Uma Jayaram, Managing Director and Principal Engineer, Intel Sports

Dr. Uma Jayaram, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Dr. Uma Jayaram, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Dr. Uma Jayaram is an experienced business leader and technology executive who has built and led significant transformations in technology, teams, and organizations. Recognized as a visionary and a builder, she has blazed a trail through corporations, startups, and academia. 

Currently, Uma is serving as Managing Director and Principal Engineer at Intel Sports.  Intel Sports is revolutionizing the field of sports with groundbreaking technologies that have been delivered to premier events and leagues including Winter Olympics 2018, NFL, NBA, NCAA, PGA, MLB, and LaLiga.  Some of the recent work being done by Uma’s teams include technologies that deliver live event virtual reality experiences to fans, integration of VR experiences with volumetric based capabilities, and the creation of a robust sports platform to enable media streaming and production using cloud and distributed solutions. Uma brings her deep experience in engineering design, VR, software fundamentals and agile organizations to the work she does as Managing Director and takes pride in the solution-centric and purpose-driven teams she has created and fostered.

Previously, Uma was the Co-Founder and COO of VOKE VR which was acquired by Intel in November 2016. A serial entrepreneur, she has been on the founding teams of two other technology companies. She started her career as a Professor at Washington State University and co-founded the VR lab that was well recognized for the seminal work done in virtual assembly, virtual prototyping, CAD, and AI-based Ontologies for design. She has published and lectured extensively in her areas of expertise. Uma considers each of her students as having shared part of her journey and over a dozen of them have been a part of the start-ups she co-founded. 

Uma is a big picture thinker who sets forth a vision and strategically empowers teams to bring it to life. She is known for her strong expertise in formulating strategic engineering initiatives in transformative domains, structuring winning teams with an innovation mindset, and delivering on high profile executions. Her teams combine intellectual rigor and disciplined execution and she fosters a strong employee-centric and humanistic culture where employees thrive. She is a passionate champion of women and has attracted many highly talented women engineers to her team. 

Uma was the first woman officially admitted to the Mechanical Engineering program at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. After earning her undergraduate degree, she went on to complete her Master’s degree at Virginia Tech working on hypersonic jet inlets, before going on to complete her Ph.D. in computer-aided design/interactive computer graphics and mathematical geometric surface modeling. 

Uma has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for her contributions to virtual reality and engineering and has also earned a “Lifetime Achievement” award by the International Society of Agile Manufacturing (ISAM).  She was recently honored as a distinguished alumna by Virginia Tech. 

Christina Lai, Vice President for Corporate Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary at Applied Materials

Christina Lai, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Christina Lai, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Christina Lai is a transformative executive with over 20 years of experience sharing her legal wisdom. Her commitment to connection and collaboration drives her approach to problem-solving and creates an environment in which business partners, cross-functional team members, and stakeholders feel comfortable and empowered to seek key legal advice. Christina is passionate about continuous learning, coaching and mentoring others, and building best-in-class teams.

Currently, she is Vice President for Corporate Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary at Applied Materials, which she joined in 2014. In her role, she’s a trusted advisor to the company’s Board of Directors and the executive leadership team with respect to securities, corporate governance, and executive compensation matters. She and her team also support the company’s corporate communications, investor relations, corporate finance transactions, executive compensation, and equity and benefit programs. In March of 2018, she was appointed Corporate Secretary.

Prior to joining Applied, Christina was at Yahoo, where she built the corporate and securities legal function as the company matured and scaled from 3,000 to over 14,000 employees. She held a variety of corporate governance and securities roles in her 11 years at the company, most recently serving as the Vice President, Deputy General Counsel of Corporate Governance and Assistant Secretary. Prior to starting her in-house legal career, she was a Senior Associate with Latham and Watkins in Menlo Park, where she handled securities, governance, M&A, capital markets, and emerging and public company matters.

Christina’s impact reaches beyond the walls of her office. She serves on the Governance Advisory Committee of the Board of Directors of El Camino Hospital, a nonprofit organization with hospital campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos. Additionally, she teaches classes about social media and cyber-bullying to junior high and high school students as part of a local pro bono program and is an active member of Advancing Women Executives -- an organization aimed at accelerating the careers of women in business to improve the global economy. Christina was recognized as one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology” by the California Diversity Council in 2017 and 2018.

Christina received her bachelor’s degree in international relations, with honors, from Stanford University and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where she was a Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif.

When she is not in the office, she can be found practicing tai chi, enjoying outdoor activities with her family, and training their Bernedoodle puppy. Christina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.