Sherie Motakef, Ph.D.
CTO and VP of Technical
Dr. Sherie Motakef holds bachelor’s,
master’s and doctorate degrees in Materials Sciences and Engineering and
Optics from MIT and the University of Arizona. To complement her technical
background, Dr. Motakef has over 15 years of experience in new business
development, strategic and tactical marketing, and development of new
applications in the semiconductors, chemicals, photonics,
telecommunications, and defense industries. She has held various management
roles at companies such as Air Products and Chemicals, Cymer, FEI, CVI
Melles Griot, and BAE Systems. In her most recent role, she was the general
manager of the Advanced Ceramics division of BAE Systems. Dr. Motakef is the
author/co-author of multiple technical papers in peer-reviewed journals, she
holds 1 US patent, and she is the recipient of awards from the American
Chemical Society and the American Ceramic Society.
Marilee Mohajer is an educator with
more than 30
years of teaching and research experience. Her expertise contributes
greatly to Savant Company's excellence in training and our ability to offer
the highest quality conferences, seminars, and workshops.
Marilee has a Bachelor of Arts
in English and Education from Northern Illinois University, and she has
completed graduate work at University of California, Los Angeles.
is a business
development and strategic marketing consultant for electronics companies.
She has over 20 years of experience in the high tech industry, principally
in the areas of executive management, strategic marketing, and business
development, as well as design engineering and applications engineering.
Prior to establishing her consulting
business, Janice was Vice President for Networking Products at Kawasaki LSI,
U.S.A. Janice’s business development work enabled Kawasaki to become a
major player in the networking market.
Janice holds an MSEE and
undergraduate degrees from Boston University.
Jordan Isailovic, Ph.D.
Dr. Jordan Isailovic
is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at California State University.
He is the author of
Videodisc and Optical Memory Technologies and Videodisc Systems: Theory and
Applications. He has authored numerous technical articles and holds several
patents on digital information storage techniques and video signal
processing. He presented the world's first public engineering course on
videodisc technology (January 1982) and taught the world's first graduate
courses on videodisc and optical memories (CD, CD-ROM, etc.).
Co-founder, CEO, Optimum Biometric Labs
Babak Goudarzi Pour
has served as the Chairman of
the Swedish National Biometric Association, SNBA, since its inception in
2004. He also works as Swedish technical expert in the international
standardization work ISO/IEC/JTC 1/SC 37 and its expert groups WG2 and WG5
with specialization on Biometric-technical interface and Biometric-testing
and reporting. He has frequently chairing industry panels in Bussels
coordinated by the European Commission/Joint Research Center (JRC) and
European Biometric Forum (EBF). Babak's breakthrough started in 2003 when he
was invited to guest lecture at the Biometrics Identification seminar held
by Dr. James L Wayman at the UCLA. He presented his multiple award-winning
work “Facial Recognition Biometrics, applying new concepts in performance
improvement and quality assessment” for representatives of FBI, DoD and DHS.
Babak holds a M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with emphasis on
Signal Processing and Telecommunications from Blekinge Institute of
Joe Tinervia, a 20-year veteran of the New York book-publishing
scene, is the author of a number of textbooks on business communications,
writing, and English grammar. He is a former Editorial Director of the
McGraw-Hill Book Company, where he specialized in business communications.
Today, as Director of The Writing Center, Joe conducts seminars on writing,
vocabulary development, grammar and punctuation, presentation skills, and
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Dresselhaus, MSChE, MSPD
is passionate about the
creative innovation process. With an extensive career in the trenches of new
product design and development, he wears many hats—product engineer,
industrial designer, business entrepreneur, innovation strategist, graphic
artist, educator, author, speaker and publisher. Bill provides management,
consulting and training internationally to entrepreneurs, corporations and
educational institutions for revolutionary business success.
one of the first in-house product designers at Apple Computer, leading and
managing the design process there for several innovative new products,
including the forerunner of the Macintosh. After leaving Apple as a Product
Design Manager, he continued as a design consultant to Apple on a number of
new computer products. Bill is featured as an early Apple innovator in the
book by Paul Kunkel, AppleDesign: The Work of the Apple Industrial Design
Group (Graphis Press).
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Professor of Electrical Engineering at
California State University, Fullerton. He received
his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a Specialization in Control Systems
and Computers from the University of Southern California. Dr. Grewal
Kalman Filtering Theory & Practice Using MATLAB (Second Edition) and
Global Positioning Systems, Inertial Navigation & Integration,
published by Wiley & Sons in 2001. He was invited to author the "Kalman
Filters and Observers" article for the Wiley & Sons
Electrical and Electronics Engineering (1999) and "The Kalman
Encyclopedia of Life
Support Systems (EOLSS), now under development as part of a
scholarly partnership with UNESCO.
has 20 years of
experience in the electronics industry in the areas of business development,
strategic marketing, account management, sales, application engineering, and
design engineering. Her unique blend of business and technical experience
enables her to develop strong customer relationships; identify technical and
business needs; and develop and execute marketing and sales strategies to
help companies achieve their business goals.
is the former Director of Networking Products for Kawasaki LSI, U.S.A.,
where she developed product marketing and sales strategies based on market
trends and requirements for established and emerging markets. Laura holds a
BSCE from Boston University.
has 20 years of
experience in ASIC and SoC design and development. Her unique blend of business and technical experience
enables her to develop strong customer relationships; identify technical and
business needs; and develop and execute complex ASIC/SoC/ASSP engineering
help companies achieve their product development goals.
is the former Sr. Engineering Manager of Toshiba America Electronic
where she managed an ASIC/SoC Engineering team, worked very closely with
Toshiba customers in the North America and developed many complex ASIC/SoC
designs for them.
Judith Kahn, MBA
Judith G. Kahn is a public relations consultant providing
communications counsel and related services for technology companies. She
brings more than 20 years of high-tech public relations experience to her
clients. Before starting her consultancy, she was a Vice President and
cabinet member of the Technology Leadership Practice in the Silicon Valley
office of KVO Public Relations, a Fleishman-Hillard company. She earned a
Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Business Administration
degree in Marketing/Computers and Information Systems from the University of
California, Los Angeles.
Eureka Thomas is an international business consultant.
with Savant Company Inc. on business development conferences and seminars
specializing in international business relations and understanding with
an emphasis on Japanese business practices. She is currently studying at California
received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Azusa Pacific
University. As the Training and Conference Coordinator for a large,
private, non-profit, social service organization in Los Angeles, Joanna
planned and organized numerous local, regional, and national conferences. In
addition to large-scale conferences, Joanna has organized and implemented
a wide variety courses and training series for professionals in social work, law
enforcement, mental health, early childhood,
and medical fields on child-welfare issues.
Hossein Moini, Ph.D.
is a Professor in the Department of
Mechanical Engineering at California State University, Fullerton. He
received his Ph.D. from
University of California,
Santa Barbara in 1986. Dr. Moini's current research and
development activities are focused on the design of mechatronics systems, adaptive
structures, and microprocessor applications in mechanical engineering.
He is a member
of the American Society of Mechanical
Engineers (ASME), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA),
and other professional organizations.
Farzin Jahed, MBA
has 18 years of experience in the electronics industry,
more than 14 with Toshiba America Electronic Components, where he
specialized in application engineering and hardware engineering, with an emphasis
in memory technology, architecture, and applications. Farzin is
involved in the study of IPs for various market segments such as wireless,
computing, automotive, and networking. He earned
his Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering from the University of
California, Berkeley and his Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Farzin
is a marketing and technical consultant with
leading-edge electronic companies.
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