2016-2017 Board of Directors
Gord Caruk is a Fellow Design Engineer at Advanced Micro Devices. He has been in the industry for >30 years, >20 of that at ATI/AMD, where his work has focused on I/O system interconnect architecture. Gord is part of the team delivering PCI Express technology into most of AMD’s products.
Greg Casey is a Senior Architect and Strategist in the Server CTO team of Dell/EMC. At Dell EMC, he has been involved with the Definition, Development and Design of Modular Server Systems. He has focused on all interconnect technologies including PCIe, IB, Ethernet, Fibre Channel. Prior to joining Dell in 2006, Greg was with QLogic, Ascend and Sperry Univac Defense focusing on the problems of high speed modular digital communication. Industry technical involvement includes T11 Fiber Channel Technical, IEFT Task Force, and GenZ. Greg holds a MBA and Computer Engineering degree from Iowa State University. Greg served in the US Navy supporting the Navy Tactical Data System.
Dr. Debendra Das Sharma is a Senior Principal Engineer and Director of the I/O Technology and Standards group in Intel. He leads the interconnect technologies spanning PCIe, Coherency, MCP, SoC, and Rack Scale Architecture covering the IoT, hand-held, client, server, and HPC segments. He is a leading contributor to multiple generations of PCI Express specification, a board member of PCI-SIG, and chairs the PCI-SIG Logical PHY team. Debendra joined Intel in 2001 and led the development of several server chipsets (Twincastle, Seaburg, Tylersburg, and Boxboro) and the PCIe, coherency, and MCP blocks in the server CPU chips. Prior to joining Intel, he was with Hewlett-Packard for seven years where he worked on the development of several server chipsets, including Superdome.
Debendra earned a PhD degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1994 and a Bachelor in Technology (Hons) degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1989. He holds 83 US patents in the areas of CPUs, chipsets, interconnect, coherence protocol, MCP, SoC, high availability, and microarchitecture. He is a frequently invited speaker and panelist in PCI-SIG Developers Conference and Intel Developer Forum.
Michael Diamond is Sr. Director of Strategic Marketing at NVIDIA. He was Vice President of Operations for Intensys, a Graphics Processor company, before joining NVIDIA in 2001. Mr. Diamond is a founder of the OpenPOWER Foundation and serves on its Board of Directors as Vice President and Treasurer, serves on the PCI-SIG and OpenCAPI Board of Directors, served on the PC Gaming Alliance Board of Directors, and has authored or co-authored 72 patents. He holds a B.S.E. degree from California State University Northridge, an M.S.M.E. and M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, and attended Executive Management programs at Caltech and MIT-Sloan.
Michael Krause is a VP and Fellow at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) within the corporate CTO organization. He is a member of the PCI-SIG Board of Directors. Since 2001, he has co-authored numerous PCI-SIG specifications, as well as co-chaired multiple technical workgroups. He is the HPE technical lead for PCI Express, as well as a variety of interconnect and fabric technologies covering multiple market segments.
Mehul Shah is a Senior Engineer Staff Member at Lenovo in Data Center Group. He has over 22 years of professional experience in the enterprise server industry with the focus on system firmware for high performance scalable systems. He has delivered system firmware for multi-node scaling using multiple processor and system architectures.
Richard Solomon serves as Vice-President of the PCI-SIG. He is the Technical Marketing Manager for Synopsys' DesignWare PCI Express Controller IP, and has been involved in the development of PCI chips dating back to the NCR 53C810 and pre-1.0 versions of the PCI spec. Prior to joining Synopsys, Richard architected and led the development of the PCI Express and PCI-X interface cores used in LSI’s line of storage RAID controller chips. He has served on the PCI-SIG Board of Directors for over 10 years, and continues to represent Synopsys on wide variety of PCI workgroups. Richard holds a BSEE from Rice University and 26 US Patents, many of which relate to PCI technology.
Dr. Rick Wietfeldt serves as Sr. Technologist for Qualcomm in San Diego. His responsibilities include standards and architecture planning as pertaining to advanced connectivity technologies. Rick joined Qualcomm from Texas Instruments in Dallas, where between 2003 and 2007 he served as CTO, Emerging Technologies and Standards, and previously OMAP CTO. Prior to this he held CTO and Director titles at startups in Silicon Valley and San Diego. Rick holds a Ph.D. from York University in Toronto, and BSEE and MSEE degrees in communications engineering from the University of Toronto. He has worked in the fields of wireless and communications engineering for over 20 years and is well versed regarding technologies and trends in the wireless and consumer marketplaces.
Al Yanes has served as president of the PCI-SIG since 2003 and chairman since 2006 and is a Distinguished Engineer for IBM in the Systems & Technology Division. He has 26 years of experience working with ASIC design in the I/O industry. Yanes holds 25 patents for PCI™ and other I/O technologies. Yanes is a PCI Express® technology expert for the IBM Rochester office and he is involved in I/O design for IBM's Server products. Yanes holds a B.S. in computer engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Reen Presnell has served as the Executive Director of the PCI-SIG since 2007, and has supported the efforts of the PCI-SIG since 2000. Reen also serves as President of VTM Group as well, and holds an MBA from University of Portland.