Meet the Signal Integrity Journal Editorial Advisory Board

Rula Bakleh


Rula Bakleh has over 20 years of engineering experience focused on high-speed digital, RF/microwave, and power integrity designs and analysis for IC packages, circuit boards and systems. Her accomplishments include many first-pass-success high-speed/high-power designs. Rula is member of DesignCon’s Technical Program Committee working multiple tracks. Rula is currently working for Samtec Teraspeed Consulting and has also worked at Woodward-McCoach, L-3 Communications, BAE Systems and Raytheon. She received her BSEE from SUNY Binghamton and her MSEE in Microwave/RF Engineering from UMASS Amherst.


Jay Diepenbrock


Joseph (Jay) Diepenbrock
 holds a Sc. B. (EE) from Brown University and an MSEE from Syracuse University.  He worked in a number of development areas in IBM including IC, analog and RF circuit, and backplane design.  He then moved to IBM’s Integrated Supply Chain, working on the electrical specification, testing, and modeling of connectors and cables and was IBM’s Subject Matter Expert on high speed cables.  After a long career at IBM he left there and joined Lorom America as Senior Vice President, High Speed Engineering, and led the Lorom Signal Integrity team, supporting its high speed product development.  He left Lorom in 2015, and is now an independent consultant. Jay has authored or co-authored a number of technical papers, and contributed to a number of industry standards, is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and holds 12 patents.


Vladimir Dmitriev-Zdorov


Vladimir Dmitriev-Zdorov 
is a principal engineer at Mentor Graphics Corporation. He has developed a number of advanced models and novel simulation methods used in the company’s products. His current work includes development of efficient methods of circuit/system simulation in the time and frequency domains, transformation and analysis of multi-port systems, and statistical and time-domain analysis of SERDES links. He received Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees (1986, 1998) based on his work on circuit and system simulation methods. The results have been published in numerous papers and conference proceedings.


Alfred Neves


Alfred (Al) Neves
, Founder and Chief Technologist at Wild River, has 30 years of experience designing and application development of semiconductor products, capitol equipment design focused on jitter and signal integrity analysis, and has successfully been involved with numerous business developments and startup activity for the last 13 years. Alfred is involved with the Signal Integrity community as a consultant, high-speed system level design manager and engineer. Recent technical accomplishments include development of platforms and methods to improve 3D electromagnetic correspondence to measure-based methods, including advancing time and frequency domain calibration methods.

Alfred focuses on measure-based model development, package characterization, high-speed board design, low jitter design, analysis, and training. He earned a B.S. in Applied Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts.


Istvan Novak


Istvan Novak
is a Senior Principal Engineer at Oracle working on new advanced power distribution design and validation methodologies. For eleven years prior to this Istvan was responsible for the power distribution and high-speed signal integrity designs of SUN's successful workgroup server families. He introduced the industry's first 25um power-ground laminates for large rigid computer boards, and worked with component vendors to create a series of low-inductance and controlled-ESR bypass capacitors.

Istvan also served as SUN's representative on the Copper Cable and Connector Workgroup of InfiniBand, and was engaged in the methodologies, designs and characterization of power-distribution networks from silicon to DC-DC converters. He has thirty five years of experience with high-speed digital, RF, and analog circuit and system design and has twenty five patents.

He is Fellow of IEEE for his contributions to the signal-integrity and RF measurement as well as simulation methodologies, lead author of the book "Frequency-Domain Characterization of Power Distribution Networks" (Artech House, 2007) and Executive Editor of the book "Power Distribution Design Methodologies" (IEC, 2008).


Yuriy Shlepnev


Yuriy Shlepnev
is a member of the Signal Integrity Journal Editorial Advisory Board & President and Founder of Simberian Inc., where he develops Simbeor electromagnetic signal integrity software.  He received M.S. degree in radio engineering from Novosibirsk State Technical University in 1983, and the Ph.D. degree in computational electromagnetics from Siberian State University of Telecommunications and Informatics in 1990. He was principal developer of electromagnetic simulator for Eagleware Corporation and leading developer of electromagnetic software for simulation of signal and power distribution networks at Mentor Graphics. The results of his research are published in multiple papers and conference proceedings.

Bert Simonovich


Lambert (Bert) Simonovich
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, graduated from Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada as an Electronic Engineering Technologist. Over a 32 year career at Bell Northern Research and later Nortel, he helped pioneer several advanced technology solutions into products and has held a variety of R&D positions, eventually specializing in backplane design. He is the founder of Lamsim Enterprises Inc. providing innovative signal integrity and backplane solutions. He is currently engaged in signal integrity, characterization and modeling of high speed serial links associated with backplane interconnects. He holds two patents and author of several publications.


Stephen Slater


Stephen Slater
leads the SI & PI product planning and marketing team at Keysight EEsof EDA.  Over the last decade Stephen has been working closely with customers using Keysight’s Advanced Design System, for high-speed serdes channel simulations, DDR simulation and Electromagnetic simulation for PCB applications.  Prior to joining Keysight, Stephen graduated from Griffith University (Australia) with a BS in Electronic Engineering (First Class Honors), and a BS of Information Technology.


Doug Smith


Doug Smith
held an FCC First Class Radiotelephone license by age 16 and a General Class amateur radio license at age 12. He received a B.E.E.E. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1969 and an M.S.E.E. degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1970. In 1970, he joined AT&T Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff. He retired in 1996 as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. From February 1996 to April 2000 he was Manager of EMC Development and Test at Auspex Systems in Santa Clara, CA. Doug currently is an independent consultant specializing in high frequency measurements, circuit/system design and verification, switching power supply noise and specifications, EMC, and immunity to transient noise. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a former member of the IEEE EMC Society Board of Directors.

His technical interests include high frequency effects in electronic circuits, including topics such as Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Electrostatic Discharge (ESD), Electrical Fast Transients (EFT), and other forms of pulsed electromagnetic interference. He also has been involved with FCC Part 68 testing and design, telephone system analog and digital design, IC design, and computer simulation of circuits. He has been granted over 15 patents, several on measurement apparatus.

Doug holds the title of University of Oxford Tutor in the Department of Continuing Education at Oxford University in the UK. He has lectured at Oxford University, The University of California Santa Barbara, The University of California Berkeley, Vanderbilt University, AT&T Bell Labs, and internationally at many public and private seminars on high frequency measurements, circuit design, ESD, and EMC. He is author of the book High Frequency Measurements and Noise in Electronic Circuits. His very popular website, http://emcesd.com (www.dsmith.org), draws many thousands of visitors each month to see over 250 technical articles as well as other features.

He provides training and consulting services in general design, EMC, and transient immunity (such as ESD and EFT), and switching power supply noise. His specialty is solving difficult problems quickly, usually within a couple of days. His work has included digital and analog circuits in everything from large diesel powered machinery to space craft to IC chip level circuits. His large client base includes many well known large electronic and industrial companies as well as medium sized companies and start-up companies.


Larry Smith


Larry Smith
is a Principal Power Integrity Engineer at Qualcomm.  Prior to joining Qualcomm in 2011, he worked at Altera from 2005 to 2011 and Sun Microsystems from 1996 to 2005 where he did development work in the field of signal and power integrity.   Before this, he worked at IBM in the areas of reliability, characterization, failure analysis, power supply and analog circuit design, packaging and signal integrity. Larry received the BSEE degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the MS degree in material science from the University of Vermont. He has more than a dozen patents and has authored numerous journal and conference papers. He and Eric Bogatin have a book on Power Integrity published in 2017.


Lisa Ward


Lisa Ward
is a Technology Manager/Lead Standards Engineer at Rohde & Schwarz where she serves as a liaison between R&S product developers and several standards organizations including IEEE P370. She has held this position since 2004. Lisa was an R&S field application engineer for the spectrum analyzer and signal generator product lines from 2001 to 2004. Prior to Rohde & Schwarz, she worked for Sprint and Hughes Space and Communications. Lisa holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas.