The Starship Enterprise used to go on 5 year missions to where no “man” has gone before. However, they had to change it to where no “one” has gone before, and Anousheh Ansari is the perfect example why. As a female “star-trekker,” Anousheh Ansari captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer, and earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space and as the first astronaut of Iranian descent. Ansari is now CEO, chair, and co-founder of Prodea Systems which explores and implements a new, seamless world, in the home or office, where all personal technology is unified on a single, intuitive platform for unprecedented connectivity between people, data and devices. Welcome to the Internet of “Thing.”
A living example of the American dream, Ansari immigrated to the United States as a teenager who did not speak English. She immersed herself in education, earning a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering, followed by a master’s degree in electrical engineering, which will soon be followed by a master’s degree in astronomy. Anousheh Ansari is a major pioneer in the connectivity of the home, the networking of businesses, the potential of women in entrepreneurship, and innovation in general.