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Ibrahim Sezan, PhD

Dr. Ibrahim Sezan

Dr. Ibrahim Sezan is the principal and founder of Distinct Insights LLC, a strategic IP consultancy firm. He also serves on the Technical Advisory Board of AONdevIces. He held Senior Director positions at the Qualcomm Technology Licensing Business Group and the Qualcomm Strategic IP Group between 2013 and 2018. At Qualcomm Technology Licensing, his technology and IP focus have been differentiated use cases of 5G, mobile sensor and imaging technologies, multimedia, biometric authentication, mobile device-to-edge distributed intelligence, and mobile healthcare. At Strategic IP, as the Sensors Portfolio Team Leader, he was responsible for building the IP portfolio for Qualcomm Life’s 2net Design Technology Transfer/Licensing program. The program was aimed at enabling collection, communication and processing of patient/user generated data via body-conforming sensing devices and connected personal drug-delivery devices. Ibrahim joined Qualcomm MEMS Technologies (QMT) as a Senior Director of Technology in 2011 to advance and prototype the next generation Mirasol display technologies and led the algorithms and systems development teams.

Before joining QMT, Ibrahim was the CTO of Sharp Labs of America responsible for R&D in Americas. He was a member of the founding team of Sharp Labs. In addition to enabling Sharp’s milestone LCD display products with novel algorithm, system, and device technologies, Sharp Labs of America developed technologies in diverse areas including embedded machine vision, energy management, high-efficiency video coding, and biosensors.

Ibrahim developed and taught courses in academia and advised graduate students as an adjunct faculty. Throughout his career, he has led or contributed to various academic innovation and academy-industry partnership programs. Between 2013 – 2018, he served as an advisor in the area of Digital Health for the UCSF Clinical and Scientific Translational Institute’s Catalyst Accelerator program. He is currently a member of the SmartSheet Venture Team, University of British Columbia, developing novel low-cost flexible sensor and actuator devices.

Ibrahim holds a PhD in Electrical Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a MS in Applied Physics from Stevens Institute of Technology, and undergraduate degrees in EE and Mathematics. He completed the Executive Development Program at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He is an IEEE fellow.


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