Kurt Petersen received his BS degree cum laude in EE from UC Berkeley in 1970, and a PhD in EE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975. Since 1982, he has co-founded six successful, high-tech companies in Silicon Valley, including Cepheid (now on NASDAQ: CPHD). In 2001, he was awarded the IEEE Simon Ramo Medal for his contributions to MEMS. Dr. Petersen is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a Life Fellow of the IEEE in recognition of his contributions to “the commercialization of MEMS technology”. In 2011, Dr. Petersen joined the Silicon Valley Band of Angels. Today, he spends most of his time helping and mentoring early stage, high-tech start-up companies.