Desh Deshpande is the Chairman of Sycamore Networks, Tejas Networks and A123 Systems. Prior to co-founding Sycamore Networks, Dr. Deshpande was the Founder and Chairman of Cascade Communications Corp. Deshpande serves as a member of the MIT Corporation, and his generous donations have made possible MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. Deshpande holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, an M.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and Ph.D. in Data Communications from Queens University in Canada. Deshpande also serves on the boards of Sandstone Capital, Airvana and HiveFire. He and his wife are involved in several non-profit initiatives that include support for MIT, IIT, TiE, Akshaya Patra Foundation, Public Health Foundation of India and the Social Entrepreneurship Sandbox in India.