Mary Lou Jepsen

Mary Lou Jepsen

CEO, Pixel Qi

Inducted in 2008

Time Magazine recently named Mary Lou one of the 100 most influential people in the world for her work as co-founder and CTO of One Laptop per Child (OLPC). At OLPC, Mary Lou was the lead innovator and architect of the lowest-cost, lowest-power, and greenest laptop ever made, making possible the distribution of millions of computers to children in developing countries world-wide. Notably she convinced Asian manufacturers to join the effort despite widespread disparagement about its viability, led the development of the laptop and saw it into high volume mass production. She is also responsible for the most significant innovations in the laptop - she invented the innovative sunlight-readable screen, and co-invented the laptop's power management system. Through her new company, Pixel Qi, she contends that - at the end of the day - the computer is the display. Her company is focused on creating innovative displays with a fab-less ASIC approach using standard LCD manufacturing processes and materials (now and as they evolve) that allow rapid ramp into high volume mass production. Previously Mary Lou was the CTO of Intel's Display Division, and the co-founder and CTO of the MicroDisplay Corporation. She holds a PhD in Optics and BS in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, and an MS from the MIT Media Lab in Holography.