Inaki (Ignacio) Berenguer, PhD

 

Address:

New York
<ib@ee.columbia.edu>

My Blog


Homepage: http://www.ee.columbia.edu/~ib

  


Current Position

 

co-founder of Pixable, the destination to discover and enjoy your friends photos


Education

 

 

MBA

2007-2009

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT Sloan School of Management
Full scholarship from The Rafael del Pino Foundation

Post-doctoral research fellow

Dec. 2004-
Nov. 2005

Cambridge-MIT Institute

Communications Innovations Institute
P.I.: Dr. David Clark and Prof. Jon Crowcroft

Ph.D.

(submitted Dec. 2004,
graduated Mar. 2005)

Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, UK

Advisors: Prof Xiaodong Wang (Columbia) and Dr. I.J. Wassell (Cambridge).
Cambridge-MIT Institute fellowship: three-year funding starting Jan. 2004.
Topic: MIMO Communication Systems (Download thesis (pdf))

Fulbright Fellow
(M.A.)

Sep. 2002 - Aug. 2004

Columbia University, New York

Two-year graduate Fulbright scholar.
Supervisor: Prof Xiaodong Wang
GPA: 4.0/4.0: Columbia PhD qualifying exam passed in Jan. 2003.

Master of Philosophy

Sep. 2001- Sep. 2002

Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, UK

Broadband Wireless Systems and Applications Group.

Group leaders: Prof. Sir Maurice Wilkes FRS, FREng, and Prof. Andy Hopper, CBE FRS FREng
Thesis: Filtered Multitone (FMT) Modulation for Broadband Fixed Wireless Systems.


Telecom Engineer
(B.S. and M.Sc.)

1994-1999
(graduated 2000)

Telecommunication Engineering
Technical University of Valencia (UPV), Valencia, Spain.

Covered all aspects of telecom, including electronics and computer science. (5 year programme + thesis). 

M.Sc.Thesis:  Qualification: 10 , Matrícula de Honor (A with Honors).

Additional Education  

Master

Sep. 2000-2001

Master in Industrial Management

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Leuven, Belgium.

Information and Communication Technology option.

(completed 4 months).

COU - 1994

Instituto Ramon Llull, Valencia, Spain

A-levels equivalent. Matricula de Honor (valedictorian).


Awards

2007 - Rafael del Pino Foundation scholarship, academic years 07-08 and 08-09 (full MBA tution + $25,000/year)

 

2001 - Fulbright Scholarship, academic years 02-03 and 03-04. Educational Exchange Commission USA-Spain ($44,000/year).

 

2004 - Cambridge-MIT Institute: three-year scholarship as a research fellow with the Communications Innovations Institute (http://www.thecii.org).

 

2002 - 2004 Santander Central Hispano (SCH bank) scholar - on top of Fulbright scholarship

 

2000 - Awarded by the British Council /“La Caixa” bank with one of the 15 fully funded scholarship for postgraduate studies in the UK (starting Sept 2001) (9600£ + tuition and college fees per year).

 

1999 - Awarded by the Santander Group and European Union with the Leonardo Da Vinci fellowship for Industrial Activity in Europe (6 months).


Experience

 

 

May 2008 - Aug. 2008

Microsoft Corporation: Manager in the Corporate Strategy Group. Defined the go-to-market strategy for Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing offer (Seattle, WA).

Nov. 2005 - Aug. 2007

McKinsey & Company: Management consultant (associate) advising clients in the financial, high tech, textiles and telecom industries (Madrid, Helsinki and Sao Paulo).

Dec 2004 - Nov. 2005

Cambridge-MIT Institute post-doctoral research fellow (under the umbrella of the Communications Innovations Institute)

6 Sep 2004 – end Dec.2004

and summer 2005

(7 months)

NEC Labs America: Research fellow (Broadband and Mobile Networking). Work on projects related to advanced physical layer technologies and cross-layer design for next generation cellular and ad-hoc wireless networks. (Princeton, NJ).

May2004 – Aug.2004
(3 months)

Intel Corp., US - Algorithms Engineer (summer internship). Working on image rescaling algorithms for video processors. Multirate signal processing, filter banks, video format conversion, anamorphic rescaling, etc. (4 patents filed within Intel) (multisite group: Arizona, California and NY).

Jan.2001 – Aug.2001
(7 months)

ST Microelectronics – System Engineer (Wireless Division). Contribution to the W-CDMA layer 1 hardware/software development and integration. Architecture definition and development of hw blocks for the W-CDMA transmitter inner modem (San Diego, CA)

July 1999 – January 2001
(19 months)

Hewlett Packard Belgium – Mission Critical Engineer at the High Availability Observatory, a round the clock center for mission critical computing environments. This center provides High Availability Solutions to customers around Europe, Africa and Middle East (Brussels, Belgium) (including several weeks of training in Lyon and Madrid). (first 6 months as an internship)

Involvement with startups

 

 

> Current investor in Asesorseguros.com, car insurance aggregator

> Current investor and board member of Celeromics, advanced bioinformatics (entrepreneur of the year in Spain)

> Co-founder of Babalah (learn languages with native speakers and make friends)

> Co-founder of Evidente (prediction markets for Latin America)

> Defined strategy and wrote Business Plan of Tooio (later raised $2M)

> Started Ubitrack with academics from MIT and won the MIT Business Plan Competition in 2008 ($30K). My cofounders decided they did not want to start the company and continue in academia.

> One month full time internship at Care.com (Jan. 2008)

> Started Linkpro (rental of prepaid mobile phones for tourists) in Madrid: after having the service ready, we pitched to various travel agencies and none bought the product

> Started BOPPHY (broadband over powerlines) at Cambridge University, and won the 2005 Cambridge University Business Plan Competition, Price Waterhouse Coopers Business Plan competition, and Cambridge-MIT Institute Business Plan Competition. We filed one patent and had a term sheet from a top tier VC that my cofounders did not want to accept.

> Started Tabarca Networks (security for WiFi networks) with Alberto Lopez to commercialize our own patent that we filed via Columbia University

> Helped start Owlstone Nanotech with David and Andrew; and after 2 months I decided to continue with my PhD


Other

10 Journal publications, 16 conference papers, 3 theses and 3 patents (see list)

One month volunteer at Envirocare, Tanzania

Usual reviewer of various journal and conference publications and TPC of ICC'06, Istanbul, Turkey