Sarada Akkineni was Technical Director at Blaze Automation, a technology company focused on Internet of Things (IoT), where she was responsible for managing the software design and development of home automation products. Her management experience of over 10 years in flagship telecom companies spans a range of technologies, including Broadband Networking, Asynchronous Transfer Mode Switches, High speed Routers and VoIP Systems. During her career, she held management positions at Lucent Technologies and Net2Phone. She started her career as a software engineer at Cisco Systems. She interned as a network engineer at Bell Labs. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.