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President and Founder, Denbar Robotics, former Astronaut. Dan is a former NASA astronaut and a veteran of three space flights, four spacewalks and two trips to the International Space Station. He retired from NASA in 2005 and started his own company, Denbar Robotics that creates robotic assistants for home and commercial use, concentrating on assistive devices for people with disabilities. He received numerous honors. A few of them are the following: 2000 and 2002 NASA Exceptional Service Medals, 2001 Top 10 in the world career spacewalk hours, 100 Most Notable Princeton Graduate School Alumni of the 20th Century, Harvard Medical School Paul J, Corcoran Award and honorary doctoral degrees from Beloit College and St. Louis University. Dan is also a frequent speaker and has given keynote addresses to audiences throughout the world. Dan’s educational background includes a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1975; a master of engineering degree and a master of arts degree in electrical engineering/computer science from Princeton University in 1977; a doctorate in electrical engineering/computer science from Princeton University in 1980; and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Miami in 1982. He has seven patents, over 50 articles in scientific journals and has served on two scientific journal editorial boards. He has film and television experience as well, including roles in two documentary films and as a cast member in season 12 of CBS Survivor.
Prasad Ram is the founder and CEO of Ednovo, a non-profit education technology start-up that develops Gooru, a search engine for learning. Ram previously worked at Xerox PARC, Dynamx Technology (co-founder), Yahoo! and Google. He has led the creation of a number of technologies, such as digital rights management, maps, voice recognition and language transliteration. While working at Google, Ram devised a prototype to address his problem of finding age- and topic-appropriate educational resources on the web. What began as a “20% effort” evolved into a year-long pilot in India that included 1,000 students across 25 classrooms. Ram subsequently left Google to pursue Gooru as a non-profit education technology start-up. Ram organized and led a parent volunteer movement and founded the PSBB Academy, a K-12 school in Bangalore. It commenced operations in 2006. Ram is on the Governing Board of the International School of Information Management (ISiM), at the University of Mysore, Mysore, India.
Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and innovator. Dr. Kraft has over 20 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation. Daniel chairs the Medicine track for Singularity University and is Executive Director for FutureMed, a program which explores convergent, exponentially developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare. Following undergraduate degrees at Brown and medical school at Stanford, Dr. Kraft was board certified in the Harvard combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. He went on to complete Stanford fellowships in hematology/oncology & bone marrow transplantation, and extensive research in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. He has multiple scientific publications (including in Nature and Science), medical device, immunology and stem cell related patents through faculty positions with Stanford University School of Medicine and as clinical faculty for the pediatric bone marrow transplantation service at UCSF.