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Mark F. DeSantis


Adjunct Faculty

Mark is a serial tech entrepreneur and is currently Managing Partner at MIR Ventures in Palo Alto. Most recently, he was cofounder and CEO RoadBotics and continues as a Senior Adviser, an AI platform for assessing roads and roadways infrastructure.

Prior to that, he was cofounder and Executive Chairman of kWantix, a quant hedge fund, cofounder and CEO of kWantera, a GE Ventures-backed energy trading company and CEO of Think Through Learning, a venture-backed online tutoring company and US Managing Director of ANGLE Technology, PLC, a UK-based venture capital firm and consultancy.

Earlier in his career, Mark was the Director of Government Relations for Texas Instruments and held policy positions as a Senior Policy Analyst in The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Administration of George H. W. Bush. He was also staff assistant to late U.S. Senator John Heinz was a management consultant with Booz Allen.

Mark has a dual appointment as an Adjunct Professor in both Heinz College and the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He has lectured at Princeton University and Dartmouth College and was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland. Mark holds a PhD in Public Policy the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

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