Elena is an innovator and marketer for leading-edge technologies at Itron Idea Labs, a lean start up style group. She began her career in San Diego at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Science as a research assistant tasked with developing software to simulate the performance of a novel telescope for extra solar planetary search. Recruited to General Instrument, she joined the leadership team responsible for evaluating the convergence of distinct video compression techniques promoted by telecommunications and computer industry professionals. Elena went Silicon Valley where she joined the ranks of companies like Apple Computer, Adobe, Palm and Paul Allen’s Interval Research. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla.