Faculty and Affiliates

FACULTY DIRECTOR

Alexandre Bayen received the Engineering Degree in applied mathematics from the Ecole Polytechnique, France, in July 1998, the M.S. degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University in June 1999, and the Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University in December 2003. He was a Visiting Researcher at NASA Ames Research Center from 2000 to 2003. Between January 2004 and December 2004, he worked as the Research Director of the Autonomous Navigation Laboratory at the Laboratoire de Recherches Balistiques et Aerodynamiques, (Ministere de la Defense, Vernon, France), where he holds the rank of Major. He has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley since January 2005, and an Associate Professor since 2010.

Bayen has authored one book and over 100 articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences. He is the recipient of the Ballhaus Award from Stanford University, 2004, of the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, 2009 and he is a NASA Top 10 Innovators on Water Sustainability, 2010. His projects Mobile Century and Mobile Millennium received the 2008 Best of ITS Award for ‘Best Innovative Practice’, at the ITS World Congress and a TRANNY Award from the California Transportation Foundation, 2009. Bayen is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award from the White House, 2010. Mobile Millennium has been featured more than 100 times in the media, including TV channels and radio stations (CBS, NBC, ABC, CNET, NPR, KGO, the BBC), and in the popular press (Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Times).

FACULTY ADVISOR

Ikhlaq Sidhu is the Chief Scientist and Founding Director of UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. He received the IEOR Emerging Area Professor Award from his department at Berkeley. Prof. Sidhu also founded the Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership. He has been granted over 60 US Patents in networking technology, IP telephony, and mobile computing. He was awarded 3Com Corporation’s “Inventor of the Year” in 1999. Dr. Sidhu also serves as a Senior Fellow of the Applied Innovation Institute and as a Venture Advisor at Onset Ventures, a leading Silicon Valley investment firm. Dr. Sidhu received his bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his masters' degree and doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University.

FACULTY ADVISOR

Ken is the Managing Director of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology in the College of Engineering. He is a serial entrepreneur, technology executive, university lecturer, and director/advisor to numerous startups in the US and Europe. A 14-year veteran of the mobile industry (enterprise software and digital advertising), Ken has been creating mobile solutions since cellphones first connected to the Internet at a whopping 28 kbps. Since then, he has founded or co-founded five companies in the mobility space. His experience spans all forms of mobile technology, from mobile video streaming to downloadable mobile apps; from Bluetooth to HTML5, GPS, SMS, IVR and he has served as a guinea pig for virtually every other acronym in the industry. He has worked closely with all the usual suspects--telcos, handset manufacturers, GPS mapping providers, SMS aggregators and industry associations. Most recently, Ken was the co-founder and CEO of AppCentral, the first enterprise app store to let companies distribute mobile applications to their employees' iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Ken successfully led the company through difficult market conditions and several rounds of venture financing. continent. Since 2008, Ken has been teaching the Mobile Applications and Entrepreneurship course in the College of Engineering. One of the first of its kind, the interdisciplinary course provides Berkeley students the opportunity to develop a working mobile application and business plan. Students pitch their businesses to active venture capitalists for a chance to create a real startup company. Ken has been promoting the curriculum around the world through a non-profit organization he started with two of his industry colleagues. Today, the Berkeley Mobile International Collaborative (BMIC) sponsors international competitions for university entrepreneurs. Ken has helped organize the past three competitions which has played host to the best university-based mobile startups from virtually every continent. Ken is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has been a guest lecturer at Tsinghua University and CYUPS in Beijing. As a firm believer in paying it forward, Ken is on the board of several startups and continues to advise and invest in some of the most promising mobile companies in the Silicon Valley, Berlin and Paris.

MANAGING DIRECTOR AND LEAD INSTRUCTOR

An educator, business leader and entrepreneur, investor and advisor, Mark has spent more than 20 years building businesses at the intersection of technology/clean tech, media, and brands. Mark works with investors, boards, and company leaders to drive growth and restructure businesses that range from early-stage ventures such as clean tech firm ETwater through global enterprises such as Intel, DirecTV and Sony. Mark draws upon those experiences in the classroom at UC Berkeley, where he teaches Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business. He also acts as a mentor and advisor to many students and teams on campus and also at the SkyDeck Berkeley new venture accelerator. Previously Mark was an Executive Vice President at Sony where he co-founded and built a $150mm consumer products and online commerce division, and was the founding CEO of pioneer online payments company WebOrder which he took though funding, growth and M&A (now part of Motorola). He was a Group VP and General Manager at consumer products company Newell Rubbermaid where he led the $300mm Global Technology Brands group; and earlier in his career was a strategy and M&A consultant with Ernst & Young. Mark is an alumnus of UC Berkeley, where he earned his B.A. and MBA degrees. A frequent speaker on innovation, entrepreneurship and competitiveness, he has been broadly quoted including in the New York Times, The Economist , The Washington Post, LA Times and USA Today, and appeared in media ranging from Fox News and The Huffington Post to CNN and ABC Radio.

INSTRUCTOR AND MENTOR

Whitney Hischier works as an educator, consultant and coach. Her work involves designing and delivering custom executive education programs, facilitated workshops, consulting and coaching in often challenging situations. Her career spans 20 years of turn-arounds, entrepreneurship, management consulting, and executive education. Whitney has spent much of it working in distinct and remote parts of the world with a focus on enhancing national economic growth through business education and building networks between the public, private and academic sectors. Whitney is a lecturer at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley in experiential and consulting-based courses, including Startup Lab, International Business Development, Natural Leadership (equine guided education), Managing and Motivating People, and Problem Finding Problem Solving. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Whitney worked as a change management and system implementation consultant for KPMG London, ABN Amro Amsterdam, and Deloitte SF. She holds a BA from Stanford University in International Relations and an MBA from Haas.

INSTRUCTOR AND MENTOR

Edith Yeung is VP of marketing/business development at Dolphin Browser, a Sequioa-backed mobile browser with over 100 million installs worldwide. She also founded RightVentures seed stage investment firm focusing on mobile and consumer internet companies. Some of her investments include Fleksy, Mighty Text, Pack, Bounce.io etc. She is also an advisor to Strikingly. You can also find some of her work on CNBC, CBS, NPR, Techcrunch, Next Web, Mashable, Read Write Web, Fora and others. She frequently speaks on mobile, women and international entrepreneurship. And she loves dogs.