Charlie SodiniLeBel Professor of Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Faculty Director, Hong Kong Innovation Node Charlie’s research interests are focused on medical electronic systems for monitoring and imaging. These systems require state-of-the-art mixed signal integrated circuit and systems with extremely low energy dissipation. He is the co-founder of the Medical Electronic Device Realization Center that is revolutionizing medical diagnostics and treatments by bringing health care directly to the individual and creating enabling technology for future information-driven healthcare systems. Charlie has acted as a consultant for many top technology companies in the U.S. In 1999 he co-founded SMaL Camera Technologies, which develops digital imaging solutions for a variety of business and consumer markets, including ultra-slim digital still cameras and automotive vision systems. SMaL’s Ultra-Pocket digital camera was selected the best new product at the 2001 Consumer Electronics Show and is in the Guiness Book of Records as the World’s Thinnest Camera. Throughout his career at MIT, Charlie has published extensively, winning best paper awards from International Solid-State Circuits Conference, in addition to the Darlington Award from the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He and Roger Howe co-authored the widely used textbook Microelectronics: An Integrated Approach. He was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 1995 for contributions to the development of over-sampled A/D converters, DRAM devices and circuits, and integrated circuits process technology. Charlie has been very visible in professional leadership roles, serving as President of the IEEE Solid-State Circuit Society, as well as General Chair of the IEEE VLSI Circuits Symposium and the International Electron Devices Meeting. Charlie started his career at Hewlett Packard where developed state-of-the-art silicon integrated circuit image sensors and memories. He is a graduate of Purdue University and holds Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Marina ChanDirector of Education, MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node Director & Instructor, MEFTI Marina Chan began her career in banking at Merrill Lynch for the Asian equity business before earning her master’s degree in education from Harvard University. She has worked with students from K-16 and young professionals across Asia and the US through her experiences in teaching, advising student startups, and leading professional development workshops. With a grant awarded by the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fund, Marina founded Alpha Commons in 2015, an educational program cultivating creativity in children through engagement with technology. She is a board member of the Hong Kong Red Cross Hospital Schools and is a CFA Charterholder.
Co-founder & CEO, HodlPal
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George is a serial entrepreneur with three degrees from MIT: a BS in Computer Science ’03 and an MEng ’04 and PhD ’12 in Materials Science and Engineering. He is passionate about building software that improves people’s lives, and his career has spanned computational aspects of FinTech, robotics, transportation, renewable energy, and environmental protection. George is also the co-founder and CEO of HodlPal, a startup building a trust-driven social network that aims to help people control their attention and access crowd-sourced wisdom, starting with the cryptocurrency community. Prior to HodlPal, George was the Director of Simulation at Nucleus Scientific, where he joined as an early employee and helped grow the company by 10x in size over the course of just seven years. While in the PhD program at MIT, George co-founded and was CEO of SunPoint, a solar tracking company that won the 2008 MIT Making and Designing Materials Engineering Competition and the 2009 Renewables Track of the MIT Clean Energy Prize. Prior to SunPoint George also co-founded Socially Conscious Software to develop mobile apps in the early days of the iPhone App Store. Lastly, George is the co-inventor on four patents involving novel actuator technologies.