tech faculty in January 2006.

    His research has involved experimental and theoretical study of optical amplifiers that make use of nonlinear mixing to provide gain. These amplifiers, called fiber parametric amplifiers, can also wavelength convert signals. In addition, they can also serve as sources of entangled photons for quantum key distribution. Dr. Voss has identified theoretically and verified experimentally the fundamental limits on the performance of these devices for optical communications and quantum key distribution. He also developed ultrasensitive detection techniques for photon counting and quantum optical homodyne tomography. His research at Georgia Tech involves the development of novel and improved devices and systems for optical communications and for quantum communications.

    In his short career, he has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications and conference presentations and holds 1 patent.

  • Caroline Wood
    Executive Director
    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Caroline Wood was named Executive Director of Corporate Relations in April, 2010.  Prior to this appointment, she served as Director of Corporate Development from 2006-2010.  In her current role, Wood is responsible for providing leadership and a strategic framework to the corporate development effort of the Institute, with the objective of increasing corporate engagement and philanthropic support to the Georgia Institute of Technology and its affiliated organizations.  Wood and her team work with companies to help develop and maintain strong relationships at Georgia Tech, including coordinating faculty research collaboration, student outreach, recruiting initiatives, continuing/professional education, and economic interests.  Prior to joining the Central Corporate Relations office, Wood was the Director of Development for the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech where she served for eight years.  She has been at Georgia Tech since 1991 and has worked in the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and the Georgia Tech Financial Aid office.

    Ms. Wood has an undergraduate degree in communication from Vanderbilt University. 

  • Solenne Bastie Xavier
    Solenne Bastie Xavier
    Founder and CEO

    Solenne studied engineering in Centrale-Supelec and Georgia Tech. She began her career in strategy and organization consulting by Accenture, with focus on major State Transformation Programs during 7 years. A career all traced? That was not to mention a thirst for renewal that coincides with an unfortunate experience with a plumber during a breakdown. The timing is perfect: it is at 30 years that you have to take risks! In 2014, she jumps into the new challenge of entrepreneurship and creates AlloMarcel.com, one of the first web platform that enables to access qualified and reliable craftsmen and building contractors at a reasonable price. Today AlloMarcel operates in 4 big cities areas (Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux and Nantes), with a network of more than 250 building professionals and an 8-people team. AlloMarcel bears the vision of a positive, human and living platform, that empowers the professional as partners.

    Solenne is also involved with two NGOs for education (Passerelles Numériques in Asia and Frateli).

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