EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

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Ramesh G. Ramchandani, CEO

Ramesh brings over 30 years of semiconductors and high-tech management experience to his role as CEO of GraphAudio. He has worked in both large and small organizations, in areas of product management, operations, marketing business development, technology partnerships, and sales. He has been responsible for driving deals with Fortune 500 companies resulting in transactions in excess of $500M. His Career experience includes most recently working with Google X as a Senior Advisor on strategy development of their AI products for various consumer and commercial markets, International Rectifier as head of global marketing and strategy for their power management products, President of Semicoa (a hi-rel semiconductor company), President of InPlay Technologies (NASDAQ:NPLA), a touch sensor company for tablets and mobile platforms, Executive Vice President of ZiLOG, and Vice President & General Manager for ON Semiconductor (heading $350M power products division). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University and an MBA from Cornell University. He serves as an advisor to various technology startups.


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Frederick Wells, Chief Strategy Officer, Founder

Fred served as the founding Development Director of UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), playing a ledership role in developing its startup incubator. A development officer in higher education for 15 years, working collaboratively with faculty to raise funds across medicine, engineering, and the physical sciences, Fred was instrumental in raising over $50M to fund philanthropic research and program activities. He promoted departments and institutions to corporations including Boeing, Google, and Samsung and brings a depth of experience in licensing and intellectual property acquisition. As Chief Strategy Officer, he is responsible for the strategic vision and long-term planning of the Company’s multi-application platform. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University, MS in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin and MFA in directing from the American Film Institute.

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Lorance (Lonnie) Wilson, COO/CTO, Founder

Lonnie has over 30 years of high technology business and engineering experience, including 15 years at Fairchild, Intel and AMD. His primary areas of expertise are  technology development and transfer engineering leading to the successful transfer of significant new systems and processes into volume manufacturing. He had a variety of roles in sustaining manufacturing and research projects in photolithography, etch and thin films in silicon wafer manufacturing. After leaving the silicon wafer fab environment, Lonnie embarked on his entrepreneurial career  to  develop and market advanced process semiconductor manufacturing tools at several start-ups, several of which he co-founded. Additionally he has significant experience in academic technology transfer after co-founding a biomedical company through technology transfer from UCLA. He has a BS in Materials Engineering and attended graduate school at SJSU.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Gary Jacobs, Chairman of Data Driven Delivery Systems

Mike Noonen, Senior VIce President of Global Marketing, Sales and Support at Rambus

Ramesh Ramchandani, CEO

Fred Wells, Chief Strategy Ofiicer, Founder

Lorance (Lonnie) Wilson, COO, CTO, Founder

INVENTORS

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Qin Zhou, PhD, Founder

Assistant Professor – Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University Nebraska-Lincoln (UN-L); faculty affiliate of the Nebraska Center for Materials and NanoScience where his research focuses on nanomaterials, low-dimensional materials, graphene, carbon nanotube, two-dimensional materials, MEMS, microelectromechanical system, NEMS, nanoelectromechanical system, atomic, Transmission Electron Microscopy, microfabrication, and nanofabrication. Postdoc, Physics, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab / UC Berkeley, 2015; Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2011;M.S. Instrument Science &Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 2006; B.E.; Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 2004.

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Alex Zettl, PhD, Founder

Dr. Zettl received his B.A. from UC Berkeley in 1978 and his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1983. He joined the Physics Department faculty at UC Berkeley in 1983. Currently he is Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley and Senior Scientist at LBNL. Awards and Honors include Presidential Young Investigator Award (1984-89), Sloan Foundation Fellowship (1984-86), IBM Faculty Development Award (1985-87), and Miller Professorship (1995), Lucent Technologies Faculty Award (1996), Fellow of the American Physical Society (1999), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Outstanding Performance Award (1995 and 2004), R&D 100 Award (2004), James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials (2006), Miller Professorship (2007). http://physics.berkeley.edu/people/faculty/alex-zettl

ADVISORY TEAM

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Paul S. Weiss, PhD - Science and Technology

Paul is a leading nanoscientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds numerous positions, including UC Presidential Chair, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and of Materials Science and Engineering, and founding Editor-in-Chief of ACS Nano. From 2009–2014 he held the Fred Kavli Chair in NanoSystems Sciences and was the director of the California NanoSystems Institute. Weiss has co-authored over 300 research publications and US and international patents. Weiss received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986. He was a post-doctoral researcher at Bell Labs from 1986 to 1988 and a visiting scientist at IBM Research – Almaden from 1988 to 1989. From 1989 until 2009, Weiss was a professor at Pennsylvania State University, rising from Assistant Professor to Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Physics. He moved to UCLA in 2009. The Weiss Group has traditionally focused on understanding and controlling chemistry and materials at the smallest scales. The group has now diversified to encompass projects that have wide-ranging impact in nanoscience and other fields, including nanobiosensor arrays for brain research and studying the microbiome. Weiss led the technology roadmap for the BRAIN Initiative and contributed to the roadmap for the National Microbiome Initiative, both published in ACS Nano.

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Mansour Izadinia - Technology and Manufacturing

Mansour was recently employed by Micrel Semiconductor, where he was General Manager for both the Linear and Power division and the Timing and Communications Group – over 80% of corporate revenue.  Prior to this, Mansour was employed by Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (“IDT”) as Chief Technology and as Senior Vice President of Analog and Power Division from July 2009 to January 2011. Before joining IDT, Mr. Izadinia served as Vice President of the System and Power Management business unit at Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. where he worked for over fifteen years until July 2009. Prior to Maxim, he held various engineering and management positions at National Semiconductor Corporation. Mr. Izadinia holds a B.S.E.E. from the University of California at Los Angeles and M.S.E.E. from Santa Clara University.

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Michael Klasco - Technology, Manufacturing and Product

After graduating New York University, Michael Klasco founded GLI in 1972, one of the first discotheque audio equipment manufacturers. Post graduate work was in signal processing at NYU in a combined masters/PhD, with the thesis to be completed in the next lifetime. He sold GLI in 1977 to The Variable Speech Control Company and stayed on for five years as R&D director. In January 1983 Michael moved to California and founded Menlo Scientific.

During the last thirty-five years hundreds of projects have been undertaken for large and small clients, including DuPont, Bell Labs, Monsanto, ExxonMobile, Nike, Intel, Microsoft, Yamaha, Tejin, Cisco, Echelon, 3Com, Armstrong World Industries, Johns Mansville, Owens Corning, Polk, B&C, Klipsch, Ferrofluidics, Apple, and Cisco.  

Michael has over 600 articles published in many electronics and audio magazines and technical journals and was the Technical Editor of Sound & Communications magazine for ten years. Invited papers have been presented at the Acoustical Society of America, he has held positions as Session Organizer at the Audio Engineering society, Chairman of the Committee on Acoustics, and member for over 40 years. He has over a dozen patents licensed or assigned to the Variable Speech Control Company, Yamaha, Armstrong World Industries, Teijin and others. At the 2018 ALMA (Association of Loudspeaker Manufacturing & Acoustic) symposium Michael received the Gold lifetime achievement award.

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Sanjay Banerjee, PhD - Science and Engineering

The Cockrell Family Regents Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director, Microelectronics Research Center, at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Director of the South West Academy of Nanoelectronics, one of three centers in the US to develop a replacement for MOSFETs.  He received his B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1979, 1981 and 1983 respectively, all in electrical engineering. He has won the IEEE Grove Award (2014), Distinguished Alumnus Award, IIT (2005), Industrial R&D 100 Award (2004) and the ECS Callinan Award (2003). He is a Fellow of IEEE, APS and AAAS. He is active in the areas of beyond-CMOS nanoelectronic transistors based on 2D materials and spintronics, fabrication and modeling of advanced MOSFETs, and solar cells.

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Michael Mandel, PhD - Technology and Computational Engineering

Computer Science PhD Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. Michael analyzes sound with machine learning and signal processing. He is currently building machines that emulate the remarkable ability of humans to recognize speech in noise. Before arriving at Brooklyn College (CUNY), he was a research scientist at The Ohio State University, collaborating with the Speech and Language Technologies, Perception and Neurodynamics, and Interactive Data Systems labs. Before that, he was an Algorithm Developer at Audience, Inc, a postdoc in the LISA lab at the Université de Montréal, a PhD student in LabROSA at Columbia University, and an undergrad in CS at MIT.

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Johanna Devaney, PhD - Technology and Computational Science

Assistant professor of music theory and cognition at Ohio State University. Her research focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of musical performance. Primarily, she examines the ways in which recorded performances can be used to study performance practice and listener reception and develops computational tools to facilitate this. Her work draws on the disciplines of music, psychology, and computer science and has been funded most recently by the Google Faculty Research program, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Digital Humanities program.

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Stanley Osher, PhD - Audio and Physics

Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemical Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Associate Director of the NSF-funded Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA. Before joining the faculty at UCLA in 1977, he taught at SUNY Stony Brook, becoming professor in 1975. He has co-founded three successful companies, each based largely on his own (joint) research, and received numerous academic honors. Osher has been elected to the US National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was awarded the SIAM Pioneer Prize in 2003 and the Ralph E. Kleinman Prize in 2005. He is a Thomson-Reuters highly cited researcher-among the top 1% from 2002-2014 in both Mathematics and Computer Science with an h index of 104.  He received the Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize from the International Mathematics Union, regarded as the highest prize in applied mathematics, in 2014 and the William Benter Prize in 2016. His current interests involve information science, which includes optimization, image processing, compressed sensing and machine learning and applications of these techniques to the equations of  medicine, physics, engineering and elsewhere. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Mathematics from the Courant Institute of NYU.

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Herbie Hancock - Technology /Audio/Music Advisor

Now in the sixth decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: at the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music.  In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist and composer, Herbie Hancock has been an integral part of every popular music movement since the 1960’s.  As a member of the Miles Davis Quintet that pioneered a groundbreaking sound in jazz, he also developed new approaches on his own recordings, followed by his work in the 70s - with record-breaking  albums such as "Headhunters" - that combined electric jazz with funk and rock in an innovative style that continues to influence contemporary music. "Rockit" and "Future Shock" marked Hancock's foray into electronic dance sounds; during the same period he also continued to work in an acoustic setting with V.S.O.P., which included ex-Miles Davis bandmates Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams.
Hancock received an Academy Award for his Round Midnight film score and 14 Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year for "River:  The Joni Letters," and two 2011 Grammy Awards for the recently released globally collaborative CD, "The Imagine Project." Many of his compositions, including "Canteloupe Island," "Maiden Voyage," "Watermelon Man" and "Chameleon," are modern standards.
Hancock  serves as Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and as Institute Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. He is a founder of The International Committee of Artists for Peace (ICAP), and was recently given the “Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres” by French Prime Minister Francois Fillon.  In 2011 Hancock was named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, and in December of 2013, received a Kennedy Center Honor.    In 2014 he was was named the 2014 Norton Professor Of Poetry at Harvard University,  completing his lectures series,  “The Ethics Of Jazz,” as part of the Charles Eliot Norton Lecture Series for a period of six weeks.   His memoirs, Herbie Hancock:  Possibilities, were published  by Viking in 2014, and in February 2016 he was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.   Hancock is currently in the studio at work on a new album.

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Lou Perrone - Strategic Advisor to the Founders

Extensive executive management  experience in high technology materials and equipment. Formerly a co-founder and EVP at Edeixa – a cancer diagnostic start-up spin out from UCLA. Successful history of industrial, semiconductor equipment, strategic planning, venture capital sourcing, initial public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions .Executive management experience at Emerson Electric, International Plasma Corp (Pres.)., Branson IPC(Pres.), GaSonics/IPC(Ex VP), Kairos Technology(Pres.), MPS(Pres.) and Greenwich Advisors(Owner). Board Directors at Dryden Engineering, Pentagon Technologies, Lebar Technology, Model Predictive Systems, Ronal Systems, Ecosol, Inc., and the SEMI industry trade association. Presidential appointee to the US Tech Advisory Committee. A graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A in Chemistry and completed the Finance for Non-Financial Managers Program at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania). Served in the US Army as an Infantry Officer, attaining the rank of Captain in the 7th Infantry Division 2nd BN, 17th Infantry.

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John Doricko - Business and Marketing

John is a Managing Partner at Amenda Technology providing technical consulting, sales, marketing and business development expertise to the Electronics Industry.  Previously: TSI Semiconductors Technology Development & Commercialization , Applied Materials:; KLA-Tencor ;Trikon Technologies  Director Silicon Valley Group[acquired by ASML];  BOC/Edwards ; Macquarie Electronics - VP; VP, S&M, Tango Systems. John has a BSEE in Electrical Engineering from University of New Hampshire.

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Gary Jacobs - Business Development and Advisor to the Founders            

Jacobs has had an extensive corporate and legal career, focused primarily on corporate strategy, U.S. and international business development, and mergers and acquisitions, with particular experience as a senior executive in the health care and hospitality industries. From June 2000 until December 2009, Jacobs served in senior executive positions at MGM Resorts International (including President – Corporate Strategy). Jacobs is Chairman of Acuity Delivery Systems, LLC, a provider of high quality healthcare information services via an integrated model. Committee and Executive Committee of AJC-Los Angeles Region Member, Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee. He is a principal of Bulldog Partners, a real estate development company based in Beverly Hills, California, and related entities. Jacobs received his LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1969, where he was Order of the Coif. Following law school, he was a Law Clerk for Hon. Wilfred Feinberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University-Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and studied at the London School of Economics.

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Paul D. Strain - IP Legal and Business Advisor

Paul D. Strain (paul.strain@strainpllc.com) is the managing partner of Strain PLLC whose practice focuses on international intellectual property issues. Mr. Strain is a chemical engineer (B.Ch.E., Georgia Institute of Technology), patent attorney (J.D., George Washington University Law School), and inventor who began his career in research and development. Mr. Strain began his career in patent law as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office over a dozen years ago and began representing international corporate clients in intellectual property matters nearly 20 years ago at a major international law firm. Mr. Strain has extensive experience in strategic patent portfolio management, patent portfolio evaluation, and patent prosecution, as well as in licensing, due diligence, and related opinion work. Mr. Strain has also represented clients in patent disputes before various U.S. district courts, before the U.S. International Trade Commission, and in post-grant patent validity challenges at the USPTO.  Mr. Strain has studied and worked in both Germany and Japan.  Mr. Strain sits on numerous boards and regularly advises global corporations and investors in complex intellectual property matters.