JACK ALPERT

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Jack Alpert is Director of Stanford Knowledge Integration Laboratory. Originally created at Stanford University 1978 but now a not for profit research foundation. The lab focuses on how people learn to gather, process, and value information in dynamic environments to make predictions and to let that information influence their behavior.   See www.skil.org

In the late 80's and early 90's Jack was involved in three start ups. Bananafish software; we made many of the elements now part of the Apple OS. It was an example of the right ideas implemented on Hardware that could not  carry them. Conductus, high temperature thin film super conductors. Our objective  was to build a production technology, on new theory, to take advantage of lower cost super conducting (low power very fast) integrated circuits . Cisco systems - Jack was one of the first members of the team to build an internetwork router. Employed as one of the company's first 9 managers. Jack helped take the company public and increased it value from 0 to billion dollars.

In the 1960's Jack worked at the GM safety Research and development lab and designed and tested seat belts and airbags. In the 70's  after Jack worked for a small engineering house in L.A. Jack worked on the Experimental Vehicle Program, a car that could crash at 50 MPH and be driven home. Also in the 70's Jack worked as an expert witness on topics of  product liability and accident reconstruction for litigators.

Jack holds a BS Mechanical Engineering 1968 from the University of Wisconsin Madison, a Masters of Engineering 1975 University of Wisconsin, and a PHd. from Stanford 1982 in Learning theory (Cognitive Science).