SensorsCon 2014 Panel Discussion, March 6, 2014

Trends, Business & Career Opportunities in Sensors

This panel discussion explore issues related to key topics of career and business opportunities in Sensors and IoT. As sensor technology and its applications are transforming the business world and creating enormous opportunities worldwide, many in Silicon Valley and elsewhere are grappling with familiar and of course logical questions such as: Is the excitement about Sensors and IoT short lived and limited in terms of employment like the one we witnessed in Solar, Nano, Smart Power Grid? Or it is different and why? What does an explosively growing sensors market means to my career? What and where are job opportunities? What area of sensor is the most promising for employment? What areas are ripe for innovations and development of products and services? What pitfalls to avoid developing sensors? What opportunities to pursue when it comes to Sensors and IoT ? How can I invest in Sensors and IoT? The panel will attempt to answer these and other important questions as much as time would allow.


Panel Moderator:

Ali A Iranmanesh - Innovotek


Janusz Bryzek - Fairchild Semiconductor 
Jay Esfandyari - ST Microelectronics
Andrew J. Pease - QuickLogic
Becky Oh - PNI
Harry Zervos - IDTechEx 

About Janusz Bryzek

Janusz Bryzek Janusz Bryzek

Bryzek received his MSEE and Ph.D. from Warsaw Technical University, Poland. He completed Executive Management Program at Stanford University. Janusz cofounded eight Silicon Valley MEMS companies: Sensym (now Honeywell), ICSensors (now Elmos/MSI), NovaSensor (now General Electric), Intelligent MicroSensor Technology (now Maxim), Transparent Networks (now Intel), LVSI (now Atmel), Jyve (now Fairchild Semiconductor), and strategic marketing consulting BN Ventures. Currently Bryzek is VP Development, MEMS and Sensor Solutions, at Fairchild Semiconductor, after acquisition of Jyve Inc. in November 2010, Some of his developments include multiple world's first technologies: disposable blood pressure sensor, SenstableTM piezoresistor process, fusion bonded pressure sensors, DRIE based vertically integrated pressure sensors with AlGe wafer bond, single chip 1200 MEMS mirror array with integrated VLSI drivers and unique 6DOF inertial sensors. Bryzek has published over 200 papers, wrote sections of 4 books, chaired many international conferences and has 20 issued and many recently filed US patents. He was actively involved in standardization of Disposable Blood Pressure Transducers released by AAMI in 1984 and Smart Transducer Interface IEEE-1451 released as several sub-standards in the 1990s. In 1989 he was recognized as "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Arthur Young. In 1994 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Sensors Magazine for the achievements in MEMS field. In 2003 he was awarded a lifetime Achievement Award by MANCEF.

About Andrew J. Pease

Andrew J. Pease Andrew J. Pease

Andrew J. Pease has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2011. He joined QuickLogic in November 2006 and has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since January 2011 and as our President since March 2009. Prior to March 2009, Mr. Pease served as our Vice President of Worldwide Sales from November 2006. From July 2003 to June 2006, Mr. Pease was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales of Broadcom Corporation, a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications. From March 2000 to July 2003, Mr. Pease was Vice President of Sales at Syntricity, Inc., a company providing software and services to better manage semiconductor production yields and improve design-to-production processes. From 1984 to 1996, Mr. Pease served in a number of sales positions at Advanced Micro Devices, or AMD, a global semiconductor manufacturer, where his last assignment was Group Director, Worldwide Headquarters Sales and Operations. Mr. Pease previously held Vice President of Sales positions at Integrated Systems Inc., an embedded software manufacturer (1996-1997), and Vantis Corporation, a programmable logic subsidiary of AMD (1997-1999). Mr. Pease holds a B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy and an M.S. in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

About Becky Oh

Becky Oh Becky Oh

Throughout her 13 years with PNI Sensor Corporation, Becky Oh has held a range of senior-level positions, from operations to technical business development. She received an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Her keen direction and technical knowledge has guided PNI Sensor Corporation's successful integration of its magneto-inductive sensor technology into dozens of state-of-the-art commercial and military applications. These products range from position sensors for TALON tactical robots, to attitude heading reference systems for NOAA's deep-water buoys, to large-scale consumer applications such as the digital compasses found in Ford, GM and Chrysler automobiles. Ms. Oh holds multiple patents in the area of devices with multi-sensing and reporting capabilities.



About Jay Esfandyari

Jay Esfandyari Jay Esfandyari

Jay Esfandyari has more than 20 years of industry experience in Semiconductor Technology, Integrated Circuits Fabrication Processes, MEMS development and fabrication, and strategic MEMS market and business development. In the capacity of MEMS Product Marketing Manager at ST Microelectronics, Jay Esfandyari has developed new markets for MEMS products and achieved multi-million dollar business opportunities. In his previous roles, Jay worked closely with customers to develop custom MEMS products, developed models to describe the physics of defect generation in silicon wafer during device fabrication processes, created solutions to perform analysis and computer simulation to improve the quality of silicon wafers. Jay Esfandyari holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology of Vienna, Austria.



About Harry Zervos

Harry Zervos Harry Zervos

Harry Zervos is a Senior Technology Analyst at IDTechEx. Harry received his degree in physics from the University of Athens, Greece, and went on to study materials science at Cranfield University, where he received his PhD on the topic of precision manufacturing of optics. He is currently involved with in-depth analysis of the technologies and markets for printed electronics (with a specific interest in topics such as thin film solar, printed sensors and displays & lighting technologies). He also leads the research effort on energy harvesting and storage as well as allied technologies enabled such as wireless sensor networks, looking into a variety of verticals, ranging from portable applications all the way to vehicle integration and building & industrial automation.



About Ali A. Iranmanesh

Ali Iranmanesh Ali A. Iranmanesh

Dr. Ali Iranmanesh is the founder and president of Innovotek, a reputable provider of design services and logistics to the high-tech industry. Innovotek has operations in USA, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. He has received MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Stanford University, and Master in Business administration from San Jose State University. Dr. Iranmanesh is a Semiconductor industry veteran with over 30 years of experience in Silicon Valley's high-tech industry, which has earned him 50 US patents. He has held various executive, senior management and technical positions with many leading Silicon Valley companies and has been credited for development of EDA design tools and methodologies and several generations of advanced semiconductor technologies, currently in use by industry. Dr. Iranmanesh is founder of the International Society for Quality Electronic Design (ISQED), and founder of Silicon Valley Polytechnic Institute (SVPTI). He is a Senior IEEE member, senior member of the American Society for Quality, Chair emeritus of the IEEE Education Society in Silicon Valley, and Vice Chair of the IEEE PV chapter. Dr. Iranmanesh is the recipient of IEEE SCV's "Outstanding Educator Award".