Javad Mokhbery

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Javad Mokhbery

1952 (age 71–72)
Alma materLawrence Technological University
Known forFounding FUTEK
Spouse(s)Zohreh Mokhbery

Javad Mokhbery (born 1952) is an American businessman and philanthropist.[1][2][3] He is the founder and current chief executive officer (CEO) of FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology.[4][5]


Born in 1952 in Iran, Mokhbery moved to England at the age of 19 to receive his early education.[6][7] In January 1974, he came to Detroit and sold ice cream to pay his way through college and pursue higher education.[8] He attended Lawrence Technological University and graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering in 1979.[9][10] After graduation, he worked in Detroit and California for various sensor companies, including Rockwell International on the Discovery space shuttle.[7][6]

In 1985, Mokhbery founded FUTEK, initially focusing on cryogenic sensors for the space shuttle Discovery mission.[11][12][13] FUTEK built two sensors for NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity, capable of operating in the planet's low temperatures.[12] One sensor monitored the rover's drilling arm and robotic maneuvers, while the other oversaw the drilling force and precision on the Martian surface.[12][14] The rover landed in August 2012.[15] His company continues to collaborate with NASA on various projects, including the next-generation Mars rover's robotic arm, and the development of parachute sensors and docking station load cells for the International Space Station.[12]

In September 2022, Mokhbery was inducted into the LTU Scholl of Engineering Hall of Fame.[16][17]

In November 2022, Mokhbery ran as a candidate in the Laguna Niguel City Council election.[18][19]


As a philanthropist, Mokhbery has supported the Saddleback College Foundation, Irvine Public Scholl Foundation, and Families Forward.[20][21]

In 2020, Lawrence Technological University established the Advanced Cybersecurity Computer Lab, made possible by a gift from Mokhbery.[7]


  • How Sensors and Load Cells Make Machines Smarter (2007)[22]


  1. "California recall campaign: Biggest donors backing Newsom and his top rivals". San Francisco Chronicle.
  2. "Romney meets with local small-business executives". Orange County Register. July 23, 2012.
  3. "The top California donors in the Texas governor's race". Houston Chronicle.
  4. "Lawrence Tech Alumni Play Role In Mars Curiosity Rover". CBS News.
  5. "Mars rover Curiosity includes sensors developed by Lawrence Tech grads, brothers". New Haven Register. September 30, 2012.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "The art of hanging in there: An interview with FUTEK's CEO Javad Mokhbery".
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Keenan, Tim (December 7, 2020). "Lawrence Tech Opens Advanced Cybersecurity Computer Lab". DBusiness Magazine.
  8. "LTU adds to Business and IT Hall of Fame, dedicates computer lab, conference center".
  9. "FUTEK's alma mater celebrates Mohammad Mokhberi".
  10. "Rep. Brenda Lawrence To Deliver Commencement Address".
  11. "Load Cell Manufacturer | Force & Torque Sensors | About FUTEK".
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 "Mars rover Curiosity includes sensors developed by Lawrence Tech grads, brothers". New Haven Register.
  13. "Javad Mokhbery , FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology".
  14. Brennan, Pat (August 23, 2012). "Test drive for mars rover; O.C. parts onboard".
  15. "Sensors". Orange County Register.
  16. Bekemeyer, Jake (17 October 2022). "Lawrence Tech in Southfield Inducts 10 to Engineering Hall of Fame". DBusiness Magazine.
  17. "Engineering News List".
  18. "Javad Mokhbery, Laguna Niguel City Council candidate, Election 2022 questionnaire". OC Register. October 6, 2022.
  19. Vu, Lauren (November 6, 2022). "Laguna Niguel Voters Are Picking Their City Council. What Do The Candidates Say?". Voice of OC.
  20. "Meet Javad Mohkberry".
  21. Liszewska, Magda (July 30, 2023). "Bravo for these achieves in education, service to others and play bridge". The Orange County Register.

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