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Q&A: Turning Goals into Reality: FUTEK Sensors on Curiosity – the Mars Rover

Learn what it takes to create a dynamic organization – and out-of-this-world products. 

Join Javad for a moderated and open Question & Answer luncheon.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
12 – 1:15 p.m.
Buell Management Building, M218

Javad Mokhbery, BSME’79
President and CEO, FUTEK

When Curiosity, NASA’s Mars rover, takes core samples during its historic mission on Mars, its robotic arm relies on two sensors developed by Javad Mokhbery’s firm, FUTEK.

Twenty five years ago, FUTEK was just an idea. But behind this grand idea were two persistent, eager, innovative, and risk-taking men – Javad Mokhbery and his brother Mohammad – both LTU alumni. They wanted FUTEK to become a game-changer – and it is. They wanted to play in the big leagues with the big boys – and they do.

The company’s first few years were rough (the office was an apartment in Fullerton, California), but the brothers’ work ethic, loyalty, and perseverance paid off.  FUTEK now makes sensors for the aerospace, medical, robotic/automation, and automotive industries. The company develops load cells, torque sensors, pressure sensors, multi-axial sensors, and related software for low-temperature and vacuum environments. FUTEK partners include Raytheon, MIT, Lockheed Martin, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL).

Test your insights and decision-making skills with Mokhbery as he poses a few of the challenges he has faced as president and CEO – both in technology and organizational development.