Robert Nakata Ph.D.

College of Professional Studies - Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Assistant Professor of Engineering Innovation



  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • MBA, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.S.E.E/C.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S.E.E., Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Courses Taught:

Hawaii Pacific University

  • ENGE 1000 Introduction to Engineering Systems and Professional Practice
  • ENGE 2001 Linear Circuits Lab
  • MGMT 7001 Management Strategy I
  • MGMT 7002 Management Strategy II

University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler Business College and College of Engineering

  • Startup 101 Introduction to Startups
  • BUS 102 and ME 492 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • HON 499 Design Thinking
  • BUS 345 Strategic Management
  • BUS 315 Global Management and Organizational Behavior
  • ME 375 Dynamic Machine Systems

Ritsumeikan University, Japan

  • Introduction to IOT Innovation
  • Smart Transportation Innovation

Kettering University Online

  • Marketing Management MRKT 679
  • Ethics and Practice of Engineering IME 564
  • Ethics and Leadership MGMT 649
  • Digital Signal Processing for Automotive Engineering ECE 630
  • Modeling of Dynamic Systems ECE 610



  • CEO Oahu Group LLC
  • Co-Founder Nuveia LLC
  • CEO/CTO Kai Sensors/Kai Medical
  • Vice President of Engineering at VeriFone
  • Vice President of Worldwide Engineering at InterWave Communications
  • Vice President of Operations/Vice President of Engineering at GWCom
  • US Air Force Officer


Research and Professional Interests :

Dr. Robert Nakata is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur with 35+ years of experience at startups and public companies in the technology industry. He is a subject matter expert on radar sensors, IoT sensors, autonomous navigation sensing and business strategy for startups. Dr. Nakata developed a patented wearable sensor using a hybrid RF and Inertial Measurement Unit IMU positioning system that uses sensor fusion for mobile body motion capture for VR gaming, virtual collaboration, physical therapy, fitness tracking and sports performance training. He also developed a drone radar platform for military and search and rescue operations to detect victims that are buried alive in collapsed buildings after a natural disaster.

Dr. Nakata is passionate about spreading the entrepreneurial mindset by teaching innovation and entrepreneurship classes based on Design Thinking, Lean Startups (certified to teach the Lean Launchpad) and the Business Model Canvas. His case-based project classes also give students the opportunity to examine startup management strategies.


Personal Interests/Biography :

Mountain biking; adventure travel and photography – safaris in Kenya and Tanzania, “Gorillas in the Mist” hike in Rwanda, remote island hopping in the Philippines; traveled to China 26 times.


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