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Ashish Pattekar
  • MEMS, microfluidics, thermal and systems engineering
  • expertise in developing fuel-cell based energy systems
  • inventor on over 25 U.S. and international patents
  • Ph.D & B.S.., Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University & IIT Bombay



Nazly Pirmoradi
  • Current research focuses on novel micro- and nano-systems and integrated 3D smart objects and sensors for healthcare and biomedical applications
  • broad experience in MEMS, bioMEMS, lab-on-a-chip systems, microfluidics, and the lifecycle of advance biomedical microdevice development: including design, mechanics of materials, material and process development, and device and biological response study.
  • Developed a battery-less MEMS ocular implant for controlled and on-demand delivery of drug for treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Ph.D. and a M.A.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia; B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tehran.


Peter Pirolli
  • human information interaction
  • Fellow of the AAAS, APS, NAE, and ACM CHI Academy
  • authored "Information Foraging Theory: Adaptive Interaction with Information"
  • Ph.D., cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon University


Michael Plass
  • computer graphics and printing systems, to data structures and compiler; currently working on content-centric networking
  • invented optimal discrete rendering of images; object-optimized printing system and method
  • principal designer and implementor of Cedar Imager, later adapted for the Sun operating system; translator between Cedar-to-Lisp programming languages; strategies for breaking paragraphs into lines


Luke Plurkowski
  • social "interaction analyst"
  • wide-ranging expertise in sociology, ethnomethodology, conversation analysis, ethnography, video analysis
  • improving human-robot interactional capabilities
  • delivering ethnography how-to training


Bob Price
  • inference, tracking, learning, and planning applications for government and industry clients
  • model-based control on a system for improving the diagnostic information generated from automatically constructed plans; machine learning of rules to diagnose problems in printing engines from fault code sequences; and optimization of power loads on aircraft to minimize power and cost and maximize utility
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia


Austin Pugh
Austin Pugh
Capture Manager, Public Sector Operations

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  • leads the development of PARC's research proposals to state and federal government agencies
  • previously was a Senior Advisor in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy through SRA International, Inc. Prior experience includes work at the American Council on Renewable Energy and at Arbor Advisors
  • B.A. in Energy Sustainability and Globalization, University of California, Berkeley


Andrés Quiroz
  • computer engineering researcher working in the areas of scalable computing, big data, and analytics
  • current work focuses on data integration, developing tools and algorithms to enable high-level queries on raw data based on big data platforms
  • Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Rutgers University; B.S. in Systems Engineering from EAFIT University in Medellín, Colombia


Ajay Raghavan
  • Manages the ACES area, focused on systems health and condition management technologies
  • Interests span sensing, modeling, diagnostics, and prognostics
  • PI on ARPA-E AMPED SENSOR project on fiber optic battery management systems
  • Ph.D., M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay 


Ashwin Ram
  • manages PARC socio-cognitive computing research and health and wellness work
  • serial entrepreneur specializing in moving research to commercialization
  • directed Georgia Tech's Cognitive Computing Lab
  • Ph.D., Yale University; M.S., Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.Tech., Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology




Abhishek Ramkumar



  • microfluidic actuators to medical devices
  • has built prototype for a blood coagulation analysis device to monitor coagulopathy
  • has led hardware-software integration for a next-generation OCT otoscope for detecting pediatric middle-ear infection
  • has designed and developed a novel low-cost, high-sensitivity capacitive biosensor for detecting biomolecules in blood
  • Ph.D., M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University; B.Tech., Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay




Shantanu Rane
  • signal processing, information theory, and applied cryptography
  • current research in privacy preserving computation, dimensionality reduction, and visual analytics
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University; Masters, Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota; Bachelors, Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Pune University (India)


Ranjeet Rao
  • expertise is in colloidal processing and direct writing of colloidal fluids.
  • B.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign


Sourobh Raychaudhuri



  • semiconductor nanowire devices and applications
  • solution-processing and inkjet-printing nanowire transistors
  • disordered nanowire mat solar cells
  • PhD, MS electrical engineering, U.C. San Diego




Steve Ready
  • high-accuracy ink jet printing
  • a-, poly-, and crystalline silicon and associated applications
  • large-area arrays for optical and x-ray imaging, displays, and organic semiconductor materials and devices


Michael Recht
  • identifying new applications for biomedical enthalpy array technology
  • expertise in thermodynamics and kinetics of RNA-protein interactions using a variety of biochemical and biophysical techniques
  • B.S. in Biology from the UCLA; Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology U.C. Santa Cruz; postdoctoral work at Stanford University & The Scripps Research Institute


Jessy Rivest
  • manages the Energy Systems group
  • experience encompasses the lifecycle of materials advancement: materials design, development, characterization, and manufacturing systems engineering
  • Ph.D. and M.S., Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley; S.B., Mechanical Engineering, MIT.


Mike Roberts
  • architects and manages projects in the area of contextual intelligence, such as PARC's Contextual Intelligence Platform (CIP) and Contextual Agents projects
  • smart machines, advanced user interfaces for contextually aware applications, virtual and augmented reality, and scalable cloud-based distributed systems for the real-time web
  • Ph.D., London's City University


Bhaskar Saha



  • applies Bayesian inference techniques to classification, state estimation, and prediction problems
  • intelligent system design and health management
  • former scientist at NASA Ames Research Center's Prognostics Center of Excellence
  • formulated metrics for evaluating performance of prognostic algorithms
  • Ph.D., M.S., EECS, Georgia Institute of Technology; B.Tech, Indian Institute of Technology




Makio Sasa
  • leads PARC’s Innovation Services and ethnography business in Japan
  • more than 20 years of business experience in design consulting, industrial and interface design, and consumer research including, usability testing and ethnographic studies
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Design and Ph.D. in Engineering from Chiba University, Chiba.


Eric Saund
  • computational vision, specializing in perceptual organization in the domain of document images.
  • ScanScribe document image editor
  • B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology. Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


David Eric Schwartz
  • analog and digital CMOS circuit design, biosensing, and software engineering
  • interface between electrical engineering, biochemistry, electrochemistry
  • B.S., Mathematics, Brown University; Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Columbia University


Glenn Scott
  • focus on networking and distributed systems projects, contributing primarily to Content-Centric Networking
  • former senior researcher for Oracle Labs, Sun Microsystems Laboratories, and System Development Corporation
  • inventor and author on more than 30 patents and peer-reviewed papers


Dick Sillman
Dick Sillman
Principal Member Technical Staff - CSL

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  • currently investigating the silicon processing and interconnect requirements to build high-speed routers and content stores to improve the security, efficiency, and scalability of computer networks
  • previously delivered new technologies, proof-of-concept prototypes, and high-volume manufacture of many notable products at the industry's leading edge, including many firsts for HP, Sun, Sun Labs, Microsoft/WebTV, and Apple OnLive
  • BSEE, Carnegie-Mellon University; graduate studies in Electrical Engineering, MIT, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Stanford University


Michael Silva
Michael Silva
Technical Staff Member

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passionate about developing technology that improves users' quality of life by addressing important, everyday problems. Currently developing a mobile application for helping users establish long-term, healthy habits

previously held Information Technology operations roles with University of California at Davis and the Jelly Belly Candy Company

B.S. in Computer Science, San José State University


Sylvia Smullin
  • Specialist in experimental design, physics-based modeling, systems analysis, data analysis
  • Experience with novel clean energy solutions including energy analytics, thermoacoustics, wind power
  • Phd, physics, Stanford University


Scott Solberg
  • gridline printing and ink development for solar cells; concentrated photovoltaic technologies
  • piezoelectric thick film deposition, firing, and release process
  • developed novel ceramic paste with greatly improved drying characteristics


Nacho Solis
  • senior researcher and key member of CCN program team
  • PI for various PARC projects for DARPA
  • wide range of expertise – from distributed server-less applications to contention-free MACs
  • addresses network challenges through content-based networks and various content-based applications.
  • Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz; M.Sc., USC; B.S., University of Costa Rica





Mike Steep
Mike Steep
Senior Vice President, Global Business Operations

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  • oversees PARC’s commercial business development, sales, strategy, and marketing and manages global strategic relationships  
  • over two decades of operating experience serving in key roles managing global P&L's, country and global sales organizations, digital marketing, corporate strategy, business development, innovation, and strategic alliances 
  • M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business; B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania


Mark Stefik
  • working on web-based social indexes that re-invent how people discover, understand, and share information on the Web
  • hardware and software for collaboration in electronic meetings, object-oriented programming systems, expert systems
  • digital property rights for publishing led to creation of ContentGuard (acquired by Microsoft, Time Warner, and Thompson in 2005)
  • sensemaking technology for intelligence analysts
  • AAAI and AAAS Fellow
  • Ph.D., Stanford University


Mark Stephenson
  • over 25 years of experience in water treatment, quality, testing, operations, infrastructure, and measurement
  • China technology transfers with PARC CleanTech portfolio
  • drinking water, wastewater, industrial water markets
  • extensive background from licensing and sales to operations manufacturing and quality systems
  • commercialized water technologies in several diverse industries



Bob Street
  • large-area electronic materials and devices
  • printing technologies to replace photolithographic techniques
  • solution-based organic materials to create large-area transistor and sensor arrays
  • previous work on digital x-ray imaging commercialized through PARC spin-off dPix
  • holds 78 patents and published more than 350 papers
  • American Physical Society David Adler Award; American Institute of Physics prize for Industrial Applications of Physics
  • Ph.D., B.S., Physics, Cambridge University


David Taylor
  • user experience designer
  • designs intelligible, elegant interfaces that make complex technology easy to use and understand
  • expertise includes interaction design, information architecture, visual design, prototyping, usability