Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen is a technical executive, inventing and leading groups in the fields of display, imaging and computer hardware.
Her most recent endeavor is OpenWater, a startup aiming to make fMRI-type imaging inside the body practical at the price level of consumer electronics and in wearable form factors.
She was previously an executive at Facebook / Oculus VR. Among her objectives at Facebook was leading a concerted effort to bring Virtual Reality to the next level. Prior to Facebook, Mary Lou was Head of the Display Division at Google X where she led more than one "Moon Shot" program, reported to Sergey Brin, and advised and directed display and consumer electronic programs throughout Google.
Mary Lou is also founder and former CEO of Pixel Qi in Taipei, Taiwan, focused on innovative opto-electronic architectures and the manufacturer thereof. Pixel Qi delivers high performance, low-power, sunlight-readable screens for mobile devices. She was the co-founder and the first chief technology officer of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) a non-profit that generated more than $1B in revenue and helped create $30B in revenue for its for-profit partners. There she architected the $100 laptop with new screen architectures, new very low power management architecture, new battery technology, new mesh networking protocol, and new user interface all in record time – and shipped millions of them in an effort to start to transform education opportunities for children in the developing world.
She holds a PhD in Optical Physics and an Sc.B in Electrical Engineering both from Brown University, as well as an Sc.M. in Computational Holography from the MIT Media Lab. She is an inventor on over 100 published or issued patents.
Mary Lou has been recognized with many awards including: TIME magazine’s “Time 100” as one of the 100 most influential people in the world; a CNN top 10 thinker; and by the leading global professional societies in optics, display and electronics.