Strong leadership, extensive and diverse real world experience, advanced technological knowledge and a shared passion for innovative, reliable and efficient content delivery are the foundations of KenCast’s success.
Dr. William E. Steele – Chairman & CEO
Dr. William E. Steele is Chairman & CEO of KenCast. Prior to founding the company, Dr. Steele spent fourteen years with GTE Corporation; five of those years as General Manager of the ImageSpan division of GTE Spacenet. Dr. Steele’s vast experience in the satellite and telecommunications industry includes a position as Vice President of Marketing at the Microband subsidiary of McDonnell- Douglas and Sales Manager at the American Satellite Corporation division of Fairchild. Dr. Steele was an Assistant professor of Economics at Villanova University and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University.
Dr. H. Lewis Wolfgang III – President & CTO
Dr. H. Lewis Wolfgang III is President & Chief Technology Officer of KenCast and a member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Wolfgang’s has special interests in combinatorics and algorithms and is responsible for much of the innovative technology introduced by KenCast since he joined the team in September,1997. Dr. Wolfgang received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds an AM and AB (Summa Cum Laude) in Mathematics from Harvard University.
Dr. Eric C. Reed – Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Eric C. Reed is Chief Operating Officer at KenCast. Prior to joining KenCast in April 2012, Dr. Reed spent 11 years at Harmonic, most recently as Manager of the NY Video Algorithms Group and was responsible for the software development of a video transcoder for broadcast and broadband applications. Dr. Reed received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with a concentration in image and video signal processing, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a B.S. (Summa Cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University. He is the recipient of a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.
Professor Michael J. Fischer – Co-Founder
Professor Michael J. Fischer is a co-founder of KenCast, part owner and advisor to the company. A Professor of Computer Science at Yale University since 1983, Professor Fischer specializes in cryptographic protocols and distributed systems. He held the post of Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the ACM for four years and has published over 90 papers on theoretical computer science. Professor Fischer in the past has taught at MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Washington. He holds a B.S., Mathematics, University of Michigan, M.S., Applied Mathematics, University of Michigan, and a Ph.D., in Applied Mathematics from Harvard.
G. Jim Carroccia, Vice President – Operations
Jim Carroccia is Vice President of Operations at KenCast. Prior to taking this position in January 2007, Jim spent 12 years with PanAmSat in various roles in Sales & Marketing, Product Management, Network Engineering and Operations. His extensive background includes Business Development, Product Development, and Product Management. He received his M.B.A. from Sacred Heart University and received his B.S. in Communications/Media from State University of New York.
Dr. Henrik Axelsson, Vice President – Engineering
Dr. Henrik Axelsson is Vice President of Engineering at KenCast. Dr. Axelsson joined KenCast in 2005 and is the lead on KenCast digital signage products and services. He also heads up KenCast customer support and QA teams. Dr. Axelsson received his Ph.D and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology with a concentration in optimization and control theory. He holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
Taniya Pirapokin, Vice President – Software Development
Taniya Pirapokin is Vice President of Software Development at KenCast. Ms. Pirapokin joined KenCast in 2000 and heads up much of the software development in signage, cinema, and the core Fazzt product line. She received her B.S. from Stevens Institute of Technology in Computer Science with a minor in Electrical Engineering, and she received her M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University.
Dr. Weimin Fang, Vice President – Technology
Dr. Fang joined KenCast, Inc. in June 2000, shortly after receiving his Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has directed the development of the KenCast mobile broadband product line for many years and was a leader in our Cinema technology. He has made major contributions to KenCast’s technology for accelerated delivery, Forward Error Correction, IP network bonding, multicasting, and dispersed cloud storage. He won a Gold Medal at the 27th International Mathematical Olympics, 1986. He holds a B.S., Mathematics, Peking University, Beijing, P.R. China, May 1990, an M.S., Computer Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1998, and a Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, May 2000.
Dr. Sinem Unal– Senior Engineer
Dr. Unal joined KenCast in August 2016 as a Senior Engineer immediately after receiving her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University. Her research interests include coding and scheduling for wireless networks, index coding using information theoretic tools, rate distortion theory, and network information theory. She wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on information theoretic limits on broadcasting with side information for applications on video multicasting over wireless networks. She graduated 2nd of 2,400 students with a BSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey and with a Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, August 2016.