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Selection Committee

2015–2016 Selection Committee

Sherwin Greenblatt

From 2005 to 2007, Sherwin Greenblatt served as the executive vice president and treasurer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He retired from Bose Corporation in 2002, where he was the first employee of Dr. Amar Bose, his former professor at MIT. As a project engineer, he worked on the early development of Bose high fidelity loudspeakers and related electronic systems. As the company grew, he held the positions of chief engineer, director of engineering, executive vice president and, for 15 years, president. He is a community and professional leader having been a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, served as Chair of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Framingham (Massachusetts) State College. He currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Olin College of Engineering, the Graduate Advisory Board of Babson College and the Corporation of the Draper Laboratory. Mr. Greenblatt holds S.B. and S.M degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT.

Jae Lim

Jae S. Lim received the S.B., S.M., E.E., and Sc.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974, 1975, 1978, and 1978, respectively. He joined the M.I.T. faculty in 1978 as an Assistant Professor. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and is the Director of the Advanced Telecommunications Research Program.

His research interests include digital signal processing and its applications to image, video and speech processing. He has contributed more than one hundred articles to journals and conference proceedings. He is a holder of more than 40 patents in the areas of advanced television systems and signal compression. His inventions have been used in numerous products including digital television receivers, cellular phones, satellite phones, and land mobile radios.

He is the author of a textbook, Two-Dimensional Signal and Image Processing, published in 1990. He is the editor of a reprint book, Speech Enhancement, and a co-editor of a reference book, Advanced Topics in Signal Processing, published in 1983 and 1987 respectively.

In the 1980’s, he participated in various activities of the IEEE ASSP (Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing) Society. He served as a technical program co-chairman of 1983 MDSP Workshop and 1986 ICASSP, and the chairman of 1984 DSP Workshop. He also served as the chairman of the DSP Technical Committee and secretary-treasurer of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE ASSP Society.

During the 1990’s, he participated in the Federal Communication Commission’s Advanced Television Standardization Process. He served as an ex-officio member of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service. He represented MIT in designing the MIT/GI System, which became one of the four finalist systems. He also represented MIT when the four finalist systems became a single system through the formation of the Grand Alliance. The Grand Alliance HDTV System became the basis for the U.S. Digital Television Standard adopted by the FCC in December, 1996. In 1997, MIT received a Prime Time Emmy Engineering Award for its contribution to the digital television standard. The television system with multiple transmission formats, an important component of the digital television standard, was proposed by him.

He co-founded Digital Voice Systems, Inc. (DVSI) in 1988 and has served as the Chairman of the Board since then. He was a major contributor to the MBE (multiband excitation) voice compression technology developed at DVSI. The technology was adopted as the voice compression standard for many national and international communication systems and has been used in numerous telecommunications products.

Dr. Lim is the recipient of many awards including the Senior Award from the IEEE ASSP Society and the Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award from MIT. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers.

Roman Lubynsky

Dr. Roman Lubynsky has been a senior staff member at the MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) since 2002. In addition to leading the creation of many new programs and initiatives at VMS, he has worked with hundreds of faculty, students and alumni to help advance their ideas. He is also actively involved in intake and is available on call for “entrepreneur crises”. Roman has over 30 years of experience in startups and with growing technology companies. He joined Fasfax Corp., a pioneer in retail IT systems, when it was a startup, and advanced to EVP heading product development, marketing, sales and professional services. He received his doctoral degree in management from the University of Maryland University College and his MS in management of technology from MIT. His current research focuses on science-based startups from university labs.

Nicole Stata

Ms. Nicole Stata is the Founder and Managing Director of Boston Seed Capital, LLC.

From 2007 to 2010, Ms. Stata worked as an angel investor, advisor and start-up executive. Ms. Stata founded Deploy Solutions in 1996, an award-winning leading provider of SAAS Human Capital Management. As CEO and President, she led Deploy for eleven years through its sale to Kronos in 2007. Deploy was widely recognized as a national best place to work and was the recipient of Deloitte and Touche’s Fast 50 award in 2006. Before Deploy, Ms. Stata managed the global service center for Restrac (Webhire) and started her career with Lotus Development Corporation.

Nicole serves as an advisor and board member for several companies and non-profit organizations.

Vladimir Bulović

Vladimir Bulović joined the faculty of MIT in July 2000 and is the Fariborz Maseeh (1990) Professor of Emerging Technology and the MIT School of Engineering’s Associate Dean for Innovation. He leads the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics Laboratory and is co-director of the eni-MIT Solar Frontiers Center and MIT’s Innovation Initiative. Bulović’s research interests include studies of physical properties of organic and organic/inorganic nanocrystal composite thin films and structures, and development of novel nanostructured optoelectronic devices. He is an author of over 140 research articles (cited over 10,000 times) and an inventor of over 50 US patents in areas of light emitting diodes, lasers, photovoltaics, photodetectors, chemical sensors, programmable memories, and micro-electro machines, majority of which have been licensed and utilized by both start-up and multinational companies. He is a founder of QD Vision, Inc. of Watertown MA which is producing quantum dot optoelectronic components, of Kateeva, Inc. of Menlo Park CA which is focused on development of printed organic electronics, and Ubiquitous Energy, Inc. which is developing nanostructured solar technologies. Prof. Bulović received his MS Degree from Columbia University and his PhD from Princeton University. He is a recipient of the US Presidential Early Carrier Award for Scientist and Engineers, the National Science Foundation Career Award, the Ruth and Joel Spira Award, Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society Award and the Bose Award for Distinguished Teaching, he was named to Technology Review TR100 List, and in 2012 he shared the SEMI Award for North America in recognition of his contribution to commercialization of the quantum dot technology. In 2008 he was named the Class of 1960 Faculty Fellow in recognition of his contribution to Energy Education, in 2009 he was awarded the Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellowship, MITs highest teaching honor, and in 2011 he was named the Faculty Research Innovation Fellow for excellence in research and international recognition.

Eric Swanson

Eric Swanson is a director, consultant, adviser, and active participant in a variety of industrial, academic, government, and non-profit activities. Mr. Swanson is a research affiliate of the MIT, a participant in the Deshpande Center for Entrepreneurship at MIT, a consultant at Draper Laboratory, on the board of Acacia Communications Incorporated, Curata Incorporated, and NinePoint Medical Incorporated, and editor of www.octnews.org.

Mr. Swanson was a co-founder of three successful start-up companies and a founding board-member of two more. The most recent are Acacia Communications a company focused on ultra-high speed coherent fiber optic transmission modules and Curata Incorporated, a company making content curation Web software. Prior to that, he was a founder of Sycamore Networks, a company developing optical networking products. Mr. Swanson was also a co-founder of LightLab Imaging, a biomedical imaging company focusing on commercializing optical coherence tomography (OCT) for a wide range of medical markets including cardiology & endoscopy. Lightlab was acquired by St. Jude Medical in 2010. Prior to LightLab Imaging, Mr. Swanson was a co-founder of Advanced Ophthalmic Devices, a startup focused on ophthalmologic imaging using OCT. AOD was acquired in 1994 by Carl Zeiss Meditec and served as the basis for Zeiss's highly successful OCT product line.

Prior to AOD, Mr. Swanson was involved in Research and Development at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory for 15 years. He served in various technical and managerial roles working on optical networks and Inter-Satellite Laser Communication systems.

Swanson has authored more than 200 technical papers and conference presentations. In addition, he has over 32 US patents and numerous foreign patents. He is a Fellow of the OSA and senior member of the IEEE. In 1992 was a co-recipient of the Rank Prize for contributions in Opto-Electronics for his work in the field of Optical Coherence Tomography. In 2012 he was a co-recipient of the Champalimaud Award for his work in the field of Optical Coherence Tomography.

Mr. Swanson holds a B.S. summa cum laude in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Doron Harlev

Doron is the founder and CEO of Affera, Inc. Prior to Affera, Doron co-founded and served as co-CEO at Rhythmia Medical, which developed a unique Electroanatomical Mapping System for the treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmia. Acquired by Boston Scientific in 2012, Rhythmia became Boston Scientific’s cardiac mapping and navigation division, where Doron served as Vice President of Product and Technology. Prior to Rhythmia, Doron held a variety of roles in an elite R&D unit in the Israeli Ministry of Defense.

Doron is a prolific inventor holding over 90 issued and pending patents. He is currently an advisor to a number of start-up companies, and serves as a Board member at Lexington Medical, Inc. Doron holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, M.Sc. EE from Tel Aviv University and B.Sc. EE from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.

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2014–2015 Selection Committee

Eric Swanson

Eric Swanson is a director, consultant, adviser, and active participant in a variety of industrial, academic, government, and non-profit activities. Mr. Swanson is a research affiliate of the MIT, a participant in the Deshpande Center for Entrepreneurship at MIT, a consultant at Draper Laboratory, on the board of Acacia Communications Incorporated, Curata Incorporated, and NinePoint Medical Incorporated, and editor of www.octnews.org.

Mr. Swanson was a co-founder of three successful start-up companies and a founding board-member of two more. The most recent are Acacia Communications a company focused on ultra-high speed coherent fiber optic transmission modules and Curata Incorporated, a company making content curation Web software. Prior to that, he was a founder of Sycamore Networks, a company developing optical networking products. Mr. Swanson was also a co-founder of LightLab Imaging, a biomedical imaging company focusing on commercializing optical coherence tomography (OCT) for a wide range of medical markets including cardiology & endoscopy. Lightlab was acquired by St. Jude Medical in 2010. Prior to LightLab Imaging, Mr. Swanson was a co-founder of Advanced Ophthalmic Devices, a startup focused on ophthalmologic imaging using OCT. AOD was acquired in 1994 by Carl Zeiss Meditec and served as the basis for Zeiss's highly successful OCT product line.

Prior to AOD, Mr. Swanson was involved in Research and Development at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory for 15 years. He served in various technical and managerial roles working on optical networks and Inter-Satellite Laser Communication systems.

Swanson has authored more than 200 technical papers and conference presentations. In addition, he has over 32 US patents and numerous foreign patents. He is a Fellow of the OSA and senior member of the IEEE. In 1992 was a co-recipient of the Rank Prize for contributions in Opto-Electronics for his work in the field of Optical Coherence Tomography. In 2012 he was a co-recipient of the Champalimaud Award for his work in the field of Optical Coherence Tomography.

Mr. Swanson holds a B.S. summa cum laude in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jae Lim

Jae S. Lim received the S.B., S.M., E.E., and Sc.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974, 1975, 1978, and 1978, respectively. He joined the M.I.T. faculty in 1978 as an Assistant Professor. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and is the Director of the Advanced Telecommunications Research Program.

His research interests include digital signal processing and its applications to image, video and speech processing. He has contributed more than one hundred articles to journals and conference proceedings. He is a holder of more than 40 patents in the areas of advanced television systems and signal compression. His inventions have been used in numerous products including digital television receivers, cellular phones, satellite phones, and land mobile radios.

He is the author of a textbook, Two-Dimensional Signal and Image Processing, published in 1990. He is the editor of a reprint book, Speech Enhancement, and a co-editor of a reference book, Advanced Topics in Signal Processing, published in 1983 and 1987 respectively.

In the 1980’s, he participated in various activities of the IEEE ASSP (Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing) Society. He served as a technical program co-chairman of 1983 MDSP Workshop and 1986 ICASSP, and the chairman of 1984 DSP Workshop. He also served as the chairman of the DSP Technical Committee and secretary-treasurer of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE ASSP Society.

During the 1990’s, he participated in the Federal Communication Commission’s Advanced Television Standardization Process. He served as an ex-officio member of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service. He represented MIT in designing the MIT/GI System, which became one of the four finalist systems. He also represented MIT when the four finalist systems became a single system through the formation of the Grand Alliance. The Grand Alliance HDTV System became the basis for the U.S. Digital Television Standard adopted by the FCC in December, 1996. In 1997, MIT received a Prime Time Emmy Engineering Award for its contribution to the digital television standard. The television system with multiple transmission formats, an important component of the digital television standard, was proposed by him.

He co-founded Digital Voice Systems, Inc. (DVSI) in 1988 and has served as the Chairman of the Board since then. He was a major contributor to the MBE (multiband excitation) voice compression technology developed at DVSI. The technology was adopted as the voice compression standard for many national and international communication systems and has been used in numerous telecommunications products.

Dr. Lim is the recipient of many awards including the Senior Award from the IEEE ASSP Society and the Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award from MIT. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers.

Doug Hart

Professor Douglas P. Hart is a principal investigator in the Hatsopoulos Microfluids Laboratory. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical/Astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois, his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He worked as a research engineer for Electromagnetic Launch Research, Inc. (now Kaman Electromagnetics Corp. a subsidiary of Kaman Corp.) on satellite propulsion and as a senior systems engineer for Northrop Corp. (now Northrop Grumman Corp.) on unmanned drones before joining the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 1993.

Professor Hart teaches and conducts research in the areas of fluid mechanics, design, and instrumentation. Professor Hart is an inventor, cofounder, and board member of three venture funded companies that include Brontes Technologies, Inc., a MIT Deshpande Center spinout acquired by 3M in 2006, and Lantos Technologies, a MIT Deshpande Center spinout founded in September of 2011. Professor Hart has a long history of successful inventions from within and outside academia. He is an advisor for numerous companies and professional organizations and he has received a number of awards for his research and teaching that include the Robert T. Knapp Award for his work in the area of flow diagnostics, the Keenan Award for Innovation in Education, and the Junior Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching. His current interests include image processing, and optical diagnostics relating to health and the environment.

Vladimir Bulović

Vladimir Bulović joined the faculty of MIT in July 2000 and is the Fariborz Maseeh (1990) Professor of Emerging Technology and the MIT School of Engineering’s Associate Dean for Innovation. He leads the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics Laboratory and is co-director of the eni-MIT Solar Frontiers Center and MIT’s Innovation Initiative. Bulović’s research interests include studies of physical properties of organic and organic/inorganic nanocrystal composite thin films and structures, and development of novel nanostructured optoelectronic devices. He is an author of over 140 research articles (cited over 10,000 times) and an inventor of over 50 US patents in areas of light emitting diodes, lasers, photovoltaics, photodetectors, chemical sensors, programmable memories, and micro-electro machines, majority of which have been licensed and utilized by both start-up and multinational companies. He is a founder of QD Vision, Inc. of Watertown MA which is producing quantum dot optoelectronic components, of Kateeva, Inc. of Menlo Park CA which is focused on development of printed organic electronics, and Ubiquitous Energy, Inc. which is developing nanostructured solar technologies. Prof. Bulović received his MS Degree from Columbia University and his PhD from Princeton University. He is a recipient of the US Presidential Early Carrier Award for Scientist and Engineers, the National Science Foundation Career Award, the Ruth and Joel Spira Award, Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society Award and the Bose Award for Distinguished Teaching, he was named to Technology Review TR100 List, and in 2012 he shared the SEMI Award for North America in recognition of his contribution to commercialization of the quantum dot technology. In 2008 he was named the Class of 1960 Faculty Fellow in recognition of his contribution to Energy Education, in 2009 he was awarded the Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellowship, MITs highest teaching honor, and in 2011 he was named the Faculty Research Innovation Fellow for excellence in research and international recognition.

Marin Soljačić

Professor Marin Soljačić is a principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received the BSE from MIT in 1996, and MA and PhD in physics from Princeton University in 1998 and 2000 respectively. From 2000 to 2003, he returned to MIT as a Pappalardo Fellow in the Department of Physics. From 2003 to 2005, he was Principal Research Scientist in RLE. He joined the MIT faculty in the Department of Physics in 2005.

Professor Soljačić’s research interests focus on exploring the physical phenomena revealed by the new levels of control of materials structure at length-scales smaller than the wavelength of light. The unique properties of these new artificially created materials have already enabled a wide range of very important applications (e.g. in medicine, telecommunications, defense, etc.) and are expected to do even more so in the future. In addition, Professor Soljačić is also interested in various topics in nonlinear optical physics, and also wireless power transfer. He founded WiTricity in 2007 and is a current board member.

Tayo Akinwande

Akintunde Ibitayo (Tayo) Akinwande is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Akinwande received a B.Sc. (1978) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Ife, Nigeria, a MS (1981) and PhD (1986) in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Professor Akinwande joined Honeywell Inc. in 1986 where he initially conducted research on GaAs Complementary FET technology for very high speed and low power signal processing. He later joined the Si Microstructures group where he conducted research on pressure sensors, accelerometers, thin-film field emission and display devices.

Professor Akinwande joined MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) in January 1995 where his research focuses on micro-fabrication and electronic devices with particular emphasis on smart sensors and actuators, intelligent displays, large area electronics (macro-electronics), field emission & field ionization devices, mass spectrometry and electric propulsion.

Prof. Akinwande is a recipient of the 1996 National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award. He has served a number of technical program committees for various conferences, including the Device Research Conference, the International Electron Devices Meeting, the International Solid-State Circuits Conference, the International Display Research Conference and the International Vacuum Microelectronics Conference. Professor Akinwande holds numerous patents in MEMS, Electronics on Flexible Substrates, Display technologies and has authored more than 100 journal publications. He was a visiting professor at the Cambridge University Engineering Department and an Overseas Fellow of Churchill College in 2002-2003. He is a current member of the IEEE Nanotechnology Council.

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2013–2014 Selection Committee

Eric Swanson

Eric Swanson is a director, consultant, adviser, and active participant in a variety of industrial, academic, government, and non-profit activities. Mr. Swanson is a research affiliate of the MIT, a participant in the Deshpande Center for Entrepreneurship at MIT, a consultant at Draper Laboratory, on the board of Acacia Communications Incorporated, Curata Incorporated, and NinePoint Medical Incorporated, and editor of www.octnews.org.

Mr. Swanson was a co-founder of three successful start-up companies and a founding board-member of two more. The most recent are Acacia Communications a company focused on ultra-high speed coherent fiber optic transmission modules and Curata Incorporated, a company making content curation Web software. Prior to that, he was a founder of Sycamore Networks, a company developing optical networking products. Mr. Swanson was also a co-founder of LightLab Imaging, a biomedical imaging company focusing on commercializing optical coherence tomography (OCT) for a wide range of medical markets including cardiology & endoscopy. Lightlab was acquired by St. Jude Medical in 2010. Prior to LightLab Imaging, Mr. Swanson was a co-founder of Advanced Ophthalmic Devices, a startup focused on ophthalmologic imaging using OCT. AOD was acquired in 1994 by Carl Zeiss Meditec and served as the basis for Zeiss's highly successful OCT product line.

Prior to AOD, Mr. Swanson was involved in Research and Development at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory for 15 years. He served in various technical and managerial roles working on optical networks and Inter-Satellite Laser Communication systems.

Swanson has authored more than 200 technical papers and conference presentations. In addition, he has over 32 US patents and numerous foreign patents. He is a Fellow of the OSA and senior member of the IEEE. In 1992 was a co-recipient of the Rank Prize for contributions in Opto-Electronics for his work in the field of Optical Coherence Tomography. In 2012 he was a co-recipient of the Champalimaud Award for his work in the field of Optical Coherence Tomography.

Mr. Swanson holds a B.S. summa cum laude in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Katie Hall, PhD

Chief Technology Officer, Witricity
Katie joined WiTricity in 2007 as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining WiTricity, Katie was a founder of Wide Net Technologies, Inc., which developed unique optical communication and sensing systems for both government and industry. From 1999-2003, Katie was Chief Technology Officer, co-founder and Director at PhotonEx Corporation, where she led teams developing the industry’s first commercially available 40 Gb/s wavelength division multiplexed core optical transport system. From 1993-1999, she was a Staff Member, Senior Staff Member and Assistant Group Leader of the Optical Networks Group at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. Katie began her career in 1984 at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a member of the Lightwave Systems Research Department. She holds eleven United States patents and has published over 100 journal articles and conference papers. She has been an Associate Editor of IEEE Photonics Technologies Letters, has served on the Board of Directors of the Optical Society of America (2004-2006), on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (1998-2000), and is a Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Katie holds a B.A in Physics from Wellesley College (1984), and an M.S. (1990) and Ph.D. (1993) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

Jae Lim

Jae S. Lim received the S.B., S.M., E.E., and Sc.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974, 1975, 1978, and 1978, respectively. He joined the M.I.T. faculty in 1978 as an Assistant Professor. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and is the Director of the Advanced Telecommunications Research Program.

His research interests include digital signal processing and its applications to image, video and speech processing. He has contributed more than one hundred articles to journals and conference proceedings. He is a holder of more than 40 patents in the areas of advanced television systems and signal compression. His inventions have been used in numerous products including digital television receivers, cellular phones, satellite phones, and land mobile radios.

He is the author of a textbook, Two-Dimensional Signal and Image Processing, published in 1990. He is the editor of a reprint book, Speech Enhancement, and a co-editor of a reference book, Advanced Topics in Signal Processing, published in 1983 and 1987 respectively.

In the 1980’s, he participated in various activities of the IEEE ASSP (Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing) Society. He served as a technical program co-chairman of 1983 MDSP Workshop and 1986 ICASSP, and the chairman of 1984 DSP Workshop. He also served as the chairman of the DSP Technical Committee and secretary-treasurer of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE ASSP Society.

During the 1990’s, he participated in the Federal Communication Commission’s Advanced Television Standardization Process. He served as an ex-officio member of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service. He represented MIT in designing the MIT/GI System, which became one of the four finalist systems. He also represented MIT when the four finalist systems became a single system through the formation of the Grand Alliance. The Grand Alliance HDTV System became the basis for the U.S. Digital Television Standard adopted by the FCC in December, 1996. In 1997, MIT received a Prime Time Emmy Engineering Award for its contribution to the digital television standard. The television system with multiple transmission formats, an important component of the digital television standard, was proposed by him.

He co-founded Digital Voice Systems, Inc. (DVSI) in 1988 and has served as the Chairman of the Board since then. He was a major contributor to the MBE (multiband excitation) voice compression technology developed at DVSI. The technology was adopted as the voice compression standard for many national and international communication systems and has been used in numerous telecommunications products.

Dr. Lim is the recipient of many awards including the Senior Award from the IEEE ASSP Society and the Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award from MIT. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers.

Nicole Stata

Ms. Nicole Stata is the Founder and Managing Director of Boston Seed Capital, LLC.

From 2007 to 2010, Ms. Stata worked as an angel investor, advisor and start-up executive. Ms. Stata founded Deploy Solutions in 1996, an award-winning leading provider of SAAS Human Capital Management. As CEO and President, she led Deploy for eleven years through its sale to Kronos in 2007. Deploy was widely recognized as a national best place to work and was the recipient of Deloitte and Touche’s Fast 50 award in 2006. Before Deploy, Ms. Stata managed the global service center for Restrac (Webhire) and started her career with Lotus Development Corporation.

Nicole serves as an advisor and board member for several companies and non-profit organizations.

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