Dr. Bruce H. Robinson is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington and has been on its faculty since 1980. He designs molecules for electro-optic applications and develops and uses theoretical modeling methods to optimize their performance. Dr. Robinson has written over 200 peer-reviewed papers and has published in the fields of magnetic resonance, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and electrodynamics. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and currently holds the Larry R. Dalton Chair in Chemistry.
Dr. Arka Majumdar is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics at the University of Washington. He received his B. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 2007, where he was honored with the President’s Gold Medal. Dr. Majumdar completed his M.S. (2009) and Ph.D. (2012) in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Dr. Majumdar then spent one year as a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley (2012–13) and then Intel Labs in Santa Clara, CA (2013–14). His research interests include developing a hybrid integrated nanophotonic platform using emerging material systems for applications in ultra-low-power optical information science, imaging, and microscopy. Dr. Majumdar is the recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (2015), Intel early career faculty award (2015), Amazon Catalyst Fellowship (2016), Alfred P. Sloan research fellowship for physics (2018), and NSF CAREER Award (2019).
Dr. Philip A. Sullivan received his B.S. with honors in Chemistry from Montana State University in 2000, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Nanotechnology in 2006 from the University of Washington while working with Professor Larry R. Dalton. His dissertation research focused on organic materials for nonlinear optics applications. In 2006, Dr. Sullivan co-founded Seattle Polymer, LLC., a consulting firm focusing on solving materials and chemical technology problems of commercial interest. In 2010, he joined Intellectual Ventures Labs and co-developed the tunable metamaterial technology behind Kymeta Corporation’s flat-panel satellite antenna. In 2011, Dr. Sullivan joined the faculty at Montana State University as a Research Assistant Professor focusing on fundamental organic materials research, funded mainly by the U.S. Department of Defense. He has authored more than 50 scientific publications and book chapters and is a named inventor on many important U.S. and international patents.
Dr. John Jaffe has a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University and 34 years of experience in theoretical and computational solid-state physics, most recently at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He also taught physics at Michigan Technological University and presently teaches mathematics at Columbia Basin College.
A veteran marketer and entrepreneur, Natalie Angelillo is currently Vice President of Community and Communications at OfferUp, overseeing the company’s brand strategy and business partnerships. For nearly 20 years, she has built, led, and advised community-driven startups with experience across a wide breadth of technologies and industries. Ms. Angelillo was the Founder and CEO of SwopBoard, Co-Founder of Swink Style Bar, and CEO at Photozone. She previously was the VP of Content and Product and SVP of Business Affairs at Getty Images. Ms. Angelillo received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and M.A. from the University of Washington. She is on the Advisory Board of Directors at the Henry Contemporary Art Museum and advisor to Seattle startup Stylyze.
David A. Sparks has led technology startups focused on wireless network development for the past 20 years. He was the Founder and CEO of three consecutive successful startup entities from inception to exit and integration. Mr. Sparks is known for his leadership in national wireless network development and engineering entities. He is currently an elected commissioner for a King County Utility District in Washington state and principal at Davis Bay Consulting (telecom consulting). He has a B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Western Washington University and an MBA in Corporate Strategy from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
With 15 years of experience in research and development in both private industry and academia, Dr. Michael Mrejen is passionate about bridging fundamental research and cutting-edge technology. He focuses on exploring ultrafast light-matter interactions in plasmonic nanostructures, silicon photonics, and 2D materials, as well as applying machine learning to nanophotonics. Michael has published 17 peer-reviewed articles and holds four patents. He obtained his Ph.D. in Applied Science and Technology, under the supervision of Prof. Xiang Zhang, at the University of California, Berkeley in 2015, and his M.Sc. in Applied Physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2007. Michael holds a B.S. in Optical Engineering in 2003 from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology).
Ken Block is the Manager of Block Capital LLC and based in Seattle. As an investor, he’s interested in learning about and supporting cutting-edge technologies that will enhance all of our lives in the years ahead. Formerly, Ken was the Chairman of Block and Company, Inc. (sold in 2018), a manufacturer and distributor of office/security products through Staples, Office Depot, Amazon, and Wal-Mart. He’s an active angel investor and non-profit champion. Ken currently sits on Stylyze, Inc.’s board and previously been part of the butter LONDON LLC, Primus Knowledge Solutions, and University Preparatory Academy boards. He earned a Masters in China Studies from the University of Washington and a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.
Fabien Mousseau has over 18 years of experience as a finance leader, generating strategic insight, driving smart financial and business planning and decisions, designing pricing strategies, managing risk, optimizing cost structure, and establishing reporting processes. He’s currently Senior Vice President, leading Financial Planning & Analysis at Core Scientific, which delivers blockchain and AI infrastructure and software solutions. During his 15-year tenure at Microsoft, Fabien worked directly with the CEO to build a revenue growth framework. He was also CFO for Windows Business Group, a $15B+ business for Microsoft. There Fabien transitioned offerings to an enterprise SaaS model and analyzed acquisition opportunities for commercial enterprise growth. He received a Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BS in Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique in France.