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"How to be an outlier: The path from PhD to Industry to VC"

With Greg Papadopoulos


Event Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 6:00-7:30 PM
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Greg Papadopoulos will share his valuable insights and experiences in the transition from PhD to Founder to VC. This AIMS event explores the path to entrepreneurship and industry from the perspective of someone who has been a postdoc and successful academic and leveraged this skill base to be successful beyond academia as well.

With more than twenty years' experience in the technology industry, Greg Papadopoulos has held several executive positions, most recently serving as Chief Technology Officer at Sun Microsystems, where he directed the company's $2B R&D portfolio. Along with having been a practicing engineer with HP and Honeywell, Greg has also help found a number of his own companies, from video conferencing (PictureTel) to computational fluid dynamics (Exa Corporation). Greg was also an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He holds a bachelor's degree in systems science from the University of California at San Diego, as well as master.s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.

Greg is an active advisor for the schools of engineering at UCSD, UC Berkeley, MIT and San Jose State. He also serves on the UC Presidents Board for Science and Innovation, and is a trustee for the SETI Institute. Passionate about technology and its possibilities, Greg is a relentless advocate for diversity in engineering and a supporter of open development models that stimulate communication, inclusiveness and innovation.