ADVISORY BOARD

REUBEN A. ASPACIO >>
Senior Vice President, Operations
Pixelworks

Reuben Aspacio joined Pixelworks in February 2009 as Vice President, Operations and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Operations in February 2011. Prior to joining Pixelworks, Mr. Aspacio was the Vice President of Operations at Legend Silicon Corporation, a fabless semiconductor company, from February 2007 to January 2009. From 2000 to 2007, Mr. Aspacio was the Director of Operations at Ikanos Communications, Inc., a fabless communication chip set company. From November 1998 to 2000, Mr. Aspacio held the position of Senior Engineering Manager with ATI Research Silicon Valley, Inc., a manufacturer of 3D graphics and digital media silicon solutions. Mr. Aspacio served as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Chromatic Research, Inc., prior to their acquisition by ATI Research Valley, Inc., in November 1998. From 1987 to 1998, Mr. Aspacio held a variety of engineering positions at Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Mr. Aspacio holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University.

Payman Arabshahi >>
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
University of Washington, Seattle

Payman Arabshahi is currently Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Advancement at the University of Washington’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a principal research scientist with the UW Applied Physics Laboratory. From 1994-1996 he served on the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. From 1997-2006 he was on the senior technical staff of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in the Communications Architectures and Research Section, working on Earth orbit and deep space communication networks and protocols, and design of planetary exploration missions. While at JPL he also served as affiliate graduate faculty at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Caltech, where he taught the three-course graduate sequence on digital communications. He has been the co-founder of, or advisor to, a number of technology startups. His interests are in entrepreneurship education, underwater and space communications, wireless networks, data mining and search, and signal processing.

John Reagh >>

John Reagh (pronounced “Ray”) was, until his retirement in 2018, a managing director at WRF Capital, the venture investing arm of the Washington Research Foundation. John focused on investments in advanced materials, electronics and information technology, including software, semiconductor and internet-related applications. John helped to finance numerous companies at WRF Capital, including Farecast (acquired by Microsoft), Lumera (NasdaqNM: LMRA), Numinous Technologies (acquired by Microsoft) and Performant (acquired by Mercury Interactive). John oversaw WRF Capital’s investments in EnerG2, MicroGREEN Polymers, Decide.com, Nimbic, nLight Photonics and Skytap. John received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and a bachelor of science in physics from Stanford University. He has been admitted to the bar of the State of Washington, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Will J. Canestaro, Ph.D. >>
Managing Director
WRF Capital

Dr. Canestaro is focused on investments in biotechnology and engineering, as well as supporting the Foundation’s grant-making activities. His portfolio includes companies across sectors. Currently, he manages WRF’s investments in OneRadio, Arzeda, Bellwether Bio, Phase Genomics, Icosavax, EpiThany and Wibotic. His professional background includes health economic and outcomes consulting for organizations including the National Pharmaceutical Council, Genentech and AstraZeneca. He has extensive experience with comparative effectiveness research and program development through roles with Generation Health and Correlagen in the Boston area.