Plenary Monday Tuesday Virtual Speakers Startup Pitch



Pat Gelsinger

CEO, VMware

Pat Gelsinger joined VMware in September 2012, bringing more than 30 years of technology and leadership experience. Most recently, Gelsinger led EMC's Information Infrastructure Products business as president and COO, overseeing engineering and operations for information storage, data computing, backup and recovery, RSA security and enterprise solutions as well as the office of the CTO.

Prior to EMC, Gelsinger spent 30 years in numerous technical, management and executive roles at Intel, where he began his career. He led Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, the company's largest business unit and responsible for enterprise products including the Xeon and Itanium processors, as senior vice president and co-general manager, and he also led the Desktop Products Group responsible for desktop processors, chipsets and motherboards for consumer and commercial customers. Gelsinger was Intel's first CTO, and as the head of Intel Labs he led many of the company's research initiatives. He was also the architect of the original 80486 processor and a design engineer on the 80386 and 80286 processor design teams.

Gelsinger holds six patents in the areas of VLSI design, computer architecture and communications, is a well-known speaker on technology trends, and has received a variety of industry awards. He earned an associate's degree from Lincoln Technical Institute in 1979, a bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in 1983 (magna cum laude) and a master's degree from Stanford University in 1985, all in electrical engineering. In 2008 he was named a Fellow of the IEEE and awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 2008 from William Jessup University.

Pankaj Patel

EVP and Chief Development Officer, Cisco

Pankaj Patel is Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Cisco. He is responsible for leading the development and execution of Cisco's $36.3 billion technology portfolio across a global team of more than 28,000 employees. He also helps define Cisco's technology innovation strategy to transform how people connect, communicate and collaborate through integrated hardware and software platforms and architectures from Cisco's routing, switching, security, mobility, video, collaboration, data center and cloud offerings.In previous roles at Cisco, Patel served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for the company's service provider business, which achieved market segment leadership in routing, video and mobility under his leadership. He was a founding leader of Cisco's first multi-service access business unit, developing strategy for access routers and voice-over-packet technology and delivery. He was also responsible for the Cisco IGX product line and software development for all Cisco ATM switches. Patel joined Cisco through the company's acquisition of StrataCom in 1996.

Previously, Patel was Senior Vice President of Engineering at Redback Networks, where he was responsible for the development and delivery of all Redback products. Earlier in his career, Patel founded a consulting company focused on application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design, software, and CAD tools. Customers included EMC, Hewlett-Packard, and other major corporations that looked to Patel's firm to design ASIC technologies for their computing, storage and networking products. He also held various senior management positions at Apollo Computer/HP and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Patel is an industry member of the Dean's Advisory Committee of UCLA's School of Engineering and maintains ongoing involvement in Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering. He also serves on the Board of Directors of The Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute, which is dedicated to catalyzing and accelerating the discovery, development, and delivery of new and more effective treatment options for lung cancer patients.

Patel holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India, and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2003, he was awarded a patent in the area of multi-service architecture.

Aicha Evans

Corporate Vice President, Platform Engineering Group/ General Manager, Intel Communication and Devices Group, Intel

Aicha Evans is corporate vice president and is general manager of the Intel Communication and Devices Group in the Platform Engineering Group. She is responsible for driving wireless engineering for multi-comm products and Intel platforms, including modems, RF, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, FM, LTE, WLAN/WWAN as well as emerging wireless technologies to lead this industry going forward. Prior to PEG, she held the same title and role within the Mobile and Communications Group

Previously Evans was the general manager of the Wireless Platform Research and Development Group where managed the engineering, software, hardware, strategic planning, and product test teams responsible for providing wireless connectivity ingredients and solutions for all Intel platforms.Evans joined Intel in 2006 as a software integration and test manager. She held a number of management positions responsible for Intel's wireless efforts including software engineering and support for customers deploying WiMAX networks in multiple geographies. Additionally, she worked in Israel managing WiFi engineering and product lines. Prior to Intel, Evans spent 10 years in various engineering management positions at Rockwell Semiconductors, Conexant and Skyworks.Evans received a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from The George Washington University in 1996

Francine Katsoudas

Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, Cisco

Francine Katsoudas is Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer of Cisco. She plays a major role in the company’s overall performance, leading organizational strategy, promoting operational effectiveness, and elevating team performance through innovative leadership.

She leads Cisco’s business-driven People Strategy and People Deal, both of which support and align to Cisco’s overall business strategy and are essential to driving the Company’s transformational journey. She also is evolving Cisco’s approach to strategic workforce planning with programs highlighting the skills and capabilities that employees need to be innovative in today’s technology driven environment. She fosters a culture of full spectrum participation, emphasizing inclusion and collaboration to drive exponential business value.

An 18-year veteran of Cisco, Katsoudas has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large scale growth, talent acquisition, leadership development, and succession planning. Prior to her current role, she was the HR leader and business partner to the Engineering leadership team helping oversee its workforce of more than 25,000 people. She has also held leadership positions in the Service Provider, HR Operations, Customer Service, Acquisition Integration and Services groups.

Prior to Cisco, Katsoudas worked in both the financial and professional services industries with a focus on customer service and operations.

Fran is a member of the Children’s Discovery Museum Board.

Liz Centoni

SVP & GM, Computing Systems Product Group, Cisco

Liz Centoni serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Computing Systems Product Group responsible for the Data Center compute P&L including the flagship UCS and Hyperflex product families. As SVP/GM, Liz runs a 1,000+ person global organization including engineering, product management and solutions. In this role, Liz sets the business and engineering direction, strategy, solutions and product priorities for the Datacenter compute business.

Prior to her current role, Centoni served as Vice President, Engineering Strategy and Portfolio Planning and has also served as a Vice President/General Manager of the Service Provider Access Group where she set strategy, marketing direction and led engineering efforts to grow Cisco’s portfolio of Carrier Ethernet Access solutions. Since joining Cisco in 2000, Centoni has served in various engineering roles where she has been instrumental in building industry leading products, driving discipline, cadence, and structure to decision processes, portfolio planning and analytics to maximize profitable growth.

Centoni brings over 20+ years of engineering, marketing and sales experience. She is an active mentor and actively supports under-represented minorities. She launched a "Women in Engineering Leadership" forum at Cisco, which now includes the entire Cisco engineering organization. She is the Cisco Global Executive Sponsor for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), a recipient of the YWCA 2015 TWIN Awards, Cloud NOW 2015 “Top 10 Women in Cloud” awards and Million Women Mentors 2015 “Mentor of the Year” Award.

Kathleen B. Kay

Vice President, Business Technology,Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Kathy Kay is Vice President of Business Technology at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. In this position, Kay leads a team of technology professionals focused on partnering with PG&E's lines of business to deploy technologies aimed at enabling business strategies.Prior to joining PG&E, Kay was Enterprise Chief Technology Officer and an executive sponsor of the Diversity Program at SunTrust bank in Atlanta. Prior to SunTrust, Kay was Senior Vice President of Business Technology Services for Comerica Bank in Michigan.Kay started her career at General Motors, where she spent more than two decades in various positions. She began as an Associate Programmer and Systems Analyst, and worked in progressively more responsible roles, concluding with her role as Director of Application Development and Support for OnStar.Kay holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Wayne State University and a master's degree of engineering in management of technology from Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute.

Stephen R. Rizzone

President and CEO, Energous Corporation

Mr. Stephen R. Rizzone is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Energous Corporation, a public (NASDAQ: WATT) microcap company focused on delivering true wire free power to the consumer. Prior to Energous, Mr. Rizzone served as Chairman, President and CEO of numerous public and private companies including Active Storage, Communicado, Inc., IP3 Networks, Memlink Ltd, KimaLink Corporation where he was also the Founder, Ortel Corporation and NetVantage, Inc. Mr. Rizzone has also served on numerous Boards of Directors including Katzkin Leather, LARTA Institute, Troika Networks, Innovent Corporation and is Board Leadership Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Rizzone’s career spans over 40 years beginning with sales and marketing leadership positions with Ricoh of Japan, Bridge Communications, 3Com and Retix, Inc. Mr. Rizzone graduated from the California State University at Fullerton with a degree in Political Science

Rose Herrera


Vice Mayor Rose Herrera began her second four-year term as a San José City Councilmember in January 2013, representing District 8. A native of East San José, Vice Mayor Herrera attended Overfelt High School and received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Santa Clara University. Vice Mayor Herrera served her country in the United States Air Force. An early supporter and advocate for women’s issues, she is a Founding Member of the Bay Area Military Women’s Collaborative, and Founder and Past President of the League of California Cities Women’s Caucus. Vice Mayor Herrera has focused on saving the funding for the Lightrail project to Eastridge, secured funding for the 101/Tully Road highway project and the 101/Capitol Expressway/Yerba Buena interchange and saved Municipal Water from being privatized.

Vice Mayor Herrera advocated and won support for construction of bond-funded community ball fields on donated land across from Eastridge Mall as well as locating the city’s newest city library in the Village Square for ease of pedestrian access and ecofriendly use. Vice Mayor Herrera was instrumental in working with community partners to save Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park from losing critical programming and staffing.

Vice Mayor Herrera currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Rules and Open Government Committee and as a member of the Community and Economic Development Committee, which she previously chaired, and the Transportation and Environment Committee, for which she is a previous Vice Chair. Vice Mayor Herrera serves as the Veteran’s liaison for the City Council and she is a board member for the Capitol Corridor Joint Power Authority; Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee; Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force; Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency (governing and implementation boards); and Work2Future. Vice Mayor Herrera Chairs the League of California Cities statewide Transportation, Communication, and Public Works Committee. She serves on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board of Directors, Governance Committee, Downtown East Valley Policy Advisory Board, and as VTA Congestion Management and Planning Chair.

Vice Mayor Rose Herrera is married to Matt Wahlin. They both enjoy hiking, biking, and spending time with their children and two grandsons.

Marni Walden

President of Product Innovation and New Businesses

Marni Walden is executive vice president and president of Product Innovation and New Businesses. She is responsible for developing and growing Verizon’s emerging businesses, like the Internet of Things and digital media, and telematics. In addition, she is responsible for overseeing the company’s Strategy Development and Planning group. Before being named to her current position in February 2015, she was executive vice president and president - product and new business innovation, in charge of a companywide organization focused on leveraging all of Verizon’s assets to quickly develop innovative products across the company’s wireless, wireline, IP and cloud networks and platforms.Previously, Walden was executive vice president and chief operating officer for Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless company in the United States, with responsibility for the company's nationwide operations and delivery of industry-leading performance for consumer and business customers.

Earlier, she was Verizon Wireless’ vice president and chief marketing officer, responsible for all marketing initiatives and the management and development of mobile products and services. This included brand management, media buying, agency management and website integration across the entire company.

Walden also has served as president of Verizon Wireless’ Midwest area, responsible for operations spanning 15 states. In addition she has served as president of the company’s Southern California region, president of the Desert Mountain region, and as branch director for AirTouch Cellular in Colorado and Wyoming. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University at Chico State.

Bina Chaurasia

Chief Human Resources Officer, Ericsson

Bina Chaurasia is Ericsson¹s Chief Human Resources Officer, responsible for maintaining the company¹s culture of collaboration, engagement and innovation for more than110,000 global employees. She is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion, and is keen to use her skills and expertise to ensure 30 percent of Ericsson¹s global employees are women by 2020.

In 2010, Ericsson set out to become an industry leader in telecom services, software and hardware.

Alongside CEO Hans Vestberg, Bina drove the transformation of Ericsson¹s people strategy to one that was fully aligned with the brand¹s new business goals. She is also accredited with implementing an integrated IT platform for HR, globalizing HR processes and amplifying Ericsson¹s Employer Brand. These processes have transformed Ericsson¹s talent pools, allowing them to hire the best and brightest minds. Under Bina¹s leadership, Ericsson has also received numerous Employer Brand and Employee Engagement awards and recognition's.

Bina graduated with a master¹s degree in management and human resources from Ohio State University, and a master¹s degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin. She has held her current title at Ericsson since 2010, and was previously Vice President of Global Talent at Hewlett Packard. She has also held various executive positions at industry leaders like Gap, Sun Microsystems and PepsiCo/Yum! Brands.

Christine Bastian

Human Resources Vice-President -Cisco Systems

Christine Bastian is a Human Resources Vice-President with Cisco Systems headquartered in San Jose, California. With more than twenty years of HR experience, Christine is the HR Leader for the 28,000 person Engineering Organization, supporting the Executive Vice President, Pankaj Patel and his senior leadership team. Christine is responsible for all HR business consulting, partnering and service delivery for the function. Christine is a visionary leader who brings strong thought leadership and experience to transformational business engagements across numerous technologies. She is known for her expertise in organizational design, leadership development, consulting and for driving high performance teaming across large organizations.

Since joining Cisco, Christine has served as the HR partner for the Advanced Services, Finance and Emerging Business Organizations. She successfully partnered with her clients on a wide range of complex organizational business opportunities including early business incubation, acquisition integration, strategic planning and visioning, organization structure and portfolio alignment

Prior to Cisco, Christine was Senior HR Partner at Genentech and Agilent Technologies where she supported multiple organizations such as Finance, Tax, Treasury, Investor Relations, Corporate Communications and Workplace Services and Trade. Christine earned her bachelor’s of science degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Christine enjoys spending time with her family, camping, sailing and cooking.

Barbara De Salvo

Chief Scientist, Deputy Director for Science and Long-Term Research - Leti, CEA-TECH,Grenoble, France

Dr. Barbara De Salvo is Deputy Director for Science and Long Term Research in Leti (Laboratory of Electronics and Information Technologies of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission - Commissariat à l'EnergieAtomique et aux Energies Alternatives - CEA, Grenoble, France). Directly reporting to the Leti CEO (Mrs. Marie-NoëlleSemeria), she is in charge of the definition of long-term research strategy, strategic scientific axes and academic partnerships for the whole institute.Leti is at the leading edge of European research in microelectronics and nanotechnology. It has 1700 employees and deposits approximately 300 patents per year. With 54 high-tech start-ups, it is one of the most significant industrial research partners in Europe.

She received the B.S. and M.S. in electronics engineering from the University of Parma, Italy in 1996 and the Ph.D. degree (cum laude) in microelectronics from the Polytechnics Institute of Grenoble, France, in 1999. She had the Habilitation of Supervising Doctoral Research from the Physics Department of the Grenoble I University – Joseph Fourier in 2007.

She joined Leti as a research scientist in 1999. In 2002-2004, she was the coordinator of the ADAMANT project (“Advanced memories based on discrete-traps”) funded by the European Commission within the Fifth Framework Program. She acted as the leader of several LETI/I.C. Company research programs. Her research and acquired know-how has been transferred to companies like Freescale, ATMEL, NXP, Infineon, STMicroelectronics, ALTIS, and Micron. Companies like Samsung have relied on her expertise for consultancy through national invited workshops. These companies have, with the acquired know-how, validated new concepts for the future of Flash memory, with anticipation to the design of future embedded products. From 2008 to July 2013, she was leading the Advanced Memory Technology Laboratory in Leti, dealing with technology development and physical understanding of innovative NV memory concepts (such as Phase-Change and Resistive RAMs). From April 2012 to July 2013, she was also assigned the leadership of the Innovative Device Laboratory, dealing with novel CMOS architectures, high-performance, low-power devices and 3D architectures, thus supervising more than 70 scientists. From July 2013 to August 2015, she was in IBM-Albany (NY, US) as Letiassignee and responsible of the Leti team on site. She contributed to the development of sub-10nm CMOS devices (Fully-Depleted SOI devices and FinFET technologies), in the frame of an international alliance. She also attended several courses at the School of Management MIT Sloan Executive Education (Boston, Massachusetts, US). This experience was extremely helpful to get an improved capability to identify opportunities for using crowd intelligence, loose hierarchies, and other innovative ways of organizing work in view of applying that to the research environment. Since January 2016, she serves as Chief Scientist and Scientific Director of Leti.

She has authored of more than 270 referred articles (95 in peer journals) and seven book chapters. She has authored a book on Silicon Non-Volatile Memories edited by Wiley and Sons. She has given several short-courses in specialized microelectronics schools, international conferences, as well as Universities.

She is or has been a reviewer of several top international journals and a member of the main Scientific Committees of International Conferences on Memory Devices and Technology (IEDM, IMW, ESSDERC, NVMTS). She has been in the Executive IEDM Committee since 2015. She has been appointed IEEE Senior Member in 2015. She has several patents, and has supervised more than 25 Master and PhD students.

Barry L. Shoop

Professor and Department Head Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science U.S. Military Academy West Point, New York, USA

For more than thirty years, IEEE Fellow Barry L. Shoop has been a member of and leader within the global IEEE community. As Chair of the RAB/MGA Transformation Ad Hoc Committee, he led the transformation of the Regional Activities Board (RAB) into the Member and Geographical Activities Board (MGAB). During his tenure as Vice President of MGA, Barry was the architect of MGA’s Regional Geographic Strategy, and created the Metropolitan Area Workshops. Additionally, as IEEE Secretary, he restructured IEEE’s Governance Committee to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of IEEE governance.

Barry received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University, both in electrical engineering. During his tenure at West Point, he has served in a number of leadership positions including Director of the Electrical Engineering Program and Director of the Photonics Research Center. He is currently Professor of Electrical Engineering and Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, responsible for an undergraduate academic department with over 79 faculty and staff supporting ABET accredited programs in electrical engineering, computer science, and information technology and serving over 2300 students annually.

Earlier in his career, he was a satellite communication engineer responsible for the design and installation of a high-capacity, global digital communication network, and also the CTO for a US$4.5B organization addressing the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) challenge worldwide.

In addition to being an IEEE Fellow, Barry is also a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). In 2008, OSA recognized Barry with their Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award and, in 2013, he earned both the SPIE Educator Award and the IEEE Haraden Pratt Award. He holds a patent on photonic analog-to-digital conversion and has authored over 150 archival publications as well as 8 books and book chapters. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia, USA

Natalie R. Krauser McCarthy

Development Officer - IEEE Foundation

Natalie R. Krauser McCarthy is a Development Officer of the IEEE Foundation. She is responsible for cultivating and stewarding major gift donor relationships in support of educational initiatives for students from high school through university. In addition, Krauser McCarthy provides assistance in the development of programming, engages and strengthens board and volunteer relationships and assists in marketing and branding of the Foundation’s development program.

Before joining the IEEE, she was recruited to work at a New Jersey-basednonprofit supporting intellectually and developmentally disabled children and adults to diversify their funding partners by developing corporate donors.

Prior to joining the nonprofit agency, she was responsible for account development for a global travel company. This included sales and marketing for both retail and consumer channels in North America.

Natalie is a Board Member for the New Jersey Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals, and former President of Greater New York Mensa. She received a Bachelor of Science, Marketing and Bachelor of Arts, Performing Arts from Alfred University.

Janice Dearlove

Director of eCommerce Services Products, Amazon

Janice is a director of eCommerce Services Products at Amazon -- leading customer-to-customer relationships and Amazon Households. Previously, Janice was the director of Prime member growth where she drove acquisition, engagement and retention for Amazon's Prime members. Janice has worked in a number of product and operational leadership roles in her 14 year tenure at Amazon. Before Amazon, Janice worked at General Motors as a valvetrain design release engineer and a combustion engineer for new engine designs.

Janice holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and an SM and SB in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds five patents on novel delivery experiences for ecommerce customers and has published an SAE paper on automotive engine friction research. Janice lives in Seattle, WA and loves to hike in the Pacific Northwest with her two dogs, Chewbacca and Sheba.

Leah H. Jamieson

Dean of Engineering, Purdue University, Ransburg

Leah Jamieson is The John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering at Purdue University, Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and holds a courtesy appointment in Purdue’s School of Engineering Education. She is co-founder and past director of the EPICS – Engineering Projects in Community Service Program. She served as the 2007 President and CEO of the IEEE, 2005 Vice President for Publication Services and Products, 2003 Vice President for Technical Activities, and has been IEEE Foundation President since 2012.

Jamieson served on the steering committee for the report Changing the Conversation: Developing Effective Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering (NAE, 2008), was co-chair of the American Society for Engineering Education project Innovation with Impact: Creating a Culture for Scholarly and Systematic Innovation in Engineering Education (ASEE, 2012), and was a member of the planning committee for the report Advancing Research in Science and Engineering (ARISE-II): Unleashing America’s Research & Innovation Enterprise (American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 2013). She has been recognized with the National Academy of Engineering’s Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, the NSF Director’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars, the Anita Borg Institute’s Women of Vision Award for Social Impact, and the Simon Bolivar medal from the National Ministry of Education of Colombia. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Society for Engineering Education. Jamieson received her S.B. in Mathematics from MIT and her PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University.

Marlene Williamson

CEO, Watermark

Marlene Williamson is the Chief Executive Officer of Watermark, an executive organization focused on gender diversity in business. Previously Marlene was Chief Marketing Officer of a number of technology companies including Alfresco, BigMachines (sold to Oracle) and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (sold to Western Digital).

Prior to joining Hitachi, Marlene was vice president of global marketing for Ericsson. She has held vice president of marketing roles at Symantec, IBM, Polycom and Acer. Earlier in her career, she led global consumer marketing at Apple. Her expertise is in go to market & digital strategies for enterprise software companies.

She has been named Marketer of the Year by the American Marketing Association, Partner of the Year by Yahoo, Innovator of the Year by Google, Outstanding Female Executive in Silicon Valley by the YWCA and a Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley by the San Jose Business Journal. She is a current board director of Watermark, a board advisor to several technology companies and a former board member of the CMO Council and the Association for Corporate Growth.

She holds an MBA from DePaul University, is accredited in corporate governance from Harvard and is a frequent speaker on high tech go to market & digital strategies, leadership & gender diversity issues.