As a child growing up in Iran, the importance of education was instilled in Maryam Rofougaran from an early age.
His parents had to give up higher education to support the family. So they encouraged their four children to attend college and pursue professional careers.
Rofougaran says she particularly enjoyed solving math and physics problems, and that she dreamed that one day she could work as a scientist.
After his brother, Reza, moved to the United States to attend college, Rofougaran asked his parents to allow him to continue his education at UCLA. They agreed. When she arrived on campus, her brother took her to the engineering lab, where she learned that engineering was the application of her two loves: math and physics. His professional career was born.
About two decades later, that path took Rofougaran to Irvine, where in 2016 she and Reza founded Movandi Corp., a communications technology company that’s best known for the breakthroughs that make 5G the fifth-generation mobile network. , fast and efficient for mobiles. users.
The company has raised over $90 million in funding and entered into partnerships with major mobile technology companies such as Qualcomm and Verizon. Its technology is used in home, mobile and automotive communication systems.
“We are pioneers in building this market,” says Rofougaran. “We’re trying to enable the next generation of wireless. What we do is go beyond what exists.
Movandi is also at the forefront of another important technology trend: its headquarters are in Irvine, which is increasingly becoming a hub for innovative and dynamic technology companies.
“Irvine is a great place.” Rofougaran says, “UC Irvine is here. Many technology companies are present here, so we are close to experienced engineers and university students.