John Blevins is a noted technology strategist who specializes in developing business opportunities to take advantage of emerging technologies and their marketplace application. Working with corporations, governments, and academic institutions, he creates digital transformation plans which allow traditional enterprises to compete in our digitalized business environment. He works with venture capital portfolio firms to develops digital asset monetization strategies for rapid growth and market expansion.
Mr. Blevins has decades of experience working for Deloitte Consulting, Microsoft, Oracle and Shell Oil, in a variety of management, consulting, sales and development roles in the US, Europe and Asia. He is the founding principal of Navigation Pointe, a technology strategy advisory firm based in Los Angeles providing consulting, strategy, business development, investment, and board advisement services, as well as patent protection and executive management support.
Professor Blevins teaches technology management, innovation and business leadership courses to MBA students as an adjunct professor at both UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles and Cornell Tech University In New York City. He is the former director of Anderson’s Technology Management Center and the current Faculty Director for the school’s executive MBA management practicum programs in both Los Angeles, as well as the joint degree program with the National University of Singapore in Asia. Professor Blevins has taught in exchange programs to the University of Sydney, Korea University, Seoul National University, SDA Bocconi, IE, ESADE, and ESSEC Business Schools as well as CKGSB Executive Education.
Professor Blevins has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with heavy concentration in Speech Communications from the University of Alabama, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Prof. Jay Lee is Ohio Eminent Scholar, L.W. Scott Alter Chair Professor, and Univ. Distinguished Univ. Professor at the Univ. of Cincinnati and a board member/vice chairman of Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn Technology Group).
He is founding director of National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) on Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS) (www.imscenter.net) which consists of the Univ. of Cincinnati (lead institution), the Univ. of Michigan, Missouri Univ. of S&T, and the Univ. of Texas-Austin. Since its inception in 2001, the Center has been supported by over 100 global companies. IMS was selected as the most economically impactful I/UCRC in the NSF Economic Impact Study Report in 2012 which reported that the Center has delivered to its members a combined benefit of $847.6 million in cost savings, and that the Center returned $238.30 of benefits for every $1 invested by the National Science Foundation. He was selected to be one of the 30 Visionaries in Smart Manufacturing in U.S. by SME in Jan. 2016. In addition, he is co-Founder of a number of start-up companies including Predictronics (a start-up company through NSF ICorp award in 2012). In addition, his Team has won the 1st Place PHM Data Challenges five time out of nine competitions since 2008.
In addition, he serves as a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company, Member of the Global Future Council of World Economic Forum (WEF), member of Board of Governors of the Manufacturing Executive Leadership Board of Frost Sullivan, etc.
Previously, he served as director for product development and manufacturing at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) as well as program directors for a number of programs at NSF including the Engineering Research Centers Program, the Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program, and Materials Processing, and Manufacturing Program, etc., etc. He also served on the Board on National Research Council (NRC) Manufacturing and Engineering Design (BMAED) during 1999-2005 as well as a number of NRC Study and Assessment Panels since 1999. He is a frequently invited speaker and has delivered over 260 keynote and plenary speeches at major international conferences. He is a Fellow of ASME, SME, PHM (Prognostics and Health Management), as well as a founding fellow of International Society of Engineering Asset Management (ISEAM).
He has received a number of awards including the Prognostics Innovation Award at NI Week by National Instruments in 2012, NSF Alex Schwarzkopf Technological Innovation Prize in 2014, MFPT (Machinery Failure Prevention Technology Society) Jack Frarey Award in 2014, and PICMET Medal of Excellence in 2016.
|Experience||1995-1997||Chief Technology Officer, Inforian Inc|
|1998-2000||Consultant, BenQ Corp.|
|2000-2005||President, OurInternet, Inc.|
|2003-2010||Designer, Platform Specialist & Implementor, Haskell Language|
|2004-2008||Consultant, S-Team Technology Co.|
|2005-2008||Designer & Lead Implementor, Perl 6 Language|
|2008-||Consultant, Socialtext Inc.|
|2010-||Consultant on Cloud Services Localization, Apple Inc.|
|2014-||Consultant, Oxford University Press|
|2014-2015||Consultant, Executive Yuan “vTaiwan” project|
|2015-||Member, K-12 National Curriculum Development Committee, National Academy for Education Research|
|2016-||Minister without Portfolio, Executive Yuan|
Dr. Mau-Chung Frank Chang is President Emeritus and University Chair Professor of National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, Republic of China.
He is also the Wintek Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA.
Prior to joining UCLA in 1997, Dr. Chang was the Assistant Director and Department Manager of the High Speed Electronics Laboratory at Rockwell Science Center, Thousand Oaks, California.
Throughout his career, his research has primarily focused on the development of high-speed semiconductor devices and high frequency integrated circuits for radio, radar and imaging system-on-chip applications up to terahertz frequency regime.
He is a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of US National Academy of Inventors, an Academician of Academia Sinica of Taiwan, and a Fellow of IEEE. He has founded and co-founded several companies in both US and Taiwan, including a Fabless RF-Chip Design House G-Plus (acquired by SST in 2004 and renamed as SST Communications), and a GaAs HBT Foundry GCTC (merged with Win Semiconductor and became the world’s largest GaAs HBT PA Foundry and went public in Taiwan’s Stock Exchange).
Dr. Chang has published more than 450 technical papers and 60 US patents in area of high speed electronic devices, integrated circuits and systems. During his tenure with UCLA, he has graduated more than 50 Ph.D. and 90 M.S. students.
|Professional Experience||Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Metals Research, Germany (75-81)/ TU’s Professor and Dean of School of Eng., Vice Chancellor, Exec. Director of Research Administration, Board of Trustee & Councilor(81-18)/ Invited Prof., Univ. Paris, Orsay/ Evaluation Committee, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences/ Governor’s Advisor, Kanagawa Prefecture etc./ Member and Vice Editor of UNESCO University-Industry-Government Collaboration Committee etc.|
|Achievements||Papers: 292 / Books: 21 / Invited Lectures: 81 / News Paper Colum: 199 / Patent: 15.|
|Awards||Minister of Education, Japan for R&D of Solar Vehicles/ Japan Rare Earth Society/ International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE) Award/ Honorary Member of German Soc. of Materials Science (DGM)/ UNIDO Awards (05, 07)/ Distinguished Professor of Tokai Univ. etc.|
|Appointments||Fellow & Vice President, International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE)/ Representative in Japan, Federal State of Baden Wuerttemberg, Germany/ Columnist, Nikkei Business Daily/ Exec. Director, HONDA Foundation/ Honorary Editor, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Elsevier/ Int. Advisory Board Member, King Abdulaziz Univ., Saudi Arabia.|
Jaehoon RHEE is currently CEO of Gyeongbuk Technopark Foundation, chairman of Korean Technopark Association (KTA) and a Professor of School of Business at Yeungnam University. He is in charge of Industrial Promotion Policies and SMEs’ supports in Gyeongbuk Province. Gyeongbuk Technopark plays a key and leading role in initiating and guiding the 4th Industrial Revolution in Gyeongbuk by attracting and developing such national projects as Wireless Power Transfer R&D Center, Global Game Center, Plant Factory, etc. Gyeongbuk Technopark is famous for the first Unicorn Technopark in Korea because its tenant companies’ sales volume exceeded one billion dollars last year.
He is both globally and nationally well known as one of the authentic Technopark professionals since he participated in Technopark Project in 1998. Thus, he was accepted and included in 2018 Marquis Who’s Who in recognition of his success for Technopark management and business support. He got his Ph.D in Organizational Behavior from Cornell University in USA and has several articles in the international journals such as Technovation, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Management Decision, Personnel Review, and Managerial Psychology.
Uday B. Desai received the B. Tech. degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1974, the M.S. degree from the State University of New York, Buffalo, in 1976, and the Ph.D. degree from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.A., in 1979, all in Electrical Engineering.
He was the Founding Director of IIT Hyderabad from June 2009 to July 2019. At present he is Prof. Emeritus and Head of Operations for Center for Healthcare Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Consultant for Telecom Standards Development Society of India.
From 1979 to 1987 he was an Assistant Professor and then an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Washington State University, Pullman, WA, U.S.A., From 1987 to May 2009 he was a Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay. He was Dean of Students at IIT-Bombay. He has held Visiting Associate Professor's position at Arizona State University, Purdue University, and Stanford University.
His research interests are in wireless communication, cyber physical systems, IoT and AI. He is the editor of one book and coauthor for 9 research monographs.
Dr. Desai received the outstanding Alumni Award from University of Buffalo, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Kanpur. He is on the board of Tata Communications Limited . He is a member of many central and state governmental committees and several governing councils of leading academic institutions. He was also on the Visitation Panel for University of Ghana.
Dr. Janekrishna Kanatharana graduated from Chulalongkorn University with a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and received his Master and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, USA.
Dr. Kanatharana started his professional life in 1989 by working as an engineer at an engineering consulting firm. He then took a research assistant position at the Center for Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems in 1990, while pursuing his study at Lehigh University. After graduation in 1996, Dr. Kanatharana joined Chuchawal-De Weger International Co., Ltd., an engineering consulting company in Thailand. He later joined Wonderworld Products Co., Ltd., to oversee factory operations from 1998 until 2003.
In 2004, Dr. Kanatharana became the Director of Thailand Science Park, National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA). Since then, he has been involved with all the science park development initiatives in Thailand as well as with the setting up of the Thai Business Incubators & Science Parks Association (Thai-BISPA) and the so-called “Science Park Promotion Agency” under the Ministry of Science and Technology of Thailand.
Dr. Kanatharana was elected Asia-Pacific Division President of the International Association of Science Parks (IASP) in 2010. His full term ended in 2012, at the IASP Asia Pacific Conference 2012 in Thailand.
Currently, Dr. Kanatharana is an Executive President of NSTDA and acts as the Executive Director of the Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation, an innovation hub in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor mega-development. He also serves as a Vice President of Thai-BISPA.
Tshering Cigay Dorji is the Chief Executive Officer of Thimphu TechPark, Bhutan’s First IT Park. With his deep passion for technology and youth entrepreneurship, he has been instrumental in making the IT Park a vibrant place where hundreds of youths work. He has Masters and Ph.D in computer engineering (Natural Language Processing) from the University of Tokushima, Japan, and Master of Management from the University of Canberra, Australia. He received his Bachelor of Engineering, First Class Honours, in electrical engineering from the University of Wollongong in Australia in 1999.
Joni joined the UNPAD at Dept. of Physics as a faculty member in 2000. He received a full professorship in the year 2016 in the field of nanotechnology. He received the Ph.D. from Graduate School of Engineering, Hiroshima University, Japan in 2011. He received award in "Strategic Fostering Program for Young Researchers Engaged in Natural Sciences toward the Establishment" from The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 2010. Since 2015 he served as Head of Nanotechnology Research center at UNPAD. He was founder of Science Techno Park University of Padjadjaran (KST-UNPAD) Bandung, Indonesia and introducing the transformation of governance in managing the innovation ecosystem.