Anderson Institute External Advisory Board
Larry Achram, Chair
Mr. Lawrence Achram, also known as Larry, serves as Chief Engineer at Rivian Automotive Inc. since January 2016. Mr. Achram is a well-respected automobile product development executive who has brought many major vehicles to market, including the Chrysler 300 and the first Jeep Grand Cherokee. He served as Vice President and General Manager of Insider eCar U.S. at Siemens. Mr. Achram has been Board of Advisor at Comet Solutions, Inc. since December 10, 2012.
Jim Anderson, ex-officio
Mr. James A. Anderson, Jim founded Urban Science Applications, Inc. in 1977 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Anderson leads the global management team and sets Urban Science's strategic direction. Mr. Anderson formed Urban Science to satisfy the growing need of automakers and car dealers for the customer and demographic information. He actively involved in automobile dealer network planning for 30 years and also provides expert legal testimony on behalf of clients.
Mr. Bedekar is the President and CEO of Yojna, Inc.(www.yojna.com) for the past three decades. Mr. Bedekar has over fifty years of experience in the software industry, including senior management positions with a major computer manufacturer. Yojna specializes in the creation and deployment of highly efficient solutions for the top banks and financial institutions in North America. Under their branding, these banks deliver digital financial data and documents to over 100,000 commercial customers.
Mr.s Aida Dismondy is the founder of Albex Law, PC, a boutique firm in service for small businesses and startups. She is a lawyer that is fluent in business with extensive experience in and knowledge of automotive industry and its supply chain management.Mrs. Dismondy is a member of the American Bar Association Business Law, International Law, and Dispute Resolution sections, a member of the State Bar of Michigan Business Law, International Law, and Dispute Resolution sections, and member of Washtenaw County Bar Association Business Law section.
Mr. Monte L. Falcoff is a principal at the firm's Troy office, where he has worked for 20 years, and a registered patent attorney licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Falcoff's primary areas of practice include IP portfolio management, client counseling and opinion preparation, preparation and prosecution of patent applications, trademark prosecution, IP litigation, and licensing.
Mr. Adrian Fortino is the Founder of Shepherd Intelligent Systems, LLC and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Fortino is a Co-Founder of FlockTAG LLC. He serves as a Partner and Manager of the Ann Arbor and Michigan Office at Mercury Fund and focuses on investments in enterprise SaaS, intelligent manufacturing, and industrial IoT. He serves as an Advisor at TrackX Holdings Inc. He teaches venture capital classes at the University of Michigan College of Engineering and Law School.
Mr. Tel K. Ganesan serves as Managing Partner and Founder of Kyyba Ventures. Mr. Ganesan serves as the President of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Detroit chapter for the second term and previously the president of the chapter for two consecutive years from 2009 to 2010. He is a Co-Founder of Kyyba, Inc. and has been its Chairman of the Board since September 2, 2016.
Mr. Shahriar Ghoddousi serves as Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of The John Henry Company. During his 26 years with the company, he has played key roles as Director of Management Information Systems, Vice President of Operations, Senior Vice President for Corporate Development; Mergers and Acquisitions and finally as the CEO. Besides his duties at The John Henry Company, he was also Chairman and CEO of Digital Label Alliance, a corporation focusing on digital printing technology, electronic pre-press and electronic data interface to suppliers.
Mr. Vineet Katial serves as Chairman and Managing Director of Krores Ltd. Mr. Katial has over 20 years of work experience. Before forming Krores Limited, he was the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Janeeva, Inc., where he played a leadership role in creating the Outsourcing Relationship Management (ORM) industry. He is an acknowledged thought leader in the international business and is helping shape the emerging markets with his experiences and leadership.
Mr. Charlie is the president and CEO of Invest Michigan, the Fund Manager for the $10.5 million Michigan Pre-Seed Fund 2.0.Before Invest Michigan, he was in a leadership role with TechTown-Detroit directing their tech-based entrepreneurial advisory services. Before TechTown and over a 13 year period at Connecticut Innovations, he founded and directed Connecticut's $20 million Pre-Seed Fund, CTech, an incubator in partnership with Yale University, University of Connecticut and the University of Bridgeport, TechStart, a technology venture accelerator and helped start-up the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund.
Mr. Nidamaluri Nagesh is the Vice President of Tech Mahindra company. He is an executive Manager at Automotive Manufacturing. Broad range of experience and depth in all fields of automotive manufacturing areas, Industrial Controls and Automation.
Dr. Satyendra Rana
Dr. Satyendra P. Rana serves as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Computational Research Laboratories Limited. At CRL, Dr. Rana is responsible for shaping and crystallizing its positioning in the High-Performance Computing space and the growth and expansion of its business worldwide through strategic partnerships, innovative solutions, and business models. Dr. Rana is a co-founder of Cynergy System Design, Inc. and serves as its Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Rana serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Inventes Inc. He is a serial entrepreneur and veteran of IT industry.
Mr. Ravi, who has developed several apps for Android, founded Mobi, which trains students in mobile application development, in 2013. She is also an advisory board member for the Anderson Engineering Ventures Institute at Wayne State University, which was founded in 2014 to encourage the formation of startup companies by engineering students. An adjunct professor at Wayne State since 2012, where she teaches mobile app development, previously she was a software engineer at Gale, a consultant with Xede Consulting Group and a software developer at Chrysler Corp. and Flagstar Bank.
Ann Marie Sastry
Dr. Ann Marie Sastry, Ph.D. co-founded Sakti3 in 2008 and also serves as its Chief Executive Officer and President. Dr. Sastry served as the PI and Co-Director of the Keck Center for Nanoscale Sensing and Modeling of Intracellular Transport, along with her leadership of grants and contracts with DoE, the Army Research Office, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, NSF, and the Ford Motor Company. Along with her research work, she has created durable curricula to support critical cleantech development.
Mr. Ned Staebler serves concurrently as TechTown's President and CEO and Vice President for Economic Development at Wayne State University. He previously served as the Vice President for Entrepreneurial and Capital Services at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.In this role, he was responsible for the oversight of the Michigan Strategic Fund Board and the 21st Century Jobs Fund, a $2 billion, 10-year initiative to transform Michigan's economy. Ned also spent nearly a decade in the private sector, working in both startup and Fortune 150 environments in the U.S. and London.
Mr. Eric Stief serves as a Licensing Manager for the Technology Transfer Office at Wayne State University (WSU). He works with the inventors to identify appropriate technology licensing opportunities for life science technologies. Mr. Stief has worked in corporate and academic technology-based business development since 1994. His areas of concentration have included research and development, mergers and acquisitions and new product and venture development. He was previously a researcher for Kellogg Corporation and a business planner for the FMC Corporation.
Dr. Walter is a Senior Chief Technical Advisor at Visual Components. Visual Components is a 3-D manufacturing simulation and visualization specialist that services customers in aerospace, automotive, and consumer products manufacturing. Walter has over 25 years of experience in digital factory simulation.
Mr. David P. Weaver is Founder and Chairman of Great Lakes Angels. He previously served as President of the firm. He serves as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Blaze Medical Devices, LLC. He is a Founding Member and was a Member of the Board of Directors of Detroit MIT Enterprise Forum. His experience includes global profit and loss responsibilities at a division of Johnson & Johnson; turning around troubled business operations at a division of Warner-Lambert International N.V; and strategic planning, new product development, and directing domestic and international sales and marketing.
Mr.Ted Dacko, the founder of Arbor Dakota Strategies, has over 42 years of experience in executive-level management and leadership, including Sales, Marketing, M&A and the Chief Executive Office, principally in the area of software applications and solutions.Ted is currently an independent consultant, mentor and board member to tech companies and serves on the board of meQuilibrium, Court Innovations, XLerant, GoNoodle, DNA Software and Possibilities For Change. He is also an instructor at the University of Michigan in the Center for Entrepreneurship program.