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Innospark Ventures Technologist in Residence Program - Welcoming Kevin Dunnell

Innospark Ventures' Technologist in Residence Program brings exceptional PhD, postdoc, and graduate level talent from top universities directly to our team. These technologists provide insights into evaluating AI-driven solutions and their industry applications, technology support to our portfolio companies, and early access to cutting-edge research and potential investment opportunities.  

The Technologist in Residence Program at Innospark Ventures augments our team’s ability to stay at the forefront of AI innovation. These technologists are contributors, innovators, and valuable members of the Innospark team, enhancing our capabilities and supporting our research in the dynamic world of AI technology.  

Innospark Managing Partner Venkat Srinivasan noted, “The unique perspectives and knowledge our Technologists in Residence bring to the table are clearly valuable. They help keep us connected to the latest in academic research and support our strategies and investments.” 

We are thrilled to welcome Kevin Dunnell to the Innospark team as a Technologist in Residence. We are also pleased to acknowledge Yuri Ahuja, who has served as a fellow for almost two years now.  


Kevin Dunnell 

Kevin is a PhD student at MIT in the Media Lab. His research explores how generative AI can augment human capabilities with tools that help synthesize complex systems and ideas. 

His career started at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as an Aerothermal Systems Engineer and member of the company’s Innovation Team. He then transitioned to Infosys’ Corporate Design team, based in Palo Alto, CA, in the office of the CEO. As a Senior Experience Design Lead, he built and presented interactive demonstrations with emerging technology (AI, Blockchain, Digital Fabrication, and XR) that illustrated strategic technical opportunities for large enterprises. 

Following this experience, he started his own prototyping studio, where he supported founders and marketing teams in large companies while traveling the world as a digital nomad. Prior to joining the team at Innospark, Kevin was an early employee at Vianai, an enterprise AI startup, where he wore multiple hats, including head of the company’s AI platform team. 

Kevin holds 5 patents on AI optimization, systems for building machine learning models, and visualization tools for interpreting these systems. He received a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MS in Media Arts and Science from MIT. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, snowboarding, hiking, exploring new places and cultures, tinkering in his ever-growing maker space, and spending time with his family and friends. 


Yuri Ahuja, MD, PhD 

Yuri Ahuja has been a Technologist in Residence at Innospark since 2022. Yuri primarily focuses on diligence into the machine learning technologies of prospective portfolio companies. 

Yuri is a physician in Internal Medicine at NYU Langone Health and Chief Technology Officer at Oatmeal Health. He brings with him broad expertise in the application of machine learning to healthcare processes, particularly the use of Natural Language Processing to efficiently operationalize Electronic Health Record data. 

Yuri holds a BS in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry from Yale University, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and a PhD from Harvard University. Outside of work, you can find him exploring the local restaurant scene and traveling as much as he possibly can. 


Interested in becoming a Technologist in Residence?  

Reach out to with a brief paragraph on why you are interested in becoming an Innospark TIR Fellow and what might make you a great fit, and a resume.  

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