Chairman of the Board, Co-Founder, & Chief Scientific Advisor
Ali is an inventor, entrepreneur, leading academic, and an expert in high frequency integrated circuits and systems. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, an IEEE fellow, a TR35 world top innovator, and a named inventor on more than 100 issued patents. Ali and his team are responsible for technological advances including
millimeter-wave integrated phased arrays, CMOS RF power amplifiers, and optical phased arrays. Ali’s work at GuRu is motivated by a desire to connect seemingly unrelated things. He believes that innovation should lead to meaningful, humanistic change
Before GuRu, Ali co-founded Axiom Microdevices, where CMOS power amplifiers shipped over 400 million units (and were based on the DAT technology he co-invented at Caltech). He also worked at Philips Semiconductors and Lucent Technologies (Bell Labs) advancing various RF technologies. He joined the faculty of Caltech in 1998, where he holds the Bren Chaired Professorship in Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering, Directorship of the Holistic Integrated Circuit Laboratory, as well as co-Directorship of the Space Solar Power Project. Ali received his B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
A hardware hobbyist and International Physics Olympiad gold medalist—Behrooz has always been an avid inventor. He’s spent his life studying, learning, and exploring emerging technologies. His work at GuRu stems from a wish to share miraculous technology with the world at large
At GuRu, Behrooz is responsible for the ongoing development of core technology and system architecture. Under his leadership, GuRu’s millimeter-wave technology has been developed into an accessible consumer product. Before GuRu, Behrooz helped develop system design and architecture in Caltech’s Space Solar Power Initiative. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Caltech
VP Business Development
With an extensive track record in business development for companies with innovative products for consumer mobile and beyond, Kelly has long been helping partners solve one of their most important problems – Keeping devices powered! Kelly drove carrier, OEM and venue adoption of wireless charging as Powermat’s VP Sales & Business Development and afterwards at Energous as VP Business Development
Kelly enabled record growth and multiple start-up acquisitions by Fortune 500 companies. At DSP Communications, as Director of Sales and Business Development (and 3rd US employee), Kelly drove North American revenue from $3M to over $45M (contributing to overall growth of $16M to $350M), fostering IPO & acquisition by Intel for $1.6B. Afterwards, she led strategic investments for RF wireless technology for Intel Capital. As Director of Business Development at TransChip, Kelly forged partnerships, enabling revenue tripling to $20M (over 2 years) and fostering Samsung’s acquisition. Kelly achieved record revenue and growth from $10M to $20M for Quake Technologies, enabling acquisition by AMCC. Kelly received her BSEE and MSEE from Santa Clara University
Marketing and Strategy Executive
Behnam leads GuRu’s marketing and corporate strategy. He is a hands-on executive that drives all partnership, B2B, and B2C communications, technical marketing initiatives, and thought leadership activities. Behnam is an experienced startup executive and technology entrepreneur with a successful M&A exit. He has a broad experience in semiconductor products and technologies: mobile front-end, RFIC, silicon photonics, and mmWave phased-array and has led organizations in a global ecosystem with broad-based partnerships
Prior to GuRu, Behnam was founder and CEO of Abtum Inc., where he was responsible for strategy, technology innovation, product development, marketing, and investor relations. He created the company’s core technology pipeline and 4G filter product roadmap and built a fabless supply chain with SAW module prototype manufacturing in S. Korea and Taiwan. Abtum’s delivery of its first product propelled the company into tier-2 China mobile market and the general mobile ecosystem and secured Abtum’s vertical integration into a tier-1 RFFE component supplier and its acquisition in under 3 years. Behnam is also a R&D leader. Prior to founding Abtum, he was an academic scholar at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering, where he attracted funding and managed $6M multi-university R&D projects as Co-Principal Investigator. He led a team of postdoctoral and staff researchers to develop and deliver two generations of Software-Defined Radio (SDR) RFIC transceivers, RFFE modules, and SDR.
Behnam advises and mentors startup founders and CEOs regularly. He is on Advisory board of AON Devices, Inc., a Deep Learning AI startup in Irvine, CA, and is a member of the selection committee at EvoNexus, Southern California’s top technology incubator focused on 5G, AI, and FinTech startups with $2 Billion total funding or outcome for its portfolio since 2009.
Behnam holds 15 US patents and has over 20 peer-reviewed publications. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electronics Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
Director of Operations
Vanit is in charge of GuRu’s global supply chain, ensuring product quality, overseeing planning, procurement, manufacturing, and logistics. He brings over 25+ years of extensive experience in engineering and operations in the electronics industry. His passion of manufacturing has been long; working in various electronic design and manufacturing industries (Hard Disk Drive, PSU, Memory, EMS, Semiconductor) in various positions. With an in depth understanding of operations Vanit has helped companies achieve their operational and supply chain goals. At his previous position at Inphi, he enforced and implemented cost reduction programs with suppliers improving BOM by 5%. Alongside overseeing suppliers and CMs, developed planning tools to improve efficiency by 15%.
At Dish (formerly Echostar) he held multiple positions in Operations and Supply Chain managing daily operational activities with suppliers and CMs, driving NPI to mass production, inventory management, product costing and cost reduction programs by saving company 5-7% in net. In addition, with new test approach provided ongoing savings to the company.
Vanit holds B.E. Electronics and Communications degree from India and MBA Global Management from USA.
Matt Grob is chief technology officer of XCOM Labs, which develops innovative wireless technologies. Matt previously spent over 26 years at Qualcomm in technology and engineering leadership roles. He served as Qualcomm’s EVP and CTO from 2011 to 2017, overseeing R&D and managing a global team of 2,200 employees across various divisions worldwide, and later as EVP/Technology.
Mr. Grob holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Bradley University and a M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He is a trustee of the Fleet Science Center in San Diego, and a volunteer for over a decade at FIRST, the robotics and education organization inspiring future leaders in science and technology.
Kaushik Sengupta is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of the Graduate Studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Princeton University. He received the B.Tech. in electronics and electrical communication engineering from IIT Kharagpur, India, in 2007, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Caltech, Pasadena in 2012. He received the Bell Labs Prize and the ONR Young Investigator Program Award 2017, the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2018, the Young Alumni Achievement Award from IIT Kharagpur in 2019, and the Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques society in 2021. His interests are in anything wireless from delivering power to sensing and communication.
Our office is a hub for curiosity, critical thinking, and lively collaboration. We bring together talented engineers, scientists, and passionate people from diverse backgrounds.
Our engineering facilities have the most advanced, commercial millimeter wave tools and test equipment available (as well as our own mmWave inventions). We offer our employees competitive health and compensation packages. If you are interested in joining our team, apply for one of our current job openings.