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Dan Saks
Dan Saks

Dan Saks is president of Saks & Associates, a C/C++ training and consulting company. For more information about Dan, visit his website at www.dansaks.com. He also welcomes your feedback: email him at dan@dansaks.com.

Steve Sandler
Steve Sandler

Steve Sandler is the founder of AEi Systems, a US company specializing in the worst-case analysis and troubleshooting of satellite systems. He is also the founder of Picotest, a high-performance measurement company. Sandler has written several books related to SPICE modeling and simulation and is currently writing his fifth book for McGraw-Hill on high-performance measurement.

Steve Sargeant
Steve Sargeant

Steve Sargeant was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Marvin Test Solutions (MTS) and Vice President for Strategic Development for The Marvin Group in June 2012 after retiring from the US Air Force with the rank of Major General. With over 20 years of senior executive experience in all aspects of aerospace operations and testing in organizations ranging in size from 200 to 160,000 personnel, Sargeant's experience and background is helping MTS continue its growth as a global leader serving military, aerospace, and manufacturing organizations.

Don Scansen
Don Scansen

Don Scansen spent more than a decade tearing down chips for a large reverse-engineering company. Seeking a more holistic view of technology and its associated business and intellectual property strategies, he founded SemiconDr Inc. where he deconstructs products and patents for his clients and news for readers of his Dew Point blog.

Frank Schirrmeister
Frank Schirrmeister

Frank Schirrmeister is senior director at Cadence Design Systems in San Jose, Calif., responsible for product management of the Cadence System Development Suite, accelerating system integration, validation, and bring-up with a set of four connected platforms for concurrent hardware/software design and verification. He has an MSEE from Technical University of Berlin.

Steve Schulz
Steve Schulz

Steve Schulz is president and CEO of Si2, an EDA industry standards organization. He writes the Collaborative Advantage blog on EE Times.

Bill Schweber
Bill Schweber

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 EE Times sites and as both Executive Editor and Analog Editor at EDN. At Analog Devices, he was in marketing communications; 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 marcom role at Analog, Bill 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 a BSEE from Columbia University and an MSEE from the University of Massachusetts, is a Registered Professional Engineer, and holds an Advanced Class amateur radio license. He has also planned, written, and presented online courses on a variety of engineering topics, including MOSFET basics, ADC selection, and driving LEDs.

Ismini Scouras
Ismini Scouras
Ismini is an award-winning journalist who has been covering the electronics industry for nearly 18 years. She spent a majority of her career at EBN, where she broke business and semiconductor news, as well as helped create Electronics Buyers' Index (EBI), a monthly gauge of business conditions within the industry. Ismini has been acontributing editor for EE Times’s news and products sections for more than a decade. She is also a freelance writer for Electronics360, an online publication covering the business and technology of electronics, and has contributed articles to both EDN and Communications for the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery). She resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Chris Shore
Chris Shore

Chris Shore is training manager at ARM Ltd., where he is responsible for all ARM's customer training, delivering more than 160 courses worldwide every year. Courses cover chip design and software development for all ARM's current IP and tools products.

Kurt Shuler
Kurt Shuler

Kurt Shuler has developed extensive IP, semiconductor, and software marketing in the mobile, consumer, and enterprise segments, working for Intel and Texas Instruments. Prior to his entry into technology, he served in the US Air Force Special Operations Forces.

Michael Sporer
Michael Sporer

Michael Sporer brings more than 20 years of marketing, sales, and engineering experience to MoSys. Prior to joining MoSys, he was a Technology Strategist for Micron Technology, an industry leader in semiconductor memory products.

Ransom Stephens
Ransom Stephens

Ransom Stephens is a technologistscience writernovelist, and Raiders fan.

Tobias Strauch
Tobias Strauch

Tobias Strauch is an HW/FPGA/EDA freelance contractor based in Munich, Germany. He is also the founder of EDAptix, which offers a variety of EDA hardware and software tools. Prior to this, he worked for Aptix and LSI Logic and also was an FAE for the ChipIt Prototyping System (now Synopsys). His main interests are FPGA-based prototyping systems, timing-driven RTL partitioning, and cycle-accurate, model-based virtual prototyping. For the last few years, Tobias has been working on system hyper-pipelining (SHP), which is a technology to multiply the functionality of IP cores. He believes that this technology offers promising advantages over existing multi-core approaches.

Will Strauss
Will Strauss

Will Strauss is an internationally known electronics market research analyst and is wellknown for his studies of wireless chip markets. He is considered the leading authority on digital signal processing (DSP) market trends. He has degrees in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and business from Southern Methodist University, and has worked in electronic design, marketing, sales, and market research positions. Will was formerly Executive Vice President of In-Stat Inc. and prior to that he was Vice President of Market Research for Integrated Circuit Engineering (ICE) Corp. He held earlier positions with General Instrument Microelectronics, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Collins Radio Company.

Bruce Swanson
Bruce Swanson

Bruce Swanson is a Technical Marketing Engineer in the Silicon Test Solutions division at Mentor Graphics. He received an MS in applied information management from the University of Oregon and a BS in computer engineering from North Dakota State University. Bruce has over 20 years of experience in EDA and computer hardware design, and has published numerous industry articles and conference papers.

Steve Taranovich
Steve Taranovich

Steve Taranovich is a senior technical editor at EDN with 40 years of experience in the electronics industry. Steve received his MSEE from Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York, and his BEEE from New York University, Bronx, New York. He is also chairman of the Educational Activities Committee for IEEE Long Island.  His expertise is in analog with a diverse embedded processing education as it relates to analog design from his years at Burr-Brown and Texas Instruments. Steve was a circuit design engineer for his first 16 years in electronics. He then served as one of the first field application engineers with Burr-Brown Corp and also became one of their first global account managers, traveling to Europe, India and China.

Adam Taylor
Adam Taylor

Adam Taylor is a senior specialist engineer at Europe's leading space company, Astrium, where he has a dual role as leader of the electronic design group and as a responsible engineer leading product development. He has spent the last 12 years developing both hardware and FPGA solutions for radar, safety critical systems, and thermal imaging, among others. Adam now focuses on space-based telecommunications and cryptographic processors, and he is interested in reliable design methods upon which he intends to write a book (if he ever gets around to it). He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and he holds a First Class Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Sheffield Hallam University. 

Ann R. Thryft
Ann R. Thryft

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).

Sufia Tippu
Sufia Tippu

Sufia Tippu, a freelance writer based in India, dishes up wide-ranging high-tech/business issues in India.

Brian Toohey
Brian Toohey

Brian Toohey is president and CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), the voice of the US semiconductor industry. Joining the association in 2010, he brings more than two decades of experience and knowledge in both federal and international affairs as well as working in innovative technology, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries. At SIA, Toohey is responsible for setting and leading the public policy agenda and serving as the primary advocate for maintaining US leadership in semiconductor design and manufacturing.

Adrian Valenzuela
Adrian Valenzuela

Adrian Valenzuela is marketing director, Sitara ARM Processors, Texas Instruments.

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio

Pablo has been involved in International Business for 20+ years - mostly in Europe, working for multinationals.Now he spends some of his time in Europe, both in Spain and the UK, while keeping a foot in the Boston area. He publishes the blog "The New Global Enterprise", focusing on new business technologies, markets, and international challenges. Pablo holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University. His expertise is in IT Consulting, International Operations and Business Development. He provides consulting for large and medium businesses and develops channels for companies from abroad. Pablo loves the challenge of complex negotiations, developing business from scratch, and penetrating difficult markets.

Michael Violette
Michael Violette

Mike is President of Washington Laboratories and Director of American Certification Body. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of EMC evaluation and product approvals and has overseen the development of engineering services companies in the US, Europe and Asia. Mike is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL), RABQSA and on the advisory board for the International Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (iNARTE). He is President and Chair of the Maryland-China Business Council. Mike is a Professional Engineer, registered in the State of Virginia. He has given numerous presentations on compliance topics and is a regular contributor to technical and trade magazines.

Colin Walls
Colin Walls

Colin Walls has over 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, largely dedicated to embedded systems software. A frequent presenter at conferences and seminars and author of numerous technical articles and two books on embedded software, he is anembedded software technologist in the Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division and is based in the UK. Colin's regular blog is located at http://blogs.mentor.com/colinwalls, and he may be reached by email at colin_walls@mentor.com.

Elecia White
Elecia White

Elecia White has worked on DNA scanners, inertial measurement units for airplanes and race cars, toys for preschoolers, a gunshot location system for catching criminals, and assorted other medical and consumer devices. She is the author of O'Reilly's Making Embedded Systems and founder of Logical Elegance, an embedded software consulting company based in San Jose, Calif. Elecia has developed strong skills in signal processing, hardware integration, complex system design and performance. Having been through FAA and FDA certification processes, she understands the importance of producing quality designs and how they lead to quality implementations. She has spent several years in management roles but enjoys hands-on engineering and the thrill of delivering excellent products. While continuing to provide leadership and mentoring, she prefers to focus on the technical aspects of a project. A graduate of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., Elecia enjoys sharing her passion for science, engineering, and interesting gizmos, particularly how these things can make the world a better place.

Ron Wilson
Ron Wilson
Formerly the editorial director of ESD magazine, Embedded.com, and Embedded Systems Conferences, Ron Wilson now works for Altera. *He has over 38 years of experience in the electronics industry. He held a variety of editorial positions within EE Times from 1991 to 2006. Wilson also served as a writer and the publisher of ISD Magazine and has written and edited for EDN Magazine and Computer Design. Wilson also has experience in design engineering, evaluation, customer training, market research, product marketing and marketing management. In addition, Wilson's work has been published in a variety of media, including newspaper and magazine articles, portions of two books on electronics and a long-running Blog on SoC design for EDN. Additionally, Wilson is a pioneer in the electronics marketplace. He created the first virtual event in 2002 entitled "SOC-Online" and created the EETimes Industry Challenge series addressing key issues in electronics which incorporated research, print online and live events. *per EETimes press release date July 1, 2010.
Alexander Wolfe
Alexander Wolfe

Alex is Content Director of Design News. Previously, he was Editor-in-Chief of InformationWeek.com. In his more than two decades in the electronics and mechanical engineering sectors, he has served as Managing Editor of Mechanical Engineering magazine and written for Byte.com, McGraw-Hill's Electronics magazine, and IEEE Spectrum. 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 and holds a degree in electrical engineering from Cooper Union. He can be reached at alex.wolfe@ubm.com.

Glenn Woppman
Glenn Woppman

Woppman has led ASSET InterTech since it became a company independent of Texas Instruments in 1995. Named a finalist for EDN Magazine's "Innovator of the Year" Award in 2009, his vision has been responsible for ASSET's pioneering position in open tools for embedded instrumentation. He has established the ASSET ScanWorks platform for embedded instruments as a leading technology in the test-and-measurement industry. He has an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BSIE from the University of South Florida.

Kenneth Wyatt
Kenneth Wyatt

Kenneth Wyatt is an independent consultant and specialist in electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) design, test and troubleshooting. He holds degrees in biology and electronic engineering and has worked as an product development engineer for 10 years at various aerospace firms on projects ranging from DC-DC power converters to RF and microwave systems for shipboard and space systems. For over 20 years, he worked as a senior EMC engineer and test center manager for Hewlett- Packard and Agilent Technologies in Colorado Springs where he provided comprehensive EMC design and troubleshooting services.

In The EMC Blog, he discusses issues, trends, EMC design, and product troubleshooting techniques. One specialty is his use of do-it-yourself probes and use of low-cost test equipment and measurement techniques for evaluating EMC issues on the workbench.

He is a senior member of the IEEE and a long time member of the EMC Society where he has served as their official photographer.

Olga Yashkova
Olga Yashkova

Olga Yashkova focuses on test and monitoring of next-generation services and analyzing emerging trends, technologies, and market behavior in the telecom test & measurement and service assurance industries. Since joining Frost & Sullivan in 2005, Olga Yashkova has completed research studies and consulting projects on the wireless test equipment market, the LTE test & monitoring equipment market, the service assurance market, and many others. 

Zewde Yeraswork
Zewde Yeraswork

Zewde Yeraswork is an associate editor on EE Times, where he covers semiconductor news and trends. A former associate editor at UBM's CRN/Everything Channel in San Francisco, where he wrote about the semiconductor industry from a channel perspective, Zewde has worked and studied in a number of different fields - education, development, history, literature, and technology among others - and has lived in several countries in America, Europe, and Africa. He is fluent in French and Amharic and has a BA in English and History and an MA in modern thought and literature from Stanford University in California. He is based in New York City.

Junko Yoshida
Junko Yoshida

Former beat reporter, bureau chief, and editor in chief of EE Times, Junko Yoshida now spends a lot of her time covering the global electronics industry with a particular focus on China. Her beat has always been emerging technologies and business models that enable a new generation of consumer electronics. She is now adding the coverage of China’s semiconductor manufacturers, writing about machinations of fabs and fabless manufacturers. In addition, she covers automotive, Internet of Things, and wireless/networking for EE Times' Designlines. She has been writing for EE Times since 1990.

Ben Zimmer
Ben Zimmer

Ben Zimmer is President of Enable Training and Consulting Inc. Enable's goal is to stand squarely in both the educational and high-tech worlds, providing LabVIEW training and consulting that is second to none. Enable's online video-based training, combined with one-on-one expert mentorship, is a magic bullet for industry professionals who need applicable LabVIEW training quickly. Ben has 20 years of experience as a LabVIEW programmer, working in and providing consulting services to a variety of industries. He has spent the past several years focusing on the automation industry, working on advanced systems and assembly lines, ranging from small systems to $10 million lines. This work has included electrical test systems, motion, vision, data analysis, supervisory systems, and a variety of other applications. Prior to that, he managed the Reliability Engineering department at a manufacturing company, where he gained experience developing short-term as well as life testing systems primarily using National Instruments Hardware and LabVIEW. Ben holds a Combined Honours Degree in mathematics and physics and a Master's Degree in applied mathematics from the University of Waterloo. For the past few years, he has also been a part-time college professor, teaching courses in LabVIEW, electronics, and signal processing at the Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning in Toronto.

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