Before returning to academia, I spent over 20 years in marketing, engineering and general management both in startups and public companies.
From December 2000, until July 2004, I was vice president of engineering for Align Technology in Santa Clara, CA. Before that, I served as the CEO of two RTP venture-backed firms: Geomagic, a 3D software company, and NetEdge Systems, a data networking equipment company. I also spent 13 years at IBM, where I served in a number of management and executive positions within the networking and software business units. I began my professional career as an assistant professor in the philosophy department at Duke University.
I hold a Ph.D. and MA in philosophy from the University of Toronto, an MBA from Duke University, an MS in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA in mathematics and philosophy from Bishop's University.