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Sian Tan
Stanford Technology Ventures Program

Dr. Tan spent 11 years in Silicon Valley and Stanford University creating new technologies. He pioneered the design and provision of touch feedback across computer networks for Immersion Corporation (NASD: IMMR) and holds 6 US patents in this field. Immersion's products have been licensed worldwide and can be felt through Logitech's line of Force-Feedback joysticks, BMW's iDrive cockpit control system and Immersion's medical simulators for arthroscopy and endoscopy.

Dr. Tan initiated the Discovery and Development Program for the Fraunhofer Society, Europe's largest contract research organization with an annual research budget of â?¬ 1.3 Billion that created the MP3 audio format. He was also an Entrepreneur-In-Residence for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he helped the Foundation determine its strategy for technology commercialization throughout the US.

Dr. Tan was a member of Stanford's Graduate School of Business faculty for academic years 2000-2002, where he pioneered the e-Business Process Foundry. The multidisciplinary, team-based course was ranked "exceptional" in 2002 compared to other Stanford GSB electives.

Dr. Tan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Bristol (UK), a Masters and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

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Last Updated: Thu, May 25, 2006