Our Team

Our Team

Our Team

ASHUTOSH DAS

CEO & Co-Founder

Mr. Das is the co-founder and CEO of Smart IOPS. Before founding the company, Mr. Das had long held the position of Director of Advanced Technology at Juniper Network, responsible for developing Juniper’s high-end, network equipment, and served as senior technology architect at Intel, Sun Microsystems and Nexsi. Mr. Das holds an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University.

DR. MANUEL D’ABREU

Chief Scientist & Senior Vice President

Dr. d’Abreu is the co-founder and SVP R&D at Smart IOPS. An IEEE Life Fellow before founding Smart IOPS, Dr. d’Abreu was a senior Fellow at AMD and SanDisk, where most recently at the company’s Corporate Engineering organization he applied his expertise in memory management and error correction. Dr. d’Abreu has more than 35 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. His experience and expertise spans the system-on-chip and system-in- package design, test and manufacturing disciplines, Signal processing, as well as flash storage technology and coding theory. As an active member of the professional high tech community, he is a special advisor to the National Science Foundation and an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara University. His work has been published at more than 50 technical conferences and in industry journals. He has been granted 45 patents and is credited with 18 pending patents. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

RADHAKRISHNAN (RK) NAIR

Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder

Prior to co-founding Smart IOPS, Mr. Nair served as Director of Systems Engineering at SanDisk. Mr. Nair has extensive experience in developing flash memory based systems and holds several patents in computer and storage systems. With over 20 years of experience developing storage systems, microprocessors and ASICs, hundreds of millions of units of such products have been sold globally. His prior experience includes engineering leadership at Micron, HAL, S3 and C-DoT. Mr. Nair is a mentor to several start-ups that have successfully evolved into volume production and revenue. Mr. Nair received a B.S. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from University of Kerala, and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

RICK HAZELL

Vice President of Sales

Mr. Hazell is responsible for developing and coordinating sales strategy across market segments, customers and geographies. Mr. Hazell brings a distinguished 30 years of semiconductor and storage technology experience to Smart IOPS, emphasis on business expansion, global sales and M&A. His previous experiences include developing the Enterprise sales and growth strategies for SMART Modular Technologies, Sanmina-SCI, Viking and OCZ-Toshiba. Mr. Hazell hold a Bachelor of Science from California State University at San Jose.

Our Advisory Board

OMID TAHERNIA

Mr. Tahernia has over 28 years of experience in leading global High Tech systems and semiconductor companies. Most recently, Mr. Tahernia served as President and CEO of Ikanos, acquired by Qualcomm in late 2015. Previous to that, Mt. Tahernia served as President and CEO of Tilera Corporation, and was Senior Vice President and General Manager at Xilinx, and Motorola previously. Mr. Tahernia holds over 10 patents, and an MSc degree from Georgia Institute of Technology.

DR. KHANDKER N. QUADER

Dr. Quader was formerly the CEO and President  of SK hynix memory solutions  (SKHMS,  a US subsidiary of SK hynix) and prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President of SanDisk Corporation’s Memory Organization (R&D, Technology, Design, Product Development, Reliability, Qualification, Advanced memory systems solution). Dr. Quader holds undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics  from MIT and a Ph.D.degree in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley.

DR. AKASH DESHPANDE

Dr. Deshpande brings an impressive range of experience to Smart IOPS. Dr. Deshpande, currently at Google, has served as the CTO of Polycom, Distinguished Engineer at Cisco and founded Teja which was acquired by SNPS (LSE:ARK). Dr. Deshpande holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkley.