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2018 MIT ILP Innovation Symposium with Wuxi

August 16, 2018
 
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Arjun Aggarwal
VP of Business Development, Desktop Metal
Arjun Aggarwal is the Vice President of Business Development at Desktop Metal, a company committed to accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with end-to-end metal 3D printing solutions.

Prior to joining Desktop Metal in 2017, Arjun was an Associate at NEA, a global venture capital firm with more than $20 billion under management. While at NEA, Arjun focused on investments within the enterprise technology sector and worked on several of NEA’s investments in companies building Industry 4.0 and advanced manufacturing technologies including Desktop Metal, Onshape, Tulip, Upskill, and Transfix.

Prior to NEA, Arjun was a member of the Technology Investment Banking team at Morgan Stanley in Menlo Park, where he worked on a variety of capital markets and M&A transactions across the software, semiconductor, consumer internet, and hardware sectors with companies such as Fitbit, Airbnb, Plantronics, Wilocity, Altera, and Broadcom, among others.

Arjun holds a B.S. In Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.
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George Barbastathis
Professor of Optics and Mechanical Engineering
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
George Barbastathis received the Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1993 from the National Technical University of Athens and the MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1994 and 1997, respectively, from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech.) After post-doctoral work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he joined the faculty at MIT in 1999, where he is now Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He has worked or held visiting appointments at Harvard University, the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Centre, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. His research interests are three-dimensional and spectral imaging; phase estimation; and gradient index optics theory and implementation with subwavelength-patterned dielectrics. He is member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). In 2010 he was elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and in 2015 was selected for China’s Top Foreign Scholar (“One Thousand Scholar”) Award.
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Gang Chen
Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Gang Chen is currently Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is the director of the "Solid-State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC Center)" - an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy. He obtained his PhD degree from the Mechanical Engineering Department, UC Berkeley. He was a faculty member at Duke University and UCLA, before joining MIT in 2001. He received an NSF Young Investigator Award, an R&D 100 award, an ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, a Nukiyama Memorial Award by the Japan Heat Transfer Society, a World Technology Network Award in Energy, an Eringen Medal from the Society of Engineering Science, and the Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellences in Mentoring and Advising from MIT. He is a fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Association for Advancement of Science, APS, ASME, and Guggenheim Foundation. He is an academician of Academia Sinica and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.
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Nicholas Fang
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Nicholas X. Fang received his BS and MS in physics from Nanjing University, and his PhD in mechanical engineering from University of California Los Angeles. He is currently professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Prior to MIT, he worked as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from 2004 to 2010. Professor Fang’s areas of research look at nanophotonics and nanofabrication. His recognitions include the ASME Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (2013); the ICO prize from the International Commission of Optics (2011); an invited participant of the Frontiers of Engineering Conference by National Academies in 2010; the NSF CAREER Award (2009) and MIT Technology Review Magazine’s 35 Young Innovators Award (2008).
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Cory Kidd
CEO and Founder, Catalia Health
Dr. Cory Kidd is the founder and CEO of Catalia Health, a patient care management company. The company develops a hardware and software platform that uses a combination of psychology and artificial intelligence to engage patients through interactive conversations. These conversations happen through mobile, web, and interactive robotic interfaces; together these interfaces create a relationship that can reach patients at any time they need support. The data reported back through the system gives Catalia Health’s customers valuable information to understand the daily activities and needs of their patients.

Dr. Kidd is a serial entrepreneur who has been working in healthcare technology for nearly two decades. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. at the MIT Media Lab in human-robot interaction and his B.S. in Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Graham Rong
Director
MIT Corporate Relations
MIT Innovation Ecosystem
Day 1, 9:20 - 9:40
As a Director at MIT Corporate Relations, Dr Rong promotes and manages the interactions and relationships between companies worldwide and the research faculty of MIT to help companies stay abreast of the latest developments in technology and business practices.

Previously, Dr. Rong was the founder and president of IKA, LLC. He has led corporate development and product innovation, and has provided strategic advices to many companies in corporate strategy, IT leadership, web applications and customer relationship management. He has held senior roles with Vignette Corporation and Harte-Hanks. He held an EU research fellowship in the University of Edinburgh in Scotland where he started global collaborative research.

He is on the board of multiple organizations, including the MIT Sloan Alumni Club of Boston, and he is the chair of MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.

Dr. Rong holds an M.B.A. in global and innovation leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and Ph.D. in numerical computing from University of Guelph in Canada.
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Benjamin Schreck
Chief Data Scientist and Cofounder
Feature Labs
Feature Labs is a venture-backed startup enabling enterprises to deploy predictive analytics solutions in a smart, fast, and disciplined way. Feature Labs develops automation and UI tools so that business executives, subject-matter experts, data scientists, and software engineers can focus on solving business problems instead of computation and academic problems.

Ben is one of the lead developers of Featuretools, the most popular open-source feature engineering library on Github. Ben has worked on Featuretools since April 2016. Featuretools makes it easy to use feature engineering (both manual and automated) in your data science pipelines by abstracting away low-level computations that have become boiler plate in data science/machine learning applications. Feature Labs has found it increases productivity by at least an order of magnitude, makes for more repeatable and deployable code, and frees up cognitive load on developers so they can focus on high-level problems. It uses the Deep Feature Synthesis algorithm to automatically generate and compute high-level features from granular, time-varying, multitable data.
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Julia Somerdin
COO & Co-founder, Labby
Ms. Julia Somerdin is the co-founder and COO of Labby. She is an IoT technology veteran with extensive experience in tech solutions, business strategy, sales & marketing. With Labby, her goal is to bring Labby’s breakthrough spectral nanotechnology into world dairy and food safety market to enable trust and transparency throughout the supply chain.

Prior to Labby, Julia has served senior technical and business roles in both startups and large multinational companies.

Julia holds a B.S. in Electronic and information engineering from HUST and an MBA from Northeastern University and an MS in System Design and Mangement at MIT. She volunteers her time as an advisor for nonprofit organizations like MIT-CHIEF.
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Jason Tao Yu
Managing Director, Gradiant China