Company and People
Ubiquiti represents many years of experience in business, consulting, technology and research. Ubiquiti is visible in articles, research papers, and books published in a number of subject areas. We offer software and services in the areas of information analysis, database management, and text technologies – and we have worked with small, medium and large companies as well as with advanced research efforts. While our main offices are based in Ann Arbor MI, we have other locations in the U.S. and overseas – and we have successfully addressed the needs of several clients located globally.
Key individuals associated with Ubiquiti:
James Lee was one of the first employees at Ubiquiti, and is the main technology architect. He joined Ubiquiti as a graduate student when it began business operations in Yr 2000. He was instrumental in the design and development of the core Ubiquiti technologies and user interfaces. He leads the efforts in Ubiquiti user-interface development, and has responsibility for all Ubiquiti Java-based components. The software interfaces seen by the Ubiquiti customer base, which at this point includes over a dozen companies with many daily users each, are designed and/or developed by him. Besides experience at Ubiquiti, he has worked at other small and large high-tech companies, and also has done contract development work for academic research efforts. An avid programmer, he has won well-known awards such as those from the TopCoder competitions for which he also helped set problems for other competitors. He holds a Bachelor’s degree (Comp. Sci.) from Stanford Univ., and a Master’s degree (Comp. Sci.) from Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Nandit Soparkar is involved with business & technical development at Ubiquiti. He is a former tenure-track professor in the College of Engineering at Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has been an advisor to software companies, all of which are now part of publicly-traded companies. His former doctoral students are now in various research and faculty positions. In research efforts, he examined time-constrained concurrent computing, data mining & analyses technology, and logic-enhanced memory for data intensive computing. He received a National Science Foundation Career Award (formerly, the Presidential Young Investigator Award); he has worked at the AT&T Bell Labs at Murray Hill, and the IBM TJ Watson Research Center in New York. He has published and pending books, research papers, patents; and has performed peer reviews for research and business development. He has a B.Tech (Comp.Sci. & Engin.) from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; and M.S., Ph.D. degrees (Comp.Sci.) from Univ. Texas at Austin, and was in the Exec MBA program at the Business School at Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Keith Thompson is involved with software & services at Ubiquiti, and has two decades of experience in product design, process development, and quality control in several industries. At Ubiquiti, he leads the research, design and development of its high-end information analysis technologies, and is also the main technical liaison for client services. Formerly, he held senior technical positions at Ford Motor Company, and led the development of improved methods for designing and manufacturing. He has several pending patents, technical achievement awards, and numerous published papers. He has a B.S. degree (Engin.) Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors) from the Univ. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.S., PhD degrees (Manuf. & Mech.Engin.) from Stanford Univ.; and an M.S. in Comp.Sci. from Univ. Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Claudia Rast has provided legal counsel to Ubiquiti since its early years. A shareholder at Butzel Long, she is based in the Ann Arbor offices. She has extensive experience counseling both start-up and well-established clients on emerging legal issues related to business and technology, particularly online and web-based companies. She blends the study of law, business, and technology to counsel companies in their choice and use of technology. Ms. Rast is a frequent speaker on matters ranging from Privacy & Data Breach under general commercial and HIPAA/HITECH contexts, eDiscovery, and Social Media.
Gary Hessenaur provides financial and accounting counsel to Ubiquiti, and is associated with Hessenaur & Associates, CPA, PC. Named the 2002 Michigan Accountant Advocate of the Year by US SBA, he is involved with numerous organizations such as the Ann Arbor SPARK to provide accounting, financial management, and general business counsel; he is on the Board of New Enterprise Forum; he is a member of the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce, and treasurer of Kiwanis Club of Hamburg. He also volunteers services to the Univ. Michigan entrepreneurship program.
Akshay Gupta, an advisor to Ubiquiti, has broad leadership background in driving innovation and growth in information technology businesses that serve the healthcare, manufacturing and financial services industries. He is currently in management positions at Equian – a company that provides payment integrity solutions to health plans, and Mebex – a company that he co-founded to help consumers with their healthcare bills. His prior entrepreneurial ventures T3 Worldwide, IntelliClaim and B-Bop Associates were acquired by Equian, McKesson Corporation and Progress Software respectively. His experience also includes various roles at pioneering organizations such as Inference Corp. – an Artificial Intelligence software vendor, Oxford Health Plans – an innovative health plan, and METAC – a consulting center at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute. Mr. Gupta holds engineering degrees from Tulane University in New Orleans, and from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi.
Dr. David E. Cole, an advisor to Ubiquiti, is Chairman Emeritus of Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor MI. Formerly the Director, Office for Study of Automotive Transportation (OSAT) at Univ. of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, he has worked extensively on internal combustion engines, vehicle design, and overall automotive industry trends. Dr. Cole’s recent research has focused on strategic issues related to the restructuring of the North American industry and trends in globalization, technology, market factors, and human resources. He was formerly a member of the Energy Engineering Board of the National Research Council and the US-Canada Free Trade Pact Select Panel. He is also a director of Original Equipment Suppliers Association, and a director of seven automotive supplier companies. In addition, Dr. Cole is a member of the Executive Committee of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and was recently appointed by the Governor to the Strategic Economic Investment and Commercialization Board and the Michigan Renewable Fuels Commission. He was named a co-chair of Detroit Renaissance’s “Road to Renaissance” Project in the fall of 2006. At Univ. of Michigan, he is a member of the Energy Research Council and the Mechanical Engineering External Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Denso Foundation Board. Dr. Cole was formerly a director of the Automotive Hall of Fame and a member of the Board of Trustees of Hope College. He is active in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), including serving two terms on the Board of Directors. In February 1986, he was named a fellow of SAE. He is also active in the Engineering Society of Detroit and was elected to fellow status in 1990. In 2000, he received the Engineering Societyís highest award, the Horace H. Rackham medal. In 1993, he received the National Automobile Dealers Association Foundation’s International Freedom of Mobility Award. In 1994, Design News selected Dr. Cole as one of eight engineering leaders, and he was also selected to receive Sweden’s Order of the Polar Star. In the fall of 1998, Dr. Cole was named as the Marketing Educator of the Year by the Society of Marketing Executives. Additionally, he received the 1998 Rene Dubos Environmental Award for his contributions to the industrial ecology of the automobile and in 1999, Chevalier of the National Order of Merit from France. Dr. Cole has been actively involved in the start-up of five different Ann Arbor-based companies. Dr. Cole’s technical and policy consulting experience includes a variety of assignments for industry, labor, and government. Dr. Cole received his B.S.M.E. and Mathematics, M.S.M.E. and Ph.D. from Univ. of Michigan.
Dr. Elmer Bernstam, an advisor to Ubiquiti, is Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Internal Medicine, and Assoc. Dean for Research at Univ. Texas at Houston. His research has included areas such as MEDLINE searching, Consumer health informatics, Shareable executable clinical practice guidelines, and Informatics in clinical and translational research. He is widely published in research and technical forums, routinely makes presentations on healthcare informatics research, and he is closely associated with the Clinical & Translational Sciences Award activities at the Texas Medical Center. Dr. Bernstam holds degrees from Univ. Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Stanford Univ., and is licensed to practice medicine in Texas.
Prof. Pramod Khargonekar, an advisor to Ubiquiti, is the vice chancellor for research at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). At the university, he provides strategic direction for the Office of Research, which supports and enhances the creative and scholarly activities of UCI faculty. He has held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan and the University of Florida. At Michigan, Khargonekar was chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from 1997 to 2001 and also was the Claude E. Shannon Professor of Engineering Science. At Florida, he was dean of the College of Engineering from 2001 to 2009. In addition, he served as deputy director for technology at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. Prof. Khargonekar has received the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the American Automatic Control Council’s Donald P. Eckman Award and O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science fellowships, the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers’ W.R.G. Baker Award, the IEEE Control Systems Society’s George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award, and the Distinguished Alumnus and Distinguished Service awards from the Indian Institute of Technology. At the University of Michigan, he was honored with the Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship. He is a fellow of IEEE and the International Federation of Automatic Control.