Jon Adams has more than 28 years of demonstrated leadership in cost-effective, high-reliability wireless systems engineering, product development and team management. He was a member of the business development team at Freescale Semiconductor, a leader in automotive, networking, and industrial markets. Additionally, Adams was director of systems engineering for Motorola's Radio Products Division. Adams is an expert in Land Mobile Radio (LMR), cellular 3G/4G, wireless broadband, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and RFID. With this knowledge and experience, he has deployed mission-critical, extremely reliable communications systems, directed distributed technical teams of diverse talent, and orchestrated technical due diligence for mergers and acquisitions. Adams has several US patents pending and has received many honors including the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Motorola Standards Impact Award, and the Freescale Diamond Chip Award. Adams holds BSE and MSEE degrees from UCLA and is a senior member of the IEEE.
José Roberto Alvarez started his career at Philips Laboratories and has been involved in architecting, designing and implementing image processing and video products for a variety of industries including broadcast, consumer, post-production and computer graphics for companies including Philips, Broadcom, S3 Graphics, and Mobilygen.
He has actively participated in major industry inflection points in the last 20 years, most notably in the development of MPEG-2 HDTV, desktop computer graphics, time-shifting DVR technology, MPEG-4 AVC, and Extensible Processing FPGA platforms.
Mr. Alvarez earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from The City University of New York. His work has been granted 28 US and EU patents, with several more patents pending. Currently, he is Engineering Director for Video Technology at Xilinx, where he is responsible for R&D of video and image processing IP cores.
Mike Anderson is currently CTO and Chief Scientist for The PTR Group Inc. With over 35 years in the embedded and real-time computing industry, he works with a number of RTOS offerings. However, his focus over the past decade is primarily embedded Linux on various CPU architectures. As an instructor and consultant, Mike is a regular speaker at the Embedded Systems Conference, the Embedded Linux Conference, Android Builder's Summit, and other real-time and Linux-oriented conferences. Ongoing projects include several efforts focused on porting applications from legacy RTOS offerings to real-time enhanced Linux platforms. Additional projects include Android and its use in non-phone applications and Linux in high-performance computing platforms.
Glenn Antonelli is the vice-president of marketing at Icron Technologies and has more than 20 years of experience in strategic marketing, product marketing, and product development. Antonelli holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Communication from Simon Fraser University.
Jane N. Awittor is a product engineer for Panasonic Electric Works Corporation of America. She's an electrical engineer with five years of experience specializing in passive IR (PIR), IR arrays, and pressure sensors.
Brian Bailey is an independent consultant working in the fields of Electronic System Level (ESL) methodologies and functional verification. Prior to this he was the chief technologist for verification at Mentor Graphics. He is the editor for the EETimes EDA Designline and a contributing editor to EDN. He has published six books (working on book number seven – some people never learn), given talks around the world, chairs international standards committees (is he crazy?), and sits on the technical advisory board for several EDA companies. Brian graduated from Brunel University in England with a first class honours [sic] degree in electrical and electronic engineering (yes – he is a Brit, so of course he is crazy). He may also be found at Brian Bailey Consulting.
Sylvie Barak has extensive broadcasting skills and experience in developing weekly video segments, most recently as Editorial Director for RCR Wireless. In addition to spearheading a weekly video news roundup, she also created and launched RCR Unplugged, an innovative online platform for news, trend and opinion articles, and social media engagement. An early pioneer in social media and a popular personality on Twitter and Facebook, she developed a social media strategy for the Inquirer in 2008. Barak's reporting has taken her around the world, from her first job in journalism as an Army Reporter in Tel Aviv to the recent creation of a global documentary series focusing on the regional and socio-economic impact of leading-edge wireless technologies.
Jacob Beningo Jacob Beningo is a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) and lecturer who specializes in the design of reusable and configurable embedded software. He has successfully completed projects across a number of industries including automotive, defense, medical, and space. He enjoys developing and teaching real-time and event-driven software using the latest techniques and tools. He is an avid tweeter, a tip and trick guru, a homebrew connoisseur, and a fan of pineapple! Jacob holds Bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering, physics, and mathematics from Central Michigan University and a Master’s degree in space systems engineering from the University of Michigan.
Joe Berk, Principal Eogogics Faculty, teaches Process FMEA, Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA), engineering statistics, design of experiments, statisticalprocess control, quality management, cost reduction, engineering creativity, technical management/leadership, and technical communications. Before starting his training/consulting practice, he held senior management positions in engineering, quality assurance, and manufacturing. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Jeff Bier, an expert on embedded processors, is founder of the Embedded Vision Alliance, an industry partnership that works to inspire and empower designers to create more capable and responsive products through integration of vision capabilities. The Alliance provides training videos, tutorial articles, code examples, and an array of other resources (all free of charge) on its web site, www.Embedded-Vision.com. Jeff is also co-founder and president of Berkeley Design Technology, Inc. (www.BDTI.com), offering independent analysis and specialized engineering services in the realm of embedded digital signal processing technology.
Kirsten Billhardt serves as Dell's Global Marketing Strategist for the manufacturing industry. In this role, she leads a virtual team to deliver differentiated messaging, public relations/analyst relations, media, events, and sales support. Kirsten holds a BSIE from Kettering University, an MSE from Purdue University, and an MBA from Harvard University.
Clint is a Senior ICS/SCADA Security Researcher at Cimation, specializing in vulnerability research, training, and penetration testing within the energy sectors. Although he has been writing computer programs since the age of 11, he began his professional career in 1995 as a Computer Systems Security Officer and Operations Security Manager in the United States Air Force. Following the Air Force, he was contracted by Symantec to test and analyze its Network Intrusion Detection System (IDS) products. Since then, Clint has led numerous security assessment and penetration testing projects for some of the world's top energy companies. Now, with nearly two decades of experience, over half of which has been specialized in ICS/SCADA systems, he continues his efforts to help secure industrial environments through ICS/SCADA vulnerability research and industry education at Cimation as well as several industry conferences.
Lavinia Brancaccio lives in Germany but traveled extensively and lived abroad. She holds a PhD in foreign languages and literatures and has been writing for German and Italian magazines. She now works for a young German engineering start-up which introduced her to the world of innovative technologies.
Rick Chin has been with SolidWorks since 1995, when its first product, SolidWorks 95, was released. In his current role as Director of Product Innovation, he is involved in customer research to uncover new product opportunities, software prototyping, and the releasing new SolidWorks products.
Kevin Craig graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point with a BS and a commission in the US Army. He received MS, M.Phil., and PhD degrees from Columbia University. From 1989 to 2008, as professor of mechanical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he developed the mechatronics program, focusing on a balance between theory and industry best-practices. It included an extensive teaching and research laboratory and several undergraduate and graduate courses in mechatronics. At Rensselaer, he graduated 37 MS students and 20 PhD students, and authored more than 30 refereed journal articles and over 50 refereed conference papers. In 2006, he received the RPI School of Engineering Education Excellence Award and the RPI Trustees’ Outstanding Teacher Award.
Over the past 15 years, he has conducted hands-on, integrated, customized mechatronics workshops for practicing engineers at Xerox, Procter & Gamble, Rockwell Automation, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Fiat, Tetra Pak, Johnson Controls, and others. He currently writes a monthly column on mechatronics for Design News magazine. He is a Fellow of the ASME and a member of the IEEE and ASEE. In January 2008, he joined the faculty of the Marquette University College of Engineering as Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Robert C. Greenheck Chair in Engineering Design, an endowed chair.
Bill Devenish is a long-time design for manufacture and assembly (DFMA) advocate with 23 years experience in technology product development. He has been director of engineering for QSI Corp., manager of the mechanical advanced development group at Harris RF Communications, and an R&D manager at Nokia. Bill holds a BS in design engineering from Brigham Young University, an MS in management of science and technology from Oregon Graduate Institute, and a graduate certificate in systems engineering from Florida Institute of Technology. He has been awarded 10 patents and has authored several papers on DFMA, embedded passives, implementing SolidWorks, and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS).
Over the years, Karen Dieringer has held positions throughout the company in Manufacturing, Customer Service, and Sales. She currently manages Mcloone's estimating and production administration departments where she utilizes her vast knowledge of the industrial screen printing industry, substrates, and processes.
Fred Eady is the owner of EDTP Electronics, which was established in 1988 following the publication of his first magazine article. Since the formation of EDTP Electronics, Fred has written thousands of magazine articles. He has written for all of the major electronic magazines, including Radio Electronics, Electronics Now, Nuts and Volts, Servo, MicroComputer Journal, and Circuit Cellar. To date, he has authored four books and contributed to a fifth. He currently works as a PIC microcontroller consultant and is a Microchip Authorized Design Partner. Fred also authors monthly columns in Nuts and Volts and Servo magazines. His customers include machine shops, specialty startup companies, medical machine manufacturers, coin-operated device businesses, and various other research and development companies. He has a very close working relationship with Microchip Technology, the manufacturer of PIC microcontrollers, and has taught Ethernet and WiFi classes at Microchip's annual Masters Conference.
Brent Edmonds is the senior director of Mathcad at PTC. In this position, Edmonds is responsible for corporate-wide, global leadership of the Mathcad business across all PTC departments. He holds a Bachelor of Arts inPhysics and Economics from Bucknell University and has published articles in the Journal of Chemical Physics.
Rod Emery is a vice-president at Superior Controls Inc. and manages the Integrated Assembly Systems Team. Rod is a graduate of the University of Michigan, a recipient of the William J. Branstrom Award and a licensed Professional Engineer.
Mike Evans is the research director for Cambashi. He's one of Europe's foremost experts on IT for industry, specializing in the economic impact ofsoftware applications in engineering, manufacturing, and automation. Mike works as an independent advisor to leading IT companies and government agencies worldwide, helping IT vendors to set business expectations and develop sales and marketing plans to achieve them. He formed Cambashi in 1984 after over 20 years working in scientific and engineering computer application roles, including CAP, the London Stock Exchange, and the Cadcentre. He studied engineering at Cambridge University.
Randy Ferentchak has had 15 years of experience as an engineer, half of which has been spent as a mechanical design and applications engineer, followed by many years as a sales engineer and manufacturer's representative. As Key Account Manager for DIRAK, Randy's primary responsibility is to ensure companies demonstrate proper protection and duediligence in protecting sensitive information stored inside datacenter enclosures.
Dr. Fitzgerald is founder of A. M. Fitzgerald & Associates, providers of MEMS product development and engineering services. She has over 15 years of hands-on engineering experience in MEMS design, fabrication, and product development and has developed more than a dozen distinct MEMS devices, such as piezoresistive cantilevers, ultrasound transducers, and infrared imagers. She has previously been employed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Orbital Sciences Corp., Sigpro, and Sensant Corp. (acquired by Siemens). She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her doctorate from Stanford University, in Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. Fitzgerald holds four patents and serves on the Governing Council of the MEMS Industry Group.
Randy Frank is president of Randy Frank & Associates, Ltd., a consultancy that focuses on sensors, power, and automotive electronics. At Motorola, he was actively involved in the introduction of highly integrated pressure sensors and accelerometers that used microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology. Previously, he was responsible for the development of the first engine control systems, including all of the sensing aspects, for American Motors and Jeep vehicles, now part of the Chrysler Group. During that time, he taught advanced instrumentation and control at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Randy is a fellow in both the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the author of the book Understanding Smart Sensors, which is in its second edition. The third edition is scheduled for release in 2012.
Brian Fuller, a journalist for 30 years, is editor-in-chief of Cadence, responsible for content creation and content marketing. He spent nearly 20 years at EE Times, where he held various positions including editor-in-chief and publisher. From 2011-13 he was involved in a groundbreaking industry project driving around North America in Chevy Volt, interviewing engineers and entrepreneurs as part of the Drive for Innovation program. He also served as editor-in-chief of EBN in early 2013.
Brian brings more than 27 years worth of journalism and new-media experience to his job as Editorial Director of EE Times'sEE Life community. This is his second tour of duty with EE Times. The first spanned 15 years, from 1992 to 2007, and included six years as editor-in-chief. During the past two decades, he has helped guide EE Times to become the news and information source for the electronics industry and transformed the property from a strictly print edition into an industry multimedia leader in the online world. He was responsible for a number of industry firsts within the electronics sector, including one of the first blogs and the first podcasts, as well as video coverage. A frequent speaker and panel moderator, Brian also writes about industry issues and evolving communications strategies and tools on his blog, Greeley's Ghost. He was born and raised in San Francisco and received his Bachelor's degree in English from UCLA.
Jon Gabay is a mad scientist with no hostility. He doesn't want to rule or blow up the world. He wants to make it a better place. Studying electrical engineering, he has worked with defense, commercial, industrial, consumer, energy, and medical companies as a design engineer, firmware coder, system designer, research scientist, and product developer. As an alternative energy researcher and inventor, he has been involved with automation technology since he founded and ran Dedicated Devices Corp. up until 2004. Since then, he has been doing research and development, writing articles, and developing "Gizmo Blocks" for next-generation engineers and students.
Embedded systems guru Jack Ganssle is a noted practitioner, columnist for Embedded.com, and frequent speaker at the Embedded Systems Conference. He started developing embedded systems in the early 1970s using the 8008. He has launched and sold three electronics companies, including one of the bigger embedded tool businesses. He has written over 600 articles and six books about embedded systems, as well as one about his sailing fiascos. Jack now gives seminars to companies worldwide about better ways to develop embedded systems.
Gabe Garcia has 16 years of experience in the apparel and footwear design, product development, sourcing, manufacturing, and retail industry. He's been with Cabela's for 12 years, now holding the role of PLM Manager. In that role, he is responsible for the PLM implementation and roadmap within Cabela's. Garcia holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso, Texas.
Louis Giokas started out in the aerospace business holding positions in development and management. At General Electric Aerospace (now part of Lockheed Martin) he held positions of software engineer, systems engineer and staff engineer. While there he worked on spacecraft and military systems. Prior to that he worked for companies such as Sperry UNIVAC and Link Simulation Systems, also working or spacecraft and military systems. Over the past two decades he has worked in the database management software area for Oracle and IBM. Over the past several years he has worked on development projects and has consulted in a number of different areas, including embedded systems. He is a long standing member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Currently, he is the secretary of the Fox Valley Subsection of the Chicago Section and chairman of the Computer Society of the Chicago Section. He has a degree in Computer Science from Villanova University and is pursuing a MS in Applied Statistics from DePaul University.
William A. Giovino is Executive Editor of the popular web portal Microcontroller.com. As an experienced semiconductor marketing leader with over 25 years' experience in the embedded systems industry, he has a broad range of embedded systems experience, including as software and hardware engineer, field applications engineer, marketing manager, and contract vice president of marketing.
Bill's extensive technical and marketing experience in the embedded systems market has made him a successful speaker and lecturer. He is able to communicate effectively to groups on various industry topics. With his openness, insightful questioning, and outrageous sense of humor, he has the unique ability to find practical and effective marketing strategies that match product benefits with real customer needs.
Bill received a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University, completed the Marketing Leadership Program at the Western Business School in Toronto, and most recently was trained as a Management Consultant and Leadership Counselor for high-tech and startup companies. His latest program is Building Sales Through Education, which assists companies in promoting their products by teaching customers about their products using brief and entertaining online courses.
Rick Goldberg is a technology consultant and journalist who follows signal processing technology. He has been a consultant to Analog Devices, On Semiconductor, M/A-Com, Mercury Computer Systems, Sky Computers, TechOnLine, and other vendors. Early in his career, he worked as a new products editor for Electronic Design and more recently as a contributing editor for EE Times, Portable Design, and EDN. Rick has both a BSEE and an MBA.
Eric Gregori is a senior software engineer and embedded-vision specialist with BDTI. He is a robot enthusiast and has more than 17 years of embedded-firmware design experience. Gregori's specialties are computer vision; artificial intelligence; and programming for the Windows Embedded CE, Linux, and Android operating systems. He created the Robot Vision Toolkit and developed the RobotSee Interpreter. Gregori is working toward his master's degree in computer science. He holds 10 patents in industrial automation and control.
Dr. Michael Grieves is the author of Product Lifecycle Management: Driving the Next Generation of Lean Thinking (McGraw-Hill, 2006) and Virtually Perfect: Driving Innovation and Lean Through Product Lifecycle Management (in publication). He is a world-recognized expert in Product Lifecycle Management and information systems and lectures worldwide on it. He is a consultant to a few select organizations, including NASA, and has developed and delivers an executive leadership course on PLM to organizations in a wide range of fields including aerospace, automotive, energy, and consumer products. Dr. Grieves has been a Co-Director of the PLM Center of Excellence at Purdue University, where he also been a Visiting Professor in the College of Technology. He has been an executive, manager, and entrepreneur for over 30 years and has served as chairman and board member of several public companies. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Oakland University School of Business Administration. He is currently a professor at CIMBA in Asolo, Italy, and at the University of Iowa. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BSCE and holds an MBA from Oakland University. He received his doctorate from Case Western Reserve University.
Todd Grimm joined the additive manufacturing industry in 1990. Today he is president of T.A. Grimm & Associates, which offers additive manufacturing and 3D imaging consulting services. He has become an authority on those technologies through his roles as author, speaker, and industry advisor. He is the author of User’s Guide to Rapid Prototyping and is a frequent contributor to numerous trade magazines. He has presented at industry and vendor conferences around the world and has keynoted highly regarded events such as RAPID, AMUG’s User Conference, and TCT Live. Todd's advisory roles include editorial advisor for trade publications, 15 years as a RAPID conference advisor, and chairperson for SME’s RTAM technical community. He holds a Masters Certificate in Rapid Prototyping and was honored as one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in RPD&M by The TCT Magazine.
Jim Grosskreuz is a global product manager for Rockwell Automation. He has 27 years of experience in the automation industry, spanning product development engineering, applications engineering, and product management.
Mike Guilfoyle is the Operations Manager for Dynacast's Tooling Division. Trained as tooling engineer, he has more than 20 years of die casting experience. Much of Mike's work involves fine-tuning part designs for improved manufacturability and quality.
Scott Hamilton is the vertical market strategist for Dell Precision workstations. He has extensive experience in the computer graphics and software industry including Media & Entertainment, Internet, and CAD/CAE areas. At Dell, he works with some of our most strategic software application partners such as Autodesk, SolidWorks, Adobe, and many others to develop programs and solutions for customers that demand the highest level of compute performance. Prior to working at Dell, Scot held various management and technical roles which helps him understand the unique needs of both businesses and end users.
Shortly after graduating with an ME degree from Munich University of Applied Sciences, Richard Hammerl joined Cadsoft in 1994. He learned EAGLE by reading the manual and offering technical support from his first day on the job. Today, Richard can be found conducting EAGLE training, writing manuals and technical articles, and answering technical questions at the EAGLE and element14 communities.
Richard Hanbury is an applications engineering manager with HBM Inc. He is considered a "go to" resource complimented by his excellent communication skills, which has earned him the reputation known among his colleagues around the globe.
Eric Julien is an embedded software engineer at Micrium, a provider of high-quality and mission-critical embedded software, including the industry-acclaimed µC/OS-II. He is the development team lead for Micrium's µC/FS, an embedded file system. Eric holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Aiman Kiwan is an engineering manager at Panasonic Electric Works of America. He has more than 20 years of experience and extensive knowledge in semiconductors with a particular focus on MOSFET and TRIAC products.
Don Knowles joined N2Power as the vice-president of engineering 12 years ago after more than two decades in power electronics design and manufacturing sectors, spanning industrial, ICT, and medical electronics. Don holds a degree in Electronicsfrom American River College, Sacramento, Calif.
Frank Koditek is a product manager for Industrial Cables at Belden. He has 12 years of experience working in the industrial market interfacing with customers and market drivers to define product requirements. He has responsibility for the development of Belden cabling solutions for industrial automation and control applications. Koditek has a BS degree in Engineering from Lowell Technological Institute.
Tom Kramer is passionate about making ideas become reality. You either find him at Kablooe Design (www.kablooe.com) helping his customers develop the latest and greatest products or speaking at various industry events on the topic of innovation and optimizing the product development process.
Susan Kuchinskas covers technology and science for a wide variety of publications. She has been a senior writer for Adweek, Business 2.0, M-Business, and InternetNews.com, and she's the author of Going Mobile: Building the Real-Time Enterprise with Mobile Applications that Work (CMP Books, 2003) and The Chemistry of Connection: How the Oxytocin Response Can Help You Find Trust, Intimacy and Love (New Harbinger, 2009).
Jean Labrosse founded Micrium in 1999 and continues to maintain an active role in product development, ensuring that the company adheres to the strict policies and standards that make it strong. Labrosse is a regular speaker at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston and Silicon Valley, and other industry conferences. He is the author of three definitive books on embedded design: MicroC/OS-II: The Real-Time Kernel, Embedded Systems Building Blocks: Complete and Ready-to-Use Modules in C, and µC/OS-III: The Real-Time Kernel, and has published numerous articles and appeared on industry panels on the subject of embedded design. He holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.
James Larson joined Mcloone in 2004 in the role of Quality Manager. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Mankato State University. James also spent six years in the Navy serving on the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Since joining Mcloone, he has been instrumental in implementing and adhering to company-wide ISO 9001:2008 standards.
Wilson Lee is the director of product marketing at Newark element14, a division of Premier Farnell. Lee is responsible for semiconductors, passives, and opto products, leading a teamwhose primary function is engaging and nurturing the design engineer base. He joined Newark element14 in early 2012 and brings 25 years of electronic components industry experience to the position.
Christian Légaré has a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. In his 22 years in the telecom industry, he taught classes and gave numerous training sessions to customers. He was involved as an executive in large-scale organizations as well as startups, mainly in engineering and R&D. Christian was in charge of an IP (Internet Protocol) certification program at the International Institute of Telecom (IIT) in Montreal, Canada, as its IP systems expert. Since 2002, he is Executive Vice President and CTO of Micrium, home of µC/OS-II and µC/OS-III real-time kernels. He is the author of µC/TCP-IP: The Embedded Protocol Stack.
Carol Lenk is an MIT-educated entrepreneur who was a founder of the venture-backed LED developer, Superbulbs, and is currently associated with Reliabulb. She is co-author of the book, Practical Lighting Design with LEDS. She has a BS in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a Masters in Math and Science Education. One of the early pioneers in applying LEDs to general lighting, Lenk has five years of experience in combining theoretical concepts with practical engineering in fields as diverse as optics, thermal modeling, material science, electronics, and mechanical design. She has more than a dozen US and worldwide patents-pending related to LED lighting.
A certified hardware geek, Kristin Lewotsky has written about technology for more than 16 years. She has degrees in physics and engineering, and was part of the team that fabricated the mirrors for NASA's Chandra X-ray Telescope. After her stint as an engineer, she switched to writing about technology, first as part of the editorial staff for Laser Focus World magazine, and then as editor-in-chief of Photonics Online and SPIE's member publication OE Magazine. As a freelancer, she now covers a wide range of topics, including motion control and automation, electronics, nanotechnology, biotech, electronic imaging, computer hardware and software, and spectroscopy.
Charles J. Lord, PE, is an embedded systems consultant and trainer with over 30 years' experience in system design and development in medical, military, and industrial applications. For the last eight years, he has specialized in the integration of communication protocols into clients' products, including USB, Ethernet, and low-power wireless including ZigBee. He has taught classes in these protocols for Freescale, Renesas, various universities and conferences including ESC, and his previous company, Triangle Advanced Design and Automation. He has been a design partner with Freescale, Microchip, and Renesas. He earned his BS in electrical engineering from N.C. State University in Raleigh, N.C. and provides training and consulting services through his company, Blue Ridge Advanced Design, in Asheville, N.C.
Greg Lyons holds a BSME from Northeastern University, is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State, and is the inventor on 17 US/International patents. His professional career consists of more than 30 years in engineering, including the past 11 as President of his own engineering and R&D company. Positions held have been Test Engineer, Senior Engineer, Chief Engineer, and Group Director at companies such as General Electric, Leviton Manufacturing, Thomson Industries, and American Standards Testing Bureau.
Peggy has been a science and technology writer specializing in plastics and composites technologies since 1984. She regularly contributes to several print and online news organizations covering the automotive and infrastructure beats and provides communications services for plastics industry clients around the world. She is the long-time communications chair and a director on the board of the SPE Automotive Division. Peggy has a Bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College and is the editor of the book Structural Analysis of Thermoplastic Components by Trantina and Nimmer (McGraw-Hill, 1994). A 20-year resident of Michigan, she lives in the suburbs of Detroit.
Clive "Max" Maxfield is six feet tall, outrageously handsome, English, and proud of it. In addition to being a hero, trendsetter, and leader of fashion, he is widely regarded as an expert in all aspects of electronics (at least by his mother). Max received his BSc in Control Engineering in 1980 from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, UK. He began his career as a designer of central processing units (CPUs) for mainframe computers. Over the years, Max has designed everything from silicon chips to circuit boards, and from brainwave amplifiers to steampunk "Display-O-Meters." He has also been at the forefront of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) for more than 20 years. He's the author and/or co-author of a number of books, including Designus Maximus Unleashed (banned in Alabama), Bebop to the Boolean Boogie (An Unconventional Guide to Electronics), EDA: Where Electronics Begins, FPGAs: Instant Access, and How Computers Do Math.
McDermott is a multi-discipline engineer currently designing industrial control systems with Systems Interface in Bothell, Wash. Over the past 20 years he designed packaging machinery for Formost-Fuji Corp. in Washington, Food Machinery Sales in Georgia, and Batching Systems in Maryland. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1989 with a degree in aerospace engineering and got to use that education for a short while at General Dynamics, Fort Worth Division, in the structural test lab before the A-12 project was cancelled by the government. Seeing the writing on the wall, he was able to make the shift to packaging machinery design and never looked back.
Jim McElroy, vice president of Marketing at LDRA Technology, is focused on expanding LDRA business in the embedded software verification market by improving developer productivity and software quality in critical application development. Before joining LDRA, McElroy held executive-level marketing and business development positions with Green Hills Software, Telelogic North America, and I-Logix, as well as holding industry-level software development positions at Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. McElroy has a Master of Science in Computer Science from Fitchburg State College and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts.
Angelo Alberto Messina has worked with STMicroelectronics for 14 years, and is currently with its corporate R&D and public affairs department. He's been a project and dissemination manager of several European research projects. Messina received his Electronics Engineering degree from the University of Catania, and his Ph.D. in Advanced Technologies for the Photonics and the Optoelectronics and Electromagnetic Modeling from the University of Messina.
Warren Miller has more than 30 years of experience in electronics and has held a variety of positions in engineering, applications, strategic marketing, and product planning with large electronics companies like Advanced Micro Devices, Actel, and Avnet, as well as with a variety of smaller startups. He has in-depth experience of programmable devices (PLDs, FPGAs, MCUs, and ASICs) in industrial, networking, and consumer applications and holds several device patents. He is currently the principal at Wavefront Marketing, working as a consultant specializing in strategic planning, technical marketing, and competitive analysis for semiconductor, intellectual property, and associated design tool companies. Warren has authored more than 100 conference papers, whitepapers, application notes, and magazine articles on a wide variety of topics and is a frequent blogger on the All Programmable Planet and Microcontroller Central websites and is the founder of the Chess FPGA project. Email:email@example.com
Fanny Mlinarsky has 28 years of experience developing data communication and test products. As President of octoScope (2006–present) she is responsible for the development of wireless test solutions. From 2001 to 2006 she was founder and CTO of Azimuth Systems, the leading wireless test equipment vendor of WiFi, WiMax, and LTE test systems. As VP of Engineering at Scope Communications (now Agilent), Fanny and her team developed network test equipment (1993–2001). She has published more than 50 articles and whitepapers on wireless technologies and standards and is a frequent presenter at industry conferences. She actively participates in industry standards development at IEEE and 3GPP.
Elizabeth Montalbano has been a professional journalist covering the telecommunications, technology and business sectors since 1998. Prior to her work at Design News, she has previously written news, features and opinion articles for Phone+, CRN (now ChannelWeb), the IDG News Service, Informationweek and CNNMoney, among other publications. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she also has lived and worked in Phoenix, Arizona; San Francisco and New York City. She currently resides in Lagos, Portugal. Elizabeth has a bachelor's degree in English/Communications from De Sales University and a master's degree from Arizona State University in creative writing.
Stephen Moore is Director and Head of the Precision Engineering Practice at Intercedent Asia and is based in Singapore. He has 20 years experience in industrial market intelligence, all of it focused on Asia/Pacific markets. For several years, Mr. Moore worked for McGraw-Hill in its Tokyo office as Asia/Pacific Editor, covering Japan and the rest of Asia for two industry-leading trade publications, Chemical Engineering and Modern Plastics International. He is a graduate of Auckland University (BSc in Chemistry) and holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Tokyo in Japan. A Japanese Ministry of Education (Monbusho) Scholar, he has been published in the Japan Journal of Applied Physics.
Simon Morris has over 20 years of professional experience in both private and public semiconductor companies. Simon is responsible for leading CogniVue's evolution from an R&D cost center through spin-out to an independent privately held fabless semiconductor and embedded software business. Prior to joining CogniVue, Simon was Director at BDC Venture Capital. From 1995-2006 he also held various senior and executive leadership positions at Atsana Semiconductor, and senior positions at Texas Instruments. Simon has an M.Eng in Electrical Engineering and a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, and is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.
Trey Morton has been involved with the workstation segment for 17 years, and has been at Dell for almost 10 years. He currently supports Precision ISV Certification in the End User Computing Solutions group.
Senior Technical Editor Charles Murray is on his second tour of duty with Design News. He served as a DN editor from 1987 to 2000, then returned to the magazine as a senior editor in 2005. A former editor with Semiconductor International and later with EE Times, he has followed the auto industry’s adoption of electric vehicle technology since 1988 and has written extensively about embedded processing and medical electronics. He was a winner of the Jesse H. Neal Award for his story, “The Making of a Medical Miracle,” about implantable defibrillators. He is also the author of the book, The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind the Supercomputer, published by John Wiley & Sons in 1997. Murray’s electronics coverage has frequently appeared in the Chicago Tribune and in Popular Science. He holds a BS in engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
For the last 10 years, Ken Musgrave has built and led Dell's "Experience Design" competencies. He has directed the design of every category of Dell products; a range that includes tablets, notebooks, desktops, workstations, and even products for the data center. Ken holds an MBA from the University of Utah, an MS in Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BS in industrial design from Auburn University.
Keith Nichols is a principal analyst at Cambashi. He has more than 30 years of experience working in manufacturing industries including high technology, automotive, defense, electronics, industrial equipment, large scale engineering contracts, business and IT outsourcing. Keith holds a 1st class honours in B.Eng and a Master of Philosophy degree for innovative research into design for production.
Paul Nickelsberg is President and Chief Technical Officer of Orchid Technologies Engineering & Consulting Inc., an electronic product development engineering firm with strengths in high-end computing design, embedded system development, medical product design, instrumentation design, power system design, industrial product development, motion control, networking, and telecommunications. Mr. Nickelsberg has over 30 years experience as a technical innovator and problem solver. He has participated in the design of medical products in the areas of cardiology, video imaging, x-ray imaging, MRI-imaging, fluoroscopic drug discovery, forced hot-air patient warming devices, and urology. He holds a number of US patents in electronic instrumentation design. Prior to Orchid Mr. Nickelsberg worked for BBN Communications Inc. and Digital Equipment Corp. He also taught courses at MIT's Lowell Institute of Technology. He earned his BS in electrical engineering from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.
Jim O'Callaghan, is the president of EnOcean Inc., andhas spent the 15 years working almost exclusively in sales, marketing, and management roles,both with technology and with RF ventures. He is a co-founder of Cirque Corp., the originator of touchpad pointing devices. In 2005 Jim joined EnOcean to establish a North American presence. He holds a BBA in accounting and a MBA.
Geoffrey C. Orsak, PhD, is Dean of the Southern Methodist University Lyle School of Engineering and the founding director of the federally funded Caruth Institute for Engineering Education. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and in 2008 was appointed by the Secretary of Energy to the National Petroleum Council. In addition, he has served on a National Academy of Engineering blue ribbon panel evaluating the Marine Corps’ science and technology programs and has in the past served as a DoD Science and Engineering Advisor through his participation on the Defense Science Study Group sponsored by the Institute for Defense Analysis. Dr. Orsak is a monthly columnist for Design News, writing a regular editorial under the banner of “Engineering Matters.” He received his BSEE, MEE, and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University.
Karl Paetzel is responsible for delivering industry solutions with Dell Precision and business client partners. He has 20 years of experience in the technology industry in a variety of product marketing and strategy leadership roles.
Dave Palmer is a licensed professional metallurgical engineer, specializing in failure analysis and materials selection. He lives in Waukegan, Illinois, and works as a metallurgist for a major marine engine manufacturer. He holds a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and is completing his MS thesis at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. When not working or spending time with his wife and two teenage daughters, he teaches a U.S. citizenship class for legal permanent residents. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Usha Patel has an MSEE degree from the University of Southern California and is a Registered Professional Engineer. Currently she is Director, Latin American Sales and Segment Marketing for Littelfuse. Beyond her responsibilities in Latin America, she leads the company's global initiatives associated with the LED lighting market.
Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University. His most recent book is The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems.
David Prawel is founder and president at Longview Advisors Inc., a consulting firm serving the manufacturing industry. He has 27-years of experience in scientific and engineering software. As a consultant, he provides insight and advice about 3D technology to manufacturers and software companies around the world. As an entrepreneur, he has participated in five startup companies: In 2003, he co-founded one of the most successful wireless ISPs in the US. David founded the annual Collaboration & Interoperability Congress (www.3dcic.com), which has become a popular executive networking event for the discrete manufacturing leadership community. He holds a BS in Biology and an MS in Natural Sciences from the University of Buffalo, an MS in Physiology from Rutgers University, and a PhD in Biomedical/Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University.
Al Presher is a contributing editor for Design News, specializing in automation and control and writing on automation topics, machine control, robotics, fluid power, and power transmission since 2002. Previously he worked in the electronic motion control field for 18 years, most recently as VP of Marketing for ORMEC Systems Corp (manufacturer of PC-based servo control systems). Previously, he worked as Editor for Plant Systems and Equipment and Appliance magazines. He holds an MA in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Rich Quinnell has been covering electronics technology for more than 15 years, reporting on topics such as semiconductors, embedded systems, communications, and test for EDN, TMW, and many other publications. Prior to becoming a technical journalist he had spent more than a decade as an embedded systems designer and engineering project manager for companies such as Matrix Imaging, Cooper LaserSonics, and the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). He has degrees in electrical engineering and applied physics, with additional graduate work in communications, computer design, and quantum electronics.
Steve Ravet has a BS and MS in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University. He has worked in processor and SOC design for 13 years, mostly at ARM but currently at Apple. He enjoys working on and writing about all manner of do-it-yourself projects.
R. Scott Scheffler, market manager for Oil and Gas Solutions at Moog, has more than 15 years of experience in engineering, systems integration, and sales in the motion-control industry, including the past four years as project engineer for downhole oil drilling products. He has a BS degree in electrical engineering, and a master's in business administration.
Bill Schweber is an electronics engineer who has written three textbooks on electronic communications systems, as well as hundreds of technical articles, opinion columns, and product features. In past roles, he worked as a technical Website manager for multiple topic-specific sites for EE Times and as both Executive Editor and Analog Editor at EDN.
At Analog Devices Inc., a leading vendor of analog and mixed-signal ICs, Bill was in marketing communications (public relations); as a result, he has been on both sides of the technical PR function, presenting company products, stories, and messages to the media and also as the recipient of these. Prior to the marketing communications role at Analog, he was associate editor of its respected technical journal, and also worked in its product marketing and applications engineering groups. Before those roles, he was at Instron Corp., doing hands-on analog- and power-circuit design and systems integration for materials-testing machine controls.
He has an MSEE (U Mass) and BSEE (Columbia), is a Registered Professional Engineer, and holds an Advanced Class amateur radio license. Bill has also planned, written, and presented online courses on a variety of engineering topics, including MOSFET basics, ADC selection, and driving LEDs.
James Andrew Smith is an assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ryerson University, and he's currently the Biomedical Program Stream Coordinator at Ryerson University. Smith received BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta. He completed a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at McGill University, with a focus on developing the world's first galloping robots.
Doug Smock is responsible for materials, additive manufacturing, and assembly technology editorial coverage at Design News, and he writes for the site's Engineering Materials blog. He is the former Chief Editor of Reed Business Information's Plastics World and Purchasing magazines, and he also served as the Editorial Director and Associate Publisher of McGraw-Hill's Modern Mold and Tooling. Doug is co-author of two leading books on supply chain management: Straight to the Bottom Line (2005) — now in its second printing — and On-Demand Supply Management (2007), both published by J. Ross Publishing. Doug began his career in 1969 as a staff reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and has a Bachelor's degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Jae Son, PhD., is the founder and CEO of Pressure Profile Systems and Medical Tactile. As an entrepreneur and inventor 20 years, he began establishing his expertise in advanced sensor technologies while at Harvard Robotics Laboratory. In addition to his many peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Son has won numerous academic awards, and more than a dozen patents issued and pending. He founded two medical device companies: Sierra Scientific Instruments (SSI) and Medical Tactile (MTI), where his sensor technology is the backbone of products.
Rob Spiegel is a senior editor at Desgin News. He has been writing about technology for a couple decades. He served as senior editor at Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has served as contributing editor at Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and EDN. He has covered environmental issues for Design News for the past 10 years.
His articles have appeared in Logistics Management, Upside, Supply Strategy, Line 56, Rolling Stone, and True Confessions. He teaches journalism part time at the University of New Mexico, and he is the founding publisher of Chile Pepper magazine.
Beth Stackpole is a 25-plus year technology journalist veteran, which includes a 15-year tenure at eWeek, one of the industry’s leading IT publications. Over the last decade, she has carved out expertise covering engineering design tools and trends, including 3D technologies, CAD/CAM, PLM, and CAE simulation. Beth is a regular contributor to Design News.
Jason Stefanski is the controls and software manager for RedViking, and was instrumental in selecting motors and drives for the DoD project. Stefanski manages the controls and softwareengineering team and has designed the advanced software and controls systemthat provides the unified, modular operator interface for RedViking test systems. He graduated from the University of Toledo with a BS in ElectricalEngineering
Gary Stringham is an embedded systems expert with a specialization in the interface between firmware and hardware. He is the founder of Gary Stringham & Associates LLC. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Stringham focuses on diagnosing and resolving difficult hardware/firmware integration issues and produces solid solutions to prevent future occurrences of those issues. He is the author of Hardware/Firmware Interface Design: Best Practices for Improving Embedded Systems Development. Previously, Stringham was a technical lead at HP, establishing standards in firmware and ASIC designs.
Steve Taranovich is a senior technical editor at EDN with 41 years of experience in the electronics industry. Steve received his MSEE from Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY, and his BEEE from New York University, Bronx, NY.
Ann Thryft has written for EDN, RTC Magazine, COTS Journal, NIkkei Electronics Asia, EE Times, Computer Design, and Electronic Buyers' News. She introduced readers to several emerging trends: early mobile phone architectures, set-top box system design, open network server and switch/router architectures, software-defined radio, and RFID. At EBN Ann won two independently judged Editorial Excellence awards for Best Technology Feature. Currently, she is a Contributing Technical Editor for Test & Measurement World, and assists in researching and writing reports for In-Stat. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University and a Certified Business Communicator certificate from the Business Marketing Association (formerly B/PAA).
Jon Titus works as a freelance technical writer, editor, and sometime designer based in Utah's Salt Lake Valley. His prior experience includes editorial director at Test & Measurement World magazine, editorial director at EDN magazine, and senior technical editor at ECN magazine. Before he moved into the periodical world, Jon helped start the Blacksburg Group Inc. (Blacksburg, Va.) at which he and his colleagues wrote and edited books about computers and electronics, and developed electronic hardware to help teach students about computers and electronics. He has three college degrees, a BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Pat Toensmeier is a contributing editor at Defense Technology International, Aviation Week, and Plastics Engineering magazines. He has written about product design for 25 years. His specialties include plastics, an area he covered globally as editor-in-chief of Modern Plastics magazine. Toensmeier is a graduate of the University of Missouri.
Dario Torres is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology with B.E. in Electrical Engineering and currently works with Panasonic Electric Works Corporation of America as a product specialist. His responsibilities range from product registration, technical support and failure analysis, as well as product development.
Thom Tremblay is the Industry Manager for Manufacturing in Autodesk Education. He's responsible for the design, product lifecycle management, and simulation solutions strategy for the postsecondary segment.
Michael Tusch is founder and CEO of Apical Limited, a UK-based technology company specializing in image and video processing technology. He started his career as a researcher in semiconductor quantum theory at Oxford University before moving to industry, first with the Boston Consulting Group and later holding several technology management positions before founding Apical in 2001.
Matt Tweedy is the vice president of product management at InfinityQS (www.InfinityQS.com), the global authority on real-time Manufacturing Intelligence and enterprise quality. Tweedy is responsible for InfinityQS' educational and QA departments, as well as evolving InfinityQS ProFicient, the company's Enterprise Quality Hub, to meet the ever-expanding needs of today's manufacturers.
Tim Votapka is a veteran in the area of promotional communications and organizational strategies. He's been a published journalist and editor with several award-winning magazines, including Electronic Buyers' News, during the most dynamic periods of industry change. As a writer and as a marketing communications pro, he has been involved at the front end of many emerging trends among companies in electronics, healthcare, and document imaging. He's created branding and positioning programs for distributors and suppliers in electronic components, medical equipment, and imaging systems and has produced several corporate sales meetings and thematic events for clients in New York, in Los Angeles, and in Phoenix, much of this during his years on the ad agency side. His writing techniques have been used in many successful ad campaigns, trade articles, case studies, and profiles. Tim's interest and affiliation with the electronics industry goes back before his move into the marketing communications world. From 1986 to 1993 he covered the component distribution industry as an associate editor with Electronic Buyers' News. During his time there, he spearheaded new coverage in various facets of the supply channel itself either with new supplements or special features. He recently joined up again with EBN as a moderator over its online content. Currently, he is the Vice President of Prosperity Plus Management Consulting, a Long Island-based group that helps imaging system resellers improve profitability, cashflow, and growth with best-practices and methods drawn from the highly successful Hubbard Management System.
Craig Werner is the chairman of the Aluminum Extruders Council's AEC Academy program, and president of Werner Extrusion Solutions, an extrusion design and process consulting firm. Craig has more than 30 years of extrusion experience. He holds a BS in Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Penn State and an MS in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon.
Daniel Wilding graduated from Brigham Young University in December 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in computer engineering. Since then, he has worked at National Instruments in the Vision hardware R&D group. During this time, he also completed a Master's degree through Arizona State University, culminating in research in FPGA image processing. The favorite part of Daniel's day continues to be helping customers and programming FPGAs.
As the Director of Training and Academic Programs for National Instruments, Dave Wilson ensures that the most effective product proficiency development strategies and tactics are implemented worldwide. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in applied physics from the State University of New York.
Loring Wirbel has written about the semiconductor, communication, and technology industries for 25 years, for media companies such as CMP Media, Scripps-Howard, and Reed Business. He has examined the use of embedded tools in personal wireless devices, factory automation, optical and wireless communications infrastructure hardware, and military-aerospace systems. He is the author of two books.
Dave Wittenberg joined Mcloone in 1978 as a tool and die maker. With a degree in Mechanical Design Technology, he uses his skills in building tooling that meets customer demands and satisfies all product design requirements.
Alex is Content Director of Design News. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of InformationWeek.com. In his more than two decades as a technology editor, Alex has written for ACM Queue, Byte.com, McGraw-Hill's Electronics magazine, and IEEE Spectrum. He has served as managing editor of Mechanical Engineering magazine. He spent the 1990s at UBM's Electronic Engineering Times, where he broke the nationally known story of Intel's Pentium floating-point division bug in 1994. Alex has appeared as an industry analyst on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, and MSNBC. He's a frequent panelist and moderator at industry conferences. He holds a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Cooper Union.
Allan Yogasingam is a technology analyst for UBM TechInsights, the leading provider of sophisticated information and advice to technology companies. Allan evaluates consumer electronics and the components that comprise them.
Bonnie Yue holds an MA of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo. During her research, she collaborated with the Canadian Space Agency to develop an HIL platform for space rovers. Her paper for this work "Hardware-in-the-Loop for Power Level Estimation of Planetary Rovers" has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.