Dr. Espy-Wilson founded OmniSpeech in November 2009 with assistance from the Venture Accelerator Program at the University of Maryland. Dr. Espy-Wilson is also Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director of the Speech Communication Lab, and a member of the Institute for Systems Research at UMD. A world-renowned engineer, Dr. Espy-Wilson conducts pioneering research integrating engineering, linguistics, and speech science. The idea for OmniSpeech originated from decades of research into the physiology of human speech.Dr. Espy-Wilson is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and a Senior Member of IEEE. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, an elected member of the Speech and Language Technical Committee of IEEE, and a member of the National Advisory Board for Medical Rehabilitation Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She served as Chair of the Speech Technical Committee of the ASA from 2007 to 2010, as an associate editor of the ASA's magazine, Acoustics Today, and as an appointed member of the Language and Communication Study Section at NIH, 2001-2004. Prior to her appointment at the University of Maryland in 2001, Dr. Espy-Wilson was on faculty at Boston University from 1990 to 2001. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1979. She received her M.S., E.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1981, 1984 and 1987, respectively.
► University of Maryland's 2012-2013 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher award.
► Radcliffe Fellowship (2008-2009)
► Honda Initiation Award (2004 & 2005)
► National Institutes of Health Independent Scientist Award (1998-2003)
► Clare Booth Luce Professorship (1990-1995)
► National Science Foundation (NSF) Minority Initiation Award (1990-1992)
Morgan E. O'Brien was the co-founder and chairman of Nextel Communications, Inc. (now part of Sprint Corp.). He led the creation of the first all-digital nationwide wireless network (the Nextel National Network) and brought push-to-talk (PTT) communication to the mass business and consumer market. In 2006, he was a co-founder of Cyren Call Communications, a firm that served as the catalyst for an important public debate about the need for a nationwide public safety broadband network. Mr. O’Brien is considered by many to be a visionary leader who has been recognized for his pivotal role in shaping the wireless industry throughout his career.
► 1987 – New Jersey Entrepreneur of the Year
► 1993 and 2006 – RCR Person of the Year
► 2001 – Wireless History Foundation Hall of Fame
► 2005 – Washington, DC Business Hall of Fame
► 2007 – Fellow, Radio Club of America
Mr. O’Brien is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his law degree from Northwestern University.
Larry Reynolds is the Founder and President of Reynolds Sports Management. Mr. Reynolds is highly regarded as one of the top baseball agents in the country, having advised or represented numerous Major League players, including 18 first round draft picks. Mr. Reynolds is certified with the Major League Baseball Players Association and has been in the business of representing players since 1984. Following standout performances in three high school sports, Mr. Reynolds received a two-sport scholarship from Stanford University, where he later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While at Stanford, Mr. Reynolds was named Pac-10 Conference Baseball MVP in 1977 and was a Sporting News All-American in 1978. As a football player, he was a two-time Bowl Participant while playing for legendary coach, Bill Walsh. Mr. Reynolds was inducted into the Stanford University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.Mr. Reynolds played 5 seasons of professional baseball, having been drafted 3 times (Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers) before eventually signing with the Rangers. Following a career-ending injury, Mr. Reynolds spent one year coaching in the St. Louis Cardinals organization before becoming a sports agent in 1984.
Chris Rogers is an investor in and advisor to disruptive businesses in the telecommunications industry. Most recently Mr. Rogers served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Spectrum at Sprint Nextel Corporation where he evaluated strategic initiatives including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, equity investments and joint ventures. He was also responsible for management and oversight of spectrum licenses and Sprint Nextel’s portfolio of emerging technology start-ups. Prior to its acquisition by Sprint, Mr. Rogers was a Senior Vice President at Nextel Communications, Inc. which he also co-founded. In addition, Mr. Rogers was Chairman and Co-Founder of Dispatch Communications, Inc. which was sold to Nextel in 1992.
Mr. Rogers holds a JD in Communications Law and has served as a Director on multiple public and private company Boards and as a Director for several Washington, DC-based philanthropic and educational organizations.
Mr. Scholl is a successful entrepreneur, technology innovator and investor who has been involved in over 40 start-ups in roles ranging from founder, Chairman and CEO, to board member and investor. Most recently, Mr. Scholl spent 10 years as a Venture Partner at Novak Biddle where he played a pivotal role in identifying, investing in and counseling portfolio companies from early stage/seed investment through successful exit. Prior to Novak Biddle, Mr. Scholl co-founded and was chairman of Cognio, a pioneering developer of software radio, cognitive spectrum management and MIMO antenna technology for wireless applications (acquired by Cisco). In 1990, Mr. Scholl founded Telogy Networks, a leader in embedded software products for customers including Cisco, Motorola, Samsung and others. In 1999, Texas Instruments acquired Telogy as the world leader in embedded VOIP software. As Telogy’s CEO, Mr. Scholl was honored as the 1995 Joseph A. Sciulli "Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Maryland High Technology Council. Prior to Telogy, Mr. Scholl was SVP of Engineering at Hughes Network Systems (now a subsidiary of EchoStar).
A graduate of Purdue University, Mr. Scholl serves as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the College of Liberal Arts, receiving Purdue's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009 and Doctor of Letters honoris causa in 2014. Mr. Scholl is a Trustee at Stevens Institute of Technology, a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Maryland Foundation, and Chairman of the Board of Visitors at the A. James Clark School of Engineering. A member of IEEE and ACM, Mr. Scholl holds six patents relating to software, the Internet, and digital telephone systems.