2013 Alumni Celebration Featured Speaker
Mario Cardullo, PhD in Information Technology '13
Chairman and CEO of CIG, Ltd.
Mario Cardullo is an experienced engineering and management professional, a prolific inventor and entrepreneur, a teacher, an author, a student, a restaurateur and cook, a rocket scientist, a savior. He launched a $10 billion a year industry, started a restaurant based on the invention of a machine for cooking pasta in under a minute, became a rocket scientist in the 1950s and helped develop the lunar lander, and had his own television cooking show and school.
Cardullo's best-known invention is the RFID-TAG, the radio-frequency identification transponder developed in 1969 as an electronic license plate and today is ubiquitous, used to track everything from electronics and books to baggage and live ants; it's a $10 billion a year business. He has founded nine companies and currently serves as Chairman and CEO of CIG, Ltd., a company building prototypes and promoting his 12 new patents; in April he was awarded a patent for a plastic light bulb that uses less energy than an LED.
Also a renowned technology author, Cardullo has published 180 papers, books and articles in the fields of management of technology (MOT), technology entrepreneurism, energy, and systems engineering. One of the papers he's written or co-written detailed the use of mobile communications with satellites for saving people at sea; to date, it's saved some 80,000 people.
Cardullo has been a college professor, with 30 years of experience teaching at Virginia Tech, George Washington University, University of Maryland, University of Texas, and the Economic Strategy Institute in Washington, D.C.; Polytechnic Institute of Dubai, UAE; Oxford, Hull, and Bath Universities in the UK; and Renmin University in Beijing and Peking University in China.
Cardullo's curiosity has also propelled him in the pursuit of education. He holds BME, MME, MEA and PhD degrees in engineering and has done considerable advanced studies at Polytechnic University (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Steven's Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ), and MIT. He earned his PhD in information technology from George Mason University in May 2013 and his dissertation has been called groundbreaking.
2013 Alumni Celebration Master of Ceremonies
Polina Zhuravlev, MS in Technology Management '05
President, George Mason University | School of Management Alumni Chapter
Polina Zhuravlev has been a member of the School of Management Alumni Chapter Board since 2009. Serving in her first year as alumni chapter president, Polina is a proud graduate of the MS in Technology Management program.
Polina was born in Kursk, Russia and came to the United States in 1995 to earn her undergraduate degree at Ohio State University. She decided to enroll at Mason for graduate school because of the stellar reputation of the Technology Management program and the opportunities it could offer her in the future.
Zhuravlev began her professional career at IBM, where she worked for nearly 9 years as a technical advisor to the federal government, specializing in the development of large and complex information technology systems. In this capacity, Zhuravlev analyzed the labyrinthine corporate tax code and developed the IT rules supporting the IRS's corporate e-File system. She joined QinetiQ North America in 2008, where she currently works as a business analyst on IT projects for the federal government.