Kurt Petersen received his BS degree cum laude in EE from UC Berkeley in 1970, and a Ph.D. in EE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975. Since 1982, he has co-founded five successful, high-tech companies in Silicon Valley, including Cepheid (was on NASDAQ: CPHD; acquired by Danaher in 2016 for $4B) and SiTime (acquired by MegaChips in 2014). In 2001, he was awarded the IEEE Simon Ramo Medal for his contributions to MEMS. In 2019, he was awarded the prestigious IEEE Medal of Honor. Dr. Petersen is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a Life Fellow of the IEEE in recognition of his contributions to “the commercialization of MEMS technology”. In 2011, Dr. Petersen joined the Silicon Valley Band of Angels, the oldest angel investment group on the west coast. Today, he spends his time helping and mentoring early stage, high-tech start-up companies.