Michelle Munson

Co-Founder and CEO
Michelle is co-inventor of the Aspera FASP™ transport technology and co-founded Aspera in 2004 along with engineering colleague Serban Simu. She led the company's direction as CEO from 2004 through acquisition by IBM in 2014 until May 2017.

Michelle holds several patents and is a frequent speaker in the areas of content transport innovation including high speed file delivery, streaming, and cloud infrastructure. She was the 2016 Charles Swartz awardee and is a SMPTE Fellow. Michelle has dual B.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Physics from Kansas State University and was a Goldwater Scholar for achievement in Science and Mathematics, and later a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University where she received a postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science.

In 2016 she was named the IABM Woman Entrepreneur of the Year and TV NewsCheck Woman of the Year, and she was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business by the SF Business Times in 2017. She was the 2006 KSU College of Engineering Alumni Fellow (the youngest recipient ever), and is an active trustee for the National 4-H Council and 2017 4-H Luminary for her leadership with youth.