Academic entrepreneurship: an oxymoron?

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Academics and their students* are not born entrepreneurs. They work on gaps in knowledge,
find answers and solutions, teach, present at conferences, publish, patent, and collaborate
with other academics and industry to do even more. From applying for grants to attracting
talent to our labs, we need to “create” and “sell” every day. How can we do our best? How
can we pick among paths and projects? Join us to get some answers and perhaps mostly
new questions “you” will need to find “your” answers for. Most of what we talk about will be
equally relevant to those interested in building value from outside the walls of university

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  • Date: 15 Nov 2022
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Dr. Shahram Sean Yousefi


Academic entrepreneurship: an oxymoron?


Dr. Shahram Sean Yousefi considers harmony the ultimate goal of any activity and his
mission in life is to help as many people as possible to enjoy theirs while reaching full
personal potential. Shahram’s current focus is solving problems at the intersection of
technology, academia, and healthcare. Be it the next approach towards training highly-
qualified personnel or tackling human resource challenges in hospitals, Shahram’s
philosophy is that communication and compassion are the key ingredients to achieve beyond
win-win solutions.
Shahram has 25 years of experience in engineering, technology, teaching, managing teams
and projects, as well as public speaking and advising over 3 continents (visiting 85
He received his B.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran and his Ph.D. in
telecom from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has held positions at the University of
Toronto, Canada, Ecole Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, Jilin
University, China, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA, and Queen's University,

Kingston, Canada, where he is currently a tenured full professor and has served as an acting
Department Head (ECE) and Associate Dean (Engineering).
Shahram was elected as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE CJECE journal (2016-2020) and as
an editor/reviewer for a large number of peer-reviewed journals. He has received more than
20 awards and scholarships including the Golden Apple teaching award as well as the
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Discovery Accelerator
Supplement (NSERC DAS) award.
His research interests include communications, cloud systems, big data, networks,
information theory, signal processing, control, algorithms, and machine intelligence in which
he holds a number of patents. He co-founded Canarmony Corp. (2014), MESH Scheduling
Inc. (2018), and OPTT Inc. (2018) to apply algorithms to make life better and more
harmonious. Shahram admires entrepreneurs and advises a number of ventures in
healthcare and education. He currently lives in the Bay Area and is scaling Mesh
Scheduling’s flagship product .