Mary Lou Jepsen

Founder & CEO, Pixel Qi

Mary Lou Jepsen was recently named one of the hundred most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in May 2008 for her work in creating Pixel Qi, and her previous work in creating One Laptop per Child where she was the founding chief technology officer and its first employee.  Notably Mary Lou invented the laptop's sunlight-readable display technology and co-invented its ultra-low-power management system.  Critically, she architected the XO laptop and transformed it into mass production.  Mary Lou's earlier contributions have had world-wide adoptioin in successful HDTV, projector and head-mounted display products.  In 1995 she co-founded the Microdisplay Corporation and served as its chief technology officer through 2003.  Until the end of 2004, she was a group executive and the chief technology officer of the display division at Intel Corporation. Mary Lou holds a Ph.D. in Optical Sciences, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (with honors) and a B.A. (req.) in Studio Art all from Brown University as well as a Master of Science in Holography from the MIT Media Lab. 

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