Contributing Technical Experts

Jessy Cavazos Jessy Cavazos is an Industry Manager with the Frost & Sullivan Global Measurement & Instrumentation practice. She focuses on monitoring and analyzing emerging trends, technologies and market behavior in the communications test and measurement industry globally. Since joining Frost & Sullivan in April 2002, Cavazos has completed several research studies and consulting projects on optical, telecom/datacom and wireless testing and monitoring technologies. Jessy’s articles   Tom Curatolo Tom Curatolo is the director of applications engineering for Vicor Corp. He joined the company in 1989. He holds a BSEE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass. Tom’s articles   Rick Downs Rick is a former signal chain applications manager for Texas Instruments’ Analog eLab, which provides analog design tools online. He received his BSEE from the University of Arizona and holds four patents. He also has authored more than 45 articles and application notes and has prepared and delivered many seminars on data acquisition. Rick’s articles   Darvin Edwards Darvin Edwards, TI Fellow, manages the SC Packaging modeling team at Texas Instruments. His team is responsible for electrical, thermal, and thermomechanical analysis of new products and package developments. He received his BS in physics from Arizona State University and holds 20 patents. He also has authored or co-authored over 45 papers, articles, and book chapters and has lectured on thermal challenges, modeling, reliability, electrostatic discharge (ESD), and 3D packaging. Darvin’s articles   Mike Fahrion Mike Fahrion, director of product management at B&B Electronics, has more than 20 years of design and application experience overseeing M2M connectivity solutions for wireless and wired networks. He also is author of the eConnections newsletter. Mike's articles   Paul Franklin Paul Franklin is project manager, semiconductor test systems, for Keithley Instruments in Cleveland, Ohio, which is part of the Tektronix test and measurement portfolio. Before joining Keithley in 2000, he gained more than 20 years of measurement and control industry experience as an engineer and a manager with electronic controls and industrial automation firms. He earned his BSEE and MSE degrees at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. Paul’s articles   Linley Gwennap Linley Gwennap is the founder and principal analyst of the Linley Group and coauthor of "A Guide to Wireless Handset Processors" and "A Guide to Mobile Processors." Linley’s articles     David Hall David A. Hall is a senior product marketing manager at National Instruments, where he is responsible for RF and wireless test hardware and software products. His job functions include educating customers on RF test techniques, product management, and developing product demos. His areas of expertise include instrumentation architecture, digital signal processing, and test techniques for cellular and wireless connectivity devices. He holds a bachelor of science degree with honors in computer engineering from Penn State University. David's articles   Thomas Kugelstadt Thomas Kugelstadt is a senior systems engineer with Texas Instruments. He is responsible for defining new, high-performance analog products and developing complete system solutions that detect and condition low-level analog signals in industrial systems. He is a Graduate Engineer from the Frankfurt University of Applied Science. Thomas’s articles   Guillaume Largillier Co-founder and chief strategy officer of Stantum, has presented at major industry events such as Siggraph, SID, Microsoft Display Summit, Interactive Displays Conference, and Emerging Display Technologies Conference. He also regularly serves the French Ministry of Research as an expert in his field. Guillaume’s articles   Richard McDonell Richard McDonell, automated test senior group manager for National Instruments, holds a BSEE from Texas A&M University. Richard’s articles   Josh Neland Josh Neland is a Global Technology Strategist in Dell’s OEM Solutions group, which helps manufacturers use Dell’s products and services as their own. He is responsible for new market research and helping existing OEM customers gauge the impact of emerging technology trends on their businesses. Before joining Dell, Josh worked at various start-ups including Trilogy Software. He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University. Josh’s articles   Bob Pease Bob Pease was an analog engineering legend, and wrote columns exclusively for Electronic Design magazine until his death in 2011. He also contributed to our magazine with Bob's Mailbox, where he answered questions from young engineers. Bob obtained a BSEE from MIT in 1961 and was a staff scientist at National Semiconductor Corp., Santa Clara, CA, for many years. Bob's columns & articles   Lauro Rizzatti General Manager of EVE-USA. Dr. Lauro Rizzatti has more than 30 years of experience in the EDA and ATE industries, where he held responsibilities in management, product marketing, technical marketing, and engineering. Prior to joining EVE he held various positions in companies such as Get2Chip, Synopsys, Mentor Graphics, Teradyne, Alcatel, and Italtel. Lauro holds a doctorate in Electronic Engineering from the Universita` degli Studi di Trieste, Italy. Lauro’s articles   Dafydd Roche Dafydd Roche is an audio converter systems engineer at Texas Instruments. A graduate of the University of York (U.K.), he pours his passion and knowledge of audio and music into his work, enabling audio design engineers to make products customers can’t wait to use. Aside from his engineering duties, Dafydd is also a musician who makes and records music with fellow musicians in the Dallas area. Dafydd’s articles   Ross Sabolcik Director of wireless products at Silicon Labs. He holds a master’s degree in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BSEE from Penn State University. Ross’s articles     Paul Schimel Paul Schimel is a Senior Field Applications Engineer at International Rectifier. A veteran of the power electronics industry, Paul has more than 15 years experience in power electronics design, emc and transformer design including offline AC-DC converters for medium and high power levels, motor drives and DC-DC converters. He is a hands-on engineer and innovator, endlessly building power electronics circuitry, welding, and machining for audio, HVAC, and propulsion applications. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds two patents. Paul’s articles   Frank Schirrmeister Frank Schirrmeister is the director of product management at Synopsys Inc. He is responsible for the System-Level Solutions products Innovator, DesignWare System-Level Library and System Studio with a focus on virtual platforms for early software development. Prior to joining Synopsys, he held senior management positions at Imperas, ChipVision, Cadence, AXYS Design Automation, and SICAN Microelectronics. He also writes about system-level issues in his blog, "A View From the Top." Frank’s articles   Tamara Schmitz Senior principal applications engineer at Intersil Corp., earned a BS, MS, and PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She also has taught analog circuits and test development engineering as an assistant professor at San Jose State University. Tamara’s articles   Robin Tichy Dr. Robin Tichy is the Technical Marketing Manager at Micro Power Electronics. She has done extensive research in battery cathode chemistry in her doctoral work at the University of Texas, Austin. She also has experience in the semiconductor industry working at the research consortium, International SEMATECH. At Hewlett Packard she focused on display and printer technology. She received her Ph.D from The University of Texas at Austin in 2001. Robin’s articles   Dave Van Ess Dave Van Ess is an application engineer, MTS, with Cypress Semiconductor and has nearly 30 years of design experience. Dave also holds a BSEE from the University of Calif., Berkeley. Dave’s articles   Al Wegener Al Wegener is the CTO and founder of Samplify Systems, a fabless semiconductor startup in Santa Clara, Calif. He holds 17 patents and is named on additional Samplify patent applications. He earned a BSEE from Bucknell University and an MSCS from Stanford University. Al’s articles   Michael White Michael White is the senior product marketing manager for Mentor Graphics’ Calibre Physical Verification products. Before joining Mentor Graphics, he held various product marketing, strategic marketing and program management roles for Applied Materials, Etec Systems and the Lockheed Skunk Works. Michael received a BS in System Engineering from Harvey Mudd College. He also holds a MBA/BS in engineering management from the University of Southern California. Michael’s articles Richard Zarr Richard Zarr is a technologist at Texas Instruments focused on high-speed signal and data path technology. He has more than 30 years of practical engineering experience and has published numerous papers and articles worldwide. When not supporting customers or blogging for Electronic Design, Rick shares design insights on the Analog Wire blog. He is a member of the IEEE and holds a BSEE from the University of South Florida as well as several patents in LED lighting and cryptography. Richard's articles Bob Zollo Bob Zollo is product planner in the Power and Energy Division at Keysight Technologies. Bob has been with HP/Agilent/Keysight since 1984 and is responsible for Keysight’s power products roadmap. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ. Bob’s articles