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 Expert  723850

Expert in Computers, Software, Hard Disk, Bus, Internet, Firmware, Input/Output, Technology Management

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

Summary of Expertise:

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Expert is a technical leader in the computer, software and hard disk industry with over thirty years experience; his Ph.D. in Computer Science is from Stanford University.

He is an inventor on seven patents and has authored several published technical papers. He has been disclosed as an expert witness in over 40 cases, has testified in deposition and at trial. He has been a technical advisor to two Federal District Court judges.

His areas of expertise include: • Bus design – system bus - local area network • Standards - ATA – ATAPI – IDE - 1394 FireWire • Computer design – CPU – multiprocessor – • Hard disk - storage networks – SAN – NAS • Internet protocol – http – cookies • Software - firmware - embedded systems • Operating systems - file systems – input/output • Simulation - performance - benchmark

Expert is a consultant who helps business leaders get what they need from IT. He has also consulted on managing product development and innovation in high-tech companies. He has over 20 years of experience in management in the computer, software and storage industries. His publications include a book on managing high-tech people, titled “Get Out of the Way” and articles on software development.

Expert holds patents in computer design and is a regular expert in patent litigation. He has advised U.S. District Court judges on technology, and is a regular speaker, he has also produced a weekly show on technology for a local public radio station.


bus architecture




computer engineering


computer hardware


computer peripheral device


computer processor architecture


computer software


computer system


computer technology


digital computer


disk drive


hardware engineering


input/output unit


new product development management


personal computer architecture




input/output software

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California;  San Francisco, California;  Sacramento, California;  Oakland, California;  Stockton, California;  Fremont, California;  Santa Rosa, California;  Hayward, California;  Sunnyvale, California;  and Concord, California.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1973   Ph.D.   Computer Science   Stanford University  
1966   M.S.   Electrical Engineering   California Institute of Technology  
1965   B. Engineering Physics   Engineering Physics   Cornell University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1998 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)





Consulting for executives in insurance industry on IT project management; and consulting in high-tech product development and engineering organizations on management, process and tools issues; expert witness consulting in intellectual property cases.

1993 to 1998


Quantum Corporation


Desktop Storage


Director, Systems Engineering


Created and built the department from zero to 27 employees; managed bus hardware development (Ultra-ATA/33 and others), firmware testing & tools; and simulation and modeling of hard disk subsystems; participated in 10-year-forward strategic planning and helped to launch a new division oriented to Consumer Electronics use of hard disks.

1982 to 1992


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)





Consulting for high-tech organizations on product development and project management; Clients included Apple Computer, Quantum Corp., Ricoh Co., Ltd.

1979 to 1982


Apple Computer, Inc.


Lisa hardware development


Manager, LAN development


Responsible for development of CPU to run Pascal-language interpreter, 1Mbit/sec LAN, engineering development programs.

1977 to 1979


Tandem Computer, Inc.


Advanced Development


Senior Engineer


Developed bus system for computer with hundreds of processors; worked on distributed rollback/recovery process;

1972 to 1977


Digital Equipment Corp.


PDP-11 hardware and software


Principal Engineer


Developed hardware for high-speed input/output subsystems; project engineer on a new PDP-11 CPU; developed long-range plan for bus connections to future peripherals; managed an operating system software group.

Career Accomplishments:

Association for Computing Machinery; IEEE Computer Society; Forensic Expert Witness Association


National Lecturer for IEEE on computer bus design;

Publications and Patents Summary

7 patents, several recent publications, book on managing high-tech people published in 2010

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - EDN Magazine  
 - Computerworld online  
 - IEEE Symposium on Mass Storage Systems, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)  
 - Computer Structures: A DEC View of Hardware Design; Digital Press  
 - SLAC Report, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • For Veritas Software Corp., he performed an independent audit of a Cisco/IBM Storage Area Network software product, to determine compliance with a Cisco/Veritas contractual agreement.
  • For Pure Digital Technologies, Inc. (designs and manufactures digital one-time-use cameras), he evaluated patent applications and searched for further patentable inventions; and consulted for VP-Engineering on product development process and engineering organization
  • For Reactrix Systems, Inc. (designs and manufactures interactive video display systems), he consulted on intellectual property strategy, evaluation of patent applications and competitive technology
  • For Solidus Networks dba Pay By Touch (maker of ATM Debit terminals), he performed an evaluation of a patent portfolio preparatory to an acquisition
  • For more than 30 cases, he was engaged as an expert in litigation related to patent, trade secret, copyright, and class action matters.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Engaged as an expert in over 40 cases; consulted for two U.S. District Court judges as a neutral expert; has written expert reports and given deposition and testimony at trial in multiple cases.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in HDD failure.
  • Expert in patent litigation involving hard disk drive technology & patent litigation.
  • Expert in Patent Office proceedings -- possible testimony for patent owner.
  • Computer engineering expert for consulting on SSFDC SmartMedia card identification.
  • Patent infringement expert for consulting on pay for use internet kiosk / hotspot in telecom.
  • Expert for consulting on Looking for in patent case involving PCI Express switches.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1975 to 1976   U.K.   Managed an operating system software development group in Reading.
1983 to 1985   Japan   Assisted his client, Quantum Corp., in establishing and managing a relationship with their manufacturing partner, MKE, on the island of Shikoku and in Osaka.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   Speaks, reads and writes fluently.
Japanese   Intermediate conversation capability, elementary reading ability
German   Elementary speaking and reading capability.
Spanish   Elementary speaking and reading capability

Market Research:
Consultant in Agile Development Methodology for a major company in the Insurance industry. Long history of involvement in computer systems and storage (hard disks) industries. Engagements with startups in Consumer Electronics and Internet-related technologies.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Taught courses on computers and software and consumer electronics at University of San Francisco / Fromm Institute; National lecturer for the IEEE on computer bus design; taught a course on computer input/output architecture at San Francisco State University.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Involved in selecting a manufacturing partner in Japan for Quantum Corporation.

Other Skills and Services

Over 20 years as a consultant to business and high-tech organizations in IT, software management, product development, engineering management and intellectual property strategy.

Trained in business mediation skills; member of Community Mediation Board providing pro-bono services to the local community.


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