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