The Team

Transforming how people see and connect electronically all over the world…from the heart of Silicon Valley

Since our inception in 2011, we’ve been focused on creating a platform for what video technology will become and innovating solutions for today to bring us there, from panoramic and immersive video to artificial intelligence and remote 3D VR experiences. We love solving tough problems, creating first-of-their-kind products and delighting our customers with our revolutionary technology. We take pride in our past achievements while pushing and defining the future of video collaboration at a rapid pace.

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We are Altia Systems, the innovators behind PanaCast

Future-forward, committed to advancing the frontiers of video collaboration and dedicated to customer success.
Co-Founder, President & CEO

Aurangzeb Khan

Co-Founder, President & CEO

Through his successful career in high-tech, Aurangzeb’s guiding principles have been two-fold: to solve the world’s toughest problems and to build world-class teams to solve those problems. Aurangzeb developed Altia System’s vision, business plan and strategy in late 2010 – early 2011. He helped develop the PanaCast solution, raised the company’s Series A round and helped build Altia’s exceptionally talented team. From 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-tech management consultancy with two public/private company CEO colleagues. Earlier, he was co-founder, President & CEO at Altius Solutions and, following their 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, Aurangzeb served as CVP/GM of Design Services business at Cadence. Prior to Cadence, he held senior engineering and general management positions at Cirrus Logic, Tandem Computers (now part of HP) and Fairchild, delivering several industry-first systems and SoCs to market: 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 – $1B+ in annual revenues.

Aurangzeb received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Management from Stanford University. He completed a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from Government College, Lahore, where he stood first in his class and received the Academic Roll of Honor.

Chief Technical Officer

Ram Natarajan

Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Principal Engineer and Cloud Solutions Architect

A versatile architect passionate about creating cutting edge technology and providing technical mentorship, Ram brings an unparalleled track record of innovation to Altia Systems in his role as CTO. Ram joined Altia Systems in April 2013 and has helped set the company’s strategic roadmap, implemented core software development processes and innovated several new products. His most notable contributions at Altia include the development of P2s, a GPU accelerated 5K virtual soft camera, the development of PanaCast Experience, a cloud based video conferencing service and core artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that have dramatically amplified Altia’s relevance and strength in the Intelligent Vision space. Ram possesses deep expertise in networking (P2P, real-time and secure transport), computer vision (specifically 2D and 3D object detection) and video and speech processing. Prior to Altia, Ram was VP of Engineering at Cradle Technologies, a leader in the video surveillance industry, where he managed an engineering team spanning India and the United States. At Cradle, Ram and his team delivered a high-end networked video surveillance product in a very short time to the market. He also developed innovative techniques for tunneling VPN through P2P networks, for which he was awarded a patent. Prior to Cradle, Ram held a variety of technical roles: VP of Software at Stradient Technology and Member of the Technical Staff at Equator Technologies. He began his career as a member of the R&D team at Central Research Labs in Bangalore, India, where he invented and implemented non-linear stream ciphers using Galois Field Theory.

Ram currently holds 4 patents and has 3 patents pending. He received his B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from Bangalore University and a M.E. in Communications Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

VP of Software Engineering

Naveed Alam

Vice President of Software Engineering

Naveed’s unique blend of entrepreneurial and engineering management experience coupled with a strong track record of industry success make him the ideal VP of Software Engineering at Altia Systems. He possesses 25 years of experience in SoC system architecture in video compression, image processing and 3D graphics, 20 years of experience in system architecture, networking and storage technology and 17 years of experience in architecting media services and solutions.

Prior to Altia, Naveed was the co-founder, CEO and President of Arktan Systems, where he pioneered the company’s successful launch of the industry’s first 375-megapixel panoramic video camera in a 3.5” form factor consuming less than 8W. He also led the full product lifecycle for Arktan’s camera: from concept to R&D to final customer acceptance. Much of Naveed’s success at Arktan was due to his strong management track record. Prior to Arktan, Naveed was Director of Engineering at Teneros Systems, where he built 6 High Availability and Disaster Recovery platforms that helped expand Teneros’ enterprise customer base to 300+ in 18 months and helped save the company 70% in manufacturing costs through server virtualization. Prior to Teneros, he was Architect at Brocade Communications and IP Forwarding and Firewall Expert at Cosine Communications. At Cosine, he built industry’s first Managed Services VPN platform for telecom service providers.

Naveed received his M.S. Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (USC). In 1992, he received the Best Teaching Assistant Award at the USC School of Engineering. Prior to USC, Naveed received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at UCET where he graduated with Honors and stood first in his university. He currently holds 7 patents.

Director of Engineering

Yashket Gupta

Director of Engineering

Yashket (Yash) was employee #4 at Altia Systems and has contributed significantly to the company’s maturation and rapid technical innovation in his role as Director of Engineering. He began at Altia Systems as the Lead Engineer for the PanaCast processor, which implements the world’s first ultra low latency dynamic seam stitching algorithms with mathematically correct rendering and enables the world’s lowest latency stitching from photons to USB data of < 5 ms.

Prior to Altia Systems, Yash was a Senior ASIC Design Engineer at Nethra Imaging (acquired by Imagination Technologies), where he built the camera SOCs for high-end, ultra high-resolution and ultra fast digital video cameras commonly used for making Hollywood movies. To this day, these cameras represent the apex of digital movie making and are used in numerous well-known Hollywood blockbusters. Yash began his technical career at Perfectus, a leader in the chip design industry, as a Verification Engineer, work that leveraged his education at Columbia University where he received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering.

While receiving his M.E. at Columbia, Yash designed a standard cell design of a Real Time 16-bit Microprocessor in VHDL, the full custom design and layout of an 8 bit microprocessor core (TSMC0.25u) and a full custom SRCMOS-Fast 8 bit adder (TSMC 90nm). Prior to completing his M.E. at Columbia University, Yash received his B.Tech. in Electronics and Communication from Vellore Institute of Technology in Tamil Nadu, India.

Director of International Sales and Business Development

Javed Tufail

Director of International Sales and Business Development

As Director of International Sales and Business Development, Javed has dramatically enhanced PanaCast’s global brand and Altia Systems’ international channel sales ecosystem. He is currently focused on Altia’s international channel sales and business development strategy with an emphasis on creating tailored solutions for the company’s enterprise customers worldwide. His efforts have contributed to a 2.5 – 3x growth in international sales over a 2 year period. With more than two decades of networking and IT industry experience, Javed has led the design, implementation and support efforts of numerous Fortune 500 enterprises. He possesses extensive experience from his time working with Microsoft and Cisco sales & pre-sales teams in their implementation of collaboration solutions for enterprise and public sector customers. Javed has held leadership roles in sales, pre-sales and business development. He has technical expertise in the voice and video collaboration space from his time at Dimension Data, Microsoft and Cisco Systems. His proven ability to develop customer relationships was instrumental in his ability to deliver successful projects and help architect customer networks. Javed has deep technical knowledge of Cisco and Microsoft collaboration services architecture including hardware, software and applications. He helped define the overall vision and deployment of Cisco’s voice and video solutions at Symantec and Intel and led the introduction and adoption of Microsoft Lync at MasterCard and Target. Javed has presented at various national and international industry forums, such as Microsoft TechEd and Cisco Live and holds both Microsoft and Cisco certifications.

Javed received his M.S. in Environmental Engineering at University of Colorado, Boulder and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. When Javed is not working, you can usually find him watching Formula1 racing or cricket.

Lead Architect

Dr. Shahab Baqai

Lead Architect

Shahab is an ex-professor, ex-military, PhD and a perfect example of Altia’s culture. Shahab brings depth and breadth of experience in multimedia systems and multimedia architecture to his role as Lead Architect at Altia Systems. His primary focus areas in his present role are multimedia processing (including transport and quality) and system design and integration for end-to-end delivery of multimedia information under constrained resources for PanaCast’s entire Intelligent Vision suite. He also leads the design, provisioning and management of the company’s IT resources (including media streaming infrastructure for real-time delivery of media content) and conducts technical seminars and presentations aimed at enhancing PanaCast product awareness.

Prior to joining Altia, Shahab was a visiting Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC) and a member of the faculty in the School of Science and Engineering (SSE) at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). At LUMS, Shahab contributed as a faculty member and led the department (and then the school) as the Chair of Computer Science and Dean of the newly formed School of Science and Engineering . As the second Dean of the school, he was instrumental in building the faculty and resources towards realization of the school’s vision. His previous appointments include General Manager Information Technology at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, visiting professor at Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences &  Technology Pakistan and consulting with Enabling Technologies Pakistan. He also held appointments in The Pakistan Air Force (PAF): as a lecturer in  the PAF College of Aeronautical Engineering and as an Engineering Officer in The Pakistan Air Force.

Shahab has published a number of research publications and has contributed to two books. He has served on the program committees of various conferences and has been the publication editor of numerous conference proceedings. He received his PhD, MS and BS degrees from Purdue University (1998), University of Southern California (1994) and College of Aeronautical Engineering Pakistan (1985), respectively. He is a senior member of IEEE.

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Dennis Dyer

Director of Sales – North America

A visionary channel leader and architect of several highly successful channel programs, Dennis has built Altia Systems’ North American direct and channel sales ecosystems from the ground up. In his current role as Director of Sales – North America, Dennis brings over 25 years of experience in sales, sales management, business development, marketing and channel management in the networking and video space. As Director of Sales, he is responsible for building Altia Systems’ sales and channel eco-system, which includes traditional two-tier distribution, reseller partners, AV, IT and UC integrators and a network of manufacturer’s representative firms and consultants all across North America. Dennis is best known for his achievements as VP of Americas Channels at Marconi. At Marconi, Dennis and his team built the company’s channel revenue from $167M to $500M+ in annual channel revenue in a short, 2 year period. He built up the North American region over a period of 3 years before taking over as VP of Channels. His additional experience includes VP of Sales for Review Video (now Westcon Group) and several channel management leadership roles at LifeSize, Avigilon and ClearOne Communications. He has received several industry awards and industry-wide recognition with CRN, VAR Business, IDC and the Meta Group for his channel development efforts.

Dennis’ passion for video collaboration extends beyond his professional career. In 2015, he founded Conferencing Places NLP, a nonprofit dedicated to “eliminating all geographic & economic boundaries in education with video communications” and ConferencingPlaces.org, a nonprofit that created a scalable education portal to better connect schools, faculty, libraries, students and museums. Dennis received a B.S. in Marketing from Concordia University. Outside of work, Dennis is an avid wrestling fan and coach.

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