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Andreas Bechtolsheim, Arista Networks, Inc

Andreas Bechtolsheim Andreas Bechtolsheim is Chairman and Chief Development Officer of Arista Networks. Andy cofounded Arista Networks to deliver scalable and robust cloud networking solutions for very large-scale data centers and high-performance computing environments.

Previously, Andy was a Co-Founder and Chief System Architect at Sun Microsystems, responsible for next generation server, storage, and network architectures. From 1995 to 1996, Andy was the President and CEO of Granite Systems, a Gigabit Ethernet Switching startup company he founded in 1995 that Cisco acquired in September 1996. From 1996 to 2003 Andy was General Manager for the Cisco Gigabit Systems Business Unit that developed the Catalyst 4K switch family, which became the highest volume modular switching platform in the industry.

Throughout his career, Andy has been involved as a venture investor in the funding of numerous companies including Google, VMware, Mellanox, Brocade, and Magma Design. He has served on the Board of Directors of more than 30 companies, the majority of which went public or were acquired. Andy earned a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1976. He was a doctoral student in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University from 1977 to 1982. He has been honored with a Fulbright scholarship, a German Studienstiftung scholarship, the Stanford Entrepreneur Company of the year award, the Smithsonian Leadership Award for Innovation, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Gerhard Casper
President Emeritus of Stanford University
Professor of Law, Emeritus; Peter and Helen Bing Professor in Undergraduate Education, Emeritus; Director and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI Stanford)

Gerhard Casper A lifelong leader in academia and an esteemed scholar of constitutional law, Gerhard Casper served as Stanford University's president from 1992-2000. During that time, his commitment to excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education resulted in a number of major initiatives. A decorated academic, Professor Casper holds honorary doctorates from Yale and Uppsala Universities. He has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Academy of Comparative Law, the Order Pour le mérite for the Sciences and Arts (Orden Pour le mérite für Wissenschaften und Künste), and the American Philosophical Society. During the fall of 2006, he held the Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance at the Library of Congress. He has served as a successor trustee of Yale University (2000-2008) and on the boards of trustees of the American Academy in Berlin (2000-2009) and the Central European University in Budapest (2000-2012). He is a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development and a member of international advisory councils at the Israel Democracy Institute, the European University at St. Petersburg, and Koç University, Istanbul.

Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1992, Professor Casper was a longtime faculty member at the University of Chicago, where he served as the provost of the university, the dean of the law school, and a professor of law. He began his career as a professor of political science at the University of California at Berkeley.