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Founders

Carver Mead, Director and Co-Founder

Carver Mead, Director and Co-Founder

Professor Carver Mead, the Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology, is Professor Emeritus after more than 30 years of teaching. He has contributed in the fields of solid-state electronics, very large-scale integrated circuits, and neurobiologically inspired circuits. He wrote, with Lynn Conway, the seminal text on IC design: Introduction to VLSI Systems. In 1989, he published Analog VLSI and Neural Systems, and in 2000, Collective Electrodynamics: Quantum Foundations of Electromagnetism. Professor Carver Mead is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Life Fellow of the Franklin Institute. He is also the recipient of numerous awards including the 2003 National Medal of Technology and the 1999 Lemelson-MIT prize for Invention and Innovation and the Centennial Medal of the IEEE. In addition to Impinj, Professor Mead has founded 21 companies.

Chris Diorio, CTO and Co-Founder

Chris Diorio, CTO and Co-Founder

Dr. Chris Diorio is Impinj's CTO. He also serves as an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, as a co-Chair of the EPCglobal Hardware Action Group, and as project editor for UHF Gen2. He previously served as co-Chair of the MIT Auto-ID Hardware Action Group and as a Project co-Editor for ISO 18000-6. Dr. Chris Diorio received his Ph.D. from Caltech in 1997, and has over 20 years of experience in semiconductor and radio engineering. He has published more than 70 journal and conference articles, has 71 issued patents, and has received numerous awards including the 2011 Special Achievement Award from RFID Journal Live!, the IEC 1906 Award for 2011, the 2007 WSA Technology Innovator of the Year award, CMP Technology's 2007 RFID Visionary of the Year award, the 2007 AIM Global Ted Williams Award, the Wall Street Journal's 2006 Technology Innovator of the Year Runner-Up, the UW's 2001 Distinguished Teaching Award, and the 1996 IEEE EDS Paul Rappaport Award. He has also received Packard, Sloan, Presidential, and ONR Young Investigator fellowships. He has worked as a Senior Staff Engineer at TRW, Inc., as a Senior Staff Scientist at American Systems Corporation, and as a Technical Consultant at The Analytic Sciences Corporation.