Making being there possible

Our team is comprised of 28+ employees and consultants, with 70+ consultants having cumulatively contributed to the development thus far. See the bios for key members of our team below.

Aurangzeb Khan, Co-Founder, President & CEO

Aurangzeb developed the company’s vision, business plan and strategy in late 2010 / early 2011, and worked with former Co-Founders, Atif and Lars, to develop the PanaCast solution, raise the Series A round from investors with great entrepreneurial and early investor track records, and has helped grow the team with exceptional talent. Altia Systems’ products and solutions enable people to connect immersively via panoramic-HD video, using the PanaCast system with the devices they already own, in a natural and intuitive way.

During 2009 – 2010, he was President & CEO at Everspin Technologies, Inc., a VC-funded spin-off focusing on MRAM ICs. In 2008, Aurangzeb co-founded Citius Consulting, a high-technology management consultancy with two public/private company CEO colleagues.

Earlier, he was co-founder, President & CEO at Altius Solutions and, following the merger with Simplex Solutions, EVP/GM of the SoC Design Foundry business at Simplex, contributing to a ~$300M IPO in May 2001 (NASD: SPLX). After Cadence Design Systems acquired Simplex in June 2002, he served as CVP/GM of Design Services business at Cadence.

Aurangzeb held senior engineering and general management positions at Cirrus Logic, Tandem Computers (now part of HP) and Fairchild. He helped deliver several industry-first systems and SoCs to market, including the Sony Computer Entertainment GS®I-32 and PlayStation®-2 Graphics Synthesizers, the Cirrus Logic 3Ci SoC and the Tandem Computers NonStop Himalaya and Cyclone series of massively-parallel servers. Several of the SoC and systems products received industry leadership recognition and delivered $200M to more than $1B in annual revenues.

Aurangzeb received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Management from Stanford University, executive education at the Stanford GSB, a double-major B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and Nuclear Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from Government College, Lahore, where he stood first in class and received the Academic Roll of Honor.

Ram Natarajan, CTO

Ram has addressed multiple, complex technical challenges with innovation to help us deliver industry-leading products. He has been instrumental in all stages of product development, including definition, specifications, requirements, proof of concepts, architecture and actual development.

Ram has also been a mentor and an adviser to many engineering team members. He brings 23 years of development experience to the responsibility. He obtained his BSc in Physics and Mathematics from Bangalore University and an ME in Communications Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science.

Naveed Alam, Vice President of Software Engineering

Naveed brings a strong track record of industry success in development, engineering management and entrepreneurial management at such companies as Teneros, Brocade®, Cosine Communications, 3Com® and Arktan, where he was a co-founder and developed the core technology. He was awarded an MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Southern California and is the holder of five US patents.

Yashket Gupta, Director of Engineering

Yash has a MSEE from Columbia University and has 8 years of experience in the field of video imaging and video compression. He worked at Nethra Imaging (acquired by Imagination Technologies) building the camera SOCs for the high-end, ultra high-resolution and ultra fast digital video cameras used for making Hollywood movies. The cameras represent the state of the art in digital movie making and are used in well-known Hollywood Blockbusters. Yash is Lead Engineer for the PanaCast processor which implements the world’s first ultra low latency dynamic seam stitching algorithms with mathematically correct rendering. It enables the world’s lowest latency stitching from photons to USB data of <5ms.

Javed Tufail, Director of Professional Services & Systems Engineering

Javed has more than 16 years of industry experience related to Unified Communications (UC), building VoIP and IP telephony standards and protocols. He has held senior Systems Engineering position with Dimension Data, Microsoft and Cisco. His past responsibilities included design and guidance of UC architectures, partner readiness, IP development, SOWs and BOMs.

Shahab Baqai, Senior Media Architect

Dr Shahab Baqai did his PhD, MS and BS degrees from Purdue University, University of Southern California and College of Aeronautical Engineering Pakistan in 1998, 1994, and 1985, respectively. He primarily works in the area of multimedia communication spanning architecture and protocols for reliable, secure, quality based real-time transport of audio/video information.

Dr Baqai is currently the senior Media Architect at Altia Systems Inc where he is responsible for audio video integration, dynamic adaptation in end-2-end transport of media streams towards graceful degradation under varying resource constraints. Dr Baqai also provides leadership in all aspects of the company: from systems development, testing, software quality, team building, training, documentation to product definition and business development. His prior experience includes video content indexing, retrieval and analysis based on motion cues, software project lead and academic research and teaching. At the School of Science & Engineering LUMS, a premier research university in Pakistan, Dr Baqai contributed not only as a faculty member but also in leading the school as first the chair of the CS department and then the second dean of the school. His previous appointments include visiting professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences & Technology Pakistan, General Manager IT at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and Engineering Officer in Pakistan Air Force.

Dr Baqai has a number of research publications and has also contributed to two books and has been an invited speaker at leading research institutions like Microsoft Research, Argonne National Lab, and numerous conferences. He has served on the program committees of various conferences and has been the publication editor of many conference proceedings. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the Electrical Engineering Honor Society.