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Phillip Alvelda is a scientist, an engineer, a serial entrepreneur, and an educator. He is a program manager in the Biological Technologies Office of DARPA, the central research and development organization for the U.S. Department of Defense that maintains the technological superiority of the U.S. military. In his current role as a program manager, Alvelda develops programs to take the latest neural engineering science and technology out of the laboratory.

Previously, Alvelda worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he developed sensors that have flown throughout the solar system, and has founded new infrastructure, telecommunications, and media companies, including the DARPA-funded MicroDisplay; MobiTV; TaDa Innovations; and the non-profit Westminster Institute for K-12 Science Education Reform.

Alvelda holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Cornell University, and Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has authored or contributed to more than 50 technical publications and holds numerous patents and a Technical Emmy award from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

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