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.