KTH Silicon Valley Alumni Network

Since spring 2017 there is a regional network for alumni in the Bay Area, California.

All KTH alumni who live, work, or are traveling to San Francisco or the Silicon Valley are welcome to join any event held by the Silicon Valley Alumni Network. The network’s mission is to provide professional development opportunities to alumni, networking opportunities, as well as serve as a hub for any KTH students or professors who are visiting the area.

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KTH Silicon Valley Alumni Network Founders

Sebastian Brännstrom

Sebastian got his Master’s in Engineering Physics in 2006. After a year at Ericsson and two as a mobile software consultant he moved to London to work for Symbian. In 2011 he took a chance on a small startup in San Francisco that one year later launched a product called Lyft to compete in the ridesharing industry. Today Lyft employs about 2,000 people and Sebastian works in the self driving car division.

Jacob Jacobsson

Jacob Jacobsson has held CEO positions at Blaze DFM, Inc., Forte Design Systems and SCS Corporation, and executive positions at Xilinx Inc., Cadence Design Systems, and Daisy Systems. He has served on the board of directors at Actel Corp. (Nasdaq: ACTL), and currently serves on the boards of directors of ams AG (SIX:AMS) and a number of privately held companies in the United States and Europe. Prior to his management career, Mr. Jacobsson was active in the fields of Integrated Circuit (IC) design and automated design of semiconductor chips. Mr. Jacobsson, a citizen of Sweden and the United States, holds M.S. degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and a B.A. degree from the University of Stockholm.

Alex Olwal

Alex is currently working as a Research Scientist at Google and guest lecturer at Stanford. He holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from KTH, and completed his post doc work at MIT.

Robert R. Urbaniak

Robert received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. After 3 years as an engineer on aircraft and heavy machinery, he cofounded a business in Brazil with a close friend. Having gained an interest in both business and technology he pursued a M.S. in Product Innovation Management at KTH. During his time at KTH Robert was part of a group that received the KTH Innovation Fund for a clean water project in Uganda. He is currently a Product Manager at a Silicon Valley startup.

KTH Silicon Valley Alumni Network founders meeting

On Thursday May 4th 2017 the four founding members of the KTH Silicon Valley Alumni Network had their first ever meeting in San Francisco, California. These four alumni have been working hard over the past few months with KTH, KTH Alumni and KTH Innovation for the planned launch of alumni network for San Francisco and the Silicon Valley.

Local Alumni Founders (from left): Sebastian Brannstrom, Jacob Jacobsson, Robert Urbaniak and Alex Olwal

The aim of alumni network will be part social, part networking, but also aims to help current KTH students or projects. Specifically the alumni are mentor students visiting with KTH Innovation in October. The group is also speaking with KTH about involvement in the Campus 100 celebration in the fall.

If you are interested in attending or know anyone who may be, please fill out the network's survey  or contact Robert Urbaniak at robert.r.urbaniak@gmail.com .

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