Instructors

You will be learning from highly experienced instructors who have a passion for teaching and keep the learning experience interesting.

Program Dates:
June 25 - August 3, 2018

Instructors

 

Farhad Rostamian

Entrepreneurship and New Product Development - 4 units

FARHAD ROSTAMIAN is a seasoned product and business executive successful in scaling technology products from early stage to global leadership position. Currently he is a lecturer at UCLA Anderson School of Management, teaching courses in Entrepreneurship and New Product Development. Guided by his industry experience, he incorporates many relevant and real world examples of products and companies in his teaching. He has a deep understanding of technology products for the consumer market, and has successfully launched more than 25 such products generating $500 million in annual revenue.

While at Photobit /Micron, Farhad was responsible for all the marketing functions and the product line for smart phone cameras, garnering rapid growth and achieving 35% market share. In that role, he established long-term and highly profitable business across several product lines with industry giants such as Samsung, Nokia, Motorola and Apple. At Interlink Electronics, where he held sensor division P&L responsibility, he revamped the work process and established a new business strategy. Farhad directed and positioned the division to offer customized sensors to the consumer electronics and medical device industries capturing customers such as Samsung, LG, Microsoft and Minimed. More recently, Farhad lived and worked in China modernizing and managing the operations of a Chinese consumer products company.

His leadership skills span from working with executive teams on business planning and strategy to building global teams and application centers for rapid customer acquisition and design-wins. He elicits his multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary competencies in order to build consensus and momentum within cross-functional teams. He invigorates collaboration across the organization and around a shared vision, while driving both top and bottom lines.

Farhad has substantial international business and operations experience across Asia, Europe and the Americas. He has written industry white papers, and is a recognized thought leader on sensors and small cameras. He has represented several companies in conferences and been a speaker on various panels. He holds an MBA and advanced degrees in engineering from UCLA, and five patents. His interests include worldwide travel (40+ countries), scuba diving (250 dives), and gourmet cooking.

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Franck Leveneur

Introduction to Data Management and Analytics, Big Data and Small Data - 4 units

FRANCK LEVENEUR is a Sr. Mysql DBA / Data Architect working for Global Cash Card, an A.D.P. owned company. 

Mr. Leveneur has 20 years of experience with databases, including 10 years with MS-SQL and 9 years with Mysql, database modeling and optimization.  He has also been working on big data projects in the past 2 years using various technologies. He currently teaches a Data Management class at UCLA Anderson for a Master of Science in Business Analytics.


Finally, Mr. Leveneur has been involved in various projects for Fortune 500 companies and independent businesses in the entertainment, Game, Ecommerce, Healthcare, and Online Advertising Industry.

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Farnoosh Forouzandeh

Introduction to Data Management and Analytics, Big Data and Small Data - 4 units

FARNOOSH FOROUZANDEH has been working in Information Technology for over 14 Years as an IT manager, software engineer, web developer, and BI developer. She is currently working at Woodbury University leading technical initiatives related to business intelligence, system integration, data modeling, and system architecture design. She has extensive data management and architecture experiences utilizing leading databases platforms such as MS-SQL, MySQL and Oracle.  In addition to all of her business and technical experiences, Farnoosh has previously taught university-level database and SQL courses that lead to Bachelor of Science degree in IT engineering​.

Farnoosh holds a master degree in Advanced Computer Science and Information Technologies Management from The University of Manchester and bachelor's degree in IT Engineering.

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Ariel Jalali

Business Applications of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning - 4 units

ARIEL JALALI is the Founder of Sensay, makers of the SENSE token to convert human knowledge into AI training data on the blockchain. Ariel has 17 years experience as a startup founder, CEO and CTO. He specializes in building and growing big data and high value information businesses such as AdGreetz, EducationRefi, Infotrieve, LA411.

As a technologist, Ariel has lead mobile, social, SaaS and enterprise projects for Disney, Intel, Edison and several startups. Ariel’s technical training began at Arthur Andersen and he is a UCLA alum. Ariel mentors startup founders via AmplifyLA and is committed to empowering youth via volunteering at Minds Matter and serving as a technical advisor to several foster youth initiatives.

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Alisa Olinova

Design Thinking: UX/UI - 4 units

ALISA OLINOVA is the Art Director at verynice. She is creative brain dedicated to bringing impactful ideas to life, specializing in that crucial step between strategy and production. She establishes the conceptual and stylistic direction for design staff and orchestrates their work, as well as the work of verynice’s network of contractors and volunteers, overseeing the design of websites, brands, production design, illustration, campaigns, print design and more for 100+ organizations. This includes facilitating workshops and events, speaking to the impact of design through branding, UX and UI, and organizing The Women's Design Salon, a quarterly event focusing on the empowerment of women in the creative community.

Alisa is armed with a collaborative spirit, a background in illustration, a BFA in Graphic Design from Cal State Long Beach, and years of invaluable experience.

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Shane Chase

Design Thinking: UX/UI - 4 units

SHANE CHASE is a Design Strategic at verynice. He is a practitioner in participatory design, user research and synthesis. His work involves facilitating teams and embedding innovation processes to define and develop positively impactful business models.

As a LEED Green Associate, he has also consulted with colleges and their surrounding municipalities regarding sustainability and green infrastructure. Shane holds an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

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