MIT Ray and Maria Stata Center
Lotus Interworks, Inc. was founded by Dr. B. Gopinath in 1999 with a mission of developing new technology that forms the basis of scalable and sustainable businesses. Lotus has received several fundamental patents, with several more pending.
Prior to founding Lotus Interworks, Inc., Dr. Gopinath was the State of New Jersey Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Prior to that, he was the Division Manager of Systems Principles Research at Bellcore and spent the previous 20 years as a member of the staff of the Mathematics Research Center of AT&T Bell Laboratories, where his research included applications of mathematics to communication, control and computer science.
Dr. Gopinath holds several fundamental patents in communication and computer technologies, including early patents on digital receivers for touch tone detection in phone networks, switching systems, composition of software objects, self-timed electrical interfaces, and wireless roaming.
Additionally, Dr. Gopinath’s work in applied sciences has been used in such varied applications as flight controls for helicopters, fighter jets and satellites, automation of processes in large steel plants, control of electric motors, speech compression, detecting structural weaknesses in physical structures, exploration of media through acoustic measurements, oil and gas exploration, text-to-speech applications, systems verification's tools, optical network management, and roaming in mobile networks.
Dr. Gopinath was elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for his contributions to modeling and analysis of communication systems. He was also the Alexander Humboldt Fellow at University of Gottingen, Germany and the Gordon McKay Professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
As a leading investor in Lotus Interworks and its companies, Ray Stata helps shape vision and direction. In 1966, Mr. Stata founded Analog Devices, Inc. and served as its CEO and Chairman of the Board. Since retiring as CEO of Analog Devices in 1996, his track record of successful collaboration in the industry includes director and investor roles in several successful start-up communications companies apart from the Lotus Interworks family of companies, such as: Omniguide, Nexabit, Libit, Axsun, and Telegea.
Mr. Stata is active in the high-technology industry as well as in public service. He was a founder and the first president of the Massachusetts High Technology Council and founded the Center for Quality of Management in 1989, where he currently serves as chairman.
In addition, he has served on the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award board of overseers, presently serves on the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness, and is a member of the Executive Committee of MIT's Board of Trustees. The Ray and Maria Stata Center at MIT, shown in adjacent photos and designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning-architect Frank Gehry, houses the Computer Sciences and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, among other departments of MIT.