Cesar JOHNSTON - Chief Executive Officer at Energous
Abstract: Soon, the number of internet-connected devices will outnumber humans 5 to 1, according to IDC which projects nearly 40 billion IoT devices by 2025. These billion of devices have one feature in common: the need for consistent and reliable power to properly function and scale. However, today most IoT devices deployed today rely on either cumbersome charging cables or on batteries that must be frequently replaced at varying intervals, both of which place massive strains on maintenance teams and limiting the value these devices can deliver. In this talk, we will explore how Wireless Power Networks -- an ecosystem of technologies including transmitters and receivers – can enable consistent wireless power transmission across any distances for a wide range of applications to help solve the power needs of today’s and tomorrow’s power-hungry devices.
Speaker's Bio: Mr. Cesar Johnston joined Energous in July 2014 and serves as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. Cesar is a seasoned technologist, entrepreneur, and investor. Prior to Energous, Cesar has had a broad experience in large enterprises and startups. He has previously served as Vice President of Engineering for Wireless Connectivity at Marvell Semiconductor. During his time with Marvell, Cesar led Marvell’s worldwide R&D and development of all Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM, and NFC products. Prior to Marvell, Cesar drove technology innovation at Broadcom responsible for 802.11g and 802.11n products. Cesar has over 20 years of experience working across hardware, software, and services and is recognized as a pioneer in the technology development of multiple first-of generations of SISO and MIMO wireless products. He serves on the CTO Council for the Global Semiconductor Alliance, is an IEEE Senior Member, and is an advisory board member to KINS Technology Group. He also has written over 40 conference and journal papers and holds 27 patents. Cesar holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and holds a Certificate of Business Excellence (COBE) from the University of California, Berkeley.
Morris KESLER - Chief Technology Officer at Witricity Corporation
Wireless Charging : Coming to an EV Near You
Abstract: The shift to electrification in the transportation sector is real and accelerating. Sales of EVs are increasing. This trend is predicted to accelerate with 5x growth in just the next 3 years. How will all these vehicles be charged? Much effort is being put into building out networks of fast DC charging along highway corridors, yet over 90% of charging occurs at home or work at more practical Level 2 charge rates. Wireless charging is now a real option for keeping the growing number of EVs charged and ready to drive. Automakers are now offering wireless charging as a factory installed option, and in a recent survey, EV buyers overwhelmingly prefer wireless charging over popular upgrades. In this talk we will discuss the requirements and challenges for EV wireless charging systems, look at some current systems, and explore where the technology is headed.
Speaker's Bio: Morris Kesler is the Chief Technology Officer at WiTricity where he is responsible for research and development activities. Prior to joining WiTricity in 2007 he was a founder of Wide Net Technologies, Inc., which developed unique optical communication and sensing systems for both government and industry. His work at Wide Net Technologies involved secure high-speed communications systems for fiber and free space applications, and the development of novel nano-photonic devices for communications and sensing. From 2000 to 2003, Morris held the position of Consulting Engineer at PhotonEx Corporation, where he was responsible for transmission engineering and testing and played a key role in the development of the PhotonEx 40 Gb/s optical transport system. Morris spent ten years with the Georgia Tech Research Institute where he led research programs in electromagnetic scattering, antenna arrays, novel antenna structures and photonic band-gap structures. He held the position of Principal Research Engineer when he left. Morris was a post-doctoral fellow at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory where he studied semiconductor quantum well lasers. He holds over 70 patents and has published over 40 technical journal and conference papers. He holds a B.S, M.S., and Ph.D, from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Paul WIENER - Vice President Strategic Marketing at GaN Systems Inc
Speaker's Bio: Paul Wiener is GaN Systems’ Vice President of Strategic Marketing. Prior to joining GaN Systems, Paul led the power magnetics business unit at Eaton. Paul brings more than 25 years’ experience in operations, sales and marketing, and business development. His experience includes vice president of sales at Fultec Semiconductor Inc. and several management roles at Genoa, BroadLogic, and Raychem. Paul earned his MBA from Golden Gate University and his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of California at Berkeley.