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 Expert  726237

Expert in Smart Energy, Software Test Automation & Intellectual Property

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Minnesota (MN)
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He has worked for Sun Microsystem's Java Software division and had a significant influence on OpenJDK: Sun's open source implementation. Also at Sun he developed an automated performance measurement infrastructure for the Java Virtual Machine which closed the performance feedback loop for internal developers from months to hours.


He is a contributor to the Debian and Ubuntu Linux distributions. He has been part of a team to define Java packaging standards for all Linux distributions. He has also been a speaker at Debconf, UbuntuLive, OSCON, FISL and FOSDEM. Most recently he has used embedded Linux in the design of an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) specialized for Electric Vehicles (EV's).

Linux operating system

He has extensive experience in software engineering. Starting with a foundation in Electrical Engineering he understands computer system design from semiconductor physics, to microprocessor design, programming languages, object-oriented design and system architecture. He has been a leader of software development teams understands project management. He has demonstrated experience in software professionalism (Capability Maturity Model) including design for testing. He has experience programming in Java, Python, LISP, C++, C, assembler and a variety of other languages and environments.

software engineering

In his work with the public as well as business partners while working to open source Java for Sun Microsystems he gained invaluable experience in Intellectual Property issues in software. This experience includes the relationship between software patent and copyright law. He also collaborated with Sun's Trademark counsel to propose an updated trademark license for the OpenJDK project. Essential to the work in Java was a firm understanding of software copyright, code provenance, software licensing, software license compatibility, file header documentation and implications for derivative works.

software intellectual property

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Minneapolis, Minnesota;  Saint Paul, Minnesota;  Rochester, Minnesota;  Burnsville, Minnesota;  Saint Cloud, Minnesota;  Eden Prairie, Minnesota;  Minnetonka, Minnesota;  and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

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Embedded System Software, Software, Firmware, File Systems,...
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Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1988   MSEE   Electrical Engineering   University of Minnesota  
1986   BSEE   Electrical Engineering   University of Minnesota   Eta Kappa Nu

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

2008 to




VP Software


Lead development team responsible for embedded, automobile infotainment and gateway server applications specializing in electric vehicle information management

1997 to 2008


Sun Microsystems, Inc.


OpenJDK Ambassador


Community Leader for Sun's open source Java Standard Edition (SE) project: OpenJDK. Previously held roles of Senior Java Performance Engineer and Chief Technologist, Enterprise Market Area.

1991 to 1997


Quicksilver Express Courier, Inc.




Introduced electronic dispatch, added web-based order entry, upgraded billing system and placed networked computer terminals into each vehicle.

1990 to 1991


Compagnie Général d'Informatique


Senior Analyst


Designed and implemented a user definable point-and-click interface to payroll and personnel applications resulting in greater product acceptance. Specified next generation product design as part of the case tool development team.

1989 to 1990


Data General, Inc.


Senior Design Automation Engineer


Created a multi-platform software build environment which generated applications for several different target architectures from a common source code base. Created a graphical waveform display program for a proprietary logic simulator which allowed design engineers to better understand and debug integrated circuit behavioral models.

Career Accomplishments:


Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He has worked with pioneers working on the "Smart Energy 2" standard to develop applications software for the Home Area Network (HAN).
  • He has provided a market analysis of embedded operating system platforms.
  • He has provide design guidance for a remote sales/inventory system based on RFID.
Recent Client Requests:
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Expert Witness:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Telephone expert for consulting on possible expert witness role in a patent infringement lawsuit.
  • Expert for consulting on patent infringement software licensing.
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
1990 to 1991   France   He was hired by a French software development company as an expatriate in Paris. Contributed to 4GL case tool development and GUI applications development.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   He is bilingual in French. He has done public speaking in France and the USA in French.

Market Research:
Participation in standards committees for "Smart Energy 2" gives him exceptional visibility into the energy management of the smart grid, home area networks, electric vehicles and consumer electronics.

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:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He has extensive experience in selecting software, computing services, telecommunications, and electronics manufacturing vendors.

Other Skills and Services

He has a full range of computer expertise: from semiconductor physics, to microprocessor design, programming languages, object-oriented design and system architecture. He also has an excellent understanding of Intellectual Property with special emphasis on Copyright, Software Licensing and Open Source license compatibility.


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