Dr. Nathan Cohen is the CEO of FRACTAL, with a unique knowledge base, innovation knack, and decades of leadership experience. His tenure has given the firm the world-class, state of the art electromagnetic innovations that enhance and enable customers across the full spectrum of wireless and telecom. He is a physicist and radio astronomer with a background in electromagnetics, fractal geometry, and imaging. A graduate of Brandeis University, he received an M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University and has held positions at Harvard, MIT, Cornell, and Boston Universities, Arecibo Observatory, and NASA (JPL and Ames). Dr. Cohen is recognized as a leading world authority on these and related subjects. He has published over 100 technical articles and four books and is a Fellow of the Radio Club of America. He holds the coveted Alfred Grebe Award for Engineering Excellence, and the Technical Achievement Award for invention of fractal antennas.
Dr. Unger is an associate professor of innovation and technology management at Boston University where he specializes in entrepreneurship and technology commercialization in the Department of Administrative Sciences, and is also a member of its Faculty of Photonics. Dr. Unger has been a co-founder, officer, director and/or advisor to various successful companies in the computer science, telecommunications, Internet, photonics, semiconductor and medical fields, including Separation Technologies, Inc.; Paragon Imaging Systems, Inc.; Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY); Bookham Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKHM); Photo Detection Systems; Color Kinetics, Inc (NASDAQ: CLRK); Barr Associates; Mimeo.com; and BioVentures Investors Ltd. Dr. Unger holds two bachelor’s degrees from M.I.T., one in engineering and humanities and another in management. He also holds a doctorate in administration and planning from Harvard University.
Mr. Shelman brings to bear a wealth of operational and product management expertise, drawing from a wide range of experience with leading technology companies. Prior to joining Fractal, he spent years as a consultant with globally renowned management consulting firm Bain & Company where his work focused in technology & telecommunications. While at Bain, he worked with leading telecommunication carriers, large technology hardware and service companies, and other well-known Fortune 500 firms on transformational, C-Level projects spanning product & go-to-market strategy, sales & marketing optimization, and supply chain & procurement management. He has held previous positions with companies in the cloud software, private equity, and biotechnology industries. Mr. Shelman holds a B.S. in Economics & Organizational Theory from Vanderbilt University.
Mary Shelman is an internationally recognized thought leader in the global ag-tech and agribusiness sector. Mary has deep expertise in advising companies (through consulting engagements and board service) on how to employ breakthrough technologies to successfully match consumer trends and create strategic growth pathways. Mary is the former Director of the Agribusiness Program at Harvard Business School, and her work has been published in Harvard Business Review and Market Leader. Her board service includes 10 years as Chairman of RiceTec, Inc.; 11 years as Board Director of Stiftung Fürst Liechtenstein; and a two-year term as President of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA). She currently serves on the strategic advisory boards of Crop Enhancement, Inc., and Village Capital, and is a Venture Partner at Radicle Growth, an ag-tech fund based in California. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with High Distinction from the University of Kentucky and an M.B.A. with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
Dr. McHugh is a Professor of the Practice in the School of Engineering at Brown University where his teaching and research interests focus on entrepreneurship, innovation strategy and governance. His work has been published in the Journal of General Management, Journal of Management and Organizations, Journal of Prediction Markets, and MIS Quarterly Executive. He has over 25 years of industry experience with technology companies, including executive roles at three venture-backed data security firms. Earlier initiatives include building a call center automation services practice for GTE leveraging artificial intelligence and speech recognition (winner of the GTE Chairman’s Leadership Award) and an on-line financial services offering leveraging social media while at IBM Credit Corp. He is the recipient of 2 patents in the area of call center automation and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from Columbia University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a Ph.D. in management from Bentley University. Dr. McHugh is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is a member of the Cherrystone Angel Group.