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Si2 Executive Team Bios

John Ellis - President and CEO
John Ellis was named President and CEO of Si2 in February 2015. John had served Si2 as Vice President of Engineering . John has more than 25 years of experience leading diverse research and development programs spanning multiple industries. After graduating from the University of Texas with a Master's in Mechanical Engineering, John worked at Sandia National Labs, where he focused on R&D projects for the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and other federal agencies. His experience includes nuclear weapons testing, missile guidance, air-borne and space-borne imaging systems, Internet and IC security, and semiconductor manufacturing.

In 2000, John's career took him to SEMI, a global trade association for the semiconductor industry, where as VP of Technology was responsible for global semiconductor manufacturing standards as well as coordination of industry initiatives such as e-Diagnostics and 450mm wafer size economics analyses.
Jake Buurma - Si2 Fellow
Mr. Buurma has more than 33 years of industry experience equally split between the design of integrated circuits at major semiconductor companies such as National Semiconductor and Toshiba Semiconductor and developing EDA software at companies such as Cadence Design Systems, Silicon Navigator and Aprio. Jake has worked extensively with global development teams in automated physical design, EDA software development and improving Design for Manufacturability (DFM) at sub-100nm process nodes.

Jake has participated on several industry initiatives and has been an invited speaker at several Gary Hamel seminars on the topic of Innovation and Corporate Renewal. Mr. Buurma was a founding board member of the Virtual Socket Interface Alliance (VSIA) and he was the General Chairman of the Custom Integrated Circuit Conference (CICC). He has authored over 100 papers in technical conferences and engineering journals, he was a contributing author in the book Talking Chips, and the recipient of three patents in Analog and Digital Circuit Design.

Mr. Buurma received his M.S.E.E. degree from Santa Clara University and graduated cum laude with a global MBA from Duke University.
Marshall Tiner - Director, Production Standards
Over thirty years in the semiconductor industry. Experience in management, design, manufacturing, and test. Several patent applications in process, currently two issued. University of Texas BSEE, Centennial Anniversary Class.

Key contributor to Motorola's Microcontroller Group (MC68HC11), Manufacturing and test (PowerPC) , the BAT1 leadership team, and the SoCDT design team.

IBM contributions including Critical Path Monitor design lead, system verification, library development, physical design, logic verification, and circuit design.

Jerry Frenkil - Director, Open Standards
Jerry Frenkil has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor and EDA industries as a designer, technologist, entrepreneur, and executive. He co-founded Sente which later became Sequence Design where he was CTO and VP of R&D. Jerry has also worked as as independent design consultant and has held management positions at Nanowatt Design, VLSI Technology and Mostek. He holds a BSEE from the University of Texas, has contributed chapters to four books on Low Power Design, and holds fifteen patents on circuit design and design automation.
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