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Iqbal Arshad

Former Senior Vice President Engineering, Global Product Development at Motorola

Iqbal Arshad has over 20 years of experience leading start-up efforts, developing breakthrough technologies, building new product categories and leading businesses for iconic global technology brands. Arshad has fused the best of technology and design to develop and deliver iconic mobile products and experiences. He was previously with Lenovo as Senior Vice President of the Mobile Business Group, overseeing technology, engineering and product development from 2014 to 2016, and with Google as SVP of engineering & product development from 2012 to 2014. 

Iqbal led and shaped the mobile landscape by creating industry firsts, including the original Droid smartphone, Google's first official Android tablet, the first Android Wear watch with round display, a shatter-proof smartphone, and functional smartphone customization & ecosystem. He successfully created the Moto RAZR V3c/2, Moto X, Moto G, Droid, Moto Z, Moto MODs, Moto 360, Nexus 6 and iDEN PTT Push to Talk product franchises. He also led the creation of foundational 4G technology & chipsets, and generated world-class innovation-based intellectual property.

Iqbal was named among Crain’s Chicago Business' “40 Under 40.” He serves on Northwestern’s MEM advisory board. He holds a BSEE from University of Miami and a M.E.M. from Northwestern University. 

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Patricio Azcunaga

Director of Intermodal Operations, Mexico, at Union Pacific

Patricio Azcunaga, a graduate of Northwestern's MEM program in 2014, co-founded Share Transport, a Northwestern University startup that was named a winner of the first Chicago College Startup Competition (CCSC). Patricio Azcunaga currently serves as the Intermodal Operations Director in Mexico for Union Pacific. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey/ITESM. Azcunaga majored in Industrial Engineering at Purdue University. He formerly held positions as Logistics Sustainability Manager, Fleet Manager, and Fleet Control Analyst at Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma - Heineken Mexico.

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Tony Belkin

Head of Traffic and Dynamic Content at HERE

Tony Belkin is the head of traffic and dynamic content at HERE, a leader in navigation, mapping and location experiences. Belkin builds big data engines to provide traffic and other dynamic content to connected cars, enterprises and consumers. Prior to his work at HERE, Belkin worked at WMS Gaming as the chief technology officer and vice president of engineering, where he was responsible for HW and SW platform development, architecture, system engineering, product testing and field support for casino gaming machines. Belkin has also worked at Hospira, Xilinx, Ingrid and Motorola. Belkin graduated Tau Beta Pai with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds his MBA and Master of Product Development degrees from Northwestern University.

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Joe Burns

CEO, Sensurion Aerospace

Captain Joe Burns, CEO of Sensurion Aerospace, is a twenty-five year veteran of the aviation technology and communications industry and most recently the Managing Director of Flight Operations Technology and Flight Test at United Airlines, responsible for over $200M in NextGen and technology programs. Capt. Burns is a widely recognized expert on aviation issues, including unmanned aircraft systems, avionics, and sensor systems, and is in demand as a speaker and panelist, as well as sitting on several boards of directors. Capt. Burns has founded and capitalized several successful small businesses, all of which are still in operation. In addition, Capt. Burns holds ten patents in aviation, security, and communications technologies.

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David Dohnalek

Vice President of Finance and Corporate Treasurer at The Boeing Company

Mr. David A. Dohnalek serves as Vice President of Finance at The Boeing Company and has also been its Corporate Treasurer since April 1, 2008. Mr. Dohnalek served as Vice President of Investor Relations at Boeing Capital Corp. since November 12, 2003. He served as Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis at Boeing Co. He served as President of Ameritech Capital Funding Corp. Mr. Dohnalek joined Boeing in 2002 from Looking Glass Networks, Oak Brook, Ill., where he served as vice president and treasurer. Previously, Dohnalek served as Assistant Treasurer of Ameritech Corporation, Chicago. He has been Chairman of Boeing Capital Corp. since March, 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and a master's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University. Mr. Dohnalek also holds a master's degree in Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago.

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Sharon Feigon

Executive Director, Shared Use Mobility Center

Sharon Feigon, a founder of Shared Use Mobility Center (SUMC), was previously the CEO of I-GO Car Sharing, a nonprofit organization credited with started car sharing in the Chicago region. Feigon was the CEO of IGO from March 2004 until she and parent organization, Center for Neighborhood Technology, sold IGO to Enterprise in May 2013.

Under Feigon's leadership, IGO grew from a small pilot project into a successful operation with 15,000 members in forty-five neighborhoods. Feigon worked with the Chicago Transit Authority to create the only combined car share/transit fare card in North America, which continues to serve as a model for shared-use companies and public transit interaction. Feigon led IGO’s expansion into underserved communities and also developed solar canopies and charging stations that helped introduce renewable charging and mobility hubs to the region.

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Bret Johnson

Associate Director at Northwestern University's Transportation Center

Bret Johnson joined Northwestern in 2000 and helped launch Illinois's first Illinois Technology Enterprise Center (ITEC), serving as its assistant director until 2005. Prior to joining NU, Johnson completed an MA in Science, Technology and Public Policy at The George Washington University. From 2005 to 2009, Johnson managed the Homeland Security Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (HSIEC) at NU. Since 2009, Bret Johnson has been the Associate Director at the Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC), a recognized leader in interdisciplinary education and research institution dedicated to the long-term improvement of domestic and international systems for the movements of materials, people, energy, and information. Johnson also currently manages NUTC's Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology (CCITT). CCITT’s mission is to foster the commercialization or implementation of innovative technologies for multiple modes of surface transportation, including, but not limited to, railways, mass transit, highways and waterways. 


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Mark Johnson

Smart Cities Chief & MW Battery Energy Storage Solar Microgrids Innovator, Schneider Electric

Mark Johnson leads Smart Cities for Schneider Electric and founded a clean energy nonprofit 501(c)3. Johnson served the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., standing-up $11 Billion energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Johnson has been a senior consultant with Navigant Consulting and IBM Global Services for utilities & energy, and an Entrepreneur-In-Residence for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority NYSERDA, advising New York city startups. Mark Johnson started up several clean energy companies. He holds an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

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John Kwant

Vice President, City Solutions at Ford Motor Company

John F. Kwant is Vice President, City Solutions, Ford Smart Mobility, LLC. He leads Ford’s global efforts to partner with municipalities to identify key urban mobility needs that inform its development of new mobility services while also working to create, pilot and implement new mobility solutions in cities worldwide. Kwant plays a key role in connecting Ford’s internal capabilities and external partners to opportunities that will leverage enterprise resources in its interactions with cities. Prior to this role, John Kwant served as Ford’s Director of Global Strategy, focusing on Smart Mobility initiatives. He also worked in Ford’s Asia Pacific Group, in a variety of roles, for over ten years. 

Mr. Kwant holds an MBA, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and MSE in Engineering Management, McCormick Graduate School of Engineering, both from Northwestern University as well as a BSE, Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. 

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Paul Pebbles

CTO, Urban Active at General Motors

Paul Pebbles has been the CTO - Urban Active at General Motors since 2015. Prior to that, he served on the NUvention: Energy Advisory Board and held several different positions at both General Motors and OnStar. He has also contributed to three different patents since 2014. Pebbles received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Bob Perrin

President and CEO, Magellan Associates LLC

Robert L. Perrin, president, CEO, and founder of Magellan Associates LLC, has more than thirty-five years of information technology and business experience, including multiple tenures as Chief Information Officer and other executive positions. Perrin has worked in various industries including ground and air transportation, insurance, banking and retail/wholesale. With this background, he co-founded Magellan Associates LLC and co-created The Performance Management Trilogy©. Perrin is an international speaker, co-author and practitioner. Through Magellan Associates, he has presented on several subjects in the areas of cooperative strategies (aligning Business and IT objectives through implementation of pragmatic results), risk management, business continuity, and pragmatic, value-based metrics for IT organizations.

Bob Perrin is a Founding Faculty Member of the University of Miami’s IT Executive Institute. He holds an MS in Organizational Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and a B.S. in Information Systems from Illinois State University.

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Chris Pickett

Chief Strategy Officer, Coyote Logistics

Chris Pickett has been the Chief Strategy Officer at Coyote Logistics since 2006. He has also held positions at Adjoined Consulting, UPS, Agile Software Corp., and Accenture. Pickett graduated with his B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, his M.E. in Logistics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his MBA in Finance and Strategy from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Linsey Rubenstein

Vice President Information Technology, The Boeing Company

Linsey Rubenstein has been the Vice President Information Technology at Boeing since 2015. Previously, she held various titles at Boeing, including Senior Supply Chain Strategy Leader and Senior Director Information Technology. Rubinstein graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology with her B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with her M.S. in Engineering Systems and her MBA.

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Jason Schmitt

Special Advisor to the Board of Directors, EPIC Academy Charter School

Jason Schmitt is presently a Special Advisor to the Board of Directors for EPIC Academy charter high school in South Chicago. He previously spent five years as Vice President of Global Strategy for Gap Inc. and The Jones Group, both global specialty apparel retailers where he routinely dealt with transportation logistics issues related to product shipments between contract manufacturing factories, distribution centers, and retail stores. Earlier in his career, Jason Schmitt spent six years managing a clean technology venture capital fund and sitting on the Boards of invested start-up companies in the energy space. While managing this fund, he also served on the Advisory Board for the NUVention Energy course and on the Leadership Council for the Corporate Eco-Forum. Schmitt was selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar in 2016, a Traphagen Distinguished Alumni in Law and Business at Harvard Law School in 2015, a Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader in 2010, and for the Crain's Chicago Business “40 Under 40” list in 2009. He earned an A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Schmitt is a Chicago native whose grew up working in his family's small transportation company in the area.

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Suresh Sunderrajan

Director of Technology Development and Commercialization; Chief Commercialization Officer, Argonne National Laboratory

Suresh Sunderrajan is the Division Director of the Technology Development and Commercialization (TDC) Division and Chief Commercialization Officer at Argonne National Laboratory. He came to Argonne from United Technologies Corporation, where he served as Director of Innovation Business Development (IBD), the Corporate IP monetization organization, responsible for patent and technology licensing, patent sales and new business incubation opportunities. As part of the team at United Technologies Corp, Sunderrajan helped take UTC from a business concept to an established company with over $100 million in committed contract value in three years. 

Prior to this role, Sunderrajan was a serial entrepreneur - part of the founding team for four different start-ups, two of which were acquired and one of which is now publicly traded on the Chinese stock exchange. Sunderrajan has worked at the International Copper Association, at Union Camp Corporation (International Paper) in various process/product commercialization roles, and at Eastman Kodak Company as the director of its corporate venture capital group. 

Suresh Sunderrajan holds over thirty U.S. patents and is also a Certified Licensing Professional. He earned his Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh and obtained his S.M. in Management and Engineering from MIT.

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