Mark Dankberg co-founded ViaSat Inc. in 1986 and has led the company's rapid growth. He has held the position of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since inception. Under his leadership, ViaSat has consistently been one of America’s fastest growing technology companies reaching $1.4 billion in revenue and 3100 employees. Dankberg is an acknowledged industry expert in aerospace, defense, and satellite communications, and is the leading visionary for a new generation of high-capacity satellite systems. He has co-authored several military standards on satellite networking, and holds a number of patents in communications and satellite networking technologies. He has participated on Department of Defense advisory panels and was invited to testify before a Congressional committee on high technology growth companies and IPOs. Dankberg began his career with the Collins Radio Division of Rockwell International, and at Linkabit Corp in San Diego, where he held positions in engineering, technical management and business segment management. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year in San Diego in 2000, Satellite Industry Executive of the Year in 2003, and received the American Institute of Aeronautics (AIAA) Aerospace International Communications Award in 2008. Dankberg earned B.S. EE and M.S. EE degrees from Rice University and is a member of the Rice University Electrical and Computer Engineering Hall of Fame.