Dr. Alvelda is a technology and industry innovator as well as an educator. Dr. Alvelda was a Program Manager at DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office where he developed national scale R&D programs and technologies at the intersection of engineering and biology. He is also the founding Chairman of WiseTeachers, a non-profit helping K-12 schools extend STEM education with an emphasis on creativity and innovation.
Prior to WISE, Dr. Alvelda was the founding CEO of MobiTV, which launched the world’s first live television experience over mobile networks. MobiTV’s service has grown since its launch in 2003 to over 18M subscribers across all the major US, CanadA, UK, & Latin American mobile nets, making MobiTV the US’s 3rd largest television distributor.
Dr. Alvelda was awarded an Emmy, selected by Fast Company as the US’s 15th most influential high-tech entrepreneur, and has received numerous other industry awards from AlwaysOn, CNET, Mobile Entertainment (One of the top 20 most influential New Media Executives), and Red Herring for innovation and market leadership. He is a regular invited speaker at media, telecom, and education industry events including the World Economic Forum where he was chosen as a “Technology Pioneer” in 2007.
Prior to MobiTV, Dr. Alvelda founded The MicroDisplay Corporation, a manufacturer of miniature displays for low cost HDTVs and VR headsets. Prior to MicroDisplay, Dr. Alvelda was a developer of spacecraft hardware and new computing architectures at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he designed and built sensors that flew on the Space Shuttle as well as the Galileo and Magellan interplanetary spacecraft. Dr. Alvelda holds over 30 patents and patents-pending on a wide range of technologies, a technical Emmy Award, a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Cornell University, and Masters and PhD degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT.