“What is the most exciting company in Seattle?” Gregory Huang of Xconomy recently asked this question of Patrick Ennis, head of technology for Bellevue, WA-based Intellectual Ventures, and was surprised at the answer: Impinj. Impinj, founded in 2000 by UW CSE’s own Chris Diorio, is well-known for its focus on radio-frequency identification (RFID) technologies. Diorio, a student of microelectronics pioneer Carver Mead at Caltech (and current CSE affiliate faculty), serves as Impinj’s chairman and chief technology officer. ‘“He’s a fantastic professor and entrepreneur,” Ennis says. “Usually, professors just want to be professors. When you find an entrepreneur professor, it is heaven.”‘
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