Meet the Signal Integrity Journal Editorial Advisory Board


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.


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 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 (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 is a Principle Signal and Power Integrity Engineer at Samtec, working on advanced signal and power integrity designs.  Prior to 2018 he was a Distinguished Engineer at SUN Microsystems, later Oracle.  He worked on new advanced power distribution design and validation methodologies. He 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 25 um 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.  He 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 is a Life Fellow of the IEEE with twenty five patents to his name, author of two books on power integrity, teaches signal and power integrity courses, and maintains an SI/PI website.

Steve Sandler has been involved with power system engineering for nearly 40 years. Steve is the founder of PICOTEST.com, a company specializing in power integrity solutions including measurement products, services, and training. He frequently lectures and leads workshops internationally on the topics of power, PDN, and distributed systems and is a Keysight certified expert for EDA software.

He frequently writes articles and books related to power supply and PDN performance and his latest book, Power Integrity: Measuring, Optimizing and Troubleshooting Power-Related Parameters in Electronics Systems, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2014.

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.

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 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.

 

Larry Smith is a Principal Signal Integrity engineer at Micron specializing in Power Integrity since August 2018.  Prior to joining Micron, he was a PI engineer at Qualcomm in the mobile computing space beginning 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. Mr. Smith 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.  His most recent work is a book entitled “Principles of Power Integrity for PDN Design” published by Prentice Hall in 2017 with Dr Eric Bogatin.


Michael Violette is President of Washington Laboratories and Director of American Certification Body. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of EMC evaluation and product approvals and has overseen the development of engineering services companies in the US, Europe and Asia.  He is a Professional Engineer, registered in the State of Virginia. He has given numerous presentations on compliance topics and is a regular contributor to technical and trade magazines.

 

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.