Eiman Ebrahimi

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Ebrahimi is the Chief Executive Officer of Protopia AI. Prior to Protopia AI he was a Senior Research Scientist at NVIDIA for 9 years. During his time at NVIDIA, he worked on a variety of problems at the intersection of systems and machine learning. While at NVIDIA research, he co-authored publications on topics ranging from Enabling Programmer-Transparent Near-Data Processing, Holistic Abstractions for Exploiting Data  Locality in GPUs, to Distributed Multi-GPU Deep Learning Training techniques. More information about his past research can be found here.

Dr. Ebrahimi obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. His major contribution from his PhD on fairness substrates for multi-core memory systems won the best paper award at ASPLOS 2010 and was featured in Communications of the ACM Research Highlights that year.

Hadi Esmaeilzadeh

Chief Technology Officer

Professor Esmaeilzadeh is the Chief Technology Officer of Protopia AI. He was awarded early tenure at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where he is the inaugural holder of Halicioglu Chair in Computer Architecture with the rank of associate professor in Computer Science and Engineering. Hadi is the founding director of the Alternative Computing Technologies (ACT) Lab, where his team is developing new technologies and cross-stack solutions to build the next generation computer systems. Dr. Esmaeilzadeh obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in 2013 where his Ph.D. work received the 2013 William Chan Memorial Best Dissertation Award. Prof. Esmaeilzadeh received the IEEE Technical Committee on Computer Architecture (TCCA) “Young Architect” Award in 2018 and was inducted to the ISCA Hall of Fame in the same year. Additionally, he has received the:

  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award (2017),
  • College of Computing Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award (2017),
  • Google Research Faculty Award (2014, 2016 and 2018),
  • Qualcomm Research Award (2016, 2017, and 2020),
  • Microsoft Research Award (2016 and 2017), and
  • Lockheed  Inspirational Young Faculty Award (2016).

His research has been recognized by four Communications of the ACM Research Highlights, four IEEE Micro Top Picks, a nomination for Communications of the ACM Research Highlights, an honorable mention in IEEE Micro Top Picks, and a Distinguished Paper Award in HPCA 2016. Prof. Esmaeilzadeh’s pioneering work on dark silicon and limits of technology has also been profiled on the front page of The New York Times. More information is available on his webpage.

Bruce R. Shaw

Chief Revenue Officer

Joining the Protopia AI leadership Team as the Chief Revenue Officer is Bruce Shaw. Bruce has had a successful career in compute, storage, and silicon sales and marketing for 25 years. He has led high performing sales and marketing organizations both large and small. Most recently, he was the VP/GM of NetApp Strategic Alliances as well as the Global Industry Solutions (IoT, AI, ML) Business. Prior to NetApp, he was the VP/GM of SanDisk’s Enterprise Sales Team which included leading the successful Fusion-IO Business. Bruce’s early career spans Dell, AMD, and Lenovo in roles focused on Datacenter Sales, Marketing, and Operations. In each organization, he was one of the foundational leaders of the growth in the Datacenter Business. In 2006, Bruce founded The Green Grid.Org, which emerged as the leading global advocate of Industry Standard Metrics for Datacenter Power Consumption and Production Output.

Bruce has an MBA from Baylor University and a BA from Michigan State University. He served in the USAF and Air National Guard. Bruce has two adult children and is an avid discophile and music lover. Since 2015, he has been an active member of the Board for the TV Show, Austin City Limits.

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