Yael Maguire is VP of Engineering for Facebook’s Connectivity efforts, overseeing the development of long-term technology solutions designed to accelerate the expansion and improvement of telecom infrastructure around the world. He is co-founder of Plum Labs, an early stage mobile innovation lab and co-founder and former CTO of ThingMagic, Inc., a market leader in bringing long-range RFID readers to the global market. In his work at ThingMagic, acquired by Trimble Navigation, he co-developed this new technology to let computers and machines “see” the world in a completely new way, and which now find uses in Ford Trucks and Lexmark printers.

Maguire completed his PhD at the MIT Media Laboratory in the area of near-field electromagnetic measurement, and since then his contributions have been featured in publications including the New York Times, Wired, Science and Nature Magazine. He has won numerous awards, was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum from 2009 to 2013, a MassHighTech All-Star in 2007, and one of Technology Review’s “Top 35 innovators in the world under 35” in 2005. He is the author of more than 50 patents and patent applications.

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