Farid Golnaraghi, PhD, PEng
Professor and Director, School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering, Burnaby Mountain Research Chair, SFU. Formerly Canada Research Chair in Mechatronic and Smart Material Systems at the University of Waterloo before joining SFU. Led a research team to conduct various pioneering studies. His expertise includes Dynamics and Vibration, Impact Dynamics, Mechatronics Design, Smart Materials, Intelligent Sensors and Diagnostics of Mechanical Systems and Machinery. He started three companies and has written a leading textbook in control engineering. He has supervised over 150 HQPs (PDF, PhD, MASc, Research Associates, and Co-op Students) since 1988, and authored more than 200 Journal papers and 8 patents.
Roger Flowerdew, CPA, CA
Roger is an experienced executive who drives substantial growth by setting viable core business strategies and successfully implementing tactical plans. Throughout his career, he has proven his ability to quickly act on an organization’s key opportunities and challenges to achieve corporate milestones and provide investor confidence. Mr. Flowerdew has worked in complex industries including biotech drug development, medical devices, information technologies, and specialized manufacturing. He has a broad understanding of senior corporate leadership and governance in private and public business environments and NGO organizations and has managed operations and developed business in Canada, the United States, England, South Africa, and Europe.
Adrian Wikarna, MASc
An engineer who graduated from Simon Fraser University. He has worked on various research projects such as helmet design and efficacy, helmet certification standards, and helmet impact test apparatus and methodology. He is experienced in product development, especially in novel helmet technologies. He has been involved with Shield-X Technology since 2016, helping Shield-X in developing its flagship products.
Combiz Jelveh, M.Sc., PEng
CTO of Innovata Labs, Mr. Jelveh is a pioneering technologist, serial entrepreneur, angel investor and the founder of five high technology companies in the US and Canada. His experiences include over 34 years of active executive management, research, product development, systems design, integration and consulting for companies such as Atomic Energy Of Canada, Digital Sound, and Pacific Bell. Mr. Jelveh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Western Michigan University (1976), Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison (1977) and DEA; Diplôme d'études Approfondies (L'École Supérieure d'Électricité ) SUPELEC Paris, France (1980). He is an accredited Professional Engineer in Ontario and British Columbia.
Roland Wolfram, BSEE, MBA
Roland has had a wide-ranging career at Nike, Pacific Telesis, and McKinsey and Company. During Roland’s 17 year-long career at Nike, he held a variety of global functional roles and multi-billion dollar geographic roles, including Global Operations and Technology, Global Sales, Asia Pacific Region, Emerging Markets Region, and Global Football Category (soccer). At Pacific Telesis and McKinsey, Roland worked on projects in Silicon Valley with leading high-technology companies. He currently serves as a Board Advisor to Tillamook Creamery (a leading dairy co-operative in the Pacific Northwest) and is involved as an advisor/investor in several technology and brand oriented companies. Roland has a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Maryland and an MBA from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.
Gary Wang, PhD, PEng
Professor and Head of Product Design and Optimization Lab, Mechatronics Systems Engineering, SFU. Dr. Wang has expertise in Design, Optimization, and Advanced Manufacturing. Dr. Wang has won university-level as well as national research awards. He is currently a fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and serves as an associate editor for ASME Transactions, Journal of Mechanical Design, and an associate editor for the International Journal of Engineering Optimization, geographically representing North America.