Dr. Paulraj Arogyaswami

Venture Partner

Dr. Paulraj Arogyaswami is a Venture Partner with WRVI Capital — a technology venture fund established in 2019 focussed on accelerating the monetization and scaling of disruptive companies globally.

Paulraj is a Professor Emeritus at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University since 1993. He is a pioneer of MIMO wireless communications, a technology break through that enables improved wireless performance. MIMO is now incorporated into all new wireless systems. His group has developed many key fundamentals of a new field called space-time communications theory and has helped shape a worldwide research and development focus on this technology.

He is the author of over 400 research papers, two text books and a co-inventor in 66 US patents. He has won over a dozen awards, notably the Marconi Prize and Fellowship, 2014 and the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, 2011.

In 1999, he founded Iospan Wireless Inc., which pioneered MIMO-OFDMA fixed wireless technology and developed chip sets for fixed wireless systems. Iospan was acquired by Intel Corporation in 2002. In 2004, he co-founded Beceem Communications, Inc. to develop base band and RF chips sets for WIMAX 802.16e standard. The company has emerged as the leading supplier of Mobile WIMAX chip sets worldwide. In 2014 he founded Rasa Networks to develop Machine Learning tools for WiFi Networks. The company was acquired HPE in 2016.

Prior to moving to Stanford in 1992, Paulraj was with the Indian Navy (1961- 1991). His career in India included development of military sonar systems (1971-82), massively parallel computers (1987-91), and the founding of three national level laboratories — Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Centre for Advanced Computing, and Central Research Laboratories (1986-91). He has received over a dozen national awards in India, including the Padma Bhushan, Ati Vishist Seva Medal and the VASVIK Medal, for his contributions.

Paulraj is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, where he was elected for his pioneering leadership in MIMO wireless. He received the IEEE Technical Achievement Award in 2003 and several best paper awards from the IEEE and is a Fellow of the IEEE. He was acclaimed as the “father of WIMAX” by Business Week.

Paulraj currently serves on board of directors for 3 wireless companies and on several advisory boards of companies, universities and foundations.