Advisory Board

Frontiir’s Advisory Board provides essential leadership to help shape Frontiir’s long-term strategic direction. The Advisory Board includes prominent leaders in networking technologies, business and legal arenas with decades of proven experience and records. Their thought leadership and insight help Frontiir sustain a long-term competitive edge.

John Guttag

Professor Guttag received a bachelor’s degree in English from Brown University in 1971, and a master’s degree in applied mathematics from Brown in 1972. In 1975, he received a doctorate in computer science from the University of Toronto. He was a member of the faculty at the University of Southern California from 1975-1978, and joined the MIT faculty in 1979.

From 1993 to 1998, Professor Guttag served as Associate Department Head for Computer Science of MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.

Professor Guttag currently co-heads the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory’s Networks and Mobile Systems Group. This group studies issues related to computer networks, applications of networked and mobile systems, and advanced software-based medical instrumentation and decision systems. Professor Guttag’s current research is centered on the application of advanced computational techniques to medicine. Current projects include prediction of adverse medical events, prediction of response to therapies, non-invasive monitoring and diagnostic tools, and tele-medicine. He has also done research, published, and lectured in the areas of sports analytics, software defined radios, software engineering, mechanical theorem proving, and hardware verification.

Professor Guttag is a Fellow of the ACM and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Hari Balakrishnan

Hari Balakrishnan is a Professor of Computer Science at MIT. His research is in networked computer systems. His current interests are in system software, network protocols, and data management for a world of “truly mobile” connected devices. Previous work includes the RON overlay network, the Chord DHT, the Cricket location system, the CarTel mobile sensing system, and cross-layer wireless protocols such as snoop TCP and SoftPHY. He has also contributed to verifiable Internet routing, congestion control, network security and privacy, energy-efficient protocols, stream processing, and data management systems. He is an ACM Fellow (2008), a Sloan Fellow (2002), an ACM dissertation award winner (1998), and has received several best-paper awards including the IEEE Bennett prize (2004) and the ACM SIGCOMM “test of time” award (2011). He has also received a few awards for excellence in teaching and research at MIT: the Harold Edgerton faculty achievement award (2003), and the Jamieson (2012), Junior Bose (2002), and Spira (2001) teaching awards.

In 2003, Balakrishnan co-founded StreamBase Systems, the first high-performance commercial event stream processing (aka complex event processing) engine. Between 2000 and 2003, he helped devise the key algorithms for Sandburst Corporation’s (acquired by Broadcom) high-speed network QoS chipset. He is an advisor to Meraki and on the Board of Trustees of IMDEA Networks in Spain.

John Frank Pierce

John F. Pierce is a partner in DLA Piper’s Corporate and Finance group, based in Seattle and Bangkok. He focuses on the development and finance of infrastructure such as ports, airports, roads, utilities, as well as power projects involving wind, solar (including photovoltaic, concentrated and thermal), geothermal and biomass energy, as well as those involving alternative fuels such as ethanol, biodiesel, biogas algal biomass, and advanced-generation biofuels. Mr. Pierce’s practice encompasses project sponsors and investors and is international in scope, with extensive dealings in South Asia, Southeast Asia, China, India, Africa and the Middle East.

His clients include venture-and private equity-backed companies in the renewable energy industry, traditional renewable energy project companies and lenders. Among many transactions, Mr. Pierce has advised on the development of biofuels production facilities throughout the United States, as well as on their project financing and construction. He has provided counsel on wind energy projects in the US and Canada, advised US energy companies regarding joint ventures in biomass-fuel-powered projects in Asia and Latin America and provided counsel on the acquisition of Indonesian geothermal power projects and the development of plants in the Philippines and Chile, including the drafting of the principal transactional documents and negotiations with lenders, as well as major overland and sub-sea gas pipelines in Asia.

Mr. Pierce also has broad international experience in infrastructure development and financing, including projects involving ports (bulk and containers) and industrial zones; joint ventures and other transactions in the aviation field; investments in Internet and software companies; telecommunications-related regulatory, commercial and licensing matters; and the financing of oil and gas projects. Mr. Pierce frequently speaks domestically and internationally on various renewable energy, energy and infrastructure matters, including project financing. He is also a lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law.

Min Htoo

Min Htoo is a Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager at Magnetar Capital. Magnetar is a $10bn multi strategy Hedge Fund, based in Evanston, IL. Prior to joining Magnetar Capital in 2005, Mr. Htoo was a Principal and senior member of the investment team at Seneca Capital until May 2005. Previously, for three years ending in late 2003, he was a Senior Analyst and co-Portfolio Manager on the event driven team at Citadel Investment Group. Mr. Htoo spent the previous two years at Och-Ziff Capital as an event driven Analyst and before that was an Analyst in Morgan Stanley’s mergers & acquisitions group from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Htoo earned a BA in Business Economics with Honors from Brown University, where he completed his studies in three years on a full scholarship and received the Wall Street Journal Award for the highest GPA in his department in his graduating class. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon (economics honor society). Mr. Htoo grew up in Myanmar and graduated from high school as the valedictorian of the country.

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