Dr. Stan Schneider, Chief Executive Officer
Stan Schneider is the CEO of Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the largest vendor of embedded middleware. The RTI communications backbone enables systems – from the smallest embedded devices to the largest enterprise servers – to seamlessly share information and work together as one. RTI customers span aerospace and defense, process automation, financial services, energy, automobiles, health sciences and transportation.
Before RTI, Stan gained significant experience in both real-time systems and management. He is an original author of software ranging from performance and monitoring tools to robotics control systems. Stan managed a Stanford laboratory, led an embedded communications software team and conducted automotive impact testing.
Stan completed his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University, and holds a BS and MS from the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of Stanford's Advanced Management College.
Dr. Gerardo Pardo-Castellote, Chief Technology Officer
Gerardo has been with RTI since 1995. He specializes in real-time software architectures and networking.
His professional experience includes time-critical software for data acquisition and processing, real-time planning and scheduling software, control system software, and software-system design. He authored the original version of RTI Data Distribution Service.
He currently chairs the Data Distribution Service Finalization Task Force at the Object Management Group (OMG).
Gerardo holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering, an MS in Computer Science, and an MSEE from Stanford University. He also holds a BS in Physics from the University of Granada (Spain).
David Barnett, Vice President of Products and Markets
David has over 25 years of experience in distributed, real-time and embedded systems. He joined RTI in 2005 and is responsible for the company's product roadmap, product marketing and market development. Prior to RTI, he was vice president of marketing at a real-time middleware startup that was acquired by Borland Software Corporation. He was also director of product marketing at Green Hills Software and Mentor Graphics and a senior product marketing manager at Wind River Systems. David began his career as a software engineering lead at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where he was responsible for the design and implementation of several distributed real-time applications.
David has BA in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Edwin de Jong, Vice President of Sales
Edwin de Jong brings more than 20 years of experience in the software industry. He is one of the pioneers in the development of large-scale, real-time, publish-subscribe middleware that is now helping to enable the Internet of Things. He previously served as Director of Product Management and Strategy at RTI.
Edwin joined RTI in 2005 following RTI's acquisition of 4TEC, a company he co-founded in 2002 and led as CEO. 4TEC provided products and services for elastic caching. The company's customers included major system integrators, such as Thales and Northrop-Grumman.
Prior to leading 4TEC, Edwin worked as an R&D manager at Thales. He was a software consultant for the application of real-time, publish-subscribe middleware in the development of combat-management systems, and co-authored more than 25 published technical articles. His fields of expertise include systems architecture; large-scale, distributed (hard), real-time systems; fault tolerance, networking and communication protocols; real-time in-memory databases; system modeling and analysis; formal specification and analysis; and software engineering systems and tools.
Edwin holds a PhD in Mathematics and Physics from Leiden University, The Netherlands.
Catherine Mekler, Vice President of Operations
Catherine joined RTI in 1998. Catherine's responsibilities include managing several operational areas, including the Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance, Operations Services, and Corporate Business departments.
Before joining RTI, she worked for small companies in the Silicon Valley area.
Catherine holds an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Barbara Radabaugh, Vice President of Marketing
Barbara brings over 20 years of experience in marketing both in corporate and agency roles. Before joining RTI, Barbara held positions at both large and small technology companies including Quantum, Stratus Computer, Sprint and Ford Aerospace. Most recently, she ran her own marketing and consulting agency for over 10 years where her agency provided branding and messaging services. Barbara's expertise in communications includes public relations, online media, advertising, trade shows/events and internal communications. She is responsible for outbound marketing strategy and execution with a focus on building RTI brand awareness worldwide.
Barbara received a BA in English from the University of California at Davis.
Jan Van Bruaene, Vice President of Engineering
Jan joined RTI in 2006 and has over 17 years of experience in technical and customer-facing leadership roles at companies such as Sun Microsystems and VLSI Technology. He has led professional services, support, and engineering organizations and has experience in middleware, grid application and infrastructure software, operating system design and device driver and network chip development.
Jan came to RTI as a senior application engineer and was responsible for developing a new support organization which achieved a record-setting 98 percent customer satisfaction rate. Jan most recently led a team of application services engineers delivering system design and custom implementations using RTI Connext technology and middleware.
Jan graduated with a MS equivalent degree in Electronics, Digital Communications (Summa Cum Laude) from KIHK in Geel, Belgium.
Mark Hamilton, Senior Director, Services
Mark joined RTI in 2003 and led the consulting services team for the past 3 years. He brings to RTI over 27 years of experience in technical and customer-facing leadership roles. His previous experience includes positions at companies such as the Applied Physics Laboratory and Wind River Systems. He served as a Field Applications Engineer, designed embedded real-time systems, and was employed at the Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory as a design engineer developing intelligence gathering systems, as well as developing high-performance embedded software for various Navy programs including the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) and Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS).
Mark graduated with a BSEE degree from Virginia Tech, Magna Cum Laude, and an MSEE from Johns Hopkins University.
Stan Schneider founded RTI to develop productivity tools for the real-time marketplace. Under his guidance, RTI has grown from inception to a multinational business with offices throughout North America and Europe.
Immediately before RTI, Stan was an independent technical and management consultant, working with companies in medical products, digital signal processing, aerospace, semiconductor manufacturing, video and television, and networking. Before that, Stan managed one of the largest laboratories at Stanford, focusing on intelligent mechanical systems. At Sperry Computer Systems (now Unisys), Stan developed networked communications systems and led the software team responsible for Sperry's personal computer product line. Stan began his career in automotive impact testing.
Stan completed his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University. He holds a BS in Applied Mathematics (Summa Cum Laude) and an MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of Stanford's Advanced Management College. Stan received numerous awards and prizes for academic excellence. He is widely published in both industry and academic media.
Mike Lyons serves as Chairman of Zanttz, Inc., a cyber-security company, and as Executive Chairman of CypherPath, a cyber-security training company. He is also a Managing Director of NewLine Ventures, LLC, a management consulting firm. He served as a Venture Partner with the Paladin Capital Group in Washington, D.C. and with ePlanet Ventures I and II. He was a co-founder and General Partner of Zilkha Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital partnership. He founded and served as Chairman of SafeView, Inc., to address aspects of the anti-terrorist physical security. He was a co-founder, Vice-President, and Director of Integrated Systems Inc. (INTS), a leading implementer of high-performance real-time control systems for aircraft, automotive, and manufacturing applications.
Since 1988, Mr. Lyons has served as a Consulting Associate Professor at the Stanford University Department of Management Science and Engineering. He co-developed the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and is the founding professor of Technology Venture Formation, one of the most highly rated courses in the School of Engineering. He also co-teaches Entrepreneurship in Civil and Environmental Engineering and co-founded the Innovation Institute focused on creating training platforms for entrepreneurial education.
Mr. Lyons received a Bachelors and Masters (equivalent) in Engineering Physics from Cornell University, an MSEE from Stanford, and an MBA, with Distinction, from the Pepperdine Presidential/Key Executive Program. He is a graduate of the Stanford/AEA Institute for the Management of High Technology Companies and a Price-Babson Fellow in Entrepreneurship Education.
Montgomery Kersten works with development stage companies on strategic initiatives. He is currently the vice president of strategy and business development for the Business Solutions Group of British Telecom, and serves as a board member of several Silicon Valley private companies. Monty co-founded VitalSigns Software, of which he was President and CEO. VitalSigns Software offered application performance management software and was acquired by International Networks Services in 1998.
Before co-founding VitalSigns Software, he served as vice president of business affairs and general counsel of Bay Networks where he was responsible for managing its acquisitions, strategic relationships, corporate development and legal matters. Before joining Bay Networks' predecessor SynOptics Communications in 1991, Monty served in various positions in sales, marketing and business development at large high technology companies as well as at start-up companies. Monty also has served for over a decade as a member of the board of directors of, and donor to, the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, which oversees five charities dedicated to helping children, the disabled and disadvantaged, the elderly and mentally ill. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
As Chief Executive Officer, Peter manages the long-term strategic growth of Globalstar, Inc. and its subsidiary company SPOT LLC. He is responsible for extending the quality and broadening the reach of the company’s portfolio of satellite voice and data solutions.
Peter has served as a director of Globalstar since 2004 and as Chair of the Audit Committee. He is CEO of Dalton Partners, Inc., a management consulting firm, and has served as CEO and director of a number of its clients. He also served as president of SPACE (Society of Private and Commercial Earth Stations), the satellite television industry trade association. As CEO of KLM Electronics he grew revenue more than twenty five times making it the world’s largest manufacturer of satellite television systems at that time. From November 2001 to September 2004, Peter served as chief executive officer of Clickhome Reality, Inc., a discount real estate and mortgage company.
Before that, Peter had more than thirty years experience in business management, turnaround management, and investment banking. He has been a board member of over twenty companies both public and private. His industry experience is broad-reaching, including food processing, medical products, semiconductor industry test equipment, telecommunications equipment, house-wares, ready-to-wear, concert lighting, and candles. Peter’s experience includes strategic partnering, mergers and acquisitions, and high growth situations. He has arranged significant financing for startups and growing companies through his own investment banking firm.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA and is an executive fellow, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.
Dr. Douglas C. Schmidt, Associate Chair of Computer Science and Engineering and Professor of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University
Dr. Douglas C. Schmidt is a Professor of Computer Science, Associate Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering program, and a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Software Integrated Systems, all at Vanderbilt University. He is also an adjunct professor of Software Engineering at the Institute for Software Research at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University.
His prior experience includes time at University of California Irvine, Washington University St. Louis and the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Since 2010 he has been a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, where he served as Vice Chair of a study on Cyber Situational Awareness for Air Force mission operations. Dr. Schmidt has served as a Deputy Office Director and a Program Manager at DARPA, where he led the national research and development effort on middleware for distributed real-time and embedded (DRE) systems. For a time, he also co-chaired the Software Design and Productivity (SDP) Coordinating Group of the U.S. government's multi-agency Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program.
Dr. Schmidt has published 10 books and more than 500 technical papers on software-related topics covering object-oriented frameworks and domain-specific modeling environments that facilitate the development of DRE middleware and mission-critical applications running over data networks and embedded system interconnects.