Pradeep’s career includes founding Juniper Networks, the company widely recognized for inventing and industrializing silicon-based routers—the invention that played a central role in bringing about the Internet age. Over the years he has held several key roles at Juniper, including founding CEO and Chairman, then Vice Chairman and CTO, and now Chief Scientist. Pradeep had a hand in the inception, design and development of virtually every product Juniper shipped from 1996 through 2015. Before founding Juniper, Pradeep worked at the Computer Science Lab at Xerox PARC for 11 years developing design tools and multiprocessor architectures. During this period he invented the first cache coherency algorithms for packet switched buses and made fundamental contributions to Sun Microsystem’s high performance multiprocessor servers.
Pradeep holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, as well as a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii. In addition, Pradeep holds both a Masters and a Doctorate in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University. Pradeep is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and holds more than 200 patents.
David F. Welch, Ph.D. is Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Infinera, a role he has held since October 2018. In this role, he drives deep business and technology innovation through forward-looking strategies, including breakthrough technologies and technology partnerships, in addition to innovative business and market directions. Dr. Welch is currently a member of Infinera’s Board of Directors, where he has served the company since 2010. His past roles at Infinera include Chief Strategy and Technology Officer from 2017 to 2018, President from 2013 to 2017, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer from 2004 to 2013 and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) from 2001 to 2004. Prior to co-founding Infinera, he served as CTO, Transmission Division at JDS Uniphase, and in various executive roles, including CTO and Vice President of Corporate Development, at Spectra Diode Labs (SDL).
Dr. Welch currently serves on the Board of Directors several start-up companies. He holds over 130 patents, and over 300 technical publications, and has been awarded the Optical Society of America’s (OSA) Adolph Lomb Medal, Joseph Fraunhofer Award and John Tyndall Award, as well as the Institute of Engineering Technology’s J J Thompson Medal for Electronics. He is a Fellow of OSA and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Welch holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.
Neil Richardson was born in the UK where he attended Bolton School. He went on to the University of Cambridge where he obtained a master’s degree in electrical sciences and a PhD in electron microscopy and spectroscopy.
He joined Fairchild Semiconductor Research Labs in Palo Alto, California in 1982, and went on to lead an electron microscope product development group at Schlumberger Technologies in San Jose, California.
After a brief stint with Schlumberger corporate in New York City Neil returned to California to join KLA where he was general manager of overlay and CD-SEM metrology product divisions and subsequently general manager of KLA’s electron beam inspection product line.
Most recently he was general manager of Gemfire Corporation, a privately held photonics company with operations in Fremont, California and Livingston, Scotland.
Additionally, Neil has been for many years a venture partner at Wellington Partners in Munich, Germany.
Scott is both Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Sense Photonics, a leading Flash LIDAR company. He has more than 30 years of commercial and innovative product experience in III-V compound semiconductors and optics.
Before Sense, Scott served as Executive Vice President of Manufacturing and Technology development at Semprius Corp where he led the development of advanced multi-junction solar cells and modules, Vice President of Engineering at Santur Corporation, an advanced tunable laser company, Vice President of Technology at Optovia, an optical amplifier company, and as Vice President of Operations at CoreTek, a successful tunable laser start-up acquired by Nortel Networks.
Scott started his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he helped to develop and manufacture GaAs semiconductor lasers for the world’s first commercial fiber optic communication systems.