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Ralph Derrickson


Ralph is the president and CEO of Bsquare, a system software development company. Ralph is a highly accomplished business leader with a wide range of experience using technology to create innovative products, services, and business models. Prior to joining Bsquare, Ralph was president and CEO of Carena, a pioneer in the development of virtual health care delivery until its acquisition by Avizia in 2017. Ralph served as SVP of Corporate Development until Avizia’s acquisition by American Well in July 2018. Prior to Carena, Ralph was managing director of venture investments at Vulcan Capital where he was actively involved in the investment, growth, and operations of the firm’s technology portfolio companies. Ralph has served for 15 years on the board of Perficient (PRFT), an IT services firm with expertise in e-commerce digital transformation. Ralph has senior leadership experience at Metricom, Starwave Corporation (acquired by Walt Disney), and NeXT Computer (acquired by Apple Computer). He began his career as a software engineer at Digital Research and Sun Microsystems.

Ralph serves on the dean’s advisory board of the Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he earned a BT in Systems Software. He also serves on the advisory board for the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, in the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.


Matt Carney


Formally trained as a mechanical engineer, Matt recently finished his PhD at MIT working in the Biomechatronics Group at the MIT Media Lab. Carney’s objective is to “build cool shit, that matters!” Through the many projects he’s been fortunate to work on he’s developed some personal philosophies to the design process:

  • Design without ego

  • Build/assemble the first one of whatever you make

  • Everyone brings something to the table

  • Surround oneself with smarter more experienced people

  • Collaborate with creative and excited people

  • Stay focused and organized


Understanding the interdependencies of mechatronic systems, designing highly loaded structural components - pushing the limits of material properties, tightly packaging all of these specifications within the tight constraints of an industrial design aesthetic while negotiating realistic manufacturing process tolerances - is what gets paid to do.

In his "free time", however, he has a great deal of additional interests technical, and crafty. Often, his hobby projects are geared towards building new expertise, such that the technical interests may branch into career skills - a curriculum if you will:

  • embedded systems, board layout, firmware development

  • controls, trajectory planning, and optimization

  • power electronics

  • gardening

  • fermentation and food preservation

  • mountain biking

  • political action

  • making cool projects


Tom Mase

Tom Mase is a professor of mechanical engineering and Cal Poly’s Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR), overseeing academic integrity, institutional control and student-athlete well-being. Tom received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University in 1980. He obtained master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1982 and 1987, respectively. At Michigan State, he played on the golf team and was co-captain his senior year.

Tom used his mechanics background to work on applied problems. Specific areas have been measuring constitutive responses of materials, impact modeling using finite elements, and composite materials. Representative publications include the Third Edition of Continuum Mechanics for Engineers (CRC Press), ”Modelling the Sound of a Golf Club Impact,” Proc IMechE, Part P, Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, Sage Publishing, 226(2), 107-113, c 2012, and several papers on determining hyperelastic, rate-dependent properties of golf balls.

Tom consults with the golf industry on research and design, and is named on six U.S. and two Japanese golf-related patents. Every fall, Tom serves as a scientific panelist on Golf Digest’s Hotlist.

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