MIT Startup Exchange presents its September Startup Workshop, centered around real-world IoT and edge computing. MIT Startup Exchange works to help create partnerships between over 1,800 MIT startups and industry, primarily consisting of MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) members. Currently, knowledge and application of IoT are in high demand among MIT ILP members, including Global 1000 companies across industries like manufacturing, oil and gas, life sciences, and many more. Many companies are grappling with how to use IoT and data/AI in their organization to monitor, predict, improve, and transform what they do. Meanwhile, many MIT startups are developing and providing innovative technology solutions to answer these very questions for industry. This workshop will present perspectives from industry leaders, academics, and corporate investors, while also showcasing select MIT startups in the field.
Senior Director, MIT Corporate Relations
James E. Gado manages relations with US, European, and Middle Eastern companies with a focus on developing a broader MIT presence in the MENA region. Gado has oversight responsibility for the MIT Startup Exchange program and managers.
Gado comes to MIT after more than 25 years in the specialty materials and chemical industry. His experience spans the sectors of construction, microelectronics, automotive, and food/beverage packaging all on a global basis. The majority of his career was spent at W.R. Grace & Co., with positions also at American Cyanamid Company and Teradyne, Inc.
Gado has held leadership positions at the director level for mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, marketing, and research and development management. He has developed new business, both organically and via acquisition, across the globe including the emerging markets of China and India. His domestic investment experience includes collaboration with Grace/Horn Venture Partners.
Dr. Rebecca Xiong joined Corporate Relations as Program Director, Startup Exchange in October 2018.
Dr. Xiong comes to Corporate Relations with more than 15 years of experience in the MIT Startup Ecosystem, having co-founded and worked at multiple MIT startups. Most recently, as Co-founder and Chief Scientist at SocMetrics, she leads product management, data science, and machine learning for SocMetric’s personalization and marketing campaign products. Before SocMetrics, Xiong co-founded Going.com. Going.com connected people via local events to enhance their offline social life, and through Rebecca’s leadership grew to 1M members, tens of millions of monthly pageviews, and finally its acquisition by AOL. Before these two entrepreneurial endeavors, Xiong held positions as Product Marketing Manager (DataPower, acquired by IBM), Senior Program Manager (Performaworks, acquired by Workscape), and Team Lead (Akamai Technologies). She also has research experience at Microsoft, Silicon Graphics, and Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.
Dr. Xiong earned her B.S. in Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Media Lab at MIT with her thesis “Visualizing Information Spaces to Enhance Social Interaction." She was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship Recipient. She holds multiple patents and is very involved in the community, as the Lead Organizer of the Cambridge Parent Summit.
From implementing mission critical IoT to trailblazing detection-as-service, our industry speaker brings 20+ years of experience in IT to redefine how businesses operate and to reimagine how products and services can be delivered.
With IoT, the line between IT and “the business” has become quite blurry, as it represents the collision and intersection of Information Technology and Operational Technology. This increases the role and value of IT but also magnifies the importance and need for strong IT leadership. Now more than ever, IT leaders face a plethora of opportunities, challenges, solutions, platforms, and partners. Connectivity has become ubiquitous, and there is no shortage of data. Cloud platform providers offer low-risk consumption-based opportunities to accelerate powerful solutions that weren’t previously possible. Navigating this landscape can be daunting, so how can your organization more effectively utilize IoT to solve real world problems?
David DiLeo is the CIO of Industrial Scientific Corp., a Fortive company, where he is responsible for all aspects of IT including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Business Applications, Software Development, Business Intelligence, IT Operations, and IT Security. Prior to joining Industrial Scientific, DiLeo was VP & Director of Quality Assurance within PNC Financial Services' Strategic Risk & Information Technology group. He also served as a Technology Manager overseeing sanction screening and compliance software for PNC’s anti-money laundering program. Earlier in his career, DiLeo was an IT Group Manager at Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. In this role, he was responsible for leading the software development and operation of Pratt & Whitney's Advanced Diagnostics & Engine Management (ADEM) system, a mission critical real-time IoT jet engine monitoring solution. DiLeo also spent several years at Pratt & Whitney as an IT Project Manager implementing ERP and web application solutions. He holds a BS in business administration from Central Connecticut State University, an MBA from the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford, a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute, and a certification in quality and process improvement from United Technologies Corp. In 2017, he was recognized as a Pittsburgh “CIO of the Year” award winner.
When did it become normal for our personal data to automatically become the property of others? Why have we returned to a “server” model of information exchange for many of our data services, where “someone else” is responsible for data security and service availability? As an alternative, nonintrusive sensors could offer several potential advantages, including central installation with the ability to monitor the aggregate behavior of a collection of devices. The behavior of individual devices could be diaggregated, and the data from these sensors would be inherently collated. This talk will review three different examples of nonintrusive sensors and will examine approaches for deploying and coordinating the operation of these sensors to secure data, minimize the need for communication bandwidth, and ensure the presentation of actionable information for enhancing system operation.
Steven B. Leeb, a professor of mechanical and electrical engineering and computer science, is widely known for his innovative research in power electronics, power monitoring and energy conversion. He has won a number of awards for research and teaching, including the MIT Harold E. Edgerton Award in 1998, the IEEE Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer in 1999 and the Eta Kappa Nu EECS Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2006. He was elected as an IEEE Fellow in 2007, and has been a MacVicar Faculty Fellow since 2004.
Leeb was appointed to the new position of Instructional Labs Officer in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) on July 1, 2011.
John Greenfield is the Director of Business Development and Partnerships at Everactive. During his time with the company, he has held various leadership roles, including having responsibility for the sales and people operations functions. Prior to Everactive, Greenfield worked in management consulting in Washington, D.C., where he helped Fortune 100 healthcare and technology clients tackle their most challenging problems related to customer acquisition and retention. he received his MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School in 2016, where he was a William Michael Shermet Scholar, the recipient of the Class of 1986 Peter J. Niehaus Scholarship, and the President of the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club. He earned his BA, magna cum laude, from Colgate University, where he studied economics and political science.
Ashish Yadav is the Director of Software at Prescient Devices, Inc. He leads the full-stack software development of Prescient’s IoT design automation platform. Yadav is an expert in distributed IoT systems, applications, and various software and hardware technologies. He holds an MS in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Merced.
Cody Falcon has more than 15 years of experience in high-tech solution design, product implementation, and operations. Prior to Arundo, Falcon led product development and global field operations for a leading Big Data Analytics provider. He served 11 years active duty in the U.S. Navy in electronic warfare, satellite communications, and cryptography, including a five-year assignment at the White House as an Advance Lead for two Presidents of the United States.
Ryan Davis is the CEO of SAIL and a graduate fellow from MIT Sloan. Secure AI Labs (SAIL) helps businesses access unshared data by protecting data during analysis. Advancing the same technology used to protect movie streaming, SAIL protects data by digitally enforcing data-use policies. Now data owners can control who, how and where their data is used, even after sharing, and businesses can access data as easily as renting a movie, and without the liability of holding personal data.
Jana Eggers is CEO of the neuroscience-inspired artificial intelligence platform company, Nara Logics. Eggers is an experienced tech exec focused on inspiring teams to build great products. Eggers has started and grown companies and led large organizations at public companies. She is active in customer-inspired innovation, the artificial intelligence industry, the Autonomy/Mastery/Purpose-style leadership, as well as running and triathlons. Eggers has held technology and executive positions at Intuit, Blackbaud, Los Alamos National Laboratory (computational chemistry and super computing), Basis Technology (internationalization technology), Lycos, American Airlines, Spreadshirt (ecomm), and multiple startups.
Harrison Bralower works with Taktile's customers to deliver operational technology solutions that realize their goals for improvement. Prior to Taktile, Bralower was Engineering Manager at SQZ Biotechnologies. He was part of their team that won the 2014 MassChallenge startup competition and was named one of Scientific American's Top 10 World Changing Ideas that year. At MIT, he led development of camera systems for asteroid surface characterization. Bralower was inspired to start Taktile by his grandfathers and father, all of whom worked throughout their lives to support and lead Illinois manufacturing.
Elliott Gould manages the end-to-end data pipeline for LineVision, ensuring accurate, reliable data and powerful analytics for their clients. He holds a MS in engineering management from Tufts University and previously worked at EnerNOC, Genscape and IBM.
Dr. Sébastien Mannai is the inventor of the technology behind Acoustic Wells. He is a postdoctoral associate in the field of AI and holds a PhD in aerospace from MIT, an MS from Ecole Centrale Paris, and an MS in quantum physics from University of Paris XI. Mannai has worked at Siemens and Schlumberger and is now focusing on industrial IoT and automation.
Bimal Mehta currently leads Corporate Innovation at Schneider Electric, driving and incubating both internal and external innovation. Mehta builds diverse, high performance teams and helps them develop a strategy and scale their business models. He also connects corporate partners with leading startups to enable co-innovation opportunities. Mehta has a proven ability to lead, innovate, and launch products that outperform the competition, win markets, and drive revenue.
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Carrier instructs senior managers on improving manufacturing and business processes and serves as an on-site coach in support of projects. His research focuses on strategic marketing and new business development in high technology, specialty chemicals, and service segments. Carrier has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of corporate, entrepreneurial, and consulting environments. Since 2006, he has worked with Arsenal Capital Partners as director of Six Sigma, where he is responsible for increasing portfolio company valuation by adapting and applying Six Sigma techniques to midsize companies. Carrier also handles due diligence, post-merger integrations, and financial analysis and improvement. Prior to joining Arsenal Capital Partners, he was employed by Grace Construction Products; Bain & Company, Inc.; and SuperCool LLC.
Carrier holds a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, a PhD in chemical engineering from MIT, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Muhammad Asif joined Hitachi’s Global Social Innovation Business in January 2018 as a Manufacturing Industry SME, supporting Industry 4.0 initiatives. He was previously VP of Operations & Quality at Mark IV Automotive in Rochester Hills, Michigan responsible for ten tier-1 manufacturing sites. Asif has served as plant manager with a number of global tier-1 automotive and industrial product suppliers, built greenfield sites in Australia and Canada, and reengineered numerous brownfield sites with TPS philosophy. As a Director of Automotive Product Solutions at J.D. Power & Associates, Asif led a major Chinese automotive manufacturer in developing best practices with shop floor quality and production processes for global completeness.
Earlier in his career, he was a manufacturing engineer at Nissan, implementing complex engineering/manufacturing process and production control systems, managing new vehicle launches, and overseeing production control functions at vehicle manufacturing plants in Australia. In recent years, Asif has worked as a turnaround specialist, engaged in supporting challenged organizations with reengineering the shop floor and business processes to streamline for productivity and profitability with diverse clients, including automotive, petrochemical, nuclear power plants, food, and agricultural industries. He has extensive global business, technology, and cultural experience in Asia, Europe, and North America.
For four decades, Asif has remained a passionate lean and continuous improvement practitioner. He holds a BS in manufacturing engineering from Swinburn University of Technology in Australia.
Will Koffel has been leading technology-focused startup teams for over 20 years as a serial venture-backed CTO, founder, and application developer. On the founding engineering team at MIT-born Akamai Technologies in 1998, Koffel has since held CTO roles at five venture-backed startups in Boston and NYC. Most recently, he was CTO at Qwiklabs, acquired by Google in 2016. In addition to his operating roles, Koffel has served as an advisor, consultant, and mentor-in-residence for many Boston area startups. At Google, he is honoring his entrepreneurial roots, leading Google Cloud startup ecosystems, bringing the best Cloud solutions to great early-stage companies. Koffel received BS degrees in computer science and music composition from MIT. He lives with his family in greater Boston.
Dr. David Wentzloff founded Everactive, along with Dr. Ben Calhoun, in 2012. The two currently serve as Co-CTOs, sharing overall responsibility for the company’s continued technological innovation. Dr. Wentzloff earned his PhD at MIT in 2007 under Prof. Chandrakasan. Since August 2007, Dr. Wentzloff has been with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His research interests include ultra-low power RFICs for energy- and volume-constrained applications, clock generation and IC techniques to improve synchronization of sensor networks, wireless body area networks, channel modeling, and all-digital phase-locked loops for precision frequency generation. Dr. Wentzloff has numerous publications in the areas of ultra-low-power circuits and body sensor nodes.
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