Gary Ambrosino, Photo Not Available Gary Ambrosino
Chief Executive Officer
Sensicast Systems

Gary Ambrosino is currently CEO of Sensicast Systems, an innovative developer and worldwide provider of industrial and commercial wireless sensor networks. Sensicast has been recognized by industry analysts, top trade and business publications as an industry leader in next generation wireless technology for clean tech and renewable energy applications. In 2007, Sensicast was lauded and showcased as a ?highly effective? technology innovator by the Department of Energy?s Office Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Gary has more than 25 years in the computer and communications industries and management experience in venture-backed startups, as well as Fortune 500 organizations. Prior to joining Sensicast, Gary was Executive Vice President for Sales and Business Development at Cognio?a developer of solutions for the management of wireless networks that was acquired by Cisco. Previously, he was Co-Founder of Secure Media, a San Francisco-based internet video media rights management company. Earlier, Ambrosino was VP of Marketing and Sales for Xionics, where he played a central role in the company's growth from a 15 person start-up to a successful NASDAQ-listed public company. Mr. Ambrosino also spent 8 years at Hewlett-Packard in California, and held a series of senior marketing and product management positions. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

John Anthony, Photo Not Available John Anthony
Director, eBusiness and Technology
Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

John Anthony is Director of Technology Innovation for The Hartford's property-casualty operations. Anthony is responsible for leading the identification, prototyping and adoption of emerging technologies that provide unique competitive advantage opportunities to The Hartford within the property-casualty marketplace. In addition, Anthony is responsible for defining and infusing a vision on innovation throughout the property-casualty IT organization.

Prior to joining The Hartford, Anthony worked for Pfizer Inc. where he helped the company's Clinical Regulatory Operations lead the pharmaceutical industry in the development of an electronic submission strategy for new drug applications.

Anthony holds a Masters of Science degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hartford, Conn., as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a minor in Secondary Education from the University of Hartford.

John Anthony, Photo Not Available Skip Ashton
Vice President, Engineering
Ember Corporation

Skip brings over 15 years of experience in new product development to his role as Vice president of Engineering. Skip is responsible for management of the Ember chip design, hardware, software and quality assurance teams. Prior to joining Ember, Skip was Director of Engineering at MPM/Speedline producing screen printers for electronics manufacturing and Manager of Program Management at Avici Systems producing high speed internet routers. Skip graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and spent 5 years in the US Navy Nuclear Program.

Ashish Agarwal
Ashish Agarwal is a fourth year PhD student at Boston University. He is working on Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks. His research interests include delay tolerant networking and semantic routing techniques. He has a keen interest in micro-finance and entrepreneurial activities.

Rich Baker, Photo Not Available Rich Baker

Rich has been working with digital images since the days when a handful of them could fill an entire hard drive. Intrigued by the problem of reducing pictures to a fraction of their size, he came up with some new techniques, which let him escape Stanford in 1984 with a PhD in hand. As an Assistant Professor at UCLA, he extended those methods to compress digitalized video.

In 1990, having tired of grubbing for research grants, Rich moved his young family from balmy LA to frozen Boston to join a videoconferencing startup called PictureTel. Over time, he became its CTO and enjoyed the ride as the company grew a dozen-fold.

He left in 1999, partnering with another PictureTel alum, Taylor Kew, to "start something" of their own. Countless conversations later, they decided the world could use a simpler way to see things they talk about. "Simpler" became Glance.

When not hunched over his laptop, you'll probably find Rich backpacking as far as he can get from a trailhead, gazing at the dark star-filled skies above.

Dean Banks, Photo Not Available Dean Banks
Vice President
Highland Capital Partners

Dean is a Vice President focusing on healthcare investments and specializing in medical devices and diagnostics. Prior to joining Highland, Dean was an Associate Principal at Cytyc Corporation, a leading diagnostic and medical device company dedicated to the improvement of women's health. As a member of the corporate development group he worked to develop and execute the company's strategic growth plan through acquisitions, investments, licensing and collaborations. Before joining Cytyc, Dean worked for Cambridge Endoscopic Devices as a VP of Business Development and Marketing. Dean began his business career at Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a J&J company marketing advanced medical devices for minimally invasive surgical procedures. During his five-year tenure, he held a variety of positions in management, sales and professional education. His past experience also includes four years of service within the United States Marine Corps. Dean is a current board member of MedTech IGNITE, an initiative of the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC) for nurturing medical device entrepreneurs at the early stages of their company's development. Dean holds a B.A. degree from Miami University and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School.

David Bergstein, Photo Not Available David Bergstein
Founder, Affinity Vision

Dr. David A. Bergstein received his Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1999. After graduation David was employed at Lutron Electronics, Coopersburg, PA where as a project engineer he worked on improving circuit designs for power electronics. From fall 2000-2007 David attended Boston University earning his M.S. and later his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. From 2001-2002 David worked at the Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation in Boston, MA on the manufacture of DNA microarrays. In 2002, David joined the Optical Characterization and Nanophotonics Laboratory at Boston University where he developed novel label-free microarray sensing technologies on which he has two patents pending. David won 2 ^nd place in the 2006 Annual $30K BU Business Plan competition with a plan for marketing these sensing technologies that has since become the basis for the company Affinity Vision of which he is a founder. David currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at Boston University.

Andre Botelho
Andre Botelho is a second year MS student in Manufacturing Engineering at Boston University. His is currently doing research in the micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) field, especially for biomedical applications. He has worked in business strategy consulting as well as a start-up based on novel patented technology in South America.

Ben Cathers, Photo Not Available Ben Cathers
Technology Entrepreneur

At the age of 23, Ben Cathers has made his mark on the business world. When he was 12 years old, Ben started a web marketing and advertising firm geared towards teenagers. The firm ultimately grew into an enterprise with 10 employees and a marketing network of over 300 million advertisements a month. In the year 2000, when Ben was only 15 years old, the Silicon Alley Reporter named the firm as one of the "Top 12 companies in Silicon Alley to look out for".

At the age of 17, Ben left the firm to start a syndicated radio show called Teen America. Teen America went live during January 2002. Before its first episode, Teen America was picked up by a national syndicator and received clearance on numerous CBS radio and 50,000 watt stations. The radio show and company were profitable upon inception.

At the age of 19, Ben published his first book "Conversations with Teen Entrepreneurs". The book, published by iUniverse Inc, is available on, and a slew of other bookstores.

At 19 Ben became Co-founder & COO of Search Rate Technologies LLC. Search Rate Technologies is an enterprise search company focused on improving search for internal users of large corporate databases. Ben also became the executive producer and co-founder of Klick-TV. Klick-TV is a video on demand tv network focusing on college students and young adults. Launching in the fall of 2004, Klick-TV is available in over a million homes.

Today Ben is based in Boston working with a wide variety of young technology startups.

Ben is a graduate of the Boston University School of Management, where he studied entrepreneurship During his sophomore year, Ben helped teach the year long freshman course "Management as a System".

Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Ben splits his time between Manhattan and Boston. Ben is an active volunteer at Marsh Chapel in Boston where he is a eucharistic minister. In his "spare" time, Ben can be found watching the Simpsons, listening to a wide variety of music and throwing people in Judo.

Robin Chase, Photo Not Available Robin Chase
Founder of ZipCar and GoLoco

Robin co-founded Zipcar and, as CEO, shaped and led the company to become the largest and fastest-growing car-sharing company in North America, whose use of the Internet and wireless technology enables rental cars to emulate personal cars. Zipcar's disruptive technology facilitates secure vehicle entry and authorized payment processing of hundreds of thousands of driving transactions in real-time, giving its members ondemand access to cars by the hour. Robin is also known for the evangelical virtual community she created among the members.

Robin lectures widely and has frequently featured in the major media including the Today Show, The New York Times, National Public Radio, Fortune, Fast Company, Wired, and Time magazines, as well as several books on entrepreneurship. She has won numerous innovation, business, and environmental awards. Robin currently serves on the National Smart Growth Council, the Kyoto Cities Initiative International Advisory Panel, and the Boston Mayor's Wireless City Task Force.

Robin graduated from Wellesley College and the MIT Sloan School of Management, and won the competitive Harvard University Loeb Fellowship.

Matt Crowley, Photo Not Available Matt Crowley
Vice President

Matt Crowley is the cofounder and VP Corporate Development of Sand9. Matt lead the formation of Sand9 from initial patent to closing the first round of venture capital. Prior to starting Sand9, Matt was the Director of Venture Capital at Boston University's Office of Technology Development. While at BU, Matt lead the overall venture capital investment activities and had worked with over 40 startups in areas of strategy, business planning, recruiting and technology evaluation. In addition to making early stage venture capital investments, Matt also managed the University's portfolio of venture capital fund investments and assisted in evaluating new technologies emerging from the University research labs for commercial potential and technical feasibility. Before joining BU, Matt was a strategy consultant at Mars & Co. Matt graduated from Princeton University with an interdisciplinary degree in physics and the philosophy of science.

Timothy H. Ehrlich, Photo Not Available Timothy H. Ehrlich
Intellectual Property Associate
Gunderson and Dettmer

Timothy is an intellectual property associate in our Boston office. He has extensive experience assisting clients in the information technology, biotech and medical device industires in developing, acquiring, licensing and commercializing intellectual property, produces, and technology. Prior to joinging the firm Timothy worked in the Silicon Valley office of Latham and Watkins LLP where he had a very similar type of practice. He was also previously a corporate counsel for Cisco Systems, Inc. where he was responsible for negotiating, drafting and closing numerous large, strategic sales and licensing transactions for the compant and fore representing it in all matters related to US and foreign wiretapping laws.

Prior to joining Cisco, Timothy served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas Penfield Jackson of the United States District Court in Washington, D.C. where he was primarily responsible for the case of US v. Microsoft.

Timothy received hs J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology and a student fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He received an A.B., summa cum laude, from Princeton University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Timothy is a member of the State Bars of California and Massachusetts.

Michael Gevelber, Photo Not Avalible Michael Gevelber
Associate Professor
Boston University
Department of Manufacturing Engineering

Michael Gevelber is an assoicate professor in Boston University's department of manufacturing engineering. He has an undergraduate degree in Physics (1987) with honors from Brown University and a Masters (1984) and Ph.D. (1988) from M.I.T. in mechanical engineering.

Professor Gevelber's research focuses on developing enhanced materials processing capabilities through modeling, sensor development and control of ebeam deposition of potical coatings, plasma sprat for thermal barrier and fuel cells, electrospinning of nanofibers, chemical vapor deposition for engineered coatings and bulk Czochralski crystal growth for silicon and compound semiconductors (InP and GaAs).

He is the author of the "Process Control" chapter in the "Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering", and has published 44 refereed technical papers. He has been granted four patents in control of crystal growth and CVD, and plasma spray, and has three patents pending for an advanced sensor for the electron beam deposition process and an advanced plasma spray sensor. He is also the founder and manager of Cyber Materials LLC, which develops adcanced control solutions to improve manufacturing processes.

Early in his career, he worked at Energy and Environmental Analysis consulting company in Washington D.C., and later served as an analyst in the U.S. Department of Energy, Fossil Energy, where he focused on industrial energy use. Recently, he has developed a project based coarse for students, collaborating with Boston University staff, to conduct an energy audit of the university that is focused on identifying and implementing cost effective energy conservation opportunities.

Professor Gevelber is co-founder of the Executive Masters Program in Manufacturing Engineering, a program designed to enhance fast-track engineers' abilities in both the technical and managerial domains while allowing them to remain productive workers for their sponsoring companies.

Tom Gloria
Chief Knowledge Officer
eQuilibrium Solutions Corporation

Thomas P. Gloria, Ph.D. is Chief Knowledge Officer of eQuilibrium Solutions Corporation, lecturer at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute and Managing Director of Life-Cycle Services, LLC, a sustainability management consulting implementation firm. He has more than 19 years of professional experience in sustainability management consulting and information technology engineering design. His work encompasses product innovation; environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle management (LCM); methods and policy implications regarding greenhouse gas emissions inventories; and energy efficiency feasibility analysis. Dr. Gloria is a Task Force leader for the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Life Cycle Initiative on Life Cycle Impact Assessment and a member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North American LCA Advisory Group.

Linda Grosser, Photo Not Avalible Linda Grosser
Associate Director
Boston University Sensor Network Consortium

Linda Grosser co-founded and directs the Sensor Network Consortium at Boston University, an industry-academic forum addressing research, development and adoption challenges of sensor networking technology and applications. She is also the Associate Director of the Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE) at BU, an interdisciplinary research center focusing in analysis, design and management of complex systems such as communcations, wireless networking, robotics, systems biology and supply chain. Linda is a 16 year veteran of IBM Corporation's marketing organization where she worked on both the technical and business sides serving clients in insurance, manufacturing and the federal executive branch. She has held numerous executive positions in support of the Newton Public Schools, and is a freelance travel photographer. Linda received her B.A. in mathematics from Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Nicholas J. Guttilla, Photo Not Avalible Nicholas J. Guttilla
Partner, Gunderson and Dettmer
Venture Capital Group
Private Equity Fund Formation Group
Tax Group

Nicholas is a partner in our Venture Capital, Private Equity Fund Formation and Tax Groups and is based in our Boston Office. His practive encompasses representation of emerging growth companies, entrepreneurs and venture capiral and private equity finds, with a focus on formation and operation of venture capital and private equity investment partnerships, private financings and taxation. He serves as fund counsel for a number of top-tier venture capital firms and regularly provides advice regarting aspects of day-to-day operations, financing activities, and drafting parntership, limited liability company and other governance agreements.

He has lectured and published articles on the tax aspects of organizing and operating LLCs, structuring mergers and acquisitions, and the pros and cons of using LLCs for start-ups. Prior to joinging the firm, Nicholas was an associate with the Boston law firms of Nixon Peabody LLP and Hutchins, Wheeler & Dittmar, P.C. He has also worked as a legal intern for the Securities and Exchange Commission, as a tax consultant for a Big Five accounting firm, and as a financial analysy for an investment consulting firm.

Nicholas holds an L.L.M. (Taxation) from Boston University School of Law, a J.D., magna cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School, and a B.S. magna cum laude, from Boston College. He is a CFA charter holder and a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society and the CFA Institute. Nicholas was selected as a "Rising Star, Super Lawyer" in the are of tax law in Boston Magazine's 2005, 2006, and 2007 Super Layers issues. He holds a second degree black belt in Jiu Jitsu and is a certified Jiu Jitsu instructor. Nicholas is a member of the Inner City Entrepreneurs private sector network, providing pro bono advice to emerging inner-city businesses.

Arlyne Jackson
Bio currently unavailable.

Brandon Johnson, Photo Not Available Brandon Johnson
Founder, Boston Microfluidics

Brandon Johnson graduated from BU in 2004 with a bachelors degree in biomedical engineering. He is currently running a company called Boston Microfluidics Inc that has developed a device to that can test for multiple diseases instantly reducing the time it takes to detect sexually transmitted diseases from days to minutes. He is also the sole inventor of the technology and has two pending patents.

Michael King
Michael King is a second year Masters student in Electrical Engineering at Boston University, and also an employee of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems Inc. He is presently studying the areas of image and signal processing, radiological detection, sensor networks, and has industry experience in electrical design and systems engineering. He has helped to sustain and grow the Rhode Island School of the Future program in Newport, RI, and worked on a number of business growth areas in the defense industry. Michael is also pursuing a certificate in Engineering Leadership as a Gordon Fellow at Northeastern University, as well as an MBA through the University of Rhode Island.

Nalin Kulatilaka
Wing Tat Lee Professor of Finance

Bio currently unavailable.

Rohit Kumar
Rohit Kumar is a third year PhD student in Electrical Engineering at Boston University. He has worked in Signal and Image processing in the past, and is currently working in area of Sensor Management. In terms of his entrepreneurial activities, he started and ran a learning center for XI and XII grade students between 1998-2000 in Mumbai. In his recent activities, he organized the Sensor Network panel at BU, worked with the sponsors team at 17th MIT 100K business competition, and is currently President of the Student Association of Graduate Engineer. He is an avid sportsman, and was part of the winning team for inter-collegiate cricket tournament.

Paul McManus Paul E. McManus
Director, International Programs
Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization
School of Management
Boston University

Mr. McManus is Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the School of Management at Boston University. In addition, he holds dual appointments as the Director, International Programs for the Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization and Director of Educational Initiatives at the Office of Technology Development. He has nearly thirty years of experience in building, leading, advising and investing in high-growth ventures within the high technology and venture capital industries into the classroom at the MBA, International Diploma and Executive Education levels. His teaching interest centers on the issues related to innovation, entrepreneurship and new venture development at the enterprise, industry and country levels with a focus on innovation, technology commercialization, new venture creation, entrepreneurial leadership/team development and developmental entrepreneurship. Mr. McManus lectures internationally on these topics and is a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the University of Oslo¿s Masters Programme in Entrepreneurial Management.

As a consultant, Mr. McManus advises large multi-nationals, early stage startups, NGO's and national governments assisting them to identify new growth opportunities and rapidly create strategies to capitalize on those opportunities. In addition, I advise to several startup companies, venture capital firms and is a Venture Partner with Boston Millennia Partners, a $750M venture capital fund with investments in early stage technology companies in the life sciences, healthcare, medical device, information technology and telecommunications industries.

Mr. McManus received his MBA from Boston University in 1986 and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1977.

Innovation, translational research, technology commercialization, new venture creation & venture capital, entrepreneurial leadership/team development and developmental entrepreneurship

Vinit Nijhawan Vinit Nijhawan
Venture Partner, Key Venture Partners

Vinit Nijhawan was previously a Venture Partner at Key Venture Partners. Vinit Nijhawan is a Director of airwide solutions and Optasite, Key VP portfolio companies. Vinit is also on the board of Nextworth. Airwide provides software to wireless operators for text and multimedia messaging. Mr. Nijhawan was the CEO of Taral Networks which acquired Sema Messaging to form airwide solutions. Optasite is a wireless tower operator. Nextworth refurbishes used iPods.

Previously, Mr. Nijhawan was the founder, president, and chairman of the board of Kinetic Computer Corporation, which was established in 1992 to provide wireless solutions for transportation and logistics fleets. Kinetic's wireless mobile computer product line was sold to Symbol Technologies (now part of Motorola) and Kinetic's eTruck intellectual property was acquired by Qualcomm. Mr. Nijhawan was the senior vice president and chief operating officer of Payload Systems, Inc., which developed spaceflight instrumentation for the space shuttle and the international space station. Payload merged with Space Industries (now part of General Dynamics). Mr. Nijhawan served as the Marketing & Sales Director for Cal Corp., (now part of EMS).

Mr. Nijhawan has participated in over 100 panel discussions and paper presentations about venture, wireless, logistics and aerospace markets and technologies, and is the Chairman of TiE-Boston and a Board of Trustee for TiE Global. Mr. Nijhawan earned a B.A.Sc in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

Charles Parker
Charles is a 3rd year Ph. D. student studying electromagnetics, photonics, and analog electronics in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.

Charles is currently the lead graduate student on an instrument, called the High Sensitivity Telescope, on the Loss-cone Imager which is a suite of energetic particle measurement instruments for an Air Force Satellite.
After earning his Ph. D., Charles hopes to continue working in design of high reliability electronics for space flight applications, possibly with NASA. Eventually, he hopes to return to academia and teach at the universtiy level.

Daniel W. Paterson Daniel W. Paterson
President and Chief Executive Officer

Daniel Paterson's background includes more than twenty-five years in the healthcare industry, with extensive experience in oncology, and almost 20 years managing venture-backed healthcare companies. Prior to joining DNAR, Paterson was head of global strategy for specialty market and patient-level data for IMS Health. He joined IMS following the acquisition of PharMetrics where he was Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development, and previously served as PharMetrics' Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development. At PharMetrics, Paterson was responsible for developing the company's strategy, product portfolio, and key partnerships, resulting in the sale to IMS Health.

Before joining PharMetrics, Paterson served as Vice President of Product Management and Vice President of Business Development at CareTools, an innovative healthcare information systems company, where he had primary responsibility for management of the product portfolio and partnership strategy. Prior to CareTools he was a member of the founding management team of OnCare, an oncology physician practice management company that grew to more than $100 million in annual revenue, and Axion, a cancer-focused pharmaceutical and clinical service firm with annual revenue of more than $250 million at the time that it was sold to Bristol Myers Squibb.

Paterson began his career designing and managing clinical-trials programs in both industry and academic settings, including management of a nation-wide oncology clinical trials consortium headquartered at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Paterson holds a bachelors degree in Biology from Boston University, and attended Northeastern University's graduate pharmacology program.

Michael Pratt Michael Pratt
Director, Corporate Business Development

Mr. Pratt joined Boston University's Office of Technology Development in May 2000. He spent five years in Office of Technology Transfer, responsible for the transfer of technologies from the fields of physical, engineering, and computer sciences. As Director of the Office of Corporate Business Development, Mr. Pratt is responsible for building long term partnerships with a special focus on technology development between Boston University/Boston Medical Center and industry. Prior to OTD, Mr. Pratt was the Global Support Manager at NESLAB Instruments, Inc. of Portsmouth New Hampshire. His duties included management of the Application Engineering and Technical Support departments, P&L responsibility for the field service operation, and maintaining relationships with their International Dealer network. Mr. Pratt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Holy Cross College. He is a member of the Licensing Executives Society and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

Johnny Pujol Johnny Pujol

Johnny grew up in New Canaan, CT, and studied a wide range of physical, environmental and social sciences as an undergraduate at Boston University. Passionate about the energy industry, he interned at New Energy Finance in London of 2006 and following that experience developed an urgency to learn and understand the dynamics between clean technology, emissions markets, and energy economics. Upon graduation in 2008, with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics, Johnny plans to work towards developing an affordable, mobile, reliable wind energy source for off-grid communities in the developing world.

Johnathan Rosen Johnathan Rosen
Executive Director
Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization
School of Management
Boston University

Dr. Jonathan Rosen is currently the Executive Director of the new Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (ITEC) at Boston University School of Management. Dr. Rosen is also affiliated with Center for Integration of Medicine & Innovative Technology (CIMIT) as Senior Advisor to the Director, remaining closely involved in the ongoing development of technology implementation pathways and in documenting metrics of facilitation. Until October 2006, Dr. Rosen directed the CIMIT Office of Technology Implementation, which works with investigators, licensing offices and the investor community to design and implement new models for improving patient care by partnering innovative new medical technologies with product development environments.

Peter Russo Peter Russo
Director, Entrepreneurship Programs
Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization
School of Management
Boston University

Peter Russo is an Executive in Residence who teaches Entrepreneurship and Strategy and is the Director of Entrepreneurship Programs for the Institute of Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization (ITEC) at the Boston University School of Management. ITEC is a research institute that functions as a multi-faceted resource for students and alumni who are interested in technology commercialization and entrepreneurial endeavors. For more information, see the website:

Professor Russo teaches courses at the MBA and Undergraduate level, directs entrepreneurship activities of ITEC, and serves as faculty advisor to the students concentrating in Entrepreneurship at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Prior to joining the faculty at BU, Professor Russo served as the CEO of Data Instruments, a Massachusetts technology company (currently Honeywell Data Instruments). He also serves as advisor and board member for a number of commercial and not-for-profit organizations. He received his M.B.A. degree from Harvard University in 1980 and a B.S. degree from the Montclair State University in 1974.

Gary R. Schall, Photo Not Avalible Gary R. Schall
Associate, Gunderson and Dettmer
Corporate and Securities Group

Gary is an associate in our Corporate and Securities group and is based in our Boston office. His business law practice is focused on the representation of emerging growth companies, venture capital funds and private equity funds.

He has represented prominent emerging growth companies in a wide variety of corporate transactions, includeing mergers and acquisitions, private and public equity offerings, licensing transactions, joint ventures and other strategic arrangements. His practice also involves counseling a number of elite venture capital firms in the United States and Europe throughout their portfolio compant investment process.

Gary received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2000, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and worked as an Articles Editor for the Vanderbilt Journal of Transactional Law. He received his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University in 1987, where he majored in Finance, and a Master of Business Administration from St. John's University in 1991.

Prior to law school, Gary was an auditor with Price Waterhouse and held management positions in private accounting. He is a memeber of the State Bar of Massachusetts and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.

Peter B. Schoch
Gunderson and Dettmer

Peter is of counsel in the Boston office of Gunderson Dettmer.  His practice in the technology and IP group focuses on representing start-up and emerging companies and venture capitalists, most often in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telecommunications, computers and software.  Mr. Schoch has extensive experience resolving a broad range of legal and business issues for his clients (as licensor, licensee, buyer, seller, joint venturer and investor) in sophisticated transactions related to commercializing intellectual property. Before joining Gunderson Dettmer, Mr. Schoch had a similar practice in the entrepreneurial services group at Bingham McCutchen LLP.  He attended law school after 10 years at Lockheed Martin Corp., where he was a principal software engineer and software engineering manager.  His last positions at Lockheed were supporting avionics business development and leading software development efforts for the F-22 Raptor cockpit controls and displays program. Mr. Schoch received his JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.  He earned an MS at Duke University and BA, summa cum laude, at Middlebury College.

David R Jones
Director Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs and Philips Business Excellence
Philips Home Healthcare Solutions

David is the Director Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs and Philips Business Excellence for Philips Home Healthcare Solutions based in Andover, Massachusetts. In this role he is responsible for Quality, Regulatory and Compliance integration initiatives for Philips Lifeline, Philips HealthWatch, Philips Raytel Cardiac Services and Philips Telemonitoring Solutions. He is responsible for all Quality, Regulatory and Compliance Merger and Acquisition activities as Philips Home Healthcare Solutions builds out the portfolio of home based healthcare delivery capabilities with the goal of becoming the market leader in home healthcare. David's prior role at Philips, for five years, was as the Director of Worldwide Quality and Regulatory for Patient Monitoring, Ultrasound Monitoring, Philips Healthcare. His Quality and Regulatory responsibilities included the full spectrum of software based Patient Monitoring products such as multi-parameter hospital based clinical measurements monitors, telemetry and departmental computer information systems, patient surveillance central stations and networking products. In this role David managed teams in both the U.S. and Germany. David's team successfully worked with the FDA with over forty 510(k)s receiving substantial equivalence clearance in an average of 26 days and worldwide regulatory approvals to support time-to-market goals resulting in over $3 billion in global revenue.

Prior to joining Philips Medical Systems, David was the Director of Global Quality Information Systems responsible for Worldwide Software Quality Assurance and Software Compliance Strategies for Bausch & Lomb's Vision Care, Surgical, and Pharmaceutical Divisions. He also previously led software quality initiatives at United Technologies. At Harris RF Communications he was the Product Design Senior Engineering Manager responsible for electrical and mechanical design for HF, VHF and UHF communication products.

David holds a M.S. Engineering Management, and a M.S. Regulatory Affairs in Drugs, Biologics, and Medical Devices, both from Northeastern University. He earned B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering and B.Com Economics honours degrees from the University of Birmingham, England.

David is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a Member of the IEEE, a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and a Senior ASQ Member. He is an Industrial Advisory Board Member of Boston University's Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Department of Computer and Software Engineering.

David has been an invited speaker representing Philips at conferences with the FDA including the Second Annual Medical Device Regulatory, Reimbursement and Compliance Congress at Harvard, the USC College of Pharmacy FDA QSR ISO 13485 Compliance Conference, the Post Market Surveillance and Vigilance for Medical Devices Conference, and the Best Practices in Software Design for Medical Devices Conference.

Jennifer M. Walske
Lecturer, Strategy and Policy Department
Boston University

Ms. Walske is a Lecturer in Strategy and Policy Department at Boston University. She is researching emergent venture firms, and how venture syndication patterns affect new venture success. Ms. Walske was a nationally ranked software analyst by Institutional All American, and a regular guest commentator on CNN and CNBC. Ms. Walske also held various marketing and sales positions within the design automation and telecommunications industries from 1987 through 1999, including serving on the EDAC industry board of directors. Ms. Walske received her MBA from Santa Clara University and her Bachelors from University of California at Santa Barbara.

Brian Toba
Brian Toba is a second year MSc student in Electrical Engineering at Boston University. His research has been focused on Signal Processing at an abstract level and Artificial Intelligence techniques. He is now teaching assisting the Senior Project Design class. Regarding his entrepreneurial background, he started a project on fast distribution of personalized information to customers, on top of different platforms, back in his hometown of Caracas, Venezuela.

Ye Wang
Ye Wang is a third year PhD student in Electrical Engineering at Boston University. He is currently with the Information Systems and Sciences Laboratory. In 2004, he led a team that installed a photovoltaic eletricity generation array at Worcester Polytechnic Institute for the purposes of education and awareness. He is currently involved the Student Association of Graduate Engineers at Boston University as department senator. His academic achievements include induction into the honor societies Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu.

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