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Michelle Munson

Co-Founder, CEO
Emeryville, CA

Michelle is co-inventor of Aspera's Emmy® Award-winning FASP® transport technology and is responsible for overseeing the company's direction in collaboration with co-founder Serban Simu. Michelle was a software engineer in research and start-up companies including the IBM Almaden Research Center before founding Aspera in 2004. She has dual B.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Physics from Kansas State University and was a Goldwater Scholar for achievement in Science and Mathematics, and later a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University where she received a postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science. 


Michelle was the 2006 KSU College of Engineering Alumni Fellow (the youngest recipient ever), and in 2016 was made a SMPTE Fellow by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. In addition to receiving two Emmy Awards on behalf of Aspera, Michelle has received national achievement awards from Glamour Magazine and USA Today, and industry awards including the Hollywood Production Alliance’s Charles S. Swartz Award, TV Newscheck’s Women In Technology Leadership Award, and IABM Broadcast & Media Technology Woman of the Year from the International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers. Michelle is also a frequent speaker on big data transport, cloud infrastructure, mobile, and diversity in the technology industry.