Meet The Team

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Hassan Ahmed, Ph. D.

Chairman & Co-founder

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Hassan Ahmed, Ph.D., is the Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Sway AI.

Hassan is a successful serial entrepreneur. Dr. Ahmed most recently served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Affirmed Networks, which was acquired by Microsoft in April 2020. Before founding Affirmed Networks in 2010, he was a senior advisor at Charles River Ventures. From 1998 to 2008, Dr. Ahmed served as Chairman and CEO of Sonus Networks. Prior to that time, he served in various executive roles at Ascend Communications, Cascade Communications and Analog Devices.  Dr. Ahmed previously served as Associate Professor of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering and Associate Professor of Finance at Boston University. He also serves as a Director of Ciena.

Dr. Ahmed holds a BSEE and MSAE from Carleton University and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Amir Atai, Ph. D.

CEO & Co-founder

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Amir Atai, Ph. D.,  is the CEO and

Co-founder of Sway AI.

 

Amir is an entrepreneur and innovator. He has been an executive member of three successful and market changing startups: Telica (acquired by Nokia), Affirmed Networks (acquired by Microsoft),  and Parallel Wireless. Amir is passionate about improving customers' performance and effectiveness by questioning the status-quo assumptions, bringing together and leading an expert team of diverse backgrounds toward innovative and needle-moving solutions. Amir also has executive experience working for large companies. He was Chief Scientist at Bellcore and later at Alcatel/Nokia. He was also CTO at Ericsson, where he led the first nationwide LTE network rollout in the world. Amir is an expert in complex modeling techniques, math, and statistics, where he has developed cutting-edge modeling tools. 

He  holds a BS and MS from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Computer and Electrical Engineering 

Jitender Arora

Chief Product Officer

& Co-founder 

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Jitender Arora is the Chief Product 

Officer and Co-founder of Sway AI.

 

Jitender is an entrepreneur and product leader with over 20 years of experience in building large scale B2B and B2C products. Prior to co-founding Sway AI, he successfully led the product management of Amazon Alexa AI/ML Platform. He had founded Korrent Corporation, a disruptive Connected Health business. He was engineering and product leader at Acme Packet since nearly the company’s inception, he built and launched multiple market leading products, Oracle acquired Acme Packet for $2.1B. He also held senior roles at Oracle and Parallel Wireless. He has 18 US patents pending and issued.

 

Jitender holds a BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Delhi Institute of Technology and a MBA from Boston University.

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Vivek Kulkarni, CPA, MBA

CFO

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Vivek has a comprehensive background leading the cross-functional teams to ensure success and achieve goals toward improving the enterprise value in pre, or post revenue start-up and mid-size high technology companies.  He brings his extensive experience in building the financial and business infrastructure from grounds up and seamlessly executing compliance matters.  At Sway AI, Vivek is responsible for the oversight of all financial activities, payroll, human resources including benefits administration, contract reviews, audit, tax, technical accounting matters, and liaison with third party service providers. 

Mike Piecuch

Software Architect

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Mike has been a team leader, developer and innovator in the software engineering industry for over 20 years. He has a passion for test-driven development, clean code and data-driven design. Mike is a full stack developer and expert in automation and cloud architecture. He has played a critical role with these technologies at BitSight and Nuage Networks. Previously, he was technical leader at innovative companies including Acme Packet (acquired by Oracle), 128 Technology (acquired by Juniper) and Cisco Systems. He was instrumental in creating brand new product offerings from conception to customer delivery. His creativeness and drive for innovation have been awarded with multiple patents.

Aman Nigam

Software Developer

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Aman Nigam is a Software Developer at Sway AI. Aman has experience in high quality Software Development. He has developed production deployed projects utilizing various web and mobile technologies. He has a lot of interest in developing scalable and responsive applications with keen eye on customer requirements. He loves to collaborate with fellow developers including open source community on complex tasks and is always on the lookout for ways to innovate in the AI/ML space to provide better experience. Aman holds a MS in Information Systems from Northeastern University, Boston.

Jaya Aravind

Director - Technology

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Jaya has over 20 years of experience in building high performing teams and developing software solutions for various industries. She has a passion for using technology to solve meaningful problems and she has architected many systems and components in both backend and front end. Jaya brings many years of expertise in technical leadership, building teams, software architecture for cloud-native systems to this role. Prior to this, Jaya was a senior engineering manager in EBSCO and Oracle, architect and technical lead in companies including Acme Packet and Ciena Corporation. Jaya is a certified AWS Solution Architect and holds a bachelors in Computer Science and  Engineering

Ruisi Su

Applied Data Scientist

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Ruisi is an Applied Data Scientist at Sway AI. She has experience building machine learning models for various domains, such as Network Security, Circuit Topology, Machine Translation, and Language Modeling. She is interested in the research of Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Science, and she is eager to learn and advance the cutting-edge machine learning approaches. In addition, she has experience in designing and implementing data visualization using various technologies. With a multi-disciplinary background, she loves collaborating with others in different domains. 

 

She holds a MS from Carnegie Mellon University in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Sarah Akbar

Software Developer

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Sarah is a software development engineer at Sway AI. She is a full stack developer with experience building and maintaining microservices for the cloud as well as building applications for various AI/ML use cases. Sarah values collaboration and strives to gain skills in multidisciplinary domains. She is passionate about using technology to change people’s lives and better the world. 

 

Sarah holds a BS in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

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Aarushi Wadhwa

Machine Learning Data Engineer

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Aarushi is a Machine Learning Data Engineer at Sway AI. She has experience in software and data science and works at the intersection of the two fields to create products that enable AI through a variety of disciplines. Aarushi has years of experience in building out software pipelines for data integration at large scale enterprises and is well versed in tackling data problems at scale. She is extremely interested in Computer Vision and Speech Recognition and finds herself particularly intrigued by human to machine translation and interaction. 

She holds a MS and BS from Carnegie Mellon University in Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as a BS in Engineering and Public Policy. 

 
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Abdul Kanji

Applied Data Scientist

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Abdul is an Applied Data Scientist at Sway AI and has experience in AI software and model development. Being an open source and ML enthusiast, he has contributed to multiple Github repositories. He is interested in the field of fairness in Machine Learning and is passionate about making AI safer and fair to use in production. He loves rapid experimentation and collaboration with team members to bring ideas to life.

 

He holds an MS in Computer science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

Harshil Dhariwal 

Senior Software Developer

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Harshil is a Senior Software Developer at Sway AI. He has expertise in full-stack software development and is a strong advocate of clean code and test-driven development practices. He has architected, designed, and developed many innovative products and applications. He has a passion for AI domains like ML, NLP, and Data Visualization. He is an active open-source contributor through Github and StackOverflow. He leverages all the available resources to make software development less complex and believes in contributing back to the community.

 

Harshil holds M.S. and B.E. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Indore Institute of Science and Technology.