Paul Mascarenas is a technology executive who brings considerable experience leading the development and implementation of the technology strategy and planning at a global automotive OEM. Paul most recently served as the Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Company. During his 32-year career at Ford, Paul played an instrumental role in the development and launch of many of Ford’s global products, including the F-Series, Explorer, Mustang, Taurus, Fusion, and Focus models, and he led the establishment of the company’s Silicon Valley Research and Innovation Center while playing a central role in the company’s connected car strategy. Paul was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to the automotive industry. Paul holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of London, King’s College and received an honorary Doctorate degree from Chongqing University in China in 2013.
Susan is a automotive executive bringing experience in development of new processes, technologies and vehicle products. Susan spent the majority of her 32 career with Ford Motor company as a chief engineer leading the development and launch of Super Duty, Explorer, and Ranger products. Additionally, she led the growth of the seat engineering organization, building core seat engineering and program management skills. Susan also spent six years as a chief engineer of vehicle products and director of engineering organizations at Chrysler. As advance engineering director, she was instrumental in the transfer of Fiat platforms, processes and technology into Chrysler. Susan holds a mechanical engineering degree and master’s in business administration degree from The University of Michigan.
Michael Angiulo currently leads the Program Management and Product Planning teams for the Office Experience Organization (OXO). This includes product definition, strategy and engineering execution for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project, Planner, and Sway across Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android platforms. He spent the last 12 years in Windows, immediately following Windows Vista. He first developed a new Ecosystem Team which helped OEM, IHV and ISV partners develop higher quality laptops, peripherals and apps. This hardware effort ultimately evolved into leading our first party hardware team, where we launched Surface, developed Surface Hub and shipped a wide range of Xbox One hardware. Michael joined Microsoft in 1994 as a member of the original Office Program Management developing WordMail which first launched in Office 97. Over the next several years he would lead program the FrontPage program management team, start the first technical Product Planning team for the Information Worker division, and became the General Manager for Project. He is a graduate of Harvey Mudd College having earned a B.S. in Engineering and a graduate of University of Washington with a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He remains active in the academic community both as a repeat guest lecturer on Axiomatic Design at UW, and as a member of the Board of Trustees for Harvey Mudd College. In his free time, Michael enjoys fishing, auto racing and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Steffen is based in Shanghai China and serves as CIO for Ford Motor Company for Asia Pacific with global responsibility for Product Development. He also serves on the board of the China CIO Association (CCA). Prior to his current role he held the position of the IT lead for the Americas with additional responsibility for worldwide Manufacturing IT at Ford. Going further back Steffen has in depth experience in PLM transformation with roles in PD IT and Product Development; both in Europe and in North America. Steffen holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Heidelberg.
Todd Warren is a Managing Director at Divergent Ventures. He divides his time between the technology industry and entrepreneurial educational ventures. Previously Todd worked for Microsoft for over 21 years, most recently as corporate vice president. He has led development and marketing in Windows Mobile, Windows Small Business Server and Exchange Server among other groups.In addition to his work with Divergent, Todd is an adjunct professor in computer science at Northwestern University. Since 2010 he has co-taught a course in entrepreneurship entitled NUvention Web, in which teams define and launch startup businesses. The NUvention series was selected by Inc. Magazine as one of the 10 best entrepreneurship courses in the country. He is also the chair of the board of trustees of Ashesi University, an educational “startup” in Accra, Ghana focused on developing the next generation of African leaders through high quality liberal arts education. He serves on the board of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), which supports technology innovation and entrepreneurship in universities and colleges.