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Michelle Munson, co-founder and CEO of IBM company Aspera, will receive the Hollywood Professional Association’s Charles S. Swartz Award for impact in the industry. She will be honored at the HPA Awards, Nov. 17 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Munson is the co-inventor of Aspera’s Emmy award-winning FASP video transport technology and is responsible for overseeing the company’s direction in collaboration with co-founder Serban Simu.
Prior to Aspera, Munson was a software engineer in research and start-up companies including the IBM Research-Almaden center. She has dual B.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering and in physics from Kansas State University, was a Goldwater Scholar for achievement in science and mathematics and later was a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University, where she received a postgraduate diploma in computer science. She’s also believed to be the youngest recipient ever of the 2006 KSU College of Engineering Alumni Fellow.
“I am tremendously honored to have received this award, and will continue to support and promote the technology innovation and entrepreneurial business spirit embodied by this award,” Munson said.
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