NewSchool is pleased to recognize our graduates at the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 25th at our new location this year - the Organ Pavilion, in Balboa Park.
NewSchool of Architecture & Design
Commencement Ceremony 2016
Saturday, June 25th @9.30am
Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Pan American Road E
San Diego, CA 92101
Commencement Speaker: Dr. Phillip Alvelda
Dr. Alvelda is a Program Manager at DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office where he develops national scale R&D programs to develop technologies at the intersection of engineering and biology, and the founding Chairman of The Westminster Institute for Science Education, a 501C3 that helps K-12 schools extend STEM education with an emphasis on creativity and innovation.
Prior to Westminster Institute for Science Education, Dr. Alvelda was the founding CEO of MobiTV, the world’s leading provider of live TV over mobile networks. MobiTV launched the world’s first live television experience over mobile networks. MobiTV’s service has grown since its launch in 2003 to over 18M subscribers across all the major US, CanadA, UK, & Latin American mobile nets, making MobiTV the US’s 3rd largest television distributor.
Dr. Alvelda was awarded an Emmy, selected by Fast Company as the US’s 15th most influential high-tech entrepreneur, and has received numerous other industry leadership awards from AlwaysOn, CNET, Mobile Entertainment (One of the top 20 most influential New Media Executives), Red Herring for innovation and market leadership. He is a regular invited speaker at media, telecom, and education industry events including the World Economic Forum where he was chosen as a “Technology Pioneer” in 2007.
Prior to MobiTV, Dr. Alvelda founded The MicroDisplay Corporation, a manufacturer of high-res miniature displays for low cost HDTVs and VR displays. Prior to MicroDisplay, Dr. Alvelda was a developer of spacecraft hardware and software systems, and new computing architectures at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he designed and built sensors that flew on the Space Shuttle as well as the Galileo and Magellan interplanetary spacecraft. Dr. Alvelda holds over 30 patents and patents-pending on a wide range of technologies, a technical Emmy Award, a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Cornell University, and Masters and PhD degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT.