Panel Discussion: Careers in Startups & Entrepreneurship

by Beyond Academia at UCSB

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Fri, Apr 15, 2022

9 AM – 10 AM PDT (GMT-7)

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Have you ever thought about starting your own company or owning a company? Panelists will talk about how they came to be CEO of their company and how they turned an idea or a product into a profitable company.


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Luca Foschini (he/him)

Cofounder and Chief Data Scientist

Evidation Health

Luca is the Co-founder and Chief Data Scientist at Evidation Health, responsible for data analytics and research and development. At Evidation he has driven research collaborations resulting in numerous publications in the fields of machine learning, behavioral economics, and medical informatics. Previously, Luca held research positions in industry and academic institutions, including, Google, ETH Zurich, and UC Santa Barbara. He has co-authored several papers and patents on efficient algorithms for partitioning and detecting anomalies in massive networks. Luca holds MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from UC Santa Barbara, and ME and BE degrees from the Sant’Anna School of Pisa, Italy.

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Mingtian Zhao (he/him)

Senior Advisor


Mingtian is currently a Senior Advisor at DMAI, where he worked as CTO, CEO, and Executive Director since 2018. Before DMAI he was a software engineer at Google. Mingtian received his PhD in Statistics at UCLA in 2011.

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Bob Lansdorp (he/him)


Milo Sensors, Inc.

Bob Lansdorp obtained a PhD the UCSB Materials Deparment in 2015 and founded Milo Sensors in 2016, where he is currently CEO. Milo Sensors has created the first wearable alcohol monitor and aims to do for alcohol what continuous glucose monitors have done for diabetes.

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