Ian Campbell

CEO, OnScale (an Ansys Company)

Role: Associate

Sites: CDL-Atlanta, CDL-Oxford, CDL-Paris, CDL-Toronto

Stream: Space

Ian Campbell is a Georgia Tech trained engineer, serial entrepreneur, and founder of two successful, Silicon Valley, high-tech companies.

The first, NextInput, broke records in getting a new MEMS technology to market in high volume applications like smartphones and wearables and was acquired by Qorvo (NASDAQ: QRVO) in 2021.

The second, OnScale, is a cloud engineering simulation platform backed by Intel Capital and Google’s Gradient Ventures. OnScale Cloud combines advanced proprietary multiphysics solvers with cloud supercomputers and AI/ML and breaks performance and cost constraints for engineers optimizing digital prototypes of devices like next-gen MEMS, 5G RF devices, IoT devices, medical devices, and much more. OnScale massively reduces cost, risk, and time-to-market for R&D firms pushing the boundaries of new technology. OnScale was acquired by Ansys (NASDAQ: ANSS) in 2022.

Over his entrepreneurial career, Ian has raised over $60M in venture funding, created hundreds of millions of enterprise value, and created hundreds of high-tech jobs in multiple countries.

Before becoming a tech entrepreneur, Ian graduated with honours from Georgia Tech in 2008 with dual master’s degrees in aerospace engineering and business (MBA). At Georgia Tech, he worked in the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory, where he designed and built unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for civilian and military applications.

Prior to Georgia Tech, Ian earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), where he formed the Experimental Vehicles Program and oversaw numerous student projects – solar vehicles, formula race cars, and even a “moon buggy” (a four-wheel drive, human-powered vehicle). After graduating from MTSU, Ian worked as a mechanical engineer at Wright Industries in Nashville, TN (now a Doerfer company), where he designed robotic assembly lines for consumer and medical devices.

Ian grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and attended highschool at Christ Presbyterian Academy, where he was captain of the state champion soccer team (‘99). Ian earned his Eagle Scout award from Troop 55.