CEO and President
Mr. Masri was appointed the CEO and President of Qualtré in 2008. From 2006-2008, Edgar rejoined 3Com, a global data networking leader, as the President and Chief Executive Officer. At 3Com, he led the acquisition of H-3C, the joint venture between 3Com and Huawei and was H-3C’s Chairman. Mr. Masri was a General Partner at Matrix Partners from 2000 to 2006, a leading technology venture capital firm, where he made investments in the wireless, broadband and semiconductor industries while serving on the boards of numerous semiconductor and telecommunication equipment startups. From 1995 to 1999, he led 3Com’s workgroup business and oversaw this unit’s five-fold growth to over $1 billion in revenue and a leading market share position. Prior to joining 3Com in 1985, Mr. Masri worked in various engineering and management positions at companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500. Mr. Masri holds a Diplome d’Ingenieur from Ecole Centrale de Paris, and a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is an Arjay Miller Scholar M.B.A. graduate with distinction from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Farrokh Ayazi
Co-Founder and CTO
Dr. Ayazi is Qualtré’s co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, as well as a professor at the premier MEMS academic institution, the Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Farrokh received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran, in 1994, with an M.S.E.E degree in 1997 and a 2000 Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Ayazi is an editor for the IEEE/ASME Journal of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (JMEMS). He has served on the technical program committee of IEEE International Electron Device Meeting (IEDM), International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), International Conference on Solid State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (Transducers), IEEE MEMS, and IEEE Sensors conference. He is a 2004 recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the 2004 Richard M. Bass Outstanding Teacher Award (determined by the vote of the ECE senior class), and the Georgia Tech College of Engineering Cutting Edge Research Award for his work on high performance Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) MEMS resonator and gyroscope technology. He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications and holds 12 issued patents.
Dr. Ijaz Jafri
Vice President of Engineering
Dr. Jafri joined Qualtré in 2012 as the company’s Vice President of Engineering, bringing over sixteen years of experience in the areas of MEMS and semiconductor industries. His expertise spans inertial MEMS, optical MEMS, radio frequency MEMS, microfluidics, MEMS relays/switches and gas sensors. Ijaz has served in key engineering leadership positions at Honeywell International (Sensing, Guidance and Navigation Center of Excellence), Corning Inc. (Electromechanical Design and Applications), and GT Solar (formally GT Equipment Technologies). Dr. Jafri has served as an investigator on US DoD, EPA, NSF, DoE, and NIST funded programs. He is Six Sigma Black Belt certified with proven expertise in the areas of integrated product development, production transition, and production support. Ijaz received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from New York Institute of Technology and his Masters of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY. He has numerous peer-reviewed journals and conference publications and currently holds seventeen US patents.
Dr. Sreeni D. Rao
Vice President of Vertical Markets
Dr. Rao joined Qualtré in 2014 as Vice President in-charge of marketing and product management, bringing with him more than 20 years of varied experience in the semiconductor industry. Prior to joining Qualtré, he ran the Integrated Linear Products business for Analog Devices Inc. (ADI), with marketing, engineering, and general management responsibilities. Previously, he also held senior design and engineering positions at ADI, IBM, and Texas Instruments. He has been a program committee member, panelist and panel organizer at many international technical conferences such Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC), Design Automation Conference (DAC), etc. Dr. Rao has more than 25 publications in peer-reviewed international journals spanning the fields of algorithms, IC design, and management. He was an Advisory Board Member at Sigmatix Inc. Dr. Rao has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Irvine, and an MBA from Northeastern University, Boston.
Vice President of Business Development
George Harper joined Qualtré in 2014 as Vice President in charge of business development, bringing over 20 years of marketing and engineering experience from the semiconductor industry. Prior to joining Qualtré, he ran marketing at Bluespec, where he had overall responsibility for their product planning and marketing initiatives. Previously, Harper was Director of Marketing at Trebia Networks where he managed the product planning and marketing initiatives for a storage network processor family. Prior to that, he held senior marketing positions at Conexant Systems (formerly Maker Communications) and Shiva Corporation and engineering positions at LSI Logic, in both California and Massachusetts, specifically in the areas of chip design and microprocessor sales. Harper has a BSEE and MSEE in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard University.
Vice President of Operations
David Gilbert joined Qualtré in 2014 as Vice President of Operations, bringing over 20 years of operations, general management, and manufacturing experience spanning semiconductor, MEMS, and consumer electronics. Prior to Qualtre, David was Vice President of Backend Manufacturing at Lilliputian Systems, a startup that developed a MEMS solid oxide fuel cell product for the consumer electronics market (cell phone battery charger). David previously worked for Midé Technology Corp, where he was President and was responsible for transitioning technology into revenue (products and licensing). He led the company through record revenue and profit growth over seven years. During his career, David has worked at startup to large cap companies including Raytheon, Analog Devices, Active Control eXperts and Cymer (an ASML Company) in addition to the two listed above. David has a BSIE from Purdue University and completed Raytheon’s Manufacturing Management Development Program.