Thursday, October 8, 2013
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Jimmy Hsiao founded Logic Solutions in 1995, a global company that provides technology solutions and services, including custom mobile strategy and application development, web applications, and comprehensive websites for businesses across the United States. Jimmy has grown Logic from a one-man shop to a business with employees in locations around the world including Ann Arbor, Chicago, Irvine, Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Taipei.
Logic’s mobile development expertise is evidenced by its impressive portfolio of technologically sophisticated web and mobile apps developed for companies in a wide array of diverse industries. Specializing in apps that streamline sales force processes, Logic launched Showcase in 2011, a mobile catalog app with order entry, file sharing, and an integrated Content Management System back end.
Jimmy holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Michigan. Before founding Logic Solutions, he was a senior software engineer at Mallinckrodt Sensor Systems and the Leco Corporation. While a researcher at the University of Michigan, he developed a number of software applications for the Cray supercomputer.
Jimmy’s specialties include strategic use of information technology, application design and development, project planning and management, presentation of technical material, Internet/intranet/extranet strategic design, system and application architecture, and emerging technology research.
Ryan Morton co-founded SkySpecs, a robotics company that simplifies safe access to airspace for commercial drone operations. The Ann Arbor based startup spawned out of the Wilson Center over many late nights on the MAAV Team. The go-to-market strategy serves the needs of industrial inspectors, construction companies, Hollywood-style production crews, safety-conscious pilots, NASA, and regulators. Starting a robotics company has been an exciting and exhilaration experience, with many good stories, especially given the uncertain regulatory climate for commercial drone operations. The team recently completed the R/GA Accelerator, powered by Techstars in New York and returned to grow in Ann Arbor.
Over the past 2 years, Ryan has been a roboticist and CTO for SkySpecs. As most entrepreneurs know, the learn-by-doing approach requires a deft and malleable team. For example, Ryan has developed low-level device drivers, high-level planning algorithms, user interfaces, project management tools, technical/business communications, strategic plans, and helped setup company/team culture.
Ryan hails from both Port Huron, MI and Santa Barbara, CA. He received his Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Cal Poly (SLO) in 2009 and his Masters in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2013. As a graduate student in the APRIL lab at Michigan, Ryan was a part of the team that won the MAGIC 2010 competition, a international multi-robot coordination challenge. The team developed and deployed a team of 12 robots that collaboratively and successful searched and mapped an unknown environment looking of objects of interest. He also proudly volunteers for Code for America, Toastmasters, and many other professional organizations.
Jason Okrasinski is the CEO and co-founder of Cribspot, an online marketplace for college housing. He founded the company with EECS alumni Tim Jones and Evan Dancer, while attending the University of Michigan as a BBA.
Orginally launched under the name a2cribs.com in 2012, Cribspot has since expanded to over 150 campuses and received nearly $1.5MM in funding from the likes of Y-Combinator and Huron River Ventures.
Jason has also worked at SeatGeek, Rosetta Consulting and Seelio where he focused on marketing, user design, and data analytics.
Peter Tchoryk is the CEO of Michigan Aerospace Corporation and is responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of the company. The primary goal of the company, founded by U-M faculty members Len Fisk and Paul Hays, was to improve weather forecasting by developing technology that could measure the winds of the upper atmosphere. MAC is currently collaborating with NASA to send laser-based atmospheric measurement systems to the International Space Station in September.
OptoAtmospherics, founded in 2009, provides patented laser-based atmospheric measurement products that improve the efficiency of wind farms. From real-time measurements of wind speed, wind direction, density, temperature, and even water vapor, they are able to increase wind farm efficiency, reduce maintenance costs, predict turbine failures, and reduce grid integration costs.
Springmatter, founded in 2014, is the realization of Peter's dream to invest in entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial activities dedicated to improving the world. It is uniquely suited to those companies whose products, like MAC’s, have a long incubation period.
Mr. Tchoryk is also on the Board of Directors for Acousys Biodevices, Inc. Founded in March 2011, Acousys is developing groundbreaking technology for the identification and capture of Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) and pathogens. Mr. Tchoryk has cross-functional experience spanning domestic and international business development, strategic business planning and forecasting, engineering operations, project management, and engineering development, including six patents granted and two pending. He received his Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1994 and his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from GMI (Kettering University) in 1986.