Computer software and hardware design consultant with over three decades of industry experience. Has extensive experience with storage technology, including Flash memory, backup and restore products, filesystems, optical and magnetic storage, RAID, cloud storage, NetworkAttached Storage (NAS) and Storage Area Networks (SAN). Also has significant experience with data compression, encrypted data, cryptographic hash functions, object-based storage, data deduplication, and metadata and well as the USB, SATA, Fibre Channel, NVMe, SCSI, iSCSI, FireWire/1394, and PCMCIA interfaces.

Formal Education

  • Graduate Coursework in Computer Engineering, Stanford University
  • B.S. in Mathematics, Pacific Lutheran University

Career Highlights

  • Specialist in computer storage systems from flash memory to CD-ROM /DVD/Blu-ray and RAID to cloud storage, as well as in storage interfaces such as USB, ATA/ATAPI, SATA, SCSI, and Fibre Channel
  • Started his software development career at NASA’s Ames Research Center and Ford Aerospace and Communications
  • Technical chair of the annual Flash Memory Summit for a decade as well as past advisory board member of the Storage Area Networks (SAN), Open Storage Summit, Ethernet Technology Summit, and Storage Visions conferences
  • Annual speaker at the Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop since 1987
  • Recent recipient of multiple IEEE leadership awards for his service to the consulting and electrical engineering profession
  • Contributing editor of a two-edition reference book on digital storage

Expert Qualifications

  • Expert witness for plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of IP disputes regarding technologies used by companies including Amazon, AT&T, Cisco, Dell, France Telecom, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, Huawei, Intel, NetApp, Nokia, NVIDIA, Research-in-Motion, SanDisk, Seagate, Sony, Synopsys, TiVo, and Yahoo!
  • Testified for the plaintiff in a trade secrets trial at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas relating to flash memory, solid-state storage (SSD), and networking technology
  • Expert witness in a patent dispute relating to e-readers, including Barnes & Noble’s Nook, that required extensive reverse engineering and product teardowns of the accused products
  • Expert witness for defendant Apple Korea in a patent dispute brought by Samsun in the Seoul Central District Court of South Korea