Dr. Winslow Sargeant was appointed by United States President Mr. Barrack Obama as the Chief Counsel for Advocacy for the Small Business Administration. As Chief Counsel for Advocacy, Dr. Sargeant directed Advocacy’s operations, which include conducting research on the U.S. small business sector, advocating for small businesses within the federal government’s agencies and rule-making processes, reaching out to regional and state small business advocates and policymakers, and fostering public awareness of small business contributions and concerns. Previously, Dr. Sargeant co-founded Aanetcom, a startup company with seed funding from Cisco systems, where he served as the Chief Analog Design Architect. In that role he developed developed a microchip that greatly enhanced the efficiency of computer networking equipment using novel/patented clock synthesis for the SErializer/DESerializer (SERDES) chipsets; the company was subsequently acquired by PMC-Sierra for $900M in 2000.
Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Ph.D., is a member of the Society of Kauffman Fellow, Class 11 and served as Managing Director and Member of Advisory Board at Venture Investors LLC, heading up their Venture Igniter program in the firm's Information Technology practice. Prior to Aanetcom, Dr. Sargeant held senior engineering positions at Lucent, AT&T Bell Labs, and IBM. He served as Staff Engineer at IBM's Research Facility and for AT&T Microelectronics/Lucent Technologies.
Dr. Sargeant serves as an Adjunct Professor in Electrical Engineering program at the University of Pennsylvania. He also managed the Small Business Innovations Research (SBIR) Electronics Program, which was a new office in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Engineering Directorate at the time. He currently serves as a Director of the University of Wisconsin Foundation and is the Vice Chairman of the UW-Madison Astronomy Board of Visitors. He is a Trustee for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and also serves on Purdue University Discovery Center’s Research Board of Visitors. Dr. Sargeant is a Member of the Advisory Board of NSF’s Industrial Innovation and Partnership Division. He has previously served on the Investment Advisory Committee for VIESF III and Technical Advisory Board Member for Intersymbol Communications, prior to its merger with Kodeos Communications Corporation.
Dr. Sargeant earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University; and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University. He has received Wisconsin’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award and was Outstanding Engineering Alumni Awardee from Northeastern University.