Mojix brings together a formidable team of successful entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers and executives, all expert in their respective disciplines.
Dr. Ramin Sadr, Founder & CEO
With more than 25 years of experience in the communications industry as an entrepreneur, researcher, executive and lecturer, Dr. Ramin Sadr has launched and led successful high tech businesses based on his technology innovations. A noted visionary and scientist, he holds numerous patents and has received fifteen NASA achievement and recognition awards for his contributions to the US Space Program.
Prior to founding Mojix, he was president, CEO and founder of Telecom Multimedia Systems, Inc. (TMSI), a provider of WAN infrastructure equipment, and led the company to its acquisition by Inter-Tel. Previously, he was with the California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In the early 1980s, Dr. Sadr led a team of scientists and engineers at JPL that designed the first prototype of an all digital receiver for NASA's deep space network (DSN). This receiver later formed the underlying model of NASA's Block V receiver which today tracks spacecraft venturing inside or outside the solar system. In late 1980s, Dr. Sadr and his team were also involved in the development of novel signal processing techniques with the remarkable initiative that successfully salvaged telemetry data from the Galileo spacecraft mission from earth when the craft's high gain antenna failed to deploy when it reached Jupiter. For his work during this period, Dr. Sadr received fifteen NASA Achievement awards for his contributions to the US Space program.
Dr. Sadr has been involved in design of complex signal processing systems since the late 1970s. The initial genesis of the signal detection technique used today in the Mojix system was formulated by Dr. Sadr as part of his PhD dissertation in graduate school to design a VLSI chip for detection of signals for mobile satellite communication applications, which was published by the UCLA computer science department in 1983 entitled: UCLA Demodulation Engine. Dr Sadr began his career at IBM (T.J. Watson Research Center) and also was employed at Boeing Satellite Systems. He has a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mike Kastner, Senior Vice President, Global Sales
Mike Kastner has enjoyed a successful career spanning over 25 years in technical sales and marketing with extensive domestic and international experience in both start-up and public companies. Most recently Mike served as Vice President Worldwide Sales at Maxlinear, driving growth through a successful IPO and serving as an officer of a publicly traded company. For four years, Mike headed the global RFID sales team at Impinj as Vice President Sales. He has held strategic account management positions at Skyworks and Conexant with a focus in mobile handset manufacturers. Prior to this Mike enjoyed 10 years of product line management positions, developing a solid marketing background. Mike holds a BSEE degree from Cleveland State University and has completed executive programs at UC Irvine and UCSD.
Dr. Jalal Alisobhani, Senior Vice President, Engineering
Dr. Alisobhani has more than 30 years experience leading engineering organizations developing satellite and wireless communications systems with a successful track record in delivering high volume commercial grade products in early stage to Fortune 100 companies.
Previously, he was a co-founder of NavCom Technology Inc, a developer of a global satellite-based augmentation system (GBAS) providing decimeter positioning accuracy on a worldwide basis. NavCom was acquired by and became a wholly owned subsidiary of John Deere Corporation. Prior, as Vice President of Engineering for STM Wireless, he lead the engineering team in developing advanced satellite communications systems including the STM Wireless X.Star used for broadband data communication over satellite, as well as the STM DAMA networks used for interconnection between multiple telephone Central Offices and to remote voice terminals. In addition Dr. Alisobhani directed the Commercial Marine Satellite Communication division at Magnavox where he was responsible for development, marketing and sales of Inmarsat-M marine terminals used for global voice communication over the Inmarsat satellite network.
Dr. Alisobhani holds a patent in radar digital signal processing and is a co-inventor on patents for the modulations scheme used in NavCom's Spread Spectrum Radio communication network. He holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University, and Masters and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California Los Angeles.
Shawn Manesh, Senior Vice President, Operations and Business Development
A seasoned telecommunications, wireless and computer industry senior executive, Shawn Manesh possesses more than 20 years experience with private and public companies managing business strategy, operations, finance, business development and supply chain. He has held senior management positions including VP operations, COO and CEO for companies including ACT Networks, Tekelec, Malibu Networks, Cymil Communications and TMSI. Shawn has been involved in funding and growing early stage startups, IPOs and successful acquisitions. At ACT Networks, Mr. Manesh managed all domestic and international operations related to the company's business from inception to IPO. During this period the company grew to $400M market capitalization with worldwide customers and partner. He holds a BS degree in Engineering from CSUN and a MBA degree from Pepperdine University.
Samuel Levy, Senior Vice President, Professional Services
Samuel Levy has extensive expertise in leading and building professional service, support, and training organizations skilled at deploying RFID and real-time location services (RTLS) offerings to modernize supply chain and asset management. Prior to joining Mojix in May 2010, Levy held the position of Vice President of Global Sales Engineering, Zebra Enterprise Solutions, with responsibility for all pre-sales support for the Zebra Enterprise Solutions portfolio. Prior, Levy led worldwide professional services at WhereNet where he was instrumental in driving the company's successful revenue growth critical to its acquisition by Zebra. Levy's previous positions include Vice President of Software Development and Product Integration at PinPoint Corporation. Levy holds a bachelor degree in Computer & Electrical Engineering from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He has patent contributions in location tracking technologies, and is a contributor to books and published papers in the field of bio-medical imaging.
Roelof Koopmans, Managing Director, Europe
Roelof Koopmans has more than 20 years experience in founding and managing startup technology companies from pre-revenue through high-growth stages in emerging global markets in telecommunications, e-commerce and managed hosting services. In his most recent position before Mojix, he was Switzerland country manager for Ranger Marketing, Europe's largest direct sales company. Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of Aspectra, a dedicated hosting services company that he led to become Switzerland's first leading pure-play e-commerce hosting company. Over his career, Mr. Koopmans, has served in executive business-development, marketing, product-management and sales-channel development roles at companies such as Swisscom, Bluewin, Unisource and KPN Telecom. At KPN Telecom, he was part of the core-team establishing a multinational carrier joint-venture between four European telco's and AT&T, called Unisource. Mr. Koopmans is based in Zurich and is a graduate of the University of Delft
Michael Ng, Vice President, Finance
Michael is our finance executive with over 13 years of experience in both the public and private space, including start-up companies. He has significant experience in working with large multinational and multi-billion dollar corporations.
Michael has also worked in a variety of different industries including technology, manufacturing & distribution, retail & consumer products, among others. Michael is a California Certified Public Accountant and was previously at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Los Angeles. He holds a bachelor of science in business administration with accounting emphasis at California State Polytechnic University Pomona.