Kenan E. Sahin, Ph.D.
Dr. Sahin is the founder and President of TIAX LLC, a leading collaborative product
and technology development firm that accelerates innovation to help clients achieve
growth and create an impact in the market–and in people’s lives. TIAX is a
laboratory-based company with more than 50 laboratories and 200 engineers and
scientists operating in Cambridge, Mass., and Cupertino, Calif. focusing on clean
energy, power, chemicals, and materials.
Dr. Sahin’s role as President of TIAX caps an already prolific career as academic,
technologist and entrepreneur. He received his B.S. (1963) and Ph.D. (1968) both
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and then served on the
faculties of MIT, Harvard, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst until 1985.
During his distinguished academic career, he received several teaching awards and
obtained U.S. and international patents.
In 1982, Dr. Sahin founded Kenan Systems with a $1,000 personal investment and
no outside funding. The company went on to become a world leader in
telecommunications software, employing nearly 1,000 people and with offices in a
dozen countries. Both Kenan Systems and Dr. Sahin received numerous awards,
including the Ernst & Young New England Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998.
In early 1999, Kenan Systems was acquired by Lucent Technologies and Dr. Sahin
became Vice President of Software Technology at Bell Labs and President of
Lucent’s Software Products Group, serving in those positions through 2000.
Dr. Sahin was chosen by the World Economic Forum as one of its 40 Technology
Pioneers for 2003 and received the New England Business and Technology's first
“Circle of Excellence” award in 2004. In 2006, he was given the Golden Door Award
by the International Institute of Boston.
He has published numerous articles. Most recently he addressed the innovation
backlog in articles for R&D Magazine and Technology Review. He is also a frequent
speaker on the topic of successful implementation of innovations in technology.
Dr. Sahin serves, or has served on, numerous non-profit boards, including those of
the Council on Competitiveness (COC), MIT (for whom he is a life member), the
Boston Museum of Science, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Symphony,
and the American Field Service. He is also on the Steering Committee of the COC’s
Energy Security, Innovation & Sustainability Initiative; and on the External
Advisory Board of MIT’s Energy Initiative.
He is married and lives in Boston.
15 Acorn Park, Cambridge, MA, 02140
TIAX is a technology processingSM company.
We transform emerging innovations into
robust technology platforms ready for handoff.
Leveraging our technologies, laboratories,
and links to external innovation sources, we
collaborate with our customers in industry and
government to create new business
opportunities and achieve mission objectives.
TIAX is ISO 9001 certified, with offices in
Massachusetts and California.