Advisory Council

Martin Casado

Martin Casado is a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm in Menlo Park, California. Martin was previously a VMware Fellow and Senior Vice President and General Manager, Networking and Security Business Unit at VMware. He joined VMware in 2012, when the company acquired Nicira, of which he was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer. Martin received his PhD from Stanford University in 2007 where his dissertation work led to the creation of the software-defined networking (SDN) movement, and laid the foundation for the new paradigm of network virtualization.

Lydia E. Kavraki

Lydia E. Kavraki is the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and Bioengineering at Rice University. She received her B.A. in Computer Science from the University of Crete in Greece and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University. Her research contributions are in physical algorithms and their applications in robotics (robot motion planning, hybrid systems, formal methods in robotics, assembly planning, micromanipulation, and flexible object manipulation), as well as in computational structural biology, translational bioinformatics, and biomedical informatics (modeling of proteins and biomolecular interactions, large-scale functional annotation of proteins, computer-assisted drug design, and systems biology).

Dr. Kavraki has authored more than 180 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications and is one of the authors of the robotics textbook titled "Principles of Robot Motion" published by MIT Press. She is heavily involved in the development of The Open Motion Planning Library (OMPL), which is used in industry and in academic research in robotics and bioinformatics. Dr. Kavraki is the recipient of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Grace Murray Hopper Award for her technical contributions. She has also received an NSF CAREER award, a Sloan Fellowship, the Early Academic Career Award from the IEEE Society on Robotics and Automation, a recognition as a top young investigator from the MIT Technology Review Magazine, and the Duncan Award for excellence in research and teaching from Rice University. She is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the World Technology Network (WTN), and has received the Texas Women in Science Award by BioHouston. Dr. Kavraki is a member of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST), and an elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Sudhir Kumar

Sudhir Kumar is a Carnell Professor of Biology and Director of the Institute for Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine at Temple University. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering and master’s degree in biology from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in 1990. He completed his Ph.D. in genetics at Pennsylvania State University in 1996. He uses integrative and comparative approaches to make fundamental discoveries in the fields of phylomedicine and molecular evolution. He has also developed high-impact, user-friendly software for molecular evolutionary genetics analysis (MEGA) and innovative databases that integrate community knowledge into novel syntheses (TimeTree).

Larry Peterson

Larry Peterson is the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus at Princeton University, where he served as Chair from 2003-2009. He is a co-author of the best selling networking textbook Computer Networks: A Systems Approach (5e). His research focuses on the design, implementation, and deployment of Internet-scale distributed systems, including the widely used PlanetLab and MeasurementLab platforms. He is currently working on a new cloud operating system, called XOS.

Professor Peterson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, the 2010 recipient of the IEEE Kobayashi Computer and Communication Award, and the 2013 recipient of the ACM SIGCOMM Award. He received his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in 1985. Since transitioning to Emeritus status at Princeton, Peterson has diversified his employment: He has a faculty appointment at the University of Arizona, is a strategic consultant for Akamai Technologies (which acquired CoBlitz LLC, a CDN technology startup spun out of Princeton in 2008), and is Chief Architect of the Open Networking Lab (a non-profit that builds open source software designed to open Cloud and Internet infrastructure to innovation). He also continues to direct the Princeton-hosted PlanetLab Consortium.

Hector Ruiz

 ruizDr. Hector Ruiz, an accomplished chief executive and technology luminary, is driven by the idea that technology and education dramatically improve people's lives. Hector has helped build and guide top-tier global technology companies (including Texas Instruments, Motorola, and AMD) while also promoting exploration of technology's ability to address social issues. Hector currently serves on UT's College of Engineering Foundation Advisory Council. In 2006, he was selected as a Distinguished Engineering Graduate of UT-Austin and later as Distinguished Alum of Rice University. In 2012, he was selected for the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Texas Exes' highest honor. Hector currently serves as a Trustee Emeriti of Rice University and is on the Board of Trustees of the RAND Corporation and the Board of Directors of Breakthrough Austin.

André van der Hoek

André van der Hoek serves as chair of the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. He holds a joint B.S. and M.S. degree in Business-Oriented Computer Science from Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He heads the Software Design and Collaboration Laboratory, which focuses on understanding and advancing the roles of design, collaboration, and education in software development.

He has authored and co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications, and in 2006 was a recipient of an ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award. He is a co-author of the 2005 Configuration Management Impact Report as well as the 2007 Futures of Software Engineering Report on Software Design and Architecture. He has served on numerous international program committees, was a member of the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology from 2008 to 2014, was program chair of the 2010 ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering, and was program co-chair of the 2014 International Conference on Software Engineering. He was recognized as an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2013, and in 2009 he was a recipient of the Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware. He is the principal designer of the B.S. in Informatics at UC Irvine and was honored, in 2005, as UC Irvine Professor of the Year for his outstanding and innovative educational contributions.

Bob Witwer

Bob Witwer is Vice President of Advanced Technology for Honeywell Aerospace. In this role Bob is responsible for defining the technology strategy and developing the technology for all of Honeywell Aerospace’s products; engines, auxiliary power units, air management systems, electric power systems, flight controls, avionics, and sensors. He has 35 years of aerospace engineering experience, all with Honeywell.

Prior to holding his current position, he was the Director of Crew Interface and Platform Systems Advanced Technology, Director of Aerospace Integrated Electronic Systems, and Director of Aerospace Communications and Navigation Engineering. Mr. Witwer held key management positions on a number of ground-breaking avionics development programs, including the A320 Flight Management System, the Boeing 777 Airplane Information Management System, and the Honeywell Primus Epic integrated modular avionics system for regional jets, business jets and helicopters. He served as chief engineer responsible for all Honeywell avionics delivered to Cessna. Mr. Witwer has extensive experience with Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) design and avionics systems integration, as well as in avionics hardware, software, and systems design. Bob has taught various professional classes at Honeywell, including classes on Flight Management Systems and Aerospace Program Management, and was a Covey Learning Center certified instructor for “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. He has done numerous interviews with aerospace trade press on topics ranging from “Next Gen Air Traffic Management” to “Cockpits of the Future”. He is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for Arizona State University Polytechnic, is on the board of directors for the Arizona Technology Council, and is an officer on the Board of Directors for the Challenger Space Center in Arizona.

Evan Wolff


Evan Wolff is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office where he is co-chair of the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity Group. He possesses hands-on experience in the technologies and policies that govern the cybersecurity space and is an authority on cybersecurity and privacy regulations. Taking an innovative approach to developing blended legal, technical, and governance mechanisms to prepare companies with rapid and comprehensive responses to address cyber issues, Evan has conducted incident simulations, developed response plans, and has advised on more than 100 data breaches.