SPEAKERS

Mike Anderson
Sr. Project Leader - Embedded Systems Architect
The Aerospace Corp.

Mike Anderson is currently a Sr. Project Lead and Embedded Systems Architect for The Aerospace Corporation based in Chantilly, VA. With over 40 years in the embedded and real-time computing industry, Mike 's efforts span the embedded spectrum. Mike is a regular speaker at the Embedded Linux Conference, Sensors Expo as well as other Linux, embedded and IoT-oriented conferences. Ongoing projects include several efforts focused satellite development, AI/ML in space applications and supporting real-time, enhanced Linux platforms. 

Manuel Cantone
Product Marketing Manager for MEMS and Sensors, Americas
STMicroelectronics

Manuel Cantone is Product Marketing Manager, MEMS and Sensors, Americas Region. Starting his career as a mixed-signal IC designer, he has promoted ST's complete IoT ecosystem to help developers succeed in Smart Industry, Smart City, Smart Home and Smart Things and to ensure that ST offers the latest Cloud, Connectivity, and Sensor Fusion building blocks for these markets. Manuel has also covered key roles developing and promoting ST products for data centers. MSEE, Universita' di Pisa, Italy. 

Steve Caudill
Director, Agriculture Sector & FARM/FLEET Platform Manager
CNH Industrial

More than 30 years of software development, project management, systems architecture and executive leadership in startups to the fortune 500 across a wide variety of industries has lead Steve to...tractors. Yep, Steve gets to lead an IoT, big data, analytics, cloud, connected vehicles, and other trendy buzzwords team developing and delivering relevant, high-impact products in agriculture at CNH Industrial makers of the Case IH, New Holland, and Steyr brands.

Dimitrios Damianos
Technology and Market Analyst - Imaging & MEMS
Yole Developpement

Dimitrios Damianos, joined Yole Développement (Yole) as a Technology and Market Analyst in the Photonics & Sensing division. Dimitrios works on technology & market reports as well as custom consulting and strategy projects regarding the imaging and sensor industry. He holds a BSc in Physics and a MSc degree in Photonics from the University of Patras (Greece), as well as a Ph.D. from Grenoble’s university (France) in optics and microelectronics.

Ronna Davis
Lead Market Development
CommScope

Ronna Davis has been in the networking and telecommunication industry for 23 years. She has been with CommScope for over 14 years and has held positions in sales, channel and product line management. She is currently on CommScope’s Strategy and Technology Team for Buildings and Campuses. Previous to CommScope she worked in the design and construction of telecommunications networks for eight years and in wholesale distribution for two years. She studied marketing and is a LEED Green Associate.

Francesco Doddo
IoT Sensors, RF and Cloud Application Director
STMicroelectronics

Francesco Doddo is Director for Sensors, RF and Cloud Support, Americas. He has held positions in R&D and technical marketing in Europe; managed the competence center for sensors, power and connectivity in Japan and managed the IoT Excellence Center, Americas focusing on system marketing and system development of IoT market solutions.  In his current role, Francesco focuses on Sensors to Cloud applications and intelligence at the edge for the industrial and personal electronics markets. MSEE, University of Messina, Italy. 

Karen Field
Group Content Director
Fierce Electronics

Karen Field is Content Director for Fierce Electronics and Sensors Expo & Conference. She has 20+ years of experience in leadership roles managing teams developing content for an audience of technical professionals and has a reputation for challenging conventional thinking and taking a novel approach in the creation of world-class editorial, conference, and digital event programming. Karen has a Mechanical Engineering degree (University of Minnesota) and a Master’s of Business degree (Boston University).

Filip Frederix
Director Health Segement, Division Advanced Optical Sensors
ams AG

Filip Frederix is the director of the Health Segment within the Accessories and Wearable Solutions business line where he is responsible for vital sign and diagnostic sensors. Felix is a 20-year veteran in the field of nanotechnology for healthcare and is the author of several publications and patents. He was awarded the prestigious DSM award. He has a PhD degree in Chemistry from the University of Leuven, Belgium. 

Mark Grodzinsky
Sr. Director of Product Management
CommScope

Bio coming soon!

Matt Hamblen
Editor
Fierce Electronics

Fierce Electronics Editor, Matt Hamblen, has covered tech for decades. His smart city video content from Singapore won a national award. In 2016, he created SmartCityScout.com to cover AI, sensors and the delicate balance between people and machines.

Cary Horan
Product Manager - Sensors & Modules
Omron

Cary Horan is a Product Marketing Manager for Sensors and Modules at Omron Electronic Components, and is responsible for marketing and development of Omron’s Sensor product portfolio, such as MEMS sensors (Flow, IR and Pressure), IoT sensors - Environment, Optical sensors (Light Convergent, Optoelectronic) and Imaging Sensors (Facial recognition). Cary is also an expert in Smart Home, Building Automation and Healthcare Industries, and is working closely with businesses within these Industries to improve lives and contribute to a better society. 

David Jones
Head of Sensor Systems Group Americas
Infineon

Mr. Jones is Head of Sensor Systems Group at Infineon Technologies North America.  In this role, Mr. Jones is responsible for the development of new applications for sensor together with artificial intelligence and new sensor fusion techniques to better improve human machine interfaces to create interaction that is more intuitive.  Before Infineon David was at Caruma Technologies Inc., an AI based connected vehicle platform start-up, heading up their customer engineering, product management and business development. 

Jonathan Kaye
Senior Director of Product Management
Laird Technologies

Jonathan Kaye is the Senior Director of Product Management for Laird Connectivity with nearly 20 years of experience in the embedded wireless and product design field.  

Vince Kohli
Global Impact Capitalist Maker
Audacious Futures

Vince Kohli, An Empathy Scholar, is Silicon Valley Venture Capital Investor, 6X Tech Entrepreneur, Global Impact Capitalist Maker, Serial Business Builder, Tech Visionary, Inventor, Public Speaker, Author, Exponential Impact Super Angel Investor, Global Venture Mentor Maker, and Pilanthropreneurologist for 19 plus years. Vince invests in early and growth stage entrepreneurial ventures that transform businesses. Vince speaks regularly on topics related to AI, Global Resilience, VC Outlook, HyperAutomation, Innovation, Enterprise Blockchain, and Entrepreneurship.

Jayanth Krishna
Senior Product Manager
Silicon Labs

Jayanth Krishna is an industry veteran with over 21 years’ experience across various wireless and wired connectivity technologies like Bluetooth, UWB, ADSL and High End Routing. He is currently Sr. Product Manager at Silicon Labs propelling the company towards the next wave of growth and technology leadership. Jayanth has been in the Bluetooth space for over 14 years and has seen the evolution of the specification from v2.0 to v5.2. He has also held a variety of roles across general management, product management and embedded systems development. He holds bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering and MBA from India Institute of Management, Bangalore. 

Matt Liberty
CEO
Jetperch

Matt Liberty is the creator of Joulescope, the easy-to-use, affordable test instrument for low-power design, and also the founder of Jetperch LLC, a software and hardware engineering consultancy. Matt was the primary inventor of Hillcrest Labs' Freespace® motion control technology, and he was granted 27 US patents. Matt has a broad engineering background encompassing digital signal processing, PCB development, FPGA development, and software development in C, C++, and Python. 

Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy
Technology Fellow & Chief Data Scientist
Halliburton

Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy is a Technology Fellow and the Chief Data Scientist at Halliburton. He is also the Managing Director – India Centre of Halliburton. Dr. Priyadarshy is a globally recognized leader for his expertise in leveraging disruptive technologies and strategies to increase business value. He serves as an Adjunct /visiting Professor at Universities in US, India and other countries. Dr. Priyadarshy obtained his Ph.D. from IIT Bombay and MBA from The Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech. 

Dan Purvis
CEO
Velentium

Dan is Velentium’s CEO and Co-Founder. He passionately leads the company’s culture development with a strong emphasis on making positive difference in not just patients’ lives, but the company’s employees. He followed up his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University with an MBA from Rice University. Throughout his career, Dan has obtained over 20 years of experience in software, electronics and medical devices.

Sona Raziabeegum
Strategy Lead, Digital Solutions
John Deere

Sona leads digital strategy for John Deere’s Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG), which is dedicated to exploring and delivering emerging technologies to enable real-time, precise care for every plant. Sona has a 12-year background in strategy, technology and agriculture and helps build precision ag products that create a competitive edge, unlock value and drive growth. She holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from College of Engineering Trivandrum, India.

Jesse Scott
Manager, Key Accounts
New York Power Authority

Jesse Scott is the Manager of Key Accounts at the New York Power Authority (NYPA).  In this role, Jesse oversees account management for both power supply and energy services customers.  He also responsible for the Smart Street Lighting NY and Smart Cities Grant programs and supports business development for NYPA’s Customer Energy Solutions division.  He has several years of experience in the energy industry, is a Certified Energy Manager, and holds an MBA in Management from the University of Connecticut. 

Leland Smith
COO
Millibatt

As COO of Millibatt, I primarily manage the development and scaling of battery manufacturing processes. My background is in the design, synthesis and testing of electrolyte materials for energy storage. Authored three issued patents and several in prosecution, as well as articles in top journals e.g. Materials Horizons and Science. Completed a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from Penn State University (2010) and PhD in Materials Science from UCLA (2015).  

Jennifer Zhao
EVP & General Manager Division Advanced Optical Sensors
ams AG

Ms. Jennifer Zhao is executive vice president and general manager of the Advanced Optical Sensors Division at ams AG. She is responsible for the development and delivery of leading optical sensor solutions for ams’ global customer base. She leads a global team based in Europe, North American and Asia.   

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Economics from Beijing University, China and a Master of Business Administration degree from Suffolk  
University in the USA. 

Brian Zahnstecher
Principal
PowerRox

Brian Zahnstecher is a Sr. Member of IEEE, Chair (Emeritus) of IEEE SFBAC Power Electronics Society (PELS), sits on Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Board of Directors, is Co-founder & Co-chair of PSMA Reliability Committee, Co-chair of PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee, and is Principal of PowerRox.  He Co-chairs IEEE Future Directions (formerly 5G) Initiative webinar series and is the founding Co-chair of IEEE 5G Roadmap Energy Efficiency Working Group and has lectured on this topic at major industry conferences.