MEMS Executive Congress US 2013

Speaker Bios 

Jin Bains
Vice President of R&D, RF Products
National Instruments
As vice president of research and development of RF products at National Instruments, Jin Bains leads the continued advancement of NI’s leadership in the RF and microwave test and design industry. He joined NI in 2006 as director of RF hardware products, where he guided key technology acquisitions, led rigorous product development, and expanded the work of NI engineering centers.

Bains previously worked at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies in various roles, including R&D project management on RF and baseband test instruments. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Davis where he focused on RF/microwave circuits and systems, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University with an emphasis in communications systems.
Gregg Bartlett
Chief Technology Officer
Gregg Bartlett is chief technology officer at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s technology strategy, research, technology partnerships and alliances, and mask and packaging R&D. He serves as the company's primary spokesperson on technology matters.
Bartlett joined GLOBALFOUNDRIES in 2009 after a 25-year career in technical and management positions at Freescale Semiconductor and its predecessor, Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector. Prior to joining GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Bartlett served as vice president of design technology at Freescale, responsible for design methodology and foundation IP across networking, automotive, wireless and analog product markets. His tenure emphasized collaborative R&D efforts, including executive representation of Freescale in the Crolles 2 Alliance in France.
Bartlett is a member of the board of directors of the Semiconductor Research Corporation and Executive Committee as well as SIA TSC, G450C and SEMATECH governance committees. Bartlett holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Kansas State University.
Dr. Flavio Bonomi
Cisco Fellow, Vice President of Advanced Architecture Research
Flavio Bonomi is a Cisco Fellow, Vice President, and is the Head of the Advanced Architecture and Research Organization at Cisco Systems in San Jose. He is co-leading (with JP Vasseur) the vision and technology direction for Cisco's Internet of Things initiative. This broad, Cisco-wide initiative encompasses major verticals, including Energy, Connected Vehicle and Transportation, Connected Cities. In this role, with the support of his team, he is shaping a number of research and innovation efforts relating to mobility, security, communications acceleration, distributed computing and data management. Before joining Cisco in 1999, Flavio Bonomi was at AT&T Bell Labs, between 1985 and 1995, with architecture and research responsibilities, mostly relating to the evolution of ATM technology, and then was Principal Architect at two Silicon Valley startups, ZeitNet and Stratum One. Flavio Bonomi received a PhD Electrical Engineering in 1985 and a Master of Electrical Engineering in 1981 from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He received his Electrical Engineering Degree from Pavia University, in Italy.
Jérémie Bouchaud
Director and Senior Principal Analyst MEMS & Sensors – Industrial Electronics
IHS Inc.
Jérémie Bouchaud is unique to the MEMS industry – his breadth of MEMS, sensor devices and application knowledge is unmatched, particularly in terms of automotive, consumer markets, industrial, and medical applications. Formerly, he was a founder and the head of MEMS research for Wicht Technologie Consulting. In his current position at IHS, Bouchaud is responsible for the MEMS service area. In the course of his career, he has led more than 100 MEMS-related market research endeavors. Prior to WTC, he oversaw technology transfer for sensors and MEMS at the German office of CEA-LETI. Bouchaud is a graduate of the Munich University of Applied Sciences and of Ecole Supérieur de Commerce of Grenoble. He speaks German, English and French.
Ian Ferguson
Vice President, Segment Marketing
Ian Ferguson was appointed vice president of segment marketing in January 2013. Ian joined ARM in 2007 as director of enterprise and embedded solutions. Within this role, Ian led a group chartered with driving ARM technology into embedded applications such as automotive, smart grid and networking applications. He was previously vice president of the server system and ecosystem and led ARM’s push into energy-efficient data centers. 

Prior to ARM, Ian was vice president of marketing for Enigma Semiconductor and QuickLogic. He has also worked as European marketing manager for IDT and as technical marketing engineer for Motorola.
Brian Gally
Vice President, Product Management
Qualcomm MEMS Technologies (QMT)
Brian Gally is Vice President, Product Management for Qualcomm MEMS Technologies (QMT). In this role, he manages all external marketing efforts for Qualcomm® Mirasol™ displays. Brian currently leads QMT Product Management and Marketing, overseeing technology planning, business development, applications, competitive analysis and marketing communications.

Gally joined Qualcomm with the acquisition of Iridigm Display Corporation in 2004, where he served as director of product engineering. Prior to Iridigm, he worked at Exponent, an engineering consulting company, where he specialized in MEMS reliability.

Gally earned a Sc.D. in material science and engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in material science and engineering from Cornell University.
Charles Gritton, Ph.D. (moderator)
Chief Technology Officer
Hillcrest Labs
Chuck Gritton is responsible for all of Hillcrest Labs' technology development, including strategy, product architectures and research. His distinguished career includes more than 20 years of experience in signal processing, image processing, networking and videoconferencing in the telecommunications, wireless, cable, consumer electronics and personal computer markets. He has held senior management positions at some of the world's largest communications companies as well as emerging companies. Prior to joining Hillcrest, Chuck was CTO of Tellabs, Inc., following the acquisition of Coherent Communications, where he was CTO and vice president of engineering. Previously, Chuck was co-founder, president and CTO of Broadsword Technologies. He has held engineering management positions at AT&T Bell Labs and AT&T Network Systems. Chuck also spent ten years as head of one of the International Telecommunication Union's DSP working groups and has been an active standards participant throughout his career.

Chuck has designed or managed the creation of many signal processing ASICs, leading to the deployment of millions of devices. Chuck has also designed or managed the creation of numerous DSP-based communications systems including a video conferencing system that was deployed in the space shuttle.

Chuck holds dozens of domestic and foreign patents. He currently serves as an advisor for Colibria, a presence management company, and is a member of CTAM, SCTE, and IDIA. Chuck earned a bachelor's in electrical engineering with highest Distinction, a master's in electrical engineering, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia.
Donald Jones
Vice President, Global Strategy & Market Development
Qualcomm Life
Donald Jones serves as vice president of Global Strategy & Market Development at Qualcomm Life, Qualcomm’s healthcare subsidiary. He is responsible for Qualcomm’s market development of wireless technologies and platforms in the health, fitness and life sciences markets, and is recognized as a leader in the field. Jones is also Chief Digital Officer at the Scripps Translational Science Institute, working with Eric Topol, MD, on the digital convergence of genomics and wireless health. He is founder and Chairman of the Wireless Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA), a 501c (6) trade organization ( In 2011, Jones designed the $10 million Qualcomm Tricoder XPRIZE, a global competition currently underway to design a consumer usable device which can make medical diagnoses ( 

 Jones is a Member of the World Economic Forum Health and Healthcare Industry Project Working Group. He is on the boards of the Alliance Healthcare Foundation ( and the American Telemedicine Association ( Jones was a founding board member of the West Wireless Health Institute (now the West Health Institute He was formerly the COO of Medtrans, now EMSC, the world’s largest emergency medical services company ( He was founder and Chairman of EMME (, Mexico’s largest consumer membership healthcare company. In 2010, the San Diego Transcript named Jones one of ‘San Diego’s Top Influential’s and Fierce Health IT named Jones one of the 10 Disruptive Forces in Health IT. In early 2010, Jones was named to the Consumer Innovations Solutions Board at Sanofi Pharmaceuticals. 

Jones holds a bachelors’ degree in biology and bio-engineering from the University of California, San Diego, a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine. Jones holds multiple issued and pending patents in the use of cell phones in incentive reward programs, asynchronous media communications and health care.
Dr. Luc Julia
Vice President - Open Innovation Center
Samsung Electronics
Dr. Luc Julia is Vice President and Innovation Fellow at the Samsung Strategy and Open Innovation Center. He’s responsible for defining the vision and strategy for the Internet of Everything by creating an open ecosystem for connected objects. 

He previously directed Siri, Apple’s personal voice assistant and was Chief Technologist at Hewlett-Packard, leading a global team architects and developers. He also co-founded several companies, including ORB Networks, inventing “Place Shifting” by working on ubiquitous streaming of multimedia assets. He started his career at SRI International where he created the Computer Human Interaction Center which was involved in the development of the first smart refrigerator and car as well as the creation of Nuance Communications, now the World leader in Speech Recognition. 

JULIA holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Paris, as well as BS and MS degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University Pierre & Marie Curie.
Karen Lightman
Executive Director
MEMS Industry Group

Karen Lightman became MEMS Industry Group (MIG) managing director in 2007 and promoted to Executive Director in 2013. Formerly director of special projects, Karen played a pivotal role in launching MIG in January 2001. Karen is active on the worldwide MEMS conference circuit as a keynote speaker and panelist promoting MIG’s role as the leading trade association advancing MEMS across global markets. Karen manages the operations of MIG; spearheads strategic growth; and oversees sales, public relations, marketing and outreach. Karen plays a critical role in creating the content for all MIG and MIG-partner conferences, events and programming. She is instrumental in establishing and maintaining partnerships with other international organizations to advance the MEMS industry.

Karen joined MIG from Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Economic Development where she was senior policy analyst. Prior to Carnegie Mellon, Karen was senior associate at Cleveland Tomorrow, a public-private partnership, and before that, she was a program associate with the Ford Foundation.

Karen has a BA from the University of Vermont (UVM) and a MS in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Karen is a board member and chair of the Board Development Committee of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Pittsburgh and in 2012 received the NCJW National Award for Emerging Leaders. Karen is secretary for her UVM alumni class; mentor at UVM’s Honors College; and volunteers at the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park. Karen and her family reside in Pittsburgh, PA.

Scott Livingston (moderator)
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Livingston Securities LLC.
Mr. Livingston has been working on emerging technologies at Wall Street firms for over 18 years and has specialized in nanotechnologies since 2002. In addition, Mr. Livingston is the creator of the annual "Livingston Nanotechnology Conference," Wall Street's largest annual nanotechnology investor conference since 2005.

Mr. Livingston was Managing Director at Axiom Capital Management, Inc, and head of the Livingston Group, a division within Axiom focused on nanotechnology, Director in the Private Investment Management Division at Lehman Brothers, Director in the Private Client Group at Cowen & Co, a member of the Chairman's Club, and Senior Vice President of the Private Client Group at Smith Barney, Inc.

Mr. Livingston graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Economic Relations. Mr. Livingston is a Board Member of the Nanobusiness Alliance and a founding Board Member of the New York Nanobusiness Alliance. Mr. Livingston is also a founding member of the Water Innovations Alliance. Mr. Livingston sits on the Board of the Dolan DNA Learning Center of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the NanoEthics Group.
Mehran Mehregany
Goodrich Professor of Engineering Innovation Director, Wireless Health Program Director
Case School of Engineering
Mehran Mehregany received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990, when he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University. He holds the Goodrich Professorship of Engineering Innovation and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. 

Dr. Mehregany was the founding Executive Vice President of Engineering, Chief of Engineering Research, and the Gary and Mary West Endowed Chair of Wireless Health Technology at the West Health Institute (fka, West Wireless Health Institute) from November 2009 through August 2010 (taking a leave from Case). During this period, he formulated the Institute's engineering program, recruited the initial talent, and launched the initial research activities and product developments, including Sense4Baby. 

Dr. Mehregany founded the Case School of Engineering San Diego Programs in July 2007 and its Wireless Health Program in 2010; he is the Director of these programs and has a secondary appointment in the Biomedical Engineering Department. He has over 350 publications describing his work, holds 19 U.S. patents, is the recipient of a number of awards/honors and has founded several technology startups. His current research interests are micro/nano-electro-mechanical systems, silicon carbide technology and microsystems, and wireless health.
Kristofer Pister (moderator)
Co-Director, Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC)
Founder, Dust Networks
Kristofer S.J. Pister received a B.A. degree in applied physics from the University of California, San Diego, in 1982, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989 and 1992. From 1992 to 1997 he was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1997, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently a Professor and Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. 

He created the term "Smart Dust" and pioneered the development of ubiquitous networks of communication sensors, a concept that has since become a vital sector of technology R&D. During 2003 and 2004 he was on industrial leave as CEO and then CTO of Dust Networks, a company that he co-founded to commercialize low-power wireless sensor networks. In addition to wireless sensor networks, his research interests include MEMS-based microrobotics and low-power circuit design.
Laurent Robin
Activity Leader Inertial MEMS Devices & Technologies
Yole Développement
Laurent Robin is in charge of the MEMS & Sensors market research at Yole Developpement with a focus on inertial sensors & RF MEMS related technologies. He holds a Physics Engineering degree from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Toulouse, plus a Master Degree in Technology & Innovation Management from EM Lyon Business School, France.
Kevin Shaw Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer
Sensor Platforms
Kevin established the algorithm development efforts at Sensor Platforms and contributes to its business development efforts. He has over 20 years experience in sensors and MEMS and was a member the formative engineering team at Kionix, a leader in motion sensors and accelerometers, integral in establishing its MEMS process and sensor design. At Calient Optical Components, Kevin was critical in the development of its optical switch and defining new markets for its switching business. He co-founded and sold Ironwood Technologies, a company in the transportation services sector. He is a inventor having earned 25 U.S. patents in the fields of MEMS and sensors. Kevin holds a Doctorate from Cornell University in MEMS and MEMS/IC integration and a Masters from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, where he is a Stanford Sloan Fellow.
Tammi Smorynski (panelist)
Intel Capital
Tammi is a Director in Intel Capital and since 2005 has been focused on emerging technologies, see General Interest below. From 2000-2005, Tammi was a Treasury Manager supporting Intel Capital and responsible for financial due diligence and structuring of over 70 investments across a variety of sectors including wireless, sensors/RFID and software.

Prior to Intel Capital, Tammi was with J.P. Morgan & Co., focused on leveraged buyout transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to that, she was an Audit Officer at J.P. Morgan & Co. covering a diverse set of investment banking operations from derivatives trading to global custody. She passed the CPA Exam in 1991. Tammi is board observer of Gainspan, Impinj, RF Code, Thalmic Labs and has invested in and managed exit for Navini Networks (acquired by Cisco) and Crossbow Technology (acquired by Moog). Tammi earned an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and a bachelor's degree in Accounting/International Management from Georgetown University.
Ivo Stivoric (moderator)
Vice President of Research and Development
Ivo Stivoric, an innovator and visionary in multi-sensor wearables who is internationally recognized for his role in developing today’s consumer body monitoring category, is Jawbone’s Vice President of Research and Development. He is responsible for expanding Jawbone’s proprietary wearable and sensor technology into new health and wellness arenas for both consumer and healthcare applications.

As a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of BodyMedia, acquired by Jawbone in 2013, Ivo has been a pioneer and leader in the development of wearable computing and wearable body monitors since 1999. His work has led directly to over 90 patents, broad adoption of wearable computing devices for consumer lifestyle management as well as medical research, and one of the largest living databases of raw and real-world human sensor data on the planet with more than 500 trillion sensor points collected and analyzed over 14 years.

Those achievements culminated in EE Times 40 honors as one of 40 innovators building the foundation of the next-gen electronics industry. Ivo’s background also includes serving as a co-founder of the Interaction Design Studio at the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, and co-director of the award-winning Mobile + Wearable Computing Design Studio at the Engineering Design Research Center – both at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds an M.S. in Interaction Design with a concentration in Integrated Product Development, and a B.F.A. in Industrial Design with a concentration in sculpture, both from Carnegie Mellon.
Elecia White (panelist)
Logical Elegance
Elecia White is the author of "O’Reilly’s Making Embedded Systems" and the founder of Logical Elegance, an embedded systems consulting company based in San Jose. As an engineer, manager, and director, she has shipped dozens of products from DNA scanners, inertial measurement units for airplanes and race cars, toys for preschoolers, a gunshot location system for catching criminals, to assorted other medical and consumer devices.
Gary Yao
Advanced Technology Manager
HTC America
Gary Yao is with HTC Corporation, a global leader in smartphone innovation and design. As Advanced Technology Manager at HTC America Innovation, Gary is responsible for technology scouting, evaluation, and potential acquisitions. Located in San Francisco, Gary is working with the team to continue exploring breakthrough and disruptive technologies in Silicon Valley and worldwide; push the boundaries of design to create personal experience for customers around the globe. Prior to joining HTC, Gary had many years’ experience in hardware design and semiconductor industry, involved in integrated circuit design, embedded system, and device manufacturing for mobile computing and consumer electronics.

Gary Yao earned MSEE degree from UC Riverside, and received MBA degree in Finance from Santa Clara University, Leavey School of Business.
Matthew Zuck (panelist)
Guardian Investment Management
Matthew D. Zuck, CFA has 18 years of experience in portfolio management and consulting. Prior to joining Guardian, Matt worked as the Director of Research for Alan Biller & Associates, managing a group of 8 professionals supporting approximately $60 Billion in client assets. Before that, he was a Principal & Senior Vice President at SKBA Capital Management and one of the four members of the investment team. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Institute. Since 2011, he has coordinated the CFA San Francisco Regional of the Global Research Challenge. Mr. Zuck earned MBA degrees from the Haas School of Business, at UC Berkeley and Columbia Business School in New York, and a BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from Pomona College.