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Samira Nik

Samira obtained a PhD in Materials Science from the Applied Physics Department of Chalmers University of Technology, specialising in superconducting quantum devices, nanoelectronics and materials characterisation.

After her postdoctoral fellowship in nanoelectronic devices, she became an R&D project manager in one of the leading foundries in the semiconductors industry in Sweden, where she developed the expertise to create proof-of-concept of innovative piezoelectric sensors and energy harvesting devices. Samira learned even more about the practical obstacles that scientists and startups face through her role in the cleanroom management team in one of the largest nanoelectronics hubs in the world, IMEC, Belgium.

Samira transitioned from technical to policy work with becoming Project Manager – Innovation in the European Standardisation Organisations (CEN-CENELEC). In this role, she worked very closely with the European Commission and National Standardisation Bodies for creating a stronger connection between R&I communities and industry.

Since April 2022, Samira works a Programme Manager for Quantum Technologies and Electronics in EC European Innovation Councils and SMEs Agency, where she is responsible for developing visions for technological and innovation breakthroughs, the active management of portfolios of EIC supported projects to support these visions, and bringing together stakeholders to put these visions into reality.

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The EIC is Europe’s flagship innovation programme to identify, develop and scale up breakthrough technologies and game changing innovations.

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Dr. Michael Pate

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Dr. Michael Pate received advanced degrees from Texas Tech University and Denmark Technical University concentrating in the design of Class-D amplifiers for audio systems. After completing his Ph.D. work he began at Texas Instruments where he led the design of some of the highest power integrated Class-D amps on the market. From there Dr Pate moved to product definition roles at Cirrus Logic, Audience and Knowles Electronics where he focused on mixed signal audio, DSP and algorithms and MEMS microphones respectively. Having worked in all audio components as a semiconductor supplier he moved to Fitbit and now works at Google where he runs audio technology development across Pixel Phones, Pixel Buds and Pixel Watch.

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