In 1978 at the age of 31, Stuart became the fifth employee of Oracle Corporation. His position as one of the original design programmers for the company was just one of several major positions in the technology field that contributed to his unending interest and career in technology and electronics. Prior to working for Oracle, Stuart also served as a programmer for companies such as Trilogy Systems, Amdahl Corporation, USC Information Sciences Institute, and UCLA. Stuart’s broad knowledge of technology aides the company in its major decisions for the future.
Ian Rogoff is Co-Founder and General Partner at Sierra Nevada Partners, an investment management company established to buy and grow sustainable businesses located in the Western U.S. Ian currently serves as Chairman and CEO of The Helio Group, an integrated renewable energy company, and Chairman of the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization. He is an active angel investor in software and renewable energy and is involved in a number of technology transfer and technology commercialization initiatives. Ian has diverse industry experience including software, discrete manufacturing, aerospace and energy, and prior roles include Vice President of the Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp, Vice President of Enterprise Services at Microsoft, District Manager for Systems Integration at Digital Equipment Corp., and Co-Founder and President of Optimum Software, a privately-held software and consulting firm. Ian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Miami, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Liberal Arts from Stanford University, and has completed an executive management program at Dartmouth College. He serves on the Board of Directors of a number of technology companies, nonprofit organizations, and higher-educational institutions.
Mr. Stata was a Co-Founder of Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) in 1965 and served as CEO and Chairman until 1996. He now serves as Chairman of the Board. With sales of $3.4B, ADI is recognized for leadership in the design and manufacture of analog and digital signal processing semiconductors. Mr. Stata has been active as an investor in and board member of more than 40 early stage technology based new ventures.Mr. Stata, class of ’57, holds a BSEE and MSEE from MIT. Until 2010 he served for many years as Chairman of the Visiting Committee of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and as a member of MIT’s Executive Committee and the MIT Corporation. He also served on the visiting committees for Sponsored Research and for Linguistics and Philosophy. He is presently a member of the Dean of Engineering Advisory Council. He is also engaged in MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service which advises students and faculty who wish to become entrepreneurs.
Rain is Director of JCI Ventures and leads corporate venture for Johnson Controls; she believes it is a great privilege to work alongside and help entrepreneurs build transformative and disruptive companies. Her investment areas of interest include AI and Machine Learning, Unmanned Machines, IoT, Security, and Smart Building technologies. Prior to joining JCI Ventures, Rain worked at GE Ventures where she helped advise on strategic and financial healthcare startup investments to drive growth for GE and its start-up partners. She started her career in healthcare analytics before becoming a tech investor, serving as Director of Biostatistics at a bioinformatics startup as well as a life sciences data analytics consultant. Rain was recognized as one of Global Corporate Venturing’s Top 20 Rising Stars in 2018. She holds a Biostatistics Ph.D. from Harvard University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ralph has led the development and commercialization of complex MEMS and integrated circuit products for over 30 years. He has led the engineering and development efforts at four successful start-ups in the MEMS field including Silicon Light Machines, Aptix Corporation, FormFactor Inc, and Nanogen, Inc. At Silicon Light Machines, Ralph was Director of Engineering and was responsible for commercialization of the Grating Light Valve technology licensed from Stanford University. This work was partially funded by DARPA and resulted in a very successful commercial company that was acquired by Cypress Semiconductor. At Aptix Corporation, Ralph was a founder and Director of Technology Development. These efforts lead to commercial products including programmable printed circuit boards and system emulation products. At Form Factor, Ralph was responsible for developing a commercial Wafer Level Burn-In System, winning a “Best New Technology” award on introduction. At Nanogen, Inc, Ralph served as Sr. Director of Biosensor Research and Development and was responsible for commercializing cantilever-based biosensor products.
Jesse received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a business minor from the University of Nevada, Reno. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and also received the outstanding mechanical engineering senior award. After winning a NSF graduate fellowship, Jesse went to Stanford University, where he received a Masters of Science in mechatronics. His research interests led him to pursue a Ph.D. in nanotechnology working with the co-inventor of the Atomic Force Microscope, Calvin Quate. He developed a high-speed multi-probe AFM, which necessitated extensive work in the Stanford clean room to fabricate active AFM probes. This research was enhanced by a learning technology and educational reform component under the direction of Larry Leifer, then Director of the Stanford Learning Laboratory. While at Stanford, Jesse served on a special committee for the provost, then Condoleezza Rice, to explore and recommend emergency graduate housing solutions. Jesse also served two terms as the assistant director of the respected sophomore college at Stanford.
While an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, Jesse developed a self-sensing microcantilever platform being investigated for explosives detection, chemical vapor detection, and water quality sensing. In addition, Jesse did research on laser physics targets and developed a new course in nanotechnology that trained students in a broad understanding of the field. Jesse is a co-author of a first-of-its-kind textbook, Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems, as well as more than 20 technical papers. He has multiple patents and patents pending, has given invited talks on scanning probe microscopy and microcantilever chemical sensing and won a regional and a national speaking award, as well as a national design award, a university innovation award, and the 2004 Scientific American 50 award in the defense category.
A veteran of the private banking industry and a master of municipal finance, Brian began his career on Wall Street, working with high-profile firms such as Smith Barney and Bankers Trust Company. A temporary foray into a state government role unexpectedly led to Brian’s 24-year career in public service, and to four sweeping election victories to the Nevada Constitutional Offices of Lieutenant Governor and State Treasurer. Brian is the first person in Nevada history to be term-limited twice.
As Lieutenant Governor, Brian led Nevada’s economic expansion efforts and spearheaded strategic legislation that prompted the state’s emergence as an economic innovator and a preferred location for new and expanding businesses.
Brian served in a wide variety of critical positions during his service to Nevada, including the strategic roles of Chairman of the Nevada Commission on Economic Development and as the President of the Nevada State Senate for most of the past decade. As State Treasurer, Brian streamlined the management of Nevada’s financial operations and negotiated the first upgrade to the state’s credit rating in 30 years. During his tenure, Nevada became the first state treasury to receive the Certificate of Excellence in Investment Policy. Brian was also honored by the nation’s municipal finance industry with the prestigious Award for Excellence in Public Finance for his pioneering efforts and advocacy on behalf of the State Debt Management Network.
Brian’s natural aptitude for leadership and governance led to his management of several national associations and boards. As the unanimously elected president of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST), Brian established and co-chaired the association’s Corporate Governance Committee, which championed critical capital market and regulatory reforms with the leverage represented by the approximate $2 trillion in collective treasury assets. In 2004, Brian earned the distinction from his colleagues as the nation’s “Most Outstanding State Treasurer.” As demonstrated by his founding of the NAST Foundation, where Brian advocated a broad range of financial awareness and education initiatives across the country, financial literacy has always been a cornerstone of his efforts.
Brian is a graduate of Stanford University, and currently serves on multiple corporate and non-profit boards.