Dado Banatao, Chair
The Managing Partner at Tallwood Venture Capital, Dado Banatao has also been a venture partner at the Mayfield Fund. He has co-founded three technology startups: S3 (SBLU), Chips & Technologies (INTC) and Mostron, and held positions in engineering and general management at National Semiconductor, Seeq Technologies, Intersil and Commodore International. Dado pioneered the PC chip set and graphics acceleration architecture that continue to be two of the foundational technologies in all personal computers.
Kurt D. Bettenhausen
Kurt D. Bettenhausen is Senior Vice President and the global Automation & Control Technology Field Leader of Siemens Corporate Technology.
Before joining Corporate Technology, Dr. Bettenhausen headed up the Engineering and Consulting Business of Siemens’ Industrial Automation Division based in Frankfurt, Germany. He began his career in the research and technology department of Hoechst. Later, he held senior positions in marketing, sales and product management at Axiva.
Stuart Feldman is the head of Schmidt Sciences at the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation, where he advises on a number of scientific activities, arranges grants, and plans new fellowship and engineering programs. Feldman did his academic work in astrophysics and mathematics and earned his AB at Princeton and his PhD at MIT. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Mathematics by the University of Waterloo. He is former president of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and former member of the board of directors of the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). He received the 2003 ACM Software System Award. He is a fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and AAAS, board chair of the Center for the Minorities and Disabled in IT, and serves on a number of university advisory boards, National Academy panels, and government advisory committees.
John Burdette Gage was the fifth employee of Sun Microsystems, where he is credited with creating the phrase: “The network is the computer.” He served as Chief Researcher and Vice President of the Science Office for Sun, until leaving on June 9, 2008 to join Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner to work on green technologies for global warming; he departed KPCB in 2010 to apply what he had learned “to broader issues in other parts of the world.” He was one of the co-founders of NetDay in 1995.
Andrea Goldsmith is a Stephen Harris Professor in the School of Engineering at Stanford University. Her research is to develop novel techniques, protocols, and designs for future wireless systems and networks. Her specific research areas include the design and capacity analysis of wireless systems and networks, multiple-antenna wireless networks, cognitive radios, sensor and networks, cross-layer wireless network design, and applications of communications and signal processing to health and neuroscience.
Christine Gulbranson leads research innovation and entrepreneurship for the University of California, the nation’s largest public research university with ten campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resource program. For more than a decade, Gulbranson was CEO of Christalis, a strategic advisory firm. Bridging her skills as a scientist, engineer, entrepreneur and investor, Gulbranson was founding CEO of the first renewable energy accelerator, NIREC and has helped build national entities for the Advanced Energy Economy. As a senior fellow with the Kauffman Foundation, she led the think tank’s clean technology initiatives and supported the development of commercial innovation at the university level. Gulbranson was a partner at venture capital firm, Global Catalyst Partners, where she invested in seed and early-stage companies in IT, software, and materials.
Tsu-Jae King Liu
Tsu-Jae King Liu serves as the dean of UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, following an extensive career in research and academia. Long a champion for women and underrepresented minorities in engineering and as leaders in the technology sector, Liu co-founded the Women in Technology Initiative at the University of California (WITI@UC) in 2017, on behalf of the College of Engineering, together with CITRIS. Among many other distinctions, positions, awards, and accolades, Liu also directed Berkeley’s Microfabrication Laboratory for six years and oversaw its transition into the Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory, for which she served as faculty director in 2012.
Gavin Newsom was elected governor of California in 2018. Through his career as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, then mayor of San Francisco and now in state government, Newsom has been a leader on issues of equality, the environment, homelessness, and health care. Policies he has initiated and implemented have been duplicated in cities across the nation, and his book Citizenville explores the intersection of democracy and technology for civic benefit.
George Pavlov is a General Partner at Tallwood Venture Capital. Prior to joining Tallwood, Pavlov was CEO of eTime Capital, and General Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Mayfield, a venture capital fund. Before that, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of Blum Capital Partners, a private equity firm and registered investment advisor.
S. Shankar Sastry
Professor Sastry, director emeritus of CITRIS and faculty director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies, served as the 12th dean of the UC Berkeley College of Engineering from 2007-2018. An internationally recognized expert on embedded and autonomous software, Sastry has a background in technology research, spearheading projects to improve the nation’s cybersecurity and network infrastructure as well as initiatives in robotics and hybrid and embedded systems.
Patrick Scaglia is a founding director for the CITRIS Foundry, the in-house technology incubator, which provides entrepreneurs with resources to build companies that make a significant impact on the world. Previously, Mr. Scaglia was an executive at Hewlett Packard for twelve years, serving as CTO across multiple groups. Before Hewlett Packard, Mr. Scaglia held VP and Director positions at HP Labs, Evans & Sutherland Supercomputer Division and Cadence Design Systems.
Past Board Members
Steven Beckwith is a Professor of Astronomy at UC Berkeley. His 30-year research career spans a wide spectrum of interests including the formation and early evolution of extra-solar planetary systems, the evolution of young stars, and the birth of galaxies in the early universe.
Paul R. Gray
Paul R. Gray received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 1963, 1965, and 1969, respectively. In 1969 he joined the Research and Development Laboratory at Fairchild Semiconductor in Palo Alto, California. While there, he was involved in the application of new technologies for analog integrated circuits, including power integrated circuits and data conversion circuits. In 1971, he joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at U.C. Berkeley, where he is now a Professor Emeritus and Professor in the Graduate School. His research interests have included bipolar and MOS circuit design, electro-thermal interactions in integrated circuits, device modeling, telecommunications circuits, and analog-digital interfaces in VLSI systems.
Russell Hirsch is a Managing Director of Prospect Venture Partners and a former member of the Health Care Technology Group at the venture capital fund Mayfield, where he played key role in their investment activities in the biotechnology and medical device sectors. Before entering the venture capital field, Hirsch did biomedical research on hepatitis B viral replication at UC San Francisco, where he earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees.
Dr. James Spohrer is Director IBM Global University Programs and leads IBM’s Cognitive Systems Institute. Dr. Spohrer co-founded IBM’s first Service Research group, ISSIP Service Science community, and was founding CTO of IBM’s Venture Capital Relations Group in Silicon Valley. He was awarded Apple Computers’ Distinguished Engineer Scientist and Technology title for his work on next generation learning platforms, and received a Ph.D. from Yale in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence.