President and CEO
Since 2002, Steve has served as President and CEO of Si2, the leading worldwide consortium of semiconductor and software companies developing EDA standards and supporting technology. Under Steve's leadership, membership has increased 400%, and output of collaborative technology has expanded in both frequency and scope to better serve a rapidly changing industry.
Steve was previously VP, Corporate Marketing for BOPS Inc. and a veteran of Texas Instruments. At TI, he was Senior Member,Technical Staff and manager of EDA strategy and reliability strategy. Steve was chair of the Design Sciences Technical Advisory Board at Semiconductor Research Corporation, co-chair of Accellera, President of VHDL International, and chair of VITAL and Rosetta standards. He has authored over 200 articles on EDA and design methodology, was a founding editor of ASIC & EDA and Integrated System Design magazines, and currently authors a weekly blog for Chip Design magazine. Steve also serves on the Boards of emerging technology startups.
Steve received his BSEE from U. Maryland, and an MBA from U. Texas. He is an active jazz trombone musician in the Austin area.
John Ellis – Vice President of Engineering
John Ellis serves Si2 as Vice President of Engineering and is responsible for Si2 engineering and service projects. 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.
English - Vice President of Development
As an experienced senior manager, Nick English is known for managing
both business and technical processes that affect electronic design. He
has over 25 years of high-technology industry experience in both
engineering and management roles. He has previously served as the
chair and the key driver of the OpenKit Initiative within Accellera to
create standards for the semiconductor industry’s process design kits.
Over the last twenty years Nick has held senior management positions in
semiconductor, EDA, and software companies. As an engineer he
worked in the areas of statistical device modeling at the transistor
level. He holds a BSEE and MSEE from the University of South
Buurma – VP, West Coast Operations
Jake Buurma, 57, currently serves as VP of West Coast Operations for
the Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2). 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