Mehran Mesbahi received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1996. He was a member of the Guidance, Navigation, and Analysis Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, from 1996 to 2000 and an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota from 2000 to 2002. He is currently a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Adjunct Professor of Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, Executive Director of the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation and holds the Endowed University Professorship in Control Systems and Networks at the University of Washington. Mehran Mesbahi is a fellow of IEEE and the co-author of the book "Graph Theoretic Methods in Multiagent Networks” published by Princeton University Press. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2001, the NASA Space Act Award in 2004, the UW Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005, the UW College of Engineering Innovator Award in 2008, and the Graduate Instructor of the Year Award in 2015.
Michael is a serial entrepreneur with proven track record in disruptive technologies. He is passionate about learning new technologies and consider himself lifelong student, researcher, challenging the unknown, and explorer. After 19 years, Michael left Microsoft to pursuer future challenges in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality world. He is currently involved in training, consulting, developing, and innovation in Mixed Reality technologies in many industries such as education, medical, automotive, manufacturing, and e-commerce.Senior executive, quality architect, and leader with over 30 years of experience building and inspiring teams that delight customers with innovative solutions spanning many emerging and existing technologies in US and International market. After receiving his master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Texas Michael started his career at Texas Instrument where he led various teams in designing and delivering ASIC chipset used in Military applications, later on Michael took the leadership in delivering advanced processors used in SPARC stations. Michael joined Microsoft in 1997 where he held many leadership positions including managing Microsoft Office International quality development for more than 9 years. He then joined Microsoft Windows Division where he managed quality teams delivering Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 along with many other deliverables such as Surface and IOT line of products. His last few years at Microsoft Michael worked as Partner Quality Manager and Architect in Windows Analog Division where he played a major role in developing HoloLens.
Babak Parviz is a Vice President at Amazon. Prior to joining Amazon in 2014, he was a distinguished engineer and a director at Google.
He received his BA in literature from the University of Washington; BS in Electronic Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, MS in Physics, MS in Electrical Engineering, and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan; and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. His primary areas of focus are engineering at scale and engineering with social impact.