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Previous Programming at SVRT

2008 – “Cross Country Entrepreneurialism from the University of Illinois to Silicon Valley: Examinations, translations and discussions”

A panel discussion was led discussing the start-up and entrepreneurial ecosystem and the relationship between the University of Illinois to the Silicon Valley.

Panel discussion participants included Scott Banister, Co-Founder, Ironport Systems, Co-Founder and Chairman, Zivity; Avijt Ghosh, VP Technology and Economic Development, University of Illinois; Richard Hermann, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; Reid Hoffman, Founder, President and Chairman, LinkedIn; Jawed Karim, Co-Founder, YouTube, Co-Founder, Youniversity Ventures; Max Levchin, Co-Founder, PayPal, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Slide, Inc.; Sidney Micek, President, University of Illinois Foundation; Thomas Siebel, Founder and Chairman, Siebel Systems, Inc. and Chairman, First Virtual Group, Inc.; B. Joseph White, President, University of Illinois
*Titles are from 2008 and may have since changed.


2009 – “Translational Research: the Intersection of what the public needs and what our faculty leadership can promise”

Round table discussions were led on these 5 topics that will change the global economy: technologies for human health; cloud and petascale computing; security and trust; energy; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Education.

Faculty and alumni discussion leaders included Prith Banerjee, Senior Vice President, Research, Director, HP Labs, Hewlett Packard; Rashid Bashir, Director, Micro and Nanotechnology Lab; Andreas C. Cangellaris, Department Head, Electrical and Computer Engineering;  Patrick Chapman, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, CTO, Solarbridge Technologies; Lizanne Destafano, Director, Illinois STEM Education Initiative; Ravi Iyer, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research; Mary Kalantzis, Dean, College of Education; William H. Sanders, Director, Information Trust Institute, Acting Director, Coordinated Science Lab; Marc Snir, PI, Bluewaters Petascale Computer; and Peter Solvik, Managing Director, Sigma Partners, Founding Member, Silicon Valley Round Table.
*Titles are from 2009 and may have since changed.


2010 – “IT to ET: the dynamics of innovation and opportunity”

Keynote by Thomas M. Siebel discussed global demographic, technology, and geopolitical dynamics in an attempt to infer trends in the nature of prospective economic and technological opportunity.

Thomas M. Siebel is the Chairman First Virtual Group, a diversified holding company with interests in commercial real estate, agribusiness, global investment management, and philanthropy. Mr. Siebel is the founder and chairman of C3, an energy and emissions management company.

Mr. Siebel was the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Siebel Systems, one of the world’s leading software companies, which merged with Oracle Corporation in January 2006. Founded in 1993, Siebel Systems rapidly became a global leader in application software. Before founding Siebel Systems, Mr. Siebel served as CEO of Gain Technology. From 1984 through 1990 he was an executive at Oracle Corp., where he held a number of senior management positions. He is a frequent industry spokesperson and is the author of 3 books: Taking Care of E-Business, Cyber Rules, and Virtual Selling. Mr. Siebel is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History, a M.B.A., and a Master of Science in Computer Science.
An active philanthropist, Mr. Siebel is the founder and chairman of the Siebel Scholars Foundation and the Meth Project Foundation, initiatives of the Siebel Foundation. The Siebel Foundation is active in the support of education, health, drug prevention, wildlife habitat preservation, conservation, and support for the homeless.

Mr. Siebel serves on the Board of Advisors of the Stanford University College of Engineering, the University of Illinois College of Engineering, and the University of California at Berkeley College of Engineering, and is a member of the Princeton University Board of Trustees. He is a director of the University of Illinois Foundation and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.