Pradeep Sindhu

Pradeep Sindhu

Fungible

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.

Dave Welch

Dave Welch

Infinera

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.

Behzad Razavi

Behzad Razavi

UCLA

Behzad Razavi received the BSEE degree from Sharif University of Technology in 1985 and the MSEE and PhDEE degrees from Stanford University in 1988 and 1992, respectively. He was with AT&T Bell Laboratories and Hewlett-Packard Laboratories until 1996. Since 1996, he has been Associate Professor and subsequently Professor of electrical engineering at University of California, Los Angeles. His current research includes wireless and wireline transceivers and data converters.

Professor Razavi was an Adjunct Professor at Princeton University from 1992 to 1994, and at Stanford University in 1995. He served on the Technical Program Committees of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) from 1993 to 2002 and VLSI Circuits Symposium from 1998 to 2002. He has also served as Guest Editor and Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, and International Journal of High Speed Electronics. He served as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Letters.Professor Razavi is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of US National Academy of Inventors. He has served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and is a Fellow of IEEE.

Professor Razavi has authored a broad range of books and publications some of which have been translated into several languages. He is also the recipient of many awards including most recently the Teaching Award of the American Society for Engineering Education PSW in 2014, the IEEE CAS John Choma Education Award in 2017, and the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Innovative Education Award in 2022.

Scott Burroughs

Scott Burroughs

Sense Photonics

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.

Jim Harris

Jim Harris

Stanford University

Jim Harris received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He is currently the James and Ellenor Chesebrough Professor, Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics and Materials Science. He and his PhD students have done seminal work in numerous fields, notably the development of GaAs materials and associated electrical and optical devices. His current research interests include 3D nanostructured materials for the control of light, development of a retinal prosthesis, novel high-efficiency multi-junction solar cells, laser driven electron accelerator (SLAC on a Chip), and VCSELs and SPADs for facial recognition and LIDAR.

He has been the principal PhD supervisor for 138 students, 25 of whom have become faculty members and 37 whom he has mentored and collaborated with as founders of startup companies. He is a Fellow of IEEE, APS, OSA and MRS. He has more than 1100 publications in refereed scientific journals, 14 book chapters, editor of 3 books and inventor of 31 issued US patents. He has received numerous prestigious awards, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011.

Neil Richardson

Neil Richardson

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.

Joe Young

Joe Young

Finisar

Joe Young was appointed Co CEO of Finisar Corporation in August 2019. Prior to becoming CEO Joe served as Finisar’s Executive Vice President, for Global Operations since January 2008. Joe served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Finisar’s Optics Division from June 2005 to August 2008. Joe joined Finisar in October 2004 as Senior Vice President, Operations. Prior to joining Finisar, Joe served as Senior Director of Enterprise Products, Optical Platform Division of Intel Corporation from May 2001 to October 2004. Joe was Vice President Operations at LightLogic, Inc. from September 2000 to May 2001, when LightLogic was acquired by Intel, Joe was Vice President of Operations at Lexar Media Inc. from December 1999 to September 2000. Lexar completed an IPO in August 2000. Joe worked at Raychem/TE from 1983 to December 1999 in various positions, including his last role as Director of Worldwide Operations for the OEM Electronics Division of Raychem Corporation.

Joe holds a M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Operations Research from the University of New Haven and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.