SVEC Engineers Week Banquet and Hall of Fame Ceremony Event Announcement

Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) announces its annual Engineers Week Banquet and Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at the Delta Marriott Hotel Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA. This event is hosted each year during Engineers Week to bring awareness to the field of engineering, encourage student interest in engineering and honor and support STEM teachers at the the K-12 and college levels.

The Engineers Week Banquet and Hall of Fame Ceremony will honor Dr. Ronjon Nag, PhD as its 2024 Hall of Fame Inductee.

Dr. Ronjon Nag, PhD is the founder of R42 Group, an inventor and Adjunct Professor in Genetics at Stanford School of Medicine.

Dr. Nag is a renowned inventor, entrepreneur, and educator, building AI systems for over 40 years. He has founded and advised companies that have been sold to Motorola, RIM/BlackBerry, and Apple, pioneering speech and handwriting recognition, and mobile app stores. More recently, as Founder of R42 Group, he has been inventing and investing at the intersection of AI and medicine, creating (an AI life science app store) and Agemica (a vaccine for aging).

The SVEC Engineers Week Banquet and Hall of Fame Ceremony will feature a Keynote address by Val Miftakhov, Founder and CEO of ZeroAvia, Inc, a California company developing the world’s first practical zero emission aviation powertrain.

Val is a serial cleantech entrepreneur who knows how to scale technology for use by existing transportation industries. His previous company eMotorWerks has developed the World’s leading platform for EV battery aggregation to provide grid services, and was acquired in 2017. Prior to that, Val held a number of senior business and product positions at Google and McKinsey & Company, and was a nuclear researcher at Stanford Linear Accelerator. Val holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University, Masters in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and was a two-time winner of Russian Nationwide Physics competitions. In his spare time, Val makes good use of his airplane and helicopter pilot licenses.