Sanjay Bhandari

CTO & Senior Vice President

mCube, Inc.

Dr. Bhandari is CTO & Senior Vice President at mCube and is responsible for planning and development of all mCube’s Products & Technology. Founded in 2009, mCube has developed single chip CMOS+MEMS inertial sensors with disruptive technology to create world’s smallest inertial sensors for mobile & IoT market. At mCube, Dr. Bhandari has managed global teams working on MEMS, ASIC and systems design for over 7 years and has driven mCube’s product development from concept to high volume production. Dr. Bhandari was instrumental in mCube’s acquisition of Xsens in September 2017 which expands the product portfolio of combined mCube-Xsens entity from unique sensor components to 10DoF industrial sensor modules and complete human motion monitoring solutions.

Dr. Bhandari has more than 25 years of experience in all areas of electronic product design, development and commercialization and has worked for aggressive start-up companies as well as billion-dollar global leaders.

Dr. Bhandari previously served as Vice President of Engineering at GTronix Inc. which was acquired by National Semiconductor in 2010. Prior to GTronix, Dr. Bhandari served as Senior Director at Ikanos Communications and contributed to the successful IPO of Ikanos in 2005. He has also held senior engineering and management positions at ST Micro and Philips Semiconductors (NXP).

Dr. Bhandari received his BSEE from the College of Engineering, Pune, his MSEE from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He attended the Executive management program at Stanford University in 2008. Dr. Bhandari has given technical presentations & invited talks at many International conferences and leading universities. He has published numerous technical papers and holds 16 US patents in area of Sensors, circuits and system design.


Gary Bronner

Senior Vice President of Rambus Labs and Deputy CTO

Rambus Inc.

Dr. Gary Bronner is the vice president of Rambus Labs, a team of engineers and scientists passionate about inventing new products and technologies. At Rambus, Dr. Bronner brings his extensive background in memory and works with his team to identify disruptions and opportunities in both traditional and new markets to create some of the innovations that will fuel tomorrow’s products. Dr. Bronner joined Rambus in 2006 following 21 years with IBM where he served in multiple roles across the Research Division as well as IBM’s Microelectronics Division. While at IBM, Dr. Bronner led a number of programs, including the SOI Development Alliance and the DRAM Development Alliance, spearheading the development of all generations of IBM’s leading-edge DRAM technology and products.

Dr. Bronner received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Brown University and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Stanford University.


Brian Faith

President & CEO

QuickLogic Corporation

Brian Faith was promoted to CEO in June 2016 after having served as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Marketing between 2008 and 2016. Mr. Faith has been with QuickLogic since 1996, and during the last 20 years has held a variety of managerial and executive leadership positions in engineering, product line management, marketing and sales. Mr. Faith has also served as the Chairman of the Marketing Committee for the CE-ATA Organization. He holds a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and was an Adjunct Lecturer at Santa Clara University for Programmable Logic courses.


Hong Hao

Sr. VP, Foundry Business

Samsung Semiconductor Inc.

Hong Hao is Sr. Vice President of Foundry Business at Samsung, based in San Jose, CA. In this role Hong is responsible for growing Samsung’s General Foundry business in North America, based on foundry platforms ranging from the most advanced FinFET process technologies to diverse mainstream process technologies and solutions for broad-based applications. Prior to his current role, Hong led mobile and datacenter SoC development as Sr. Vice President of Samsung System LSI Bay Area R&D.

Before joining Samsung in 2008, Hong had diverse engineering and leadership experience in the semiconductor industry covering ASIC, microprocessors, semiconductor IP, and systems in large Silicon Valley companies including Sun Microsystems, Silicon Graphics, LSI Logic, as well as start-ups.

Hong received his Bachelor degree from the University of Science and Technology of China, and Master and PhD degrees from Stanford University, all in electrical engineering. Outside of work, Hong is an avid distance runner and enjoys hiking, biking and skiing in the great outdoors.


Mukesh Khare

Vice President, IBM Research Semiconductor Group


Dr. Mukesh V. Khare is a Vice President at IBM Research driving IBM’s world-wide agenda for the semiconductor research. In his current role, he is responsible for developing innovative solutions for IBM’s Enterprise Systems, Cognitive Systems and AI Technologies.

Dr. Khare has led research and development for several generations of semiconductor technologies in various technical, managerial and executive roles including introduction of high-k metal gate technology and FinFET device architecture. Dr. Khare is a recipient of IBM Corporate Award and Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for his technical accomplishments and is also an IBM Distinguished Engineer. He is the General Chair of the Symposia on VLSI Technology, has co-authored more than 100 research papers and holds several U.S. and international patents.

Dr. Khare has held a number of engineering and executive positions at IBM since 1998. He received his M.S., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University.


Fran Korosec



As Vice President of Program Management, Fran Korosec defines and leads BRIDG’s program management and information technology functions. Korosec brings more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles at companies including North Highland Management Consulting, Lockheed Martin, IBM, and Bell & Howell to this role.

Korosec holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Binghamton University (SUNY) and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University.


Yunsup Lee

Co-Founder & CTO

SiFive Inc.

Yunsup is SiFive’s Chief Technology Officer and co-founder. Yunsup received his PhD from UC Berkeley, where he co-designed the RISC-V ISA and the first RISC-V microprocessors with Andrew Waterman, and led the development of the Hwacha decoupled vector-fetch extension. Yunsup also holds an MS in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and a BS in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).


Hsiang Tsun Li


Kneron, Inc.

HsiangTsun has 70+ patents, 20+ years’ experience and previously worked at Qualcomm as Director on multi-media system, architecture and algorithm design, in Spreadtrum as AVP of multi-media system engineering, and chief multi-media system architect at Huawei and Vivo. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stony Brook University.


Mark Lipacis

Managing Director

Jefferies Group LLC

Mark has 18 years of experience in equity research, having joined Jefferies in 2011 from Morgan Stanley, where he spent four years as a Senior Semiconductor Analyst, and most recently as a Managing Director. In 2010, he was a Runner Up in the Institutional Investor analyst survey, ranked number three in Greenwich Associates poll, and ranked highly in previous Wall Street Journal and Starmine Polls where he was recognized as the number one semiconductor stock picker by Starmine in 2009. Previously, he was a First Vice President and Senior Semiconductor Analyst at Prudential, and prior to that a Director and Lead Communications Semiconductor Analyst at Merrill Lynch. He received an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and an MS and BS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University.


Radha Nagarajan

CTO, Optical Interconnect

Inphi Corporation

Radha Nagarajan has served as Inphi’s Chief Technology Officer, Optical Interconnect, since June 2013. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the area of high-speed optical interconnects. Prior to joining Inphi, he was with Infinera, as a Fellow, working on the design, development and commercialization of large-scale photonic integrated circuits. From 1995 until 2001, he was with SDL/JDS Uniphase.

Dr. Nagarajan is a Fellow of the IEEE, OSA and IET. He has authored four book chapters, and more than 180 technical papers in the areas of high-speed optical components and photonic integration. He has been awarded 144 US patents. In 2006, he shared the IEEE/LEOS Aron Kressel Award for his work on commercializing large-scale photonic integrated circuits. He received his B.Eng. from the National University of Singapore, M.Eng. from the University of Tokyo, and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Michael Noonen

Sr. VP, Global Market Development

Rambus Inc.

Mike Noonen is the senior vice president of global market development at Rambus. He joined Rambus in May 2018 and is responsible for the expansion of the company’s semiconductor and memory ecosystem. Before coming to Rambus, Mike has held executive positions at several semiconductor and IoT companies, and in 2013 he was elected to the board of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA). He has held various leadership roles at Silego Technology, Ambiq Micro, Silicon Catalyst, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, NXP, National Semiconductor and Cisco Systems.

Mike has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Colorado State University and a Director’s Consortium Certificate from Dartmouth College.


Gary Patton

CTO and Senior Vice President, Worldwide R&D


Dr. Gary Patton is the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Research and Development at GLOBALFOUNDRIES where he is responsible for GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ semiconductor technology R&D roadmap, operations, and execution.

Prior to joining GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Dr. Patton was the Vice President of IBM’s Semiconductor Research and Development Center - a position that he held for eight years where he was responsible for IBM’s semiconductor R&D and technology development alliances.

Dr. Patton is a well-recognized industry leader in semiconductor technology R&D with over 30 years of semiconductor experience.

Dr. Patton received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from UCLA and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and recipient of the 2017 IEEE Frederik Philips Award for industry influence and leadership in the development of leading-edge microelectronics technology and collaborative research.

In 2016, Dr. Patton was inducted into the VLSI Research Hall of Fame for his contributions to the advancement of the semiconductor industry over several decades. He has co-authored over 70 technical papers, given numerous invited keynote and panel talks at major industry forums, and served on the IEEE Nishizawa Medal and Grove Field Award Committees.


Steve Pawlowski

VP, Advanced Computing Systems

Micron Technology, Inc.

Steve Pawlowski is Vice President of Advanced Computing Solutions at Micron Technology. He is responsible for defining and developing innovative memory solutions for the enterprise and high performance computing markets.

Prior to joining Micron in July 2014, Mr. Pawlowski was a Senior Fellow and the Chief Technology Officer for Intel’s Data Center and Connected Systems Group. Mr. Pawlowski’s extensive industry experience includes 31 years at Intel, where he held several high-level positions and led teams in the design and development of next-generation system architectures and computing platforms.

Mr. Pawlowski earned bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer systems engineering technology from the Oregon Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in computer science and engineering from the Oregon Graduate Institute. He also holds 58 patents.


Brian Pierce

Director, Information Innovation Office

U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Dr. Brian Pierce joined DARPA in 2014 and serves as the director of the DARPA Information Innovation Office (I2O).

Dr. Pierce has 30 years of experience developing advanced technologies in the aerospace/defense industry. Prior to joining DARPA, he was a technical director in Space and Airborne Systems at the Raytheon Company. During his first tour at DARPA, he served as the deputy office director of the Strategic Technology Office from 2005 to 2010. From 2002 to 2005, he was executive director of the Electronics Division at Rockwell Scientific Company in Thousand Oaks, California. From 1983 to 2002, he held various engineering positions at Hughes Aircraft Company and Raytheon in southern California.

Dr. Pierce earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemistry, a Master of Science degree in chemistry and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and mathematics from the University of California at Riverside. He has more than 20 U.S. patents.


Pete Rodriguez


Silicon Catalyst

Pete Rodriguez has over 30 years of experience in the Semiconductor industry. Prior to Silicon Catalyst Pete was VP & GM of Interface and Power at NXP Semiconductors. Prior to NXP Pete was CEO of Exar Corporation, CEO of Xpedion Design Systems, Chief Marketing Officer at Virage Logic and Major Account Manager at LSI Logic. Pete spent twelve years as an entrepreneur with three different startups and has raised over $30 Million in venture capital. He also retired from the US Naval Reserves with the rank of Commander. Pete has served on public, private, advisory and non-profit boards of directors. He is a graduate in strategy and policy of the Naval War College, has an MBA from Pepperdine University, an MSEE from Cal Poly Pomona, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.


Steve Teig

CTO & Senior Vice President

Xperi Corporation

Steve Teig is our Chief Technology Officer. A technologist and entrepreneur, he has been CTO of three EDA software companies, two biotech companies, and a semiconductor company; of these, two went public during his tenure, two were acquired, and one is a Fortune 500 company.

Before joining Tessera in 2015, Steve founded and was CTO of Tabula, Inc. Prior to Tabula, he was co-CTO at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., which he joined through its acquisition of Simplex Solutions, Inc., where he was also CTO.

Before Simplex, he was CTO of CombiChem, where his Discovery Engine™ technology led to pharmaceutical leads in 11 different therapeutic areas. Prior to that, he founded and was CTO at BioCAD Corp.

Steve received a World Technology Award and an Edison Award in 2011, and he is an inventor on 293 US patents across multiple disciplines. He holds a BSE in EECS from Princeton University.


Huibert Verhoeven

Senior Vice President & General Manager, IoT Division

Synaptics Inc.

Huibert Verhoeven joined Synaptics in August 2014 as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Human Interface Systems Division. Before joining Synaptics, he was Vice President and General Manager of the Flash Components Division at LSI Corp. He remained in that position after the acquisition of LSI by Avago Technologies. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of development, marketing and support of flash memory controller hardware, firmware and software, used in a wide range of client, data-center and enterprise-storage applications.

Before joining LSI, Mr. Verhoeven served as Vice President and General Manager of the Mixed Signal Systems Group at Intersil Corp., responsible for the acquisition, integration and executive leadership of semiconductor system businesses in the video and high-speed data communication areas. While at Intersil, he also led a number of groups focused on high-speed and optical solutions for mobile, consumer, industrial and automotive applications.

Prior to Intersil, Mr. Verhoeven held design engineering and design management positions at National Semiconductor Corp. He established a number of that company’s overseas development centers and drove the entry into the precision semiconductor, automotive and computing areas.

Mr. Verhoeven holds Master of Science and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Delft University, The Netherlands.