Inventors Hall

This page is dedicated to honoring Iraninan American Inventors who have received Patent(s) from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

There are currently 66 inventors represented on this page.

If you are an Iranian American Inventor or If you would like to suggest any Iranian-American inventor(s) to be honored on this site please contact us here.


We are proud to introduce: (alphabetic Order)

Faraj Aalaei, MSEE, M.B.A, CEO

Faraj Aalaei is Chief Executive Officer and one of co-founders of Centillium communications. Aalaei has more than 19 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to co-founding Centillium, Mr. Aalaei was the Director of Access Products at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of fiber-optic transmission and broadband switching platforms, from October 1993 to March 1997. Mr. Aalaei also designed advanced telecommunications products at AT&T Bell Laboratories, a telecommunications company, from May 1985 to October 1993. Mr. Aalaei received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. from the University of New Hampshire.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 4,905,255, 6,373,860, and 8,053,662

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Dr. Behnaam Aazhang

Behnaam Aazhang received his B.S. (with highest honors), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981, 1983, and 1986, respectively. From 1981 to 1985, he was a Research Assistant in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois. In August 1985, he joined the faculty of Rice University, Houston, Texas, where he is now the J.S. Abercrombie Professor, and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In addition, he holds an Academy of Finland Distinguished Visiting Professorship appointment (FiDiPro) at the University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland. He has served as the founding director of Rice’s Center for Multimedia Communications from 1998 till 2006. He has been a Visiting Professor at IBM Federal Systems Company, Houston, Texas, the Laboratory for Communication Technology at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland, the Telecommunications Laboratory at University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, the U.S. Air Force Phillips Laboratory, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and at Nokia Mobile Phones in Irving, Texas. His research interests are in the areas of communication theory, information theory, and their applications with emphasis on wireless communications, cellular mobile radio networks, wireless local area networks. To read more please click here.

U.S. Patent Numbers:  5,760,941; 7,088,784; 7,330,701; 7,336,727; 7,821,980; 7,839,940; 7,889,804

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Behrooz Abdi, MSEE

Behrooz attended Dr. Hashtroodi High School in Tehran before moving to the US in 1978. He received his BSEE from Montana State University in 1984 and MSEE from Georgia Tech in 1985. He started his career in Motorola as a design engineer working on high speed mixed signal ICs for video applications. His career in design and design management earned him 14 patents, several publications and the 1993 Motorola Distinguished Innovator Award. In 1995 Behrooz became an operations manager responsible for the cellular RF IC business within Motorola Semicoductor Products Sector. In 1999 he was named vice president and general manager for the radio products division in charge of RF and mixed signal ICs for the wireless mobile market where he has led Motorola to the #1 market position in RF ICs. Behrooz has lectured internationally in the area of communication systems and ICs, and has been the keynote speaker at several conferences addressing the future of M! obile market and technology.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 4,868,423; 4,906,915; 4,947,103; 4,996,448; 5,027,016; 5,120,995; 5,180,935; 5,182,476; 5,214,319; 5,467,051; 5,517,141; 5,722,052; 5,734,276; 7,770,785; 7,907,531.

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Shahriar Afshar, Physicist

Mr. Afshar is a physicist and a multiple award-winning inventor. He is known for devising and carrying out the Afshar experiment at Harvard University in 2004. As of July 2004, Afshar is a Visiting Research Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rowan University. Mr. Afshar was a Chief Scientist and Principal Investigator at IRIMS and a visiting Scientist at Perimeter Institute Associate of the Physics Department at Harvard University. More recently Afshar has been concentrating on his commercial interests, as President, CEO & CTO of Immerz Inc, a Cambridge MA startup, in the consumer electronics games field. His award-winning invention KOR-fx is considered to be the next step towards full media immersion and in his interviews with CNN and Bloomberg TV, it has been called “4D technology”, as a follow on to the recent success of 3D entertainment.

U.S. Patent Number: 8,139,803. To read more please click here.

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Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian

Mehdi Ahmadian is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he also holds the position of Director of Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety (CVeSS), and the Railway Technologies Laboratory (RTL). He is the founding director of CVeSS, RTL, Virginia Institute for Performance Engineering and Research (VIPER), and the Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory (AVDL). Dr. Ahmadian has authored more than 200 technical publications, and has made more than one hundred technical presentations in topics related to advanced technologies for ground vehicles. He holds seven U.S. and international patents, and has edited three technical volumes. He is currently Associate Editor of AIAA Journal and the journal of Shock Vibration, and has served as Associate Editor for ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics (1989 – 1996). Dr. Ahmadian is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a Senior Member of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a member of the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE). To read more please click here.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 5,409,036; 5,613,444; 5,746,135; 6,006,674; 6,115,658; 7,705,972

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Hamid Akhavan, MSEE & CS, CEO

Hamid Akhavan is the CEO of Siemens Enterprise Communications since February 2010. Hamid has overall responsibility for the performance of the company, including its subsidiary businesses like Enterasys Networks. His extensive management experience includes product development, and international sales and marketing, as well as technology, IT and procurement. Prior to joining Siemens Enterprise Communications, Akhavan served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Deutsche Telekom Group, where he was responsible for the company’s mobile operations in Europe, and he was also Chairman of the Executive Operating Board at Deutsche Telekom. He was also previously the CEO at T-Mobile International AG. Hamid Akhavan holds Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH) and a Master’s degree in the same fields from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). U.S. Patent Numbers: 5,673,308 and 5,920,815.

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Dr. Alireza Akhbardeh

Dr. Akhbardeh is a faculty member in Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology.  He received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering-Electronics (1997) and M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering (2001) and PhD in Signal Processing (2007).  Dr. Akhbardeh is a specialist in signal processing, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and their applications in Electrical, control and biomedical engineering. He has over 12 years of experience and multiple appointments in both academia and industry. He has several years of industrial experience as senior engineer, instrumentation, control, signal processing, and device development specialist.  He also worked in several pioneered Universities. He has acted as the editor of a journal and reviewer of several well-known conferences and journals and has published above 50 papers and filed three patents in the field. He used to teach several electrical, biomedical and control engineering courses including, signal processing and human-computer interface courses in both Europe and USA. Dr. Akhbardeh is a member of several professional societies including Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), SPIE – the international society for optics and photonics and AAPM: The American Association of Physicists in Medicine. Dr. Akhbardeh has filed patents pertaining to An Eye Movement based Device Control Interface, Multiparametric Non-Linear Dimension reduction methods for segmentation and classification of radiological images, and A Novel 3D registration and reslicing of radiological images.

Provisional Applications: 61/471,617, 61/443,748, 61/443,770 (2011-2012)

International Applications: PCT/US2012/025705 and PCT/US2012/025708

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Dr. Siavash Alamouti

Siavash M. Alamouti has been a Group Research and Development Director at Vodafone Group plc since March 1, 2010. Mr. Alamouti served as the Chief Technology Officer of Vivato Networks Inc. since February, 2004. He served as the Chief Technology Officer of Mobility Wireless Group and Intel Fellow of Mobility Group of Intel Corp. He also served at MPR Teltech Ltd in various engineering roles. He served as a Senior Scientist at AT&T Wireless and is an internationally recognized … expert in smart antenna technology. Mr. Alamouti is best known as the inventor of the Alamouti Code, the first multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) code that also has been adopted for other wireless standards, including 3G wireless and 802.16 (WiMax). His findings have been published in more than 100 publications and technical reports and he has received more than ten patents for his innovations in wireless communications. Mr. Alamouti sets technical direction and leads the Vivato’s advanced development team, which is comprised of well-known wireless and Wi-Fi experts. He is recognized by the IEEE Communications Society as the author of one of the best 57 papers in the last 50 years of the Society’s history. He holds over 20 patents in wireless systems application and wireless systems design. Mr. Alamouti received his Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1989 and his Master Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1991 both from the University of British Columbia.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 5,659,578; 5,675,590; 5,784,417; 5,838,728; 5,907,565; 5,931,965; 5,933,421; 6,185,258; 6,501,803; 6,560,209; 6,578,173; 6,584,144; 6,600,776; 6,775,329; 6,782,039; 6,807,240; 6,853,629; 6,853,688; 6,889,356; 7,095,708; 7,099,698; 7,120,200; 7,333,531; 7,386,077; 7,450,542; 7,587,007; 7,643,568; 7,683,844; 7,756,471; 7,801,084; 7,894,382; 7,916,806; 7,925,303; 7,983,217; 8,037,396.

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Dr. Kambiz Alavi

Kambiz Alavi received his undergraduate and graduate education in Physics at M.I.T. (Ph.D. 1981). He joined the Solid State Electronics Research Laboratory at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ in 1981. There he collaborated in pioneering research in molecular beam epitaxy of (In, Al, Ga) As heterostructures for optoelectronic and electron devices including novel transistors, MQW lasers and graded bandgap MQW APDs. In 1983 he joined Siemens Research and Technology Laboratories in Princeton, NJ to establish a new MBE Laboratory for optoelectronic and electron device R&D.

He joined UTA Electrical Engineering Dept. in August 1988 as an Associate professor. He has established and conducted interdisciplinary research in MBE materials growth, fabrication, and characterization of optoelectronic and electron devices in collaboration with industry and faculty within UTA and other universities. He has developed several graduate courses on these subjects. Dr. Alavi was promoted to full professor in 1994 and received the UTA College of Engineering “Haliburton Excellence in Research Award” in 1996. In summer of 1997 he was awarded an NSF University/Industry Research Fellowship at Texas Instruments, were he participated in MBE growth and characterization of InGaP/InGaAs/GaAs/AlGaAs structures for the development of high efficiency pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistors (PHEMT). To Read more please click here.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 4,599,728; 6,906,326; 7,196,349

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Amir Ansari

An inventor and serial entrepreneur, Amir Ansari brings more than 16 years of experience to Prodea Systems, where he serves as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to co-founding Prodea Systems, Amir served in the intelligent IP division of Sonus Networks(Nasdaq: SONS), a provider of IP-based voice infrastructure products. There he was responsible for providing technical guidance and direction in deploying one of the industry’s first soft switches in a carrier network. Amir is a member of the X PRIZE Foundation’s Vision Circle and its Board of Trustees. Together with his family, he was a title sponsor for the Ansari X PRIZE, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 8,086,495; 8,078,688; 8,031,726; 8,027,335; 7,987,490.

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Dr. Payman Arabshahi

Payman Arabshahi is a senior research scientist with the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory, and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineeringat the UW. From 1994-1996 he served on the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. From 1997-2006 he was on the senior technical staff of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in the Communications Architectures and Research Section. While at JPL he also served as affiliate graduate faculty at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Caltech, where he taught the three-course graduate sequence on digital communications. He has a strong, 12-year track record of successful design, implementation, and management of large, complex technology projects; building and maintaining R&D relationships with academia, government, and industry; and strategic planning and technology roadmapping. His research interests are in wireless communications and networking, sensor networks, signal processing, data mining and search, and biologically inspired systems. Dr. Arabshahi received his B.S. in Engineering in 1988, M.S. in EE in 1990, and PH.D in Electrical Engineering in 1994. U.S. Patent Number: 7,602,792

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Dr. Nasser Ashgriz

Nasser Ashgriz is a professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto.  Prior to U of T, he was a professor at the State University of New York  at Buffalo. He has been a visiting scientist at NASA Lewis Research Lab, Phillips Lab at Edwards Air force Base, Imperial College, and several other research institutes.  He received his Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A. in 1984. U.S. Patent Number 4,667,877

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Dr. Amir H. Assadi

Amir Assadi is a professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin and received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Princeton University in 1978. Amir Assadi’s field of interest are computational neuroscience, statistical learning theory, image science, biomedical signal processing, and pattern recognition and analysis of massive data sets. His Affiliations are in Biomedical Engineering, Mathematics, and Medical Physics. U.S. Patent Number: 8,150,795.

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Ramin BagheriRamin Bagheri, MBA

Ramin Bagheri is graduated from university of Mannheim in Germany with a Master Degree in Business Administration in 1996. He started his career working for GlaxoSmithKline in the consumer products industry. His career began at SAP in 1999 as R/3 Material Management and Supplier Relationship Management consultant. He worked also for Business ByDesign Solution Management of SRM for more than 5 years before he changed to the LOB Procurement of SAP Suite Solution Management in August 2009. He is currently responsible solution manager for the mobile applications within LOB Procurement at SAP Labs in Palo Alto California. U.S. Patent No. 8,055,523; 7,881,999; 7,475,029

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Dr. Iraj Beheshti

Dr. Iraj Beheshti, Ph.D., M.B.A., Vice President and Director of Clinical Reference Laboratories. Dr. Beheshti was Co-Founder and Director of Research and Development (1985-1988) and President and CEO of London Diagnostics (1988-1993). Prior to that he was Senior Scientist with Abbott Laboratories. Before joining NYMOX, Dr. Beheshti was Director of Operations of Acute Care and Outpatient Laboratories at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Beheshti is an authority in the medical diagnostics field and in affairs dealing with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He has been involved in the successful development and commercialization of numerous products, including 14 FDA approved diagnostic kits. Dr. Iraj Beheshti served as General Manager of Elitra Pharmaceutical’s Fungal Research Center in Montreal, Canada. Prior to joining Elitra, Dr. Beheshti served as President and CEO of Mycota Biosciences, before Elitra acquired it in 2001. He has also held various research and management positions at Abbott Laboratories, Nymox Pharmaceutical, the clinical laboratories at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic, and London Diagnostics. He is a co-inventor on several issued patents relating to inventions he made as a founder and president of London Diagnostics. He has a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Sussex, Britain. U.S. Patent Numbers: 5,290,936; 6,130,221; 6,518,314.

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Dr. Mina Bissell

Dr. Bissell is a pioneer in the area of the role of extracellular matrix (ECM) and microenvironment in regulation of tissue-specific function with special emphasis in breast cancer, where she has changed some established paradigms. She earned an A.B. with honors in chemistry from Harvard/Radcliffe College and a Ph.D. in bacterial genetics from Harvard University. She joined the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 1972, became Director of Cell & Molecular Biology in 1988, and was appointed Director of all of Life Sciences in 1992. Dr. Bissell has authored more than 300 publications, is member of 5 international scientific boards, and is on the editorial board of a dozen scientific journals, including Science magazine.

Dr. Bissell was elected as a Fellow of AAAS, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. She served as President of the American Society of Cell Biology and the International Society of Differentiation. She has received honorary doctorates from Pierre & Marie Curie University in Paris and the University of Copenhagen.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 5,846,536; 6,004,805; 6,123,941; 6,287,790; 6,753,154; 6,982,151; 7,618,627; 7,666,850.

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Dr. Jaber Borran

Jaber Borran received the B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and the M.S. degree in Electrical and Communications Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1993 and 1996, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rice University, Houston, Texas, in 2003. He received the silver medal in the International Mathematics Olympiad, 1989, Germany, and was a recipient of the Nokia Mobile Phones R&D Intern Scholarship in 2002.  He has filed more than 20 patent applications at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
He is currently with Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, CA.  His research interests include wireless communications and information theory.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 8,619,563; 8,553,575; 8,553,711; 8,588,178; 8,660,71; 8,315,207. 

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Kourosh Boutorabi, Sr. Director, Smart Energy Atmel

Kourosh Boutorabi has more than 28 years experience in product development, engineering and business management and marketing in Aerospace, industrial imaging, broadband communication and analog/mixed signal semiconductor products. Since 2002, when he pioneered development of metering system-on-chip solutions at Teridian semiconductor, he has led product strategy, definition, management and development of innovative smart energy products as well as communications and isolated sensing devices. As Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) business unit, his leadership led Teridian’s business to a global market leadership position, receipt of TechAmerica’s 2009 High Tech Innovation Award and ultimately a successful acquisition by Maxim Integrated Products in 2010.

Mr. Boutorabi joined Atmel in 2011 where he has been leading Atmel’s smart energy business which encompasses a comprehensive portfolio of microcontroller and microprocessor products, standards based smart energy connectivity products including PRIME, G3 and IEEE1901.2 narrowband power line carrier solutions, IEEE 802.15.4 and 802.15.4g RF solutions, Cryptography, Metrology and ARM based system-on-chip solutions. U.S. Patent Numbers: 8,144,446; 8,271216; 8,493,059.

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Farid Dibachi, MSEE, MSME, CEO

As founder, CEO and Chairman, Farid Dibachi shapes the vision and strategic direction of Arzoon. With more than 20 years experience in the high technology industry, Mr. Dibachi is a successful, seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur and is directly responsible for the management, growth, and success of Arzoon. Before founding Arzoon, Mr. Dibachi co-founded Diba, a pioneer in Information Appliances, and served as its Chairman and CTO until it was acquired by Sun Microsystems in 1997, where he continued to work as General Manager of the Consumer Technology Group. Prior to Diba, Mr. Dibachi was founder, CEO, and President of Wavetron Microsystems, which was purchased by SBS Technology. Mr. Dibachi also held various engineering and management positions at Hewlett-Packard. A frequent industry spokesman, Mr. Dibachi holds M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. U.S. Patent Number: 6,173,062

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Dr. Esmael Dinan

Dr Dinan is founder and CTO of DinanTech LLC, a company focused oninnovation and technology services. Dr. Dinan has over eighteen years ofexperience in research and innovation serving as a principal engineer and researcherin technology firms such as WorldCom, Bechtel Communications, Sprint, and Clearwire.During the last decade, Dr. Dinan served senior executives and investment professionalsto address their most critical technology and intellectual property relatedissues. Dr Dinan has authored more than 30 conference papers and journalarticles, and is inventor in 91 patent applications (including 18 issued patents) in various areas including wireless communications, optical networks,and Internet. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from George MasonUniversity, Fairfax, Virginia.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 7,061,896; 7,616,599; 7,948,913; 7,970,920; 8,031,665; 8,036,225; 8,060,054; 8,064,410; 8,068,786; 8,068,838; 8,086,249; 8,107,888; 8,121,090; 8,125,949; 8,144,639; 8,130,728; 8,160,024; 8,160,628.

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Dr. Hamid Reza Eghbalnia

Hamid R. Eghbalnia, PhD and Professor at University of Cincinnati is engaged in research aimed at a novel methods for integrating computational and experimental approaches to study biological systems. His research interests include the study of systems responses to acute and chronic inflammatory agents using molecular markers, and technologies for rapid determination of biomolecular structures and complexes. Computationally-enriched experimental investigations are at the leading edge of research in biodiscovery efforts. Dr. Eghbalnia contributes to Isomark by bringing a mix of broad skills, ranging from engineering startup experiences to innovative ways of leveraging existing knowledgebases in order to maximize the impact of diagnostic data. In addition to a his scientific and computational expertise, his prior involvements with high-tech startups complements the business knowledge of Isomark team.

U.S. Patent Number 8,026,049

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Person NameDr. Ramin Farjad

Ramin Farjad is a leading architect of high performance communications chips. He was a founding member of Velio communications in 1999 (acquired by Rambus & LSI Logic) where he architected different generations of high density serial links for networking switches. At Rambus, he was in charge of next-generation multi-Gbps backplane transceivers. In 2005, he co-founded Aquantia where he serves as company’s Chief Architect.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from Sharif University of Technology in 1994, and his Master’s & Ph.D. in EE from Stanford University in 1996 & 1999 respectively. Ramin Farjad has more than 32 Patents.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 8,085,880; 7,844,023; 7,786,816; 7,683,680; 7,639,736; 7,443,941; 7,414,489; 7,333,578; 7,319,345; 7,274,242; 7,257,183; 7,167,517; 7,078,979; 6,937,073; 6,861,916; 6,794,946; 6,617,936; 6,476,656; 6,316,987; 6,275,072; 5,799,048; 7,818,649; 7,805,642; 7,797,613; 7,739,558; 7,706,434; 7,675,450; 7,669,106; 7,663,412; 7,589,567; 7,577,891; 7,532,048; 7,528,629.

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Dr. Akbar Ghahary

Dr. Akbar Ghahary, an industrialist and executive in the manufacturing sector, is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Safas Corporation. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society and Society of Plastic Engineers, a member of the advisory board of Iranian American Chemists Association. Dr. Ghahary has over 40 years of experience in polymer design and composites and owns many US and International patents, mostly in polymers and advanced composites, including GRANICOAT (R), the award-winning product that Safas Corporation Manufactures and markets worldwide. Dr. Ghahary has been a philanthropist and an active member of the Iranian American community. His commitment to serving cultural and humanitarian projects has involved him in extensive charitable work with various cultural and community based organizations worldwide. He is the first individual who organized and founded a three-day conference, IRAN FACING THE NEW CENTURY, which focused on Iran’s national identity and national interest at Oxford University, UK in 2004. This one-of-a-kind conference was well-received and attended by scholars and academicians from Iran, the United States, Canada, and Europe. Additionally, Dr. Ghahary has been a former President of the Persian Cultural and Humanitarian Association; present Chairman of the Board of the Encyclopedia Iranica Foundation; and the co-founder and President of the Persian Cultural Foundation (PCF).

U.S. Patent Numbers: 5,304,592; 5,465,544; 5,476,895; 5,504,126; 5,688,602; 6,548,157; 7,442,726; 7,727,435; 8,128,999.

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Dr. Hossein Ghanbari

Hossein A. Ghanbari, Ph.D. is Chairman, CEO/CSO, and co-founder of Panacea. Dr. Ghanbari worked at the world headquarters of Abbott Laboratories in Chicago, Illinois for nearly ten years, where he developed several pharmaceutical and diagnostic products, including the first Alzheimer’s test marketed in the World. He was a member of NDA Team for Leupron, a very successful drug. He also directed the Analytical Sections of an IND application for an antibody-based viral drug. He served on Abbott’s Technical Advisory Board and was inducted into the Volwiler Society, a prestigious honorary organization that serves as Abbott’s recognition of the highest standards of scientific accomplishment. Subsequently, he co-founded Molecular Geriatrics Corporation, a bio-pharmaceutical company that focuses on developing drugs for neurodegenerative diseases, and served as its Senior Vice-President for R&D. Dr. Ghanbari served as Senior Vice-President for R&D and Strategic Planning as well as Director for four years at Nymox Pharmaceutical Corporation. He was instrumental in starting Nymox (NASDAQ: NYMX), and was responsible for bringing in an array of technologies that have established Nymox as an international presence in the area of Alzheimer’s diagnostics and therapeutics. Dr. Ghanbari received a BS degree with distinction from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He received his master’s degree and Ph.D., both in Biochemistry, from Pennsylvania State University.  He has authored 58 publications and is inventor on 61 issued or pending patents.

U.S. Patent Numbers:  5,100,807; 5,105,007; 5,429,947; 5,811,310; 6,121,036; 6,130,221; 6,518,314; 6,835,370; 6,942,858; 7,456,179; 7,521,479.

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Dr. Morteza Gharib

Morteza Gharib received his Bachelors degree from Teheran University in 1976, Masters degree in 1978 from Syracuse University, and Ph.D. in 1983 from California Institute of Technology. Dr. Gharib is Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Bio-Inspired Engineering, is the new Vice Provost with a special focus on research. Professor Gharib has made contributions to a wide array of research topics ranging from the fundamental analysis of biological flows, to the development of bio-inspired medical devices, to advanced flow visualization techniques. One of his more unusual studies was his work with a SURF student several years ago where they raised a 30000-pound obelisk into place using a single kite and speculated that the ancient Egyptians may have moved the massive stones from which the pyramids were built and raised obelisks by flying them into place! His breadth, technical strength, and enthusiasm will serve him and Caltech well as he takes on the role of Vice Provost. Dr. Gharib has 173 publications in refereed journals.

Space-Related Research: Bio-Engineering for the Exploration of Space (BEES); nanoscale fluid mechanics for space exploration; NASA-sponsored space nanofluidics workshop; micro/nano fluidics fabrication and analysis facility; nanowick circuits for space fluidics applications; space nanofluidics.

List of Research Areas: quantitative visualization, bioinspired flow system, flow structure interaction, bubbly flows, wind and hydro energy harvesting.

U.S. Patent Numbers (in the order of filed applications): 6,387,037, 6,390,969, 6,278,847, 6,254,355 , 6,506,025, 6,608,668, 6,736,791; 6,956,230, 6,666,841, 6,679,687, 6,582,208, 6,580,503, 6,717,172, 7,331,984, 7,163,385, 7,998,190, 7,033,132, 7,491,170, 6,981,958, 7,708,711, 7,144,365, 7,387,500, 7,513,863, 7,678,065, 7,372,984, 7,491,628, 7,524,298, 7,398,818, 7,749,152 , 7,331,991, 7,883,325, 7,879,079, 7,612,870, 8,092,365. 

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Mehdi Hatamian, Ph.D., Director

Mehdi Hatamian received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the Arya-Mehr University of Technology in Tehran, Iran in 1977 and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1978 and 1982 respectively. From 1978 to 1982, he worked for one of NASA’s Space Shuttle programs, developing hardware and software designs to support in-flight biomedical experiments. From 1982 to 1991, he was a member of the Visual Communications Research and the VLSI Systems Research departments of Bell Laboratories where he became a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in 1988. From 1991 to 1996, he was Vice-President of Technology at Silicon Design Experts, Inc., a company he co-founded in 1991. In 1996, he joined Broadcom Corporation where he is now the Vice President of Engineering, DSP Microelectronics. Broadcom is a provider of highly integrated silicon solutions that enable broadband digital transmission of voice, video and data to and throughout the home and within the business enterprise.

Dr. Hatamian specializes in the area of high-speed VLSI signal processing, full-custom and low power circuit and architecture design, adaptive filtering, high-density deep sub-micron CMOS design, image processing, high temperature superconductors and biomedical electronics. He has published nearly 50 papers in his areas of expertise. _______________________________________________________________

Dr. Ghobad Heidari

Dr. Heidari has over 18 years of wireless communication research, development and management. Most recently he was the VP of engineering at Olympus R&D center in San Diego, developing WPAN (WiMedia UWB) solutions. Prior to Olympus he was with Quicksilver Technologies (working on CDMA, WCDMA, WLAN and ISDB-T technologies), Nokia (developing CDMA handsets), Ameritech (deploying first CDMA cellular network in Chicago), and LCC (designing cellular RF networks for CDMA and GSM carriers). Dr. Heidari has been closely involved in the standardization processes of various technologies including TIA, 3GPP2, IEEE, Ecma, as well as their associated special Interest Groups such as CDG and WiMedia. Dr. Heidari is author of numerous publications and holder of more than 31 patents. He is the co-author of the UWB PHY, MAC and WLP specifications of the WiMedia Alliance.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 5,043,981; 5,119,374; 5,136,582; 5,210,749; 5,247,626; 5,488,724; 6,618,434; 6,711,413; 7,088,825; 7,139,256; 7,197,645; 7,215,701; 7,353,516; 7,400,668; 7,450,069; 7,492,293; 7,512,173; 7,620,097; 7,668,229; 7,710,321; 7,752,419; 7,764,690; 7,769,362; 7,792,217; 7,912,033; 7,912,081; 7,920,504; 7,986,270; 8,031,789; 8,036,290; 8,077,786; 8,135,427.

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Babak Hodjat, MSSE

Babak is co-founder and primary inventor of Dejima’s technology. He has led several large computer networking and machine learning projects at Neda, Inc. He is a published scholar in the fields of Artificial Life, Agent Oriented Software Engineering, and Distributed Artificial Intelligence. His M.S. Software Engineering is from Sharif University of Technology.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 6,144,989; 6,594,684; 6,772,190; 6,990,670; 7,228,275; 7,231,343; 7,292,978; 7,353,176; 7,558,731; 7,565,397; 7,761,499; 8,036,877; 8,175,990.

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Dr. Bijan Jabbari

Dr. Bijan Jabbari is the founder of Isocore Corporation.  He helped the industry with the first deployment of MPLS and subsequently its adoption by service providers and large corporations in their networks. He has made substantial contributions to standardization bodies for Internet and Wireless technologies. He has contributed to research on protocols and admission control in packet networks including next generation interne access, backbone, and applications. He has helped the industry in the areas such as call control, routing and signaling, mobility, enhanced services, ATM, MPLS, GMPLS, VPNs and network restoration.

He is the past chairman of the IEEE Communications Society technical committee on Communications Switching and Routing. Dr. Jabbari is a Fellow of IEEE, recipient of the IEEE Millennium Medal, the Washington DC Metropolitan Area Engineer of the Year Award. He received the PhD degree from Stanford University, Stanford, California, in electrical engineering. U.S. Patent Number 7,061,896; 7,616,599

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Dr. Mohammad Jamshidi

Mohammad M. Jamshidi (Fellow IEEE, Fellow ASME, A. Fellow-AIAA, Fellow AAAS, Fellow TWAS, Fellow NYAS) received BS in EE, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA in 1967, the MS and Ph.D. degrees in EE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA in June 1969 and February 1971, respectively. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from University of Waterloo, Canada, 2004 and Technical University of Crete, Greece, 2004. Currently, he is the Lutcher Brown Endowed Chaired Professor and Leader of Sustainable Energy Research Group at the University of Texas, San Antonio, TX, USA. He was a consultant with USAFF, US DOE Office of Industrial Technologies and DOE Laboratories Oak Ridge, Sandia and Los Alamos. He was also an advisor for the NASA Headquarters from 1998-2004 and on NASA JPL’s Pathfinder Project mission and Surface Systems Track Review Board. In summer 1999, he was a NATO Distinguished Professor in Portugal conducting lectures on intelligent systems and control. He has over 650 technical publications including 63 books (11 textbooks), research volumes, and edited volumes. His most recent edited books are on system of systems engineering. He is the Founding Editor or co-founding editor or Editor-in-Chief of 5 journals including IEEE Control Systems Magazine and the IEEE Systems Journal. Dr. Jamshidi is a Fellow or member of 8 societies and academies. He is the recipient of the IEEE Centennial Medal and IEEE Control Systems Society Distinguished Member Award and the IEEE CSS Millennium Award, and NASA National Service Award in 2005. U.S. Patent Number 5,590,246

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Dr. Ali Javan

Professor Javan, a native of Teheran, Iran, received the Ph.D. degree in physics in 1954 from Columbia University in New York City under the direction of Charles Townes. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University, he joined the research staff of Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey in September, 1958. In 1961 he joined the MIT faculty, where he has continued to teach and conduct research up to the present. Professor Javan conceived of the gas laser principle in 1958, while a member of the Bell Laboratories technical staff, and in 1960 he brought this concept to fruition, successfully operating the well-known and widely used helium-neon laser. This invention, the first laser to operate continuously, attracted immediate international attention and laid the foundation for a great deal of subsequent work. U.S. Patent Number 3,149,290; 4,274,063; 4,287,486; 4,410,992; 4,329,664; 4,435,808; 4,651,010; 4,774,714; 4,864,587; 4,893,923; 4,815,085; 4,817,099; 4,841,529; 5,068,864. To read more please click here.

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Dr. Sepandar Kamvar

Sep Kamvar is the LG Associate Professor and Director of the Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on social computing and information management. Prior to MIT, Sep was the head of personalization at Google and a consulting professor of Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University. Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of Kaltix, a personalized search company that was acquired by Google in 2003. Sep is the author of two books and over 40 technical publications and patents in the fields of search and social computing. He is on the technical advisory boards of several companies, including Clever Sense and Etsy. His artwork has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens. Sep received his Ph.D. in Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics from Stanford University and his A.B. in Chemistry from Princeton University.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 7,028,029; 7,216,123; 7,440,968; 7,487,145; 7,509,344; 7,565,630; 7,716,223; 7,805,518; 7,836,044; 7,953,763; 8,078,607; 8,150,842; 8,156,109.

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Dr. Saied Kazeminejad

Dr. Saied Kazeminejad has over 20 years of working experience in major U.S wireless carriers and manufacturers. He has served as Subject Matter Experts in architectural level and Radio Access Network of 1xEV-DO, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WiMAX, and DVB-SH technologies and products. His major expertise is in wireless network design, optimization, key performance indicators, interference analysis, link budgets, and propagation models. He has gained extensive experience in spectrum management; rules, interference analysis, and co-existence guidelines for terrestrial and satellite systems. Dr. Kazeminejad has had notable contributions in product and technology evaluation, standards development, regulatory approval, design reviews, performance verification, writing application and optimization guidelines, training and preparation of RFI. Dr. Kazeminejad is a senior member of IEEE and has numerous publications. U.S. Patent Numbers: 8,086,249 and 8,107,888

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Dr. Homayoon Kazerooni

Homayoon Kazerooni is a roboticist and professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kazerooni is the director of the Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory and also the Co-founder and Chief Scientist of Berkeley Bionics. The Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory is also affectionately known as “KAZ LAB”. Dr. Kazerooni’s work focuses on the control of human-machine systems specific to lower human extremities. After developing BLEEX, ExoHiker, and ExoClimber – three super-light, load-carrying exoskeletons – Berkeley Bionics and his team created HULC (Human Universal Load Carrier). It is the first energetically-autonomous, orthotic, lower extremity exoskeleton, providing the ability for its user to carry 200-pound weights over any sort of terrain for an extended period of time without undue effort. Dr. Kazerooni holds a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and has over 30 years of mechanical engineering experience. He has published more than two hundred articles, delivered over 70 plenary lectures in the U.S. and internationally, and holds more than 17 pertinent patents.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 4,775,289; 4,884,941; 5,865,426; 6,299,139; 6,422,329; 6,474,711; 6,554,252; 6,554,337; 6,622,990; 6,681,638; 6,886,812; 7,334,776; 7,628,766; 7,810,790; 7,883,546; 7,947,004; 8,057,410; 8,070,700.

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Mehran Khodadoust, Ph.D.

Mehran M. Khodadoust, Ph.D. co-founded Bionaut Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and serves as its President and Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Khodadoust single inventor listed on five issued patents and over 30 filed patents. He was elevated to scientist at Millennium. In this role, Dr. Khodadoust was responsible for the discovery and patenting of many genes involved in cardiovascular disease, inflammation, osteoporosis, cancer and metabolic diseases. Dr. Khodadoust has received his Ph. D. from Yale University.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 6,031,078; 6,037,148; 6,291,193; 6,380,382; 6,391,602; 6,558,936.


Dr. Hossein Khorshidi

Dr. Hossein Khorshidi is a Chemist at the United States Food and Drug Administration in Maryland. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA) is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of the United States federal executive departments. He has received his PHD in Medical Chemistry from the University of London in 1984. He has received a Patent in Modified Nucleotides for Nucleic Acid Labeling from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in November of 1997. U.S. Patent No. 5,684,142

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Dr. Ali Khoshgozaran

Ali Khoshgozaran received his Bachelors degree from Sharif University of Technology in Iran, his Masters degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and his Ph.D. degree from University of Southern California in Los Angeles where his research focus was in the areas of privacy in location based applications and geospatial information management.

In his current role as a senior technologist with Samsung Electronics R&D he is responsible for bringing innovative and futuristic experiences to internet-enabled TV augmented by the world of social media. Prior to working at Samsung, Ali has worked as a software developer for Yahoo!’s behavioral targeting team and a program manager at Microsoft corporation for the Bing Maps team.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 8,099,380 and 7,933,884.

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Behzad Khosrovi, M.A., Ph.D.

Dr. Behzad Khosrovi has directed research and development for NovaBay Pharmaceuticals since he joined the company in 2003. He currently serves as NovaBay’s Chief Alliance Officer and Senior Vice President of Product Development. Dr. Khosrovi’s accomplishments managing new drug and biologic research span more than 30 years. He has in-depth experience in the chemistry, manufacturing, preclinical, clinical and regulatory requirements for both biologics and drugs, as well as a long history of product development achievements. Dr. Khosrovi has taken numerous diverse product candidates through the FDA’s Investigational New Drug procedure, with three of these approved and currently sold in both the U.S. and Europe. Educated in England, Dr. Khosrovi received his M.A. degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge and earned his Ph.D. in applied microbiology & biochemical engineering from the University of Manchester.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 4,400,467; 5,780,431; 7,846,971.

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Dr. Omid Kia

Omid Kia is a Senior Staff Computer Vision ITT Geospatial Systems Scientist at ITT Geospatial Systems Division. He has received his B.S. in EE from the Catholic University of America in 1987, M.S. in EE from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1989, and Ph. D. from University of Maryland College Park in 1997. Before working at ITT Geospatial Systems he was the Chief Scientist at Imaging Sciences International LLC and before that he was the Chief Technology Officer of IMACOM. Omid Kia has more than 20 Filed Applications and has received more than five Patents.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 6,832,176; 7,460,638; 7,545,909; 7,756,247; 7,783,093; 7,817,830.

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Dr Kayvan Najarian

Dr. Kayvan Najarian is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where he works on biomedical signal and image processing and biomedical informatics. Previously he was Assistant Professor at UNC Charlotte. Before that, Dr Najarian was President and CTO at Analytica Inc. He has also been a Datamining Scientist at Knowledge Junction Systems Inc. and a lecturer at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of British Columbia. Dr Najarian has an MSc in Biomedical Engineering and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, completed with an award-winning thesis. He has taught extensively since 1999 at both the undergraduate and graduate level at UNC Charlotte and Virginia Commonwealth University, including the creation of new courses, developing the curriculum, and assisting other staff. Dr Najarian has been published 6 times in the Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering. He co-authored ‘Biomedical Signal and Image Processing’. He has published over 100 journal articles and conference papers.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 6,996,476; 7,095,872; 7,856,320; 8,065,089; 8,145,585.

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Dr. Camran Nezhat

Dr. Camran Nezhat M.D. is a General partner of CN Investment Pioneer in laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Nezhat has been Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Acacia Technologies, an operating group of Acacia Research Corporation since September 22, 2003. He has been Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Acacia Research Corporation and CombiMatrix Corporation since september 22, 2003. He serves as a Director of Avantis Medical Systems, Inc. He served as Clinical Advisor of Viking Systems, Inc. He served as President of Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. In the late ’70s, Dr. Nezhat introduced a technique known as video laparoscopy that has revolutionized modern abdominal and pelvic surgery. He has pioneered numerous minimally invasive surgical techniques and has trained hundreds of surgeons. Dr. Nezhat is also one of the world’s experts in endometriosis, fibroids, and other women’s health issues. Dr. Nezhat has co-authored two textbooks (Operative Gynecologic Laparoscopy, McGraw-Hill, 2000, and Endometriosis: Advanced Techniques and Surgical Management, Springer Verlag, 1995) and many scientific papers and has received numerous awards.

U.S Patent Numbers:  6,030,384; 6,123,701; 6,162,220; 7,507,209; 7,585,281; 7,641,651; 7,862,565; 7,942,874

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Dr. Amir Novini

Amir has over twenty years of experience in the field of machine vision and is recognized and respected for his accomplishments in the industry. He has developed three generations of machine vision systems for applications in the automotive, defense, and food and beverage container industries. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Automated Imaging Association (AIA) since 1988 and two consecutive terms as the Chairman of the Board. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the newly formed Automation Technologies Council (ATC). He has authored numerous papers on machine vision and has several patents. Prior to starting Applied Vision, he was the Vice President of Marketing and Product Development at LumenX Company. Amir is a graduate of North East London University and has worked towards a Ph.D. at Kent State University.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 4,491,868; 5,095,204; 5,256,960; 6,172,748; 7,379,177; 7,414,716; 7,541,572; 7,626,158; 7,688,437; 7,697,132; 7,816,639; 7,876,951; 7,898,655; 8,058,607; 8,135,206.

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Masoud Olfat, Ph.D, Post-doc EE

Dr. Masoud Olfat received the PhD degrees and completed post-doc in electrical engineering from University of Maryland, College Park in 2003. He has more than 15 years of experience in managing multi-task teams in developing multimedia communication systems, signal processing, and mobile broadband wireless systems such as WiMAX and 3G LTE. He has been actively participating in the development of IEEE802.16 standard and mobile WiMAX from its infancy. As a manager of 4G Access in Sprint Nextel (XOHM), and later in Clearwire Inc., he managed numerous key projects essential for the deployment of WiMAX network, such as RFP, development of WiMAX RAN requirement and specifications, XOHM WiMAX IOT (RAN-Core-Device IOT), technical development of WiMAX certification, etc. In addition he was responsible for company’s standard activities such as involvement in WiMAX, 3GPP, ITU, etc.

As a director of RAN technology & standard in LightSquared, he is leading multi-disciplinary teams in charge of 3GPP LTE RAN development, eNB development and implementation, and all company standard activities, including standardization of company’s spectrum in 3GPP, coexistence of LightSquared technology with GPS, RAN development with Sprint, RAN sharing (MOCN) structure, VoIP over LTE, and IMS architecture. He has 8 issued patents and another 50 more filed patents in United States and internationally, in the field of wireless communications.  He has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland at College Park, where he has developed and taught several wireless courses, in addition to running several training and short course sessions. Dr. Olfat holds more than 22 U.S.Patents.

U.S. Patent Numbers. 7,843,870; 7,961,610; 8,204,448; 8,233,434; 8,312,337; 8,380,198; 8,424,085; 8,509,156; 8,520,633; 8,521,214; 8,649,282; 8,681,638; 8,699,445; 8,700,965

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Navid OmidbakhshNavid Omidbakhsh, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Dr. Omidbakhsh is a PhD in chemical engineering from University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He is also a licensed professional engineer of Ontario. He has worked for Henkel as R&D supervisor from 1998-2002. He then joined Virox Technologies in 2002, and is currently Vice President of Open Innovation, and Intellectual Property. His research at Virox has led to the development of the greenest, the safest and the most efficient disinfecting products registered by US EPA, US FDA, Health Canada, etc. based on Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide technology. Dr. Omidbakhsh has over 12 pending patent application at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  U.S. Patents 7,462,586; 7,632,523; 7,354604   

International Patents: AU3245498AA; NZ0534352A; CN11146905A; U2003302067; EP 01562430B1; AU5244462AA; NZ0550744; EP1851297B1; CA2454437AA; NZ0591314

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Pierre Morad Omidyar

Mr. Pierre M. Omidyar is a Co-Founder, Founding Partner, and Director at Omidyar Network. He co-founded the firm in 2004. He also serves as an Advisor at Neoteny Co., Ltd. As an entrepreneur and innovator, Mr. Omidyar guides Omidyar Network with his strategic vision, values, and fresh approach to the field of philanthropy. He also founded eBay Inc. as a sole proprietorship on Labor Day in September 1995. Mr. Omidyar launched it as an experiment in how a level playing … field would affect the efficiency of a marketplace and was the President until August 1996. He was the Chief Executive Officer at Ebay Inc. until February 1998 and was its Chief Financial Officer until November 1997. After eBay became a public company in 1998, He and his wife co-founded the Omidyar Foundation to fund nonprofits. Prior to founding eBay, Mr. Omidyar co-founded Ink Development Corp. (later renamed eShop) in May 1991 and was a Software Engineer from May 1991 to September 1994. He holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Tufts University.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 7,702,584 and 8,051,007

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Dr. Kaveh Pahlavan

Kaveh Pahlavan is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a Professor of Computer Science, and Director of the Center for Wireless Information Network Studies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts. His current area of research is wireless access and localization for body area networks and indoor geolocation and tracking for multi-Robot applications. His research background is on radio propagation modeling, modulation, channel coding and adaptive signal processing for digital communication over voice-band and fading multipath radio channels. He has contributed to numerous seminal technical and visionary publications and patents in voice-band modem, wireless LAN, wireless heterogeneous network, wireless indoor Geolocation and WiFi localization. He is author of several books in the area of wireless networks.

Dr. Pahlavan has received his M.S. degree from  University of Teheran in 1975 and received his Ph.D. from  Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1979.

U.S. Patent Numbers:  4,660,213; 4,660,214; 7,515,578; 7,551,579; 7,551,929; 7,835,754; 7,916,661; 8,005,486; 8,014,788; 8,090,386; 8,103,288; 8,155,673.

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Bijan Pakzad, Designer

Bijan Pakzad (generally known simply as Bijan) is a well-known Iranian American designer of menswear and fragrances . His exclusive boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills was established in 1976 and can be visited by “appointment only”. It has been described as “the most expensive store in the world”. Bijan’s fragrances for both men and women are known for their distinctive circular glass flacon with an open center and a dividing web. When half full, the fragrance fills two separate chambers, seemingly defying the law of gravity that liquid seeks its own level. One of these perfume bottles is featured in the permanent exhibit of the Smithsonian Institution. U.S. Patent Numbers: D301,307; D307,552; 5,850,911. To read more please click here.

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Dr. Kourosh Parsa PhotoDr. Kourosh Parsa

Dr. Parsa has over 20 years of experience in the field of wireless communications, with over a decade at the cutting edge of the wireless industry, inventing numerous technologies in the field of wireless data and WCDMA. His wireless career began in 1990 at RAM Mobile Data as manager of data systems engineering wherein he oversaw the system planning and dimensioning of the Mobitex Packet Radio System. As Interim Chief Executive Officer and VP of Technology and Standards, Dr. Parsa led the success of Golden Bridge Technology (GBT) in globalization of Common Packet Technology as part of UMTS (Universal Mobile Terrestrial System). Specifically, he originated and co-invented The Common Packet Channel Technology and managed the process of acceptance of this technology as part of the UMTS standard.

Dr. Parsa was also one of the chief architects of the Wideband Packet CDMA RTT, which was jointly submitted to International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in January of 1999 by American Standard bodies, TR46.1 and T1P1.5, which was subsequently merged into the European ETSI and Japanese ARIB proposals. Kourosh Parsa holds more than 18 U.S. Patents.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 6,574,267; 6,324,207; 6,169,759; 6,389,056; 6,606,341; 6,301,286; 6,643,318; 6,757,319; 6,480,525; 6,507,601; 6,717,975; 6,639,936; 7,359,427; 6,985,511; 7,046,717; 6,996,155; 7,075,971; 7,747,272; 7,508,861. To read more please click here.

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Dr. Gholam Peyman, M.D.

An inventor, a scientist and a brilliant, humanistic practitioner describes Gholam A. Peyman, MD, Ophthalmologist and Retina Surgeon. Through the eyes of his patients, Dr. Peyman is visualized as “More than a brilliant physician,” but as an incredibly caring individual who views the patient as a complete being taking into consideration all systems of the human body when investigating diseases of the eye. Dr. Peyman was born in Iran and as a young adult moved to Germany to study at the University of Freiburg where he received his MD in 1962. He completed his internship at St. Johannes Hospital in Diusberg, Germany in 1964 and at Passaic General Hospital in Passaic, New Jersey in 1965.

Dr. Peyman is responsible for the invention of LASIK eye surgery which corrects the vision of an eyeglass dependent patient allowing them to be free from wearing eyeglasses. He has been granted more than 124 US Patents covering an extensive range of medical devices, intra-ocular drug delivery, surgical techniques, as well as new methods of diagnosis and treatment. To read more please click here.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 4,138,191; 4,238,482; 4,312,575; 4,402,681; 4,428,748; 4,470,159; 4,477,158; 4,581,031; 4,615,702; 4,617,023; 4,633,866; 4,646,720; 4,666,446; 4,674,503; 4,685,921; 4,685,922; 4,702,865; 4,705,037; 4,729,373; 4,838,266; 4,840,175; 4,878,910; 4,891,043; 5,185,152; 5,219,844; 5,258,412; 5,266,302; 5,275,593; 5,346,689; 5,374,272; 5,405,355; 5,437,274; 5,487,725; 5,516,522; 5,527,356; 5,547,473; 5,697,973; 5,713,844; 5,722,971; 5,743,274; 5,767,105; 5,824,073; 5,855,907; 5,919,185; 5,928,663; 5,964,748; 5,964,776; 5,976,502; 6,026,815; 6,033,395; 6,059,828; 6,063,073; 6,126,687; 6,162,242; 6,197,019; 6,197,057; 6,203,538; 6,217,571; 6,221,067; 6,264,648; 6,277,146; 6,280,470; 6,280,471; 6,296,867; 6,299,611; 6,342,051; 6,384,043; 6,395,294; 6,432,078; 6,436,092; 6,436,429; 6,442,409; 6,458,141; 6,489,335; 6,524,330; 6,551,307; 6,554,775; 6,585,972; 6,622,729; 6,673,067; 6,702,807; 6,702,853; 6,726,922; 6,733,750; 6,786,926; 6,855,163; 6,887,261; 6,899,877; 6,918,904; 6,936,043; 6,942,655; 6,949,093; 6,989,008; 7,001,374; 7,037,943; 7,041,078; 7,083,802; 7,083,803; 7,087,237; 7,101,571; 7,147,636; 7,220,224; 7,220,278; 7,223,416; 7,316,676; 7,341,599; 7,354,574; 7,458,953; 7,549,752; 7,638,139; 7,678,078; 7,722,581; 7,731,364; 7,744,860; 7,772,006; 7,828,440; 7,833,966; 7,959,570; 7,964,214; 7,993,399; 8,070,289; 8,087,783; 8,119,165; 8,121,663; 8,137,698.

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Dr. Behzad Razavi

Behzad Razavi received the BSEE degree from Sharif University of Technology in 1985 and the MSEE and PhDEE degrees from Stanford University in 1988 and 1992, respectively. He was with AT&T Bell Laboratories and Hewlett-Packard Laboratories until 1996. Since 1996, he has been Associate Professor and subsequently Professor of electrical engineering at University of California, Los Angeles. His current research includes wireless transceivers, frequency synthesizers, phase-locking and clock recovery for high-speed data communications, and data converters. Professor Razavi was an Adjunct Professor at Princeton University from 1992 to 1994, and at Stanford University in 1995. He served on the Technical Program Committees of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) from 1993 to 2002 and VLSI Circuits Symposium from 1998 to 2002. He has also served as Guest Editor and Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, and International Journal of High Speed Electronics.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 5,289,055; 5,428,318; 5,574,405; 6,509,777; 6,606,489; 6,748,204; 6,807,406; 6,850,749; 6,864,753; 6,947,720; 7,084,707; 7,149,128; 7,286,625; 7,336,114; 7,528,357; 7,986,726.

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Fariborz F. Roohparvar, MSEE, MBA

Frankie Roohparvar is Vice President of NAND Development at Micron Technology. Mr. Roohparvar joined Micron in 1993 and has served in a variety of positions, including Senior Director of Design Engineering for Micron Technology Flash products. He was appointed to his current position in 2006 and is responsible for Micron’s leadership position in NAND memory. He has been granted more than 465 U.S. Patents and is considered an industry leader in the Silicon Valley.

Prior to joining Micron, Mr. Roohparvar was a Design Engineering Manager at Xicor, Inc. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from Iowa State University, a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University, and an MBA from Columbia Business School and University of California at Berkeley. To see his patents please click here.


Sina J. Sabet, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Sabet is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the National Board of Medical Examiners.  He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  Dr. Sabet attended the University of Michigan for undergraduate and medical school and he completed his internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit in 1994.  He completed his ophthalmology residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  At the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Sabet completed fellowships in ophthalmic pathology and uveitis and ocular inflammatory disease. He has invented Lenticular net instruments and received a patent on March 6, 2007.

U.S. Patent: 7,186,258. For more information please visit his site here.

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Dr. Muhammad Sahimi

Sahimi served as chair of the department of chemical engineering from 1999 until the department’s merger with the department of materials science on July 1, 2005. He is known worldwide for his contributions to the understanding of the properties of heterogeneous materials, fluid flow in porous media with applications to oil and gas recovery, and the development of techniques for large-scale scientific computations and atomistic simulations. He has also made major contributions to the engineering of reaction and diffusion systems, separation processes and the dynamics of biological systems.

He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Tehran in 1977, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1984, both in chemical engineering. In 1984, he joined USC. Sahimi has published more than 210 papers in peer-reviewed journals, written four books, and authored several invited reviews and book chapters. He is also the recipient of a Humboldt Research Fellowship Award and the Khwarizmi International Award for Distinguished Scientific Achievements, sponsored by UNESCO.

U.S. Patent Number: 7,897,122

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Kamyar Shadan, COO

Mr. Shadan was on Board of Directors of Coherity and closed funding for the company in Oct of 2001. Post funding the Board of Directors appointed Mr. Shadan to come on board in Oct of 2001 as COO, based on his experiences in the unique business environment of emerging companies and his entrepreneurial spirit and creativity. Prior to joining Coherity, Kamyar was a founder of Tonerico Technology Partners USA (HQ in Japan), specializing in consulting services; CEO advisory, corporate strategy development, and venture capital/investment bank relationship management. His clients included IQLabs, 4Points Technologies, Vantel Technologies (VTECH Bombay). At IQ labs he initiated, spear headed and lead the funding while working with the CEO in redefining the business plan/strategy, recruited executive team, and completed an over-subscribed VC round in April 2001 (Draper Fisher, Early Bird Ventures, Draper Richards). Kamyar closed over $16M in Venture capital funding within 6mos of 2001 for his portfolio companies. He is currently serving as a Board Member of 4Points Technologies, Tonerico Technologies, and University of Northern California Foundation. Kamyar has a vast network in Government, Technology and the Financial industries with a concentration in US, Japan, India, Portugal, and UAE.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 6,864,811 and 7,875,869.

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Dr. Cyrus Shahabi

Cyrus Shahabi is a Professor and the Director of the Information Laboratory at the Computer Science Department and also the Director of the NSF’s Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC) at the University of Southern California. He is also the CTO and co-founder of a USC spin-off, Geosemble Technologies. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 1989 and then his M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in May 1993 and August 1996, respectively. He authored two books and more than two hundred research papers in the areas of databases, GIS and multimedia.

Dr. Shahabi is a recipient of the ACM Distinguished Scientist award in 2009, the 2003 U.S. Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the NSF CAREER award in 2002, and the 2001 Okawa Foundation Research Grant for Information and Telecommunications. He was the recipient of US Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) faculty fellowship award in 2011, an organizer of the 2011 National Academy of Engineering “Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering” program, an invited speaker in t he 2010 National Research Council (of the National Academies) Committee on New Research Directions for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and a participant in the 2005 National Academy of Engineering “Frontiers of Engineering” program.  U.S. Patent Numbers: 8,099,380; 8,090,730; 7,742,504; 7,660,441; 7,096,328; 6,910,079.

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Dr. Ghavam Shahidi

Dr. Ghavam Shahidi is the chief architect of IBM’s breakthrough silicon-on-insulator (SOI) CMOS logic technology that is the fastest in the world. Overcoming challenges that had long frustrated many researchers outside IBM, he and his team pushed CMOS, the leading microelectronics technology used to manufacture computer chips, ahead by one to two years. For more than a decade, Dr. Shahidi has been at the forefront of high-performance CMOS development. His fundamental contributions to SOI and high-performance CMOS extended from early research on materials to the qualification and first successful production of commercially viable devices. This achievement has once more strengthened IBM’s leadership position in high-performance digital logic, forcing competitors to follow and spurring customer demand for IBM eServers and microelectronics products. He has been granted more than 65 U.S. Patents.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 5,298,786; 5,784,311; 5,811,857; 6,188,122; 6,214,694; 6,331,182; 6,333,532; 6,337,253; 6,404,014; 6,426,252; 6,429,488; 6,432,754; 6,521,947; 6,521,949; 6,541,317; 6,562,666; 6,566,177; 6,566,198; 6,635,517; 6,645,795; 6,653,698; 6,657,261; 6,686,629; 6,756,257; 6,800,518; 6,828,630; 6,846,727; 6,855,436; 6,861,158; 6,891,228; 7,002,214; 7,084,050; 7,084,460; 7,141,457; 7,163,866; 7,172,930; 7,271,455; 7,273,777; 7,282,425; 7,315,065; 7,317,226; 7,348,633; 7,365,378; 7,473,975; 7,485,539; 7,498,235; 7,501,318; 7,504,311; 7,566,632; 7,592,671; 7,659,583; 7,682,917; 7,749,869; 7,759,772; 7,785,999; 7,855,455; 7,897,444; 7,968,459; 8,008,138; 8,021,956; 8,022,488; 8,053,759; 8,080,838; 8,084309; 8,093,099; 8,138,543.

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Houtan Shirani-Mehr

Houtan Shirani-Mehr received his Bachelors degree from Sharif University of Technology in Iran and his Masters degree from university of California, Irvine. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate at University of Southern California in Los Angeles. His current research focus is on data management. Houtan has worked as summer intern in Chevron and jet propulsion laboratory (NASA JPL) in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

U.S. Patent 8,099,380. Jan 17, 2012

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Dr. Kambiz Shoarinejad

Kambiz Shoarinejad is currently a System Architect and an Associate Technical Director with the Mobile and Wireless Group at Broadcom Corporation. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Sharif University of Technology and the Ph.D. degree from UCLA all in Electrical Engineering in 1994, 1996, and 2001 respectively. His Ph.D. work was on decentralized stochastic systems with applications in wireless communications and distributed control. His industry experience includes 14+ years of system design, research, and product development for wireless communication, radio navigation, and industrial automation systems. He spent summer of 1999 in Mayflower Communications Company Inc., Billerica, MA where he designed and implemented a relative navigation filter for a differential GPS system. From 2001 till 2003, he was with Innovics Wireless Inc., Los Angeles, CA, where he was involved in research, design, and development of the industry’s first diversity-enabled WCDMA baseband ASIC as well as an integrated WCDMA modem. From 2003 till 2005, he was with SySense Inc., Burbank, CA, where he was involved in design and development of high performance tightly-coupled GPS/INS systems. Since 2005, he has been involved in WPAN, GNSS, and RFID/NFC technologies at Broadcom and, as a system architect and a Technical Project Manager, has lead the design and development of multi-radio combo wireless transceiver SoC’s from concept to volume production. Dr. Shoarinejad has more than 15 Patents.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 7,468,694; 7,477,917; 7,492,258; 7,532,908; 7,623,606; 7,664,461; 7,734,994; 7,856,247; 7,890,056; 7,952,481; 7,991,080; 7,994,975; 8,019,379; 8,081,929; 8,085,149; 8,107,446.

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Dr. Pouya Taaghol

Pouya Taaghol joined Intel Corp in 2005 and is the Chief Scientist of Multi-Communication Wireless Platforms at Intel Mobile and Communication Group in Santa Clara, California. Previously at Intel, Pouya held various leadership positions including Head of Wireless Standards and Chief Architect or multi-mode smartphones.

At Intel, he Prior to Intel, Pouya was a founding member of a Silicon Valley startup (Azaire Networks) and worked as senior member of technical staff at Motorola, NEC and a Research Fellow at the University of Surrey. Pouya has been a known and an active member of 3GPP and WiMAX Forum and has made more than 100 contributions on mobile wireless and networking topics. Pouya has over 30 pending and granted patents in the wireless and networking space. He has also published over 20 papers in IEEE, IEE, ISJ (International Satellite Journals), and AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics). Pouya is also Dual Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE#27720) in Routing-Swithching and Security tracks.

He received his B.Sc. from Sharif University of Technology, Iran and PhD from University of Surrey, England in 1993 and 1998, respectively.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 8,094,651;  8,078,171;  8,077,657;  7,953,863;  7,840,687;  7,787,891;  7,650,428.

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Dr. Massih Tayebi

Massih Tayebi is Chairman and co-founder of Wireless Facilities Inc. and serves as an executive member of the board of directors. Prior to co-founding WFI, he served as Technical Manager for Computer Integrated Management Systems with responsibility for product life cycle management. Previously, he held a senior faculty position in the Engineering Department at the University of Paisley in Great Britain, lecturing in the areas of planning and control, concurrent engineering, system analysis and design, product development life cycle, plant management and quality function deployment, and total quality management. During his tenure he served as the director of computer integrated management research for the university and headed the development of world class learning centers throughout Europe. Tayebi received his Ph.D. in the integration of design and process planning and his M.S. in computer integrated manufacturing, both at the University of Strathclyde in the UK. He also did post-doctorate work in the integration of design and inspection at the University of Brunel in London. U.S. Patent Number: 5,807,271

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Dr. Masood Tayebi, CEO

Masood Tayebi is CEO, COO and co-founder of WFI and serves as an executive member of the board of directors. Prior to starting WFI in 1994, Tayebi enjoyed a successful engineering career with several well known international companies. As senior manager of engineering with LCC International, he was responsible for all technical projects, project planning and budgeting. Tayebi was also responsible for Nextel’s Midwest market, system design and implementation for Clearnet’s Canadian ESMR project, as well as LCC’s Brazilian and Mexican projects. In the early 1990s, Tayebi worked on several important projects including, CDMA, GSM/DCS1800 Radio Sub-System Simulation, MIRS Radio Sub-System Simulation and the development of a GSM/DCS1800 hand-off simulation tool. As manager of engineering for Cellnet in the late 1980s, Tayebi was responsible for GSM2 radio standards on behalf of the company. He implemented the first GSM-based radio in London, and conducted tests to investigate the capabilities and range of a GSM system. Tayebi received his Ph.D. in mobile radio propagation from the University of Liverpool, and his M.S. in electronics engineering from the University of Southampton.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 5,807,271; 6,266,385; 6,359,878; 6,370,158; 6,373,827; 6,430,235; 6,456,678; 6,563,856; 6,654,432; 6,684,058; 6,768,780; 6,850,582; 7,050,409; 7,990,918.

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Dr. Mostafa Tofighbakhsh

Mostafa Tofighbakhsh is principal member of technical staff at AT&T ‘s radio technology group. In his role, he is responsible for cross layer optimization and enhancement to AT&T radio utilizations. Dr. Tofighbakhsh participates in various technical activities such as QOS, radio optimization, Application and device APIs and he is currently working on performance and optimization aspects of applications and service over 3G/4G networks.

He joined AT&T in 2002 as part of CTO office responsible for technical evaluation of startup and their synergy with AT&T. He lead couple of strategic investments such as Pico Chips and Open Clovis. He has over 20 year of experience in software management and software architecture and QOA. He chaired the application working for WIMAX Forum from 2004 to 2009. He is known to be visionary and have over 7 patents awarded and many in progress. Also He has managed and led many software and hardware products at various start ups. Dr. Tofighbakhsh holds Bachelor of Science and Masters from NJIT and has completed his PHD requirements at George Washington University. Dr. Tofighbakhsh has more than 30 Patent Applications pending at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

He recently was co-author of couple of books: 1) QOS architecture for wireless networks, and 2) 4G Wireless Networks applications and innovations.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 7,532,607; 7,453,835; 7,484,145; 7,864,050; 7,631,040; 7,844,870; 8,159,944.

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Arman Toorians

Since the start of his employment at Phoenix Technologies in 1989 Mr. Toorians has worked on advancing the PC architecture and standards developed to drive compatibility in the Personal computer market. Focusing mainly on Portable/Notebook and later on desktop and Motherboard computers, his group has developed numerous features that have been accepted in the industry as the standard for shipping computer systems. Mr. Toorians has worked closely with Microsoft, Intel and Computer manufacturers such as Fujitsu, Sony, IBM, NEC, Quanta, Compal, FIC, etc… to establish standards like PCMCIA, Power Management, APM, ACPI, Legacy Free, 1394 and many more. During the last year 2001-2002, Mr. Toorians and his team have been focusing on computer software recovery, security, protection, access to Internet with minimum resources available on a computer and the Internet Appliance market. Mr. Toorians has more than 8 pending patents.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 5,615,331; 6,449,682; 8,051,279.


Manouchehr Vafai, MSEE

Manouchehr “Mano” Vafai has over 25 years of  experience in Mobile Internet, Wireless Access and ASIC industries. Mano joined Tellabs through its acquisition of WiChorus Inc. and led the company participation in several 4G/ LTE related industry initiatives like MSF, NVIOT, ETSI, NGMN and LSTI. He has Leveraged and developed strategic relationship with global telecom operators and ecosystem partners. As a Sr. Director of Engineering for Aperto Networks, Mano Led the development and certification of the world’s 1st WiMAX certified Base Station.  As a VP and Sr. manger of Kawasaki and LSI Logic, he was directly involved, and successfully designed several ASICs and managed many partnerships and multi-million dollar projects from architecture to full production. A graduate of Purdue University with MSEE degree, Mano holds 8 U.S. patents and has taught graduate level courses at Northwestern Polytechnic University.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 5,598,344; 6,216,252; 6,279,133; 5,553,002; 6,182,102; 5,828,849; 5,706,220; 6,324,678


Prof. Lotfi A. Zadeh, Ph.D

Prof. LOTFI A. ZADEH is a Professor in the Graduate School, Computer Science Division, Department of EECS, University of California, Berkeley. In addition, he is serving as the Director of BISC (Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing). Lotfi Zadeh is an alumnus of the University of Tehran, MIT and Columbia University. From 1950 to 1959, Lotfi Zadeh was a member of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at UC Berkeley in 1959 and served as its Chair from 1963 to 1968. During his tenure as Chair, he played a key role in changing the name of the Department from EE to EECS. Prior to the publication of his first paper on fuzzy sets in 1965, Lotfi Zadeh’s work was concerned in the main with systems analysis, decision analysis and information systems. His current research is focused on fuzzy logic, semantics of natural languages, computational theory of perceptions, computing with words, extended fuzzy logic and Z-numbers.

U.S. Patent 2,749,502. June 1956 and U.S. Patent 2,749,516. June 1956. read more here.

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Dr. Ali Zandifar

Ali Zandifar received his Ph.D. from Electrical Engineering Department of University of Maryland in Computer Vision and Telecommunication, Aug 2004. His main fields of expertise are computer vision, machine learning, large-scale data manipulation. His current activities at Affine systems Inc. is about “Automation of content-based video filtering and labeling by mechanical turk using EC2 clouds and S3 storage” and “Large-scale data manipulation”.  Ali Zandifar joined Epson R&D Lab in the Silicon Valley, where he worked on camera calibration and image registration in visual inspection systems, and on printed text watermarking. Ali Zandifar continued his industrial and applied research career at Novafora Inc. There, he was one of the first employees in the Video Genome project, dedicated to Internet-scale video analysis applications. He was responsible for developing algorithms for video indexing and search, interactive object segmentation, tracking, and annotation. On his spare time, his interest is to build a new-core-foundation for different startups. His Current Activities are 1) Computer vision based framework for recommendation purposes on mobile systems and 2) Video-based learning and estimating blood-loss in surgery rooms.

He filed more than 19 Patent Applications covering the new methods and algorithms he developed. Dr. Zandifar has been granted more than 12 Patents.

U.S. Patent Numbers: 7,554,575; 7,733,404; 7,783,107; 7,869,645; 7,873,216; 7,903,876; 7,969,475; 7,974,437; 8,009,862; 8,031,905; 8,081,823; 8,090,184; 8,156,414.

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