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Work Group Chairs
Mladen Luksic is a member of SATA-IO Board of Directors since 2007. He represents Western Digital where he is the Director of Host Interface Technology. Mladen is also the Chairperson of the SATA-IO Digital Workgroup.
After several years in academia, Mladen spent over twenty years in storage, software, and semiconductor industries both in senior technical and senior business development roles. He served on boards of directors and advisory boards of several startup companies, and was a consultant to a number of technology venture capital groups. Mladen holds a PhD degree in Mathematics, has published extensively in professional technical and marketing literature, and served as a representative to several professional and industry organizations.
Knut is an Intel Fellow and leads an R&D group responsible for developing new mainstream storage innovations for Intel platforms. His team develops the core technology behind Intel’s new high-performance solid-state drive (SSD), as well as contributes to the definition and evolution of several storage interfaces including ONFi (Open NAND Flash Interface), NVMHCI (Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface), and Serial ATA.
Knut joined Intel in 1993 as a hardware engineer in the Intel Architecture Labs where his primary focus was on improving the storage performance of Intel’s entry into the standard high-volume server segment. His focus transitioned to mainstream storage optimization techniques where his contributions included disk reorganization techniques for improved application launch performance. Knut then drove definition of the Serial ATA disk drive interface standard and its subsequent evolutions and enhancements, which continues today. His current primary focus is on solid state storage technologies including approaches to make efficient use of NAND flash in the platform and new technologies for high-performance NAND-based SSDs.
Richard Tomaszewski currently serves as secretary on the Board of Directors for the Serial ATA International Organization. Richard has a hard drive engineering background and leads the HP Advanced Technology group within HP’s Industry Standard Servers organization. His group is primarily focused on research and development of next generation storage technologies, interfaces, futures and strategies. Richard has 25 years of engineering experience in disk drive development and qualification at HP. He has made numerous contributions to and with the industry, benefiting notebook, desktop PCs, servers and external storage. Over the past several years, Richard has played a significant role in bringing Serial Attached SCSI and Small Form Factor server storage from concept to industry mainstream.
Frank Chu is a member of SATA-IO Board of Director and the chair person for SATA-IO Cable and Connector technical committee. Frank is also active in the JEDEC Standards activities and is currently the chair of JC42,4 JTG. Frank is a senior engineer at HGST’s San Jose Research Center. Frank’s responsibilities including storage interface standards, low power consumption, and storage architecture. Frank holds MSEE from Stanford University and MBA from Santa Clara University. Frank has been awarded 6 US Patents in the field of storage architecture and others.
Dave is a Senior Staff Engineer in SanDisk’s Corporate Standards Group, where he is responsible for driving SanDisk’s efforts in SSD related storage interface standards, including SATA, ACS, SAS, PCIe, NVMe, and USB, as well as SSD related activities in JEDEC, SNIA, and IEEE. Dave has been involved in storage for the past 8 years, and has over 25 years in the semiconductor industry, with roles in software development, product/platform definition, business development and product management. Dave holds a US patent in storage security. He is active in the SATA-IO Digital and CabCon WG’s, and was a principal contributor to the SATA uSSD and DevSleep specifications. Dave holds a BA in Computer Science from the University of California San Diego.
Kevin Marks, Board of Directors
Kevin Marks is a member of SATA-IO Board of Directors and participates in SATA-IO’s Digital and Cable and Connector technical working groups. Kevin is a Technology Strategist in the Office of the CTO at Dell, where he is responsible for technology strategy in the area of enterprise storage. Kevin has been in the storage industry for over 15 years. His work at Dell has focused on a number of technologies and standards including SAS/SATA, object storage and SSD. Kevin holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University.
Tim Symons, Board of Directors
Tim Symons was born and educated in Great Britain and holds an Honours BSc degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom. Tim has been employed by PMC-Sierra since 2005. He is a Principal Engineer in PMC’s Advanced Technology Office to specialize on storage systems and standards. Tim lives in Vancouver Canada with his wife and two children.
Tim has been in the semiconductor industry for over 25 years and has worked in ASIC design, Intel microprocessors, programmable logic and Storage Systems working for organizations that include Eurologic, Adaptec and PMC-Sierra. Tim has been involved with Storage Standards since 1999 when he was part of the working group that developed the first 1.5Gb/s SATA standard, and brought a focus for backplanes and enterprise storage applications. He is also involved in SAS and PCIe storage standards and development.
Paul has over 20 years of experience in data storage and has been deeply involved with storage interface technology, including SATA since its inception. Early in his career, he was a storage controller designer, before moving into Marketing in the HDD industry, and eventually into storage semiconductors. Paul currently holds the position of Director, Product Marketing with Marvell Semiconductor. In that role, he has responsibility for transceiver technology and HDD/SSD storage standards, including SATA, SAS, USB, PCIe, as well as the SSD activities of JEDEC and SNIA. Within SATA-IO, Paul is active in the Marketing, PHY and Digital groups. Paul holds BSEE and MBA degrees from San Jose State University.