This year, as part of the LIDS Student Conference, we will hold a career panel, entitled "From Ink to Inc.: Information and Decision Systems in Your Career." It will be focused on exploring different career possibilities for LIDS students and seeing how the skills learned in the laboratory can be translated into the workplace.
The panel will be held Friday, February 2, 2018, from 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. in MIT Stata Center, Room 32-141.
Our panelists are all MIT LIDS Ph.D. graduates who have distinguished themselves in careers in academic and industrial research, entrepreneurship, data science, finance, robotics, and more.
The panel will be moderated by Igor Kadota, LIDS Student Conference co-organizer and current LIDS student.
Data Science Manager, Stitch Fix
Hoda Eydgahi is a Data Science Manager at Stitch Fix and a Scout for Sequoia Capital. Previously, Hoda was the first Data Scientist at Color Genomics as well as a Co-founder and CTO of Bluelight Global. An entrepreneur at heart, she is an advisor to and investor in numerous startups. She holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Co-Founder and CTO, nuTonomy
Emilio Frazzoli is co-founder and CTO of nuTonomy, as well as a Professor of Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich. In acknowledgement of his work in robotics, fleet management, and autonomous systems, Prof. Frazzoli has received numerous major awards, including the the 2015 IEEE George S. Axelby Award and the 2017 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award. He has published more than 250 papers in the field of robotics, autonomous vehicles, and UAVs. A former full professor at MIT, he directed the research group that put the first autonomous vehicles on the road in Singapore.
Chief Solver, Solver World
Dan has 30 years of experience in developing and deploying advanced technologies. He has found ways to bring sophisticated mathematical techniques and insights, initially honed at MIT’s LIDS, to bear on business enterprises. He was a founder of Immedia Semiconductor in 2008, which designed and built advanced image processing chips. In 2014, Immedia launched the Blink camera direct to consumers as a ultra low-power battery-operated WiFi smart home device. After a successful conversion to a consumer electronics product company, the company was acquired by a Fortune 500 company in late 2017. Dan lead the development of the advanced image processing algorithms in the company’s chips, as well as the development and deployment of the cloud computing infrastructure supporting the Blink camera system. He was a member of CommonAngels from 1999 to 2009, and a board member from 2005-2007, actively involved in the screening and investment decisions in a number of companies. He has been involved in the founding of several companies, from software to insurance, materials science, and accounting. He helped spin-out Interactive Supercomputer from MIT as a licensed company and helped recruit the early management team. ISC brought the dream of a “Parallel MATLAB” to life. ISC was acquired by Microsoft in 2009. From 1995-1996, Dan was the Embedded Systems Manager at Pixel Magic Inc. where he was responsible for the development of board level image processing systems. Prior to this ventures, Dan transformed Jackson Hewitt Tax Service into a major competitor of H&R; Block in electronic tax preparation. Serving as a Director and the Vice President of Technology, he was responsible for all software development, a 24×7 operations center, and the processing of over $400 million in short-term loans annually. The company went public in 1992 and was sold to Cendant in 1997. Dan received his S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees from M.I.T. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Managing Director of Research, Fidelity Investments
Bill Irving is managing director of research in the Global Asset Allocation (GAA) division at Fidelity Investments. Fidelity Investments is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries. In this role, which he started at the beginning of 2018, Mr. Irving has oversight of the GAA Quantitative Research and Counterparty Research teams. From 2004-2017, Bill was a portfolio manager in the Fixed Income division. He managed the Fidelity Inflation-Protected Bond Fund, Fidelity GNMA Fund, Fidelity Government Income Funds, Pyramis Government Income, Fidelity Advisor Mortgage Securities Funds, among others. From 1999-2004, Mr. Irving was a quantitative analyst in the Fixed Income division. Prior to joining Fidelity as a quantitative analyst in 1999, Mr. Irving was a senior member of the technical staff at Alphatech. Previously, he was a member of the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He has been in the financial industry since joining Fidelity in 1999. Mr. Irving earned his bachelor of science degree, as well as his doctorate degree, in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Associate Leader, Tactical Networks Group, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Dr. Aradhana Narula-Tam is an Associate Leader of the Tactical Networks group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Dr. Narula-Tam received the BSE degree from the University of Pennsylvania and the SM and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in electrical engineering. Her doctoral thesis analyzed theoretical performance limits of antenna diversity methods for mobile communications. Since joining the laboratory in 1998, she has developed technologies for a wide variety of next generation communications and networking systems including airborne and ground mobile wireless tactical networks, Wavelength Division Multiplexed optical networks, and satellite communications systems. Her areas of research include LPD/LPI Anti-Jam communication systems, analysis and characterization of mobile multi-hop tactical wireless networks, dynamic resource scheduling, media access and network protocols, network topology design and reconfiguration, and Quality of Service. She has co-authored over 30 papers in the areas of multi-hop wireless communications and networking, satellite communication systems, and optical networks.