Instructors

STEVE BLANK

Entrepreneur & Adjunct Professor Stanford University

Over the last 35 years, Steve has been part of, or co-founded eight Silicon Valley startups. These have run the gamut from semiconductors, video games, personal computers, and supercomputers. (MIPS, Zilog, Rocket Science, SuperMac, Convergent Technologies, Ardent, ESL) Steve’s last company was E.piphany, an enterprise software company.  full bio at www.steveblank.com/about Steve is a past […]

MARC TARPENNING

Co-founder, Tesla

The recent dramatic creation of wealth and prosperity brings unprecedented challenges in the form of global climate change, resource depletion, and inequality. Fortunately, we also have extraordinary new technologies to help us meet these challenges. My interest is in: • Personal transportation using energy other than oil • Primary education • Energy storage • Urban […]

KRISTOFER PISTER, PH.D

Professor Kris Pister received a B.A. in Applied Physics from UC San Diego in 1986 and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1989 and 1992, respectively. He taught in the Electrical Engineering Department at UCLA prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley in 1996. Professor Pister developed Smart Dust, […]

JAN M. RABAEY, PH.D

Jan Rabaey received his Ph.D degree in applied sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. After being connected to UC Berkeley as a Visiting Research Engineer, he was a research manager at IMEC, Belgium. In 1987, he joined the faculty of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department of the University of California, Berkeley, where […]

LIWEI LIN, PH.D

Professor and Co-Director, Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center

Liwei Lin is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. Professor Lin’s research interests include design, modeling, and fabrication of micro/nano structures, sensors, actuators, and mechanical issues in micro/nano systems which includes heat transfer, solid/fluid mechanics, and dynamics. Professor Lin is the recipient of the […]

ANDREW GORDON

Directing Animator, Pixar

Andrew Gordon has been animating characters professionally for over 20 years. In 1997, he joined Pixar Animation Studios, where he worked as an animator on A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, Monster’s Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille, among other feature films. The characters he has worked on include Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc., Gill […]

BRENDAN BROWNE

VP of Global Talent Acquisition, LinkedIn

​I have the uncommon privilege of leading recruitment for the company that has and continues to completely redefine and transform the world of talent…LinkedIn. I have been in recruiting and HR for 15+ years and am fortunate to have had amazing experiences working in markets across the globe from coast to coast in the US, […]

DAN RADECKI, PH.D.

Chief Scientific Officer, Academy of Brain-based Leadership

Dr. Dan Radecki is the Chief Scientific Officer at the Academy of Brain-based Leadership (ABL), and serves as Executive Director of Research and Development at Allergan Inc., where he is a Global Leader for drug development programs.   Working as a leader in the corporate world allows Dan the unique perspective on how our knowledge of […]