2013 ERAI Executive Conference - Speakers & Instructors

Speakers & Instructors
Carlo Abesamis
Quality Assurance, Office of Safety and Mission Success, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology


Carlo Abesamis is a Quality Engineer with the Procurement Quality Assurance Group, Office of Safety and Mission Success at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA.He is responsible for developing the Supplier Corrective Action system at JPL. He leads teams in Process Audits and Quality Management Systems Audits at supplier sites. Lastly he has also developed the electronics parts counterfeit awareness and inspection training at JPL which has been offered at JPL, other NASA Centers and Federal Agencies.
Carlo Abesamis is a Quality Engineer with the Procurement Quality Assurance Group, Office of Safety and Mission Success at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA.He is responsible for developing the Supplier Corrective Action system at JPL. He leads teams in Process Audits and Quality Management Systems Audits at supplier sites. Lastly he has also developed the electronics parts counterfeit awareness and inspection training at JPL which has been offered at JPL, other NASA Centers and Federal Agencies.

Prior to joining JPL, Carlo was a Quality Engineer on the Space Shuttle Main Engine turbo-machinery group for Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne in Canoga Park, CA. He was also the Quality Director at Metalex Manufacturing, a high precision machine shop in the Cincinnati, OH area. He is a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) and has earned a Masters in Engineering Management from the University of Southern California. His undergraduate studies were initiated at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA culminating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.


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Dan Berry
Vice President of Operations
Newfield Network Executive Coach
Founder & President of Quintessence TC LLC


Dan Berry has been building and empowering teams and leaders increasing their influence and impact in organizations for over three decades. He has conducted workshops and has been a repeat guest speaker at the NASA Supply Chain Conference, Aerospace Corporation’s Supplier Quality Improvement Council and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics.
Dan Berry has been building and empowering teams and leaders increasing their influence and impact in organizations for over three decades. He has conducted workshops and has been a repeat guest speaker at the NASA Supply Chain Conference, Aerospace Corporation’s Supplier Quality Improvement Council and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics.

Topics for his presentations and workshops have included:

Capitalizing on NASA Supplier Assessments
Engineering Conversations for Action
AS9100 RevC Journey
Quality Management System Audits, Customer Compliance & Third Party Certification
Waste of Broken Communications (Aug 2012 Aerospace Corp. GettingItRight newsletter)
Ball Aerospace Mission Assurance Communication Course
Overwhelm and Managing Capacity
Trust with Leadership Presence
Six Emotions of Leaders

Dan is the Vice President of Operations at Newfield Network. He is the retired Director of Quality at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. concluding nearly 25 years with Ball Aerospace. Prior to joining Newfield, he founded Quintessence Transformational Coaching LLC and serves as President.

He is a Newfield Certified Coach, an International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach and a graduate of the Body and Movement program at Newfield. Dan grew up on the front range of Colorado and panhandle of Nebraska, earning his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Nebraska.

Aviation is his avocation, receiving his glider, private pilot, instrument and seaplane ratings starting at age 15. He applies his mechanical aptitude by building experimental aircraft; he has completed and test flown both of his award winning planes, an RV6 and Piper Cub replica.

Dan has served over 25 space flight projects with an emphasis on leadership, optical mounting techniques and Cryogenic Cooler mechanisms. He coauthored the Opto-Mechanical Design Handbook for Ball Aerospace and has published 3 Cryogenic Cooler conference presentation papers as well as co-authored a paper about the Kepler photometer and mission.

Community service is also important to Dan where he has been the past president of the Boulder Evening Optimist Club, local Experimental Aircraft Association, Airport Board Chairman and Newfield Front Range Alumni Group facilitator.


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Bill Cardoso, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer and founder of Creative Electron


Bill Cardoso, Ph.D., is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Creative Electron. A native of Brazil, Bill came to the US in 1998 as a 'guest engineer' at the US Department of Energy's renowned Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), one of the leading research institutions for high energy and nuclear physics. In a nine year career at Fermilab and starting with an associate electronics degree earned in Brazil at age 13, Bill took on significant project, personnel, and budget responsibilities while at the same time he earned MS and PhD degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Bill Cardoso, Ph.D., is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Creative Electron. A native of Brazil, Bill came to the US in 1998 as a 'guest engineer' at the US Department of Energy's renowned Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), one of the leading research institutions for high energy and nuclear physics. In a nine year career at Fermilab and starting with an associate electronics degree earned in Brazil at age 13, Bill took on significant project, personnel, and budget responsibilities while at the same time he earned MS and PhD degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

After leaving Fermilab as Department Head for Electronic Systems Engineering, Bill moved to California to become the VP of Technology at the government contracting firm he eventually acquired from the estate of the founder to create Creative Electron in 2008.

An industry thought leader, Bill has been recognized as IIT's 2011 Outstanding Young Alumnus Awardee for his contributions to science and technology. He is also a Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA), American Physics Society (APS), and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).

Bill is a holder of several patents in the areas of radiation detection, radiography, and quality inspection.

Bill is an active member of his community and is part of the technical committee of several conferences including the SMTA/CALCE Component Counterfeit Conference, Components for Military and Space Electronics Conference, SPIE Photonics, and the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium.

Bill serves in the G19 committee writing the standards for counterfeit detection for the aerospace and defense markets. He is also a reviewer of academic proposals for the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, and National Science Foundation. He is the author of over 120 technical publications and contributor to 2 books, and is a frequent speaker at technical conferences on radiography and optical inspection worldwide.


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Jeffery Chiow
Associate in the Washington, DC office of Rogers Joseph O'Donnell PC


Jeffery Chiow is an Associate in the Washington, DC office of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell PC where he focuses his practice on government contracts and government investigations. He counsels government contractors on business and compliance issues and in the litigation of claims and bid protests. He has also conducted internal investigations and guided contractors through very significant government and congressional investigations arising primarily, though not exclusively, from the performance of government contracts.
Jeffery Chiow is an Associate in the Washington, DC office of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell PC where he focuses his practice on government contracts and government investigations. He counsels government contractors on business and compliance issues and in the litigation of claims and bid protests. He has also conducted internal investigations and guided contractors through very significant government and congressional investigations arising primarily, though not exclusively, from the performance of government contracts.

Mr. Chiow’s clients often provide highly technical equipment and services to federal or state customers and those companies benefit from his technical background as a Marine Corps weapons and sensors officer (WSO) flying F/A-18D fighter/attack aircraft. He also has significant experience with large and small businesses that provide commercial items and services to meet government needs. Mr. Chiow has served clients holding contracts with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, every branch of the military, NASA and intelligence agencies as well as GSA, VA and many other civilian agencies. Recently, Mr. Chiow has been called upon to assist clients with difficult questions surrounding the government’s growing demands for information assurance/cybersecurity, cloud computing and the transition of legacy IT systems. He has also focused intently on supply chain assurance and the threat posed by counterfeit parts. He speaks and writes on emerging issues facing government contractors and is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Public Contract Law serving on that body’s Counterfeit Parts Task Force. Mr. Chiow is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the George Washington University Law School.


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Craig Denney
Partner, Snell & Wilmer


Craig Denney is a board certified criminal trial advocate with over 35 federal jury trials under his belt. He has defended both corporate and individual clients in federal and state criminal, and quasi- criminal investigations. He regularly authors articles in professional journals and trade publications on internal investigations, grand jury subpoenas and federal investigations. He has lectured on the topics of electronic surveillance, search and seizure, federal sentencing guidelines and grand jury subpoenas. Craig has defended or is currently defending clients in federal investigations by U.S. Customs and Border Protection; FBI; IRS; SEC; U.S. Department of Interior - Inspector General's Office (DOI-IG); U.S. Department of Labor (DOL); U.S. Department of Agriculture - Inspector General's Office (USDA-IG); U.S. Department of Defense - Inspector General's Office (DOD-IG); U.S. Department of Army - Inspector General's Office (DA-IG); and Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Bureau (ATF). Prior to entering private practice, Craig served as an Assistant United States Attorney for seven years and prosecuted white collar, money laundering, narcotics, and firearm cases. He is also a Colonel in the Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps and serves as a trial judge for courts-martial trials.
Craig Denney is a board certified criminal trial advocate with over 35 federal jury trials under his belt. He has defended both corporate and individual clients in federal and state criminal, and quasi- criminal investigations. He regularly authors articles in professional journals and trade publications on internal investigations, grand jury subpoenas and federal investigations. He has lectured on the topics of electronic surveillance, search and seizure, federal sentencing guidelines and grand jury subpoenas. Craig has defended or is currently defending clients in federal investigations by U.S. Customs and Border Protection; FBI; IRS; SEC; U.S. Department of Interior - Inspector General's Office (DOI-IG); U.S. Department of Labor (DOL); U.S. Department of Agriculture - Inspector General's Office (USDA-IG); U.S. Department of Defense - Inspector General's Office (DOD-IG); U.S. Department of Army - Inspector General's Office (DA-IG); and Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Bureau (ATF). Prior to entering private practice, Craig served as an Assistant United States Attorney for seven years and prosecuted white collar, money laundering, narcotics, and firearm cases. He is also a Colonel in the Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps and serves as a trial judge for courts-martial trials.


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Paul Elefonte
Executive VP of DMS/EOL Solutions, Crestwood Technology Group (CTG)


Paul has emerged as an industry leading, subject matter expert in the areas of risk mitigation and counterfeit identification and avoidance after years of working closely with leading Defense and Aerospace contractors. One of Paul’s key objectives is to assist in the development of strategies and quality notes designed to meet the most stringent supplier performance expectations. This collaboration with supply chain executives, engineers and quality personnel has provided unique, direct and intimate knowledge of the challenges facing the defense and aerospace industry. Paul’s unyielding quest for quality and commitment to customer satisfaction has led Crestwood Technology Group to become an industry leader in DMS solutions with comprehensive in-house test and inspection capabilities. With Paul’s leadership, CTG has successfully implemented one of the most comprehensive counterfeit detection and vendor management programs in the market today earning them the Lockheed Martin Small Business Supplier of the Year, April 2010 and the Boeing Performance Excellence Award for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Paul has emerged as an industry leading, subject matter expert in the areas of risk mitigation and counterfeit identification and avoidance after years of working closely with leading Defense and Aerospace contractors. One of Paul’s key objectives is to assist in the development of strategies and quality notes designed to meet the most stringent supplier performance expectations. This collaboration with supply chain executives, engineers and quality personnel has provided unique, direct and intimate knowledge of the challenges facing the defense and aerospace industry. Paul’s unyielding quest for quality and commitment to customer satisfaction has led Crestwood Technology Group to become an industry leader in DMS solutions with comprehensive in-house test and inspection capabilities. With Paul’s leadership, CTG has successfully implemented one of the most comprehensive counterfeit detection and vendor management programs in the market today earning them the Lockheed Martin Small Business Supplier of the Year, April 2010 and the Boeing Performance Excellence Award for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

CTG is an Award Winning Independent Stocking Distributor of hardware, electronic components and electromechanical parts. CTG specializes in DMS/EOL solutions for the US Military and the Defense and Aerospace industry.


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Steve Foster
Procurement Quality Assurance, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


Steve Foster is the Lead Procurement Quality Assurance Specialist at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center; Edwards CA. He is responsible for assigning quality requirements on all purchases and to mitigate risk on receiving counterfeit parts. He has created an extensive supplier database, risk mitigation controls and counterfeit avoidance processes that have dramatically reduced the risk of receiving counterfeit parts both in electronic components and aircraft parts.
Steve Foster is the Lead Procurement Quality Assurance Specialist at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center; Edwards CA. He is responsible for assigning quality requirements on all purchases and to mitigate risk on receiving counterfeit parts. He has created an extensive supplier database, risk mitigation controls and counterfeit avoidance processes that have dramatically reduced the risk of receiving counterfeit parts both in electronic components and aircraft parts.

Steve is a graduate of Wayland Baptist University with a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Education specializing in corporate training and development. He has over 30 years of experience in the aerospace industry. Steve served over 27 years in the United States Air Force specializing in aircraft maintenance on the F-15E and the A-10 aircraft. He served in different capacities such as analyzing supply and contracting functions, sub-contracting planned work and material research for all maintenance activities, and chief consultant and subject matter technical expert on aircraft systems. He established and maintained an integrated technical surveillance program for evaluating contractor systems/processes and assessing risks associated with the contractor performance and inherent process/product factors. He served in numerous leadership positions from Superintendent of Quality Assurance to Group Superintendent at the United States Air Force Academy. Steve retired from the Air Force with four Meritorious Service Medals and two Commendation medals. Steve joined the NASA team in October of 2010.


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Keith Gregory
Partner, Snell & Wilmer


Keith Gregory practices in the areas of general business matters, corporate, franchise and partnership disputes, and intellectual property and commercial litigation. He is an experienced litigator, with considerable background in intellectual property issues, licensing agreements, trade secret matters and Uniform Commercial Code issues, especially within the electronic components and semi-conductor industries. Keith was recently appointed to the SAE International AS6081 Committee, established to develop standards proscribing counterfeit parts avoidance requirements for independent distributors
Los Angeles, California Office
213.929.2547 | kgregory@swlaw.com

Keith Gregory practices in the areas of general business matters, corporate, franchise and partnership disputes, and intellectual property and commercial litigation. He is an experienced litigator, with considerable background in intellectual property issues, licensing agreements, trade secret matters and Uniform Commercial Code issues, especially within the electronic components and semi-conductor industries. Keith was recently appointed to the SAE International AS6081 Committee, established to develop standards proscribing counterfeit parts avoidance requirements for independent distributors.

Representative Matters
  • Successfully negotiated a settlement for a distributor of electronic components accused of selling mismarked and defective parts, which reduced client’s financial exposure by nearly 90%.
  • Served as lead trial counsel for a franchisor that was sued by its first franchisee for breach of contract, California franchise law violations, intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, concealment and unfair competition. After two weeks of trial, the jury found entirely in favor of the defendant franchisor. The jury also found that the franchisee had breached the franchise agreement by failing to pay royalties and to pay back advances made to it by the franchisor, and awarded damages to the franchisor.
  • Structured the financial terms of an independent distributor’s contract, which resulted in more than a 50% increase in profits on a single transaction.
  • Litigated a trade secrets case on behalf of an employer whose former salesperson solicited a number of the company’s long-term customers and suppliers. Successfully obtained a temporary restraining order and negotiated a settlement, resulting in the salesperson agreeing to pay the employer’s attorneys’ fees and no longer contacting the company’s customers and suppliers.
  • Retained by client company as trial counsel three months prior to start of jury trial in which plaintiff was seeking over $800,000 in alleged damages. At the conclusion of the six-day trial, the jury awarded the plaintiff approximately $70,000 – half of the $140,000 offer previously made by the client and less than one-tenth of what the plaintiff was seeking to recover.
Professional Recognition & Awards
  • AV Rated, Martindale Hubbell
Education
  • University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., 1984)
  • University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., 1981)
Personal
  • Born in Brooklyn, New York
Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of California
  • United States District Court, All Districts of California
Professional Memberships & Activities
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Member
  • Electronic Resellers Association International (ERAI), General Counsel
  • SAE International, Member, AS6081 Committee
Other Professional Experience
  • Greenberg & Bass Law Firm, Partner (2000-2011)
Representative Publications & Presentations
  • Electronic Resellers Association International, Speaker, Executive Conferences (2001-2008)
  • Ten Steps for Protecting Trade Secrets, Author, Graziano Business School (Fall 2007)
  • USC Olin School of Engineering, Lecturer, Internet Technology (Spring Semester 2006)
  • What Stays and Who Pays? The Rights of Buyers and Sellers Pertaining to Defective Parts, Author, Graziadio Business Report: Journal of Contemporary Business Practice (Fall 2002)
Community Involvement
  • Northridge Hospital Medical Center Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Tech America, Los Angeles Chapter, Government Affairs Committee, Chair
  • The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura Chapter, Board of Directors Past-President
  • The Wellness Community, National Board of Directors, Past Member


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Tony Hall
Global Quality Manager, Astute Electronics Ltd.


Tony has been within quality for over 25 years. His experience ranges from Mechanical Engineering through Optical Mechanical to Electronics with Astute. He has been with Astute for over 7 years as Global Quality Manager, managing quality assurance for their 5 global locations. Tony participates in various industry forums including G19 sub committees and Component Obsolescence groups.
Tony has been within quality for over 25 years. His experience ranges from Mechanical Engineering through Optical Mechanical to Electronics with Astute. He has been with Astute for over 7 years as Global Quality Manager, managing quality assurance for their 5 global locations. Tony participates in various industry forums including G19 sub committees and Component Obsolescence groups.


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Leon C. Hamiter, Jr. PE


Mr. Hamiter is a Registered Professional Engineer with a BS in Electrical Engineering, University of Alabama and has over forty years experience in the electronics components business.
Mr. Hamiter is a Registered Professional Engineer with a BS in Electrical Engineering, University of Alabama and has over forty years experience in the electronics components business.

He was manager of the Components Engineering Group at NASA/MSFC for over 20 years. After leaving NASA he founded the Components Technology Institute Inc. which provides components engineering, failure investigations, quality assurance and consulting services to the space, military, electronics industry and legal firms. In 2006 he developed a training program, CCAW, on the detection and avoidance of counterfeit electronic components in the supply chain and later the CCAP-101 Certified Program for Independent Distributors.

He has presented lectures and papers on counterfeit components avoidance, components engineering, specifications, reliability, and component technology in the United States, Europe and Japan .

Leon Hamiter
Components Technology Institute Inc.
904 Bob Wallace Ave. Suite 117
Huntsville, AL 35801 USA
Tel +1-256-536-1304 Fax +1-256-539-8477
Web: www.cti-us.com
E mail: Leon.Hamiter34@cti-us.com


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Dr. James Hayward
President, and CEO of Applied DNA Sciences


Dr. James A. Hayward is Chairman, President, and CEO of Applied DNA Sciences. With over 20 years of experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, life science and consumer product industries, Dr. Hayward is actively involved in the global effort to ensure the authenticity of products and the protection of global supply chains from counterfeiting and diversion. Patented and applied in over a billion products throughout the world, the Company’s SigNature® DNA markers are unique, botanical, “green” DNA sequences that can help preserve the quality and integrity of products from pharmaceutics to cosmetics.
Dr. James A. Hayward is Chairman, President, and CEO of Applied DNA Sciences. With over 20 years of experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, life science and consumer product industries, Dr. Hayward is actively involved in the global effort to ensure the authenticity of products and the protection of global supply chains from counterfeiting and diversion. Patented and applied in over a billion products throughout the world, the Company’s SigNature® DNA markers are unique, botanical, “green” DNA sequences that can help preserve the quality and integrity of products from pharmaceutics to cosmetics.

Dr. Hayward received his Bachelor's degree in Biology and Chemistry from the State University of New York at Oneonta in 1976, his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1983, and an honorary Doctor of Science from the same institution in 2000. He was one of the founding principals and research director of Europe's first liposome company, Biocompatibles Ltd. From 1984 to 1989, he was responsible for product development at Esteй Lauder Companies.

In 1990, Dr. Hayward founded The Collaborative Group, a provider of products and services to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and consumer-product industries based in Stony Brook. For 14 years, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of Collaborative, spawning multiple businesses including The Collaborative BioAlliance, a contract developer and manufacturer of human gene products, that was sold to Dow Chemical in 2002, and Collaborative Labs, a service provider and manufacturer of ingredients for skincare and dermatology was sold to Engelhard (now BASF) in 2004.

Dr. Hayward has been twice named “Entrepreneur of the Year;” in 2002 by Inc. Magazine and in 2009 by the Long Island Technology Hall of Fame.

Dr. Hayward has been a General Partner of Double D Venture Fund, a venture capital firm based in New York, New York. Dr. Hayward has served on the boards of many companies, the Stony Brook Foundation, the Research Foundation of the State of New York, the Long Island Association, the New York Biotechnology Association, the Long Island Life Sciences Initiative and the Ward Melville Heritage Foundation.


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Geoff Hill
Owner, Astute Electronics Ltd.


Geoff Hill is the founder and owner of global distributor Astute Electronics Ltd. Originally from a franchised background and with 30 years’ experience in component distribution, Geoff has worked very closely with UK Defence contractors in particular. Creating partnerships to develop programs and initiatives to overcome the constantly evolving challenges facing this marketplace.
Geoff Hill is the founder and owner of global distributor Astute Electronics Ltd. Originally from a franchised background and with 30 years’ experience in component distribution, Geoff has worked very closely with UK Defence contractors in particular. Creating partnerships to develop programs and initiatives to overcome the constantly evolving challenges facing this marketplace.


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Eric Jordan
Sales, Nisene Technology Group


Erik Jordan is responsible for the sales of decapsulation equipment in North America. He specializes in equipping labs with automated decapsulation equipment for Failure Analysis and counterfeit detection. He has partnered with multiple organizations including SMTA, ERAI, CTI, ISTFA as well as Universities to present decapsulation as a counterfeit detection solution. He is a contributing member of SAE 6081 and is the head chair for decap on SAE 6171. Erik has published work with SMTA, ERAI and ISTFA regarding decapsulation as a method of counterfeit detection.
Erik Jordan is responsible for the sales of decapsulation equipment in North America. He specializes in equipping labs with automated decapsulation equipment for Failure Analysis and counterfeit detection. He has partnered with multiple organizations including SMTA, ERAI, CTI, ISTFA as well as Universities to present decapsulation as a counterfeit detection solution. He is a contributing member of SAE 6081 and is the head chair for decap on SAE 6171. Erik has published work with SMTA, ERAI and ISTFA regarding decapsulation as a method of counterfeit detection.

Erik Jordan
Nisene Technology Group
(831) 761-7980
erik@nisene.com


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Richard Katz
Partner, Snell & Wilmer


Richard Katz represents U.S. and foreign importers and exporters with respect to U.S. government trade regulation, including the structuring of overseas sales transactions, Customs duties and compliance, federal agency regulation of imports, export licensing, penalties, and audits. Richard's clients include U.S. import and distribution companies, U.S. high tech exporters, foreign exporters, trade associations, and government entities. He has represented clients in diverse industries, including consumer electronics, telecom, footwear, apparel, natural resources, logistics, and transportation.
Richard Katz represents U.S. and foreign importers and exporters with respect to U.S. government trade regulation, including the structuring of overseas sales transactions, Customs duties and compliance, federal agency regulation of imports, export licensing, penalties, and audits. Richard's clients include U.S. import and distribution companies, U.S. high tech exporters, foreign exporters, trade associations, and government entities. He has represented clients in diverse industries, including consumer electronics, telecom, footwear, apparel, natural resources, logistics, and transportation.


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Walter J. Keller
Chief Executive Officer
Nokomis, Inc.


Walter J. Keller is a founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Nokomis, Inc. Founded in 2002 Nokomis is the pre-eminent company for the detection, identification and geolocation of electronics. Under Mr. Keller’s leadership, Nokomis has developed unique ultra-sensitive RF and microwave capabilities that allow the sensing of unintended electronics emissions with substantially improved sensitivity, acuity and confidence over other available technologies.
Walter J. Keller is a founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Nokomis, Inc. Founded in 2002 Nokomis is the pre-eminent company for the detection, identification and geolocation of electronics. Under Mr. Keller’s leadership, Nokomis has developed unique ultra-sensitive RF and microwave capabilities that allow the sensing of unintended electronics emissions with substantially improved sensitivity, acuity and confidence over other available technologies.

He has been the Principal Investigator on 12 related efforts with the Navy, Air Force, Army, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Mr. Keller is listed as first inventor on 2 US Patents and has 10 patents pending related to Nokomis’ counterfeit detection and ultra-sensitive Radio-Frequency (RF) sensor systems.

Mr. Keller is the Program Manager for the Advanced Detection of Electronic Counterfeit (ADEC) Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) contract with NAVSEA. This effort is focused on automated counterfeit detection technology, which offers higher-performance and lower-costs than existing methods, for high-profile Navy programs. Even counterfeit devices that conventional test methodologies find indistinguishable from an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) device emit subtle differences in emission spectrum that the ADEC technology is able to detect, process and exploit.

Walter Keller received his B.S. in Physics from Union College, Schenectady, NY in 1991 and his M.S. in Physics from University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah in 1993.


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Thomas W. Lee

Mr. Lee is a Certified Project Manager by Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. He holds two undergraduate degrees in science and engineering from the University of New Mexico and the University of the State of New York. He is also a graduate of Arizona State University’s Advanced Business Administration Program, Motorola’s Management Development Program and GE’s Management Program at Crotonville, N.Y. Mr. Lee is currently a Project Manager and Tutorial Instructor in CTI’s Counterfeit Components Avoidance Workshop, where he trains Independent Distributors of electronic components in setting up procedures and laboratories to prevent counterfeit components, particularly integrated circuits (ICs), from entering the military and medical supply chains. These workshops have trained several hundred participants and have been held in many US locations such as LA, San Jose, San Diego, Phoenix, Boston and Orlando, along with locations such as Paris, London and Glasgow.
Mr. Lee is a Certified Project Manager by Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. He holds two undergraduate degrees in science and engineering from the University of New Mexico and the University of the State of New York. He is also a graduate of Arizona State University’s Advanced Business Administration Program, Motorola’s Management Development Program and GE’s Management Program at Crotonville, N.Y.

He has held management, supervisory and engineering positions in semiconductor manufacturing at Syracuse University, GE Semiconductor, Motorola Semiconductor, Sematech and Varian/Jabil. He wrote and instructed courses such as Counterfeit Component Detection and Elimination, Electrostatic Discharge Engineering, Failure Analysis Engineering, and electronic test-relevant High Voltage Safety. He has authored more than 35 papers and articles and taught tutorials at the International Symposium on Testing and Failure Analysis (ISTFA), the International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS), and the EOS/ESD Symposium. He has served as General Chairman of ISTFA. He is Co-editor of the "Microelectronic Failure Analysis Desk Reference", used as a graduate-level EE text at the University of New Mexico and published a book on electrical engineering history.

Mr. Lee is currently a Project Manager and Tutorial Instructor in CTI’s Counterfeit Components Avoidance Workshop, where he trains Independent Distributors of electronic components in setting up procedures and laboratories to prevent counterfeit components, particularly integrated circuits (ICs), from entering the military and medical supply chains. These workshops have trained several hundred participants and have been held in many US locations such as LA, San Jose, San Diego, Phoenix, Boston and Orlando, along with locations such as Paris, London and Glasgow.

Mr. Lee is a Navy veteran. He has two sons and a granddaughter and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.


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James M. Lewis
Lewis Innovative Technologies, Inc


Mr. Lewis is Vice President and Principal Engineer at Lewis Innovative Technologies, Inc. (LIT) He is an Alabama licensed Professional Engineer (PE) with a BS in Electrical Engineering (1992) and MS in Computer Engineering (1996) from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, AL.
Mr. Lewis is Vice President and Principal Engineer at Lewis Innovative Technologies, Inc. (LIT) He is an Alabama licensed Professional Engineer (PE) with a BS in Electrical Engineering (1992) and MS in Computer Engineering (1996) from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, AL.

Beginning his research career in 1977 as a research assistant at the TVA facilities in Muscle Shoals, AL. , Mr. Lewis now has over 25 year's experience in military and commercial electronics design and production. He has designed tactical hardware for the Patriot Missile system that includes Launcher Station Test Set and Fiber Optic Communications equipment.

In 1998 Mr. Lewis joined LIT. Since joining LIT, he has been awarded 13 Patents in the area of electronics technology and has been the PI on numerous SBIR research projects. Mr. Lewis’s key research interests include Silicon Biometrics and Unclonable Functions, Anti-Tamper Technology, neural networks, and resonant systems.

Mr. Lewis is Principal Architect of numerous LIT tamper detection and response technologies. He is the inventor of the LIT Phantom Sensors™ and Asymmetric Unclonable Functions (AUF) which are the basis of silicon biometrics used for counterfeit component detection. Mr. Lewis pioneered the concept of Family Characteristics in Silicon Biometrics and developed the methods for using Silicon Family Characteristics to differentiate between authentic and counterfeit components.

Mr. Lewis is a member of IEEE.


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Robert P. Leibrandt
US DoD procurement lead in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense


Rob Leibrandt was the US DoD procurement lead in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) for Information Assurance, Cyber Security, Anti-counterfeiting and authored all Item Unique Identification (IUID) and broad Unique Identification (UID) policies from 2003.to 2012
Rob Leibrandt was the US DoD procurement lead in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) for Information Assurance, Cyber Security, Anti-counterfeiting and authored all Item Unique Identification (IUID) and broad Unique Identification (UID) policies from 2003.to 2012

>From January 2011 through September 2012, he was the DoD lead on the Executive Office of the President Federal Anti-Counterfeit Working Group (ACWG) and led the Risk Management and Traceability/Reporting subgroups on reducing counterfeit parts in the supply chain. Rob continues to participate in anti-counterfeiting efforts of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the Society of Aerospace Engineers (SAE).

He chaired NATO Allied Committee 327, Working Group 5 from 2008-2012. In 2010 this working group developed NATO lifecycle management guidance for UID of Items (AUIDP-1) “NATO Guidance on UID of Items” and led the addition of “through life item traceability management” to the AC 327 work plan. Rob continues his involvement with NATO and this work in particular. He was named to the Industry Integration Group (IIG) by the NATO Industry Advisory Group (NIAG) Chairman and the US NIAG representative.

In 2008 he received Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM) Global's Don Percival Award and twice received the US DoD Exceptional Civilian Service award. In 2009, Mr. Leibrandt received ID World’s Honorable Mention for the Asset Tracking track and was selected to the Automatic Identification Manufacturers Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) 100 in 2010 for his DoD leadership.

He holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. He is DoD level III certified in Program Management, Systems Engineering and Quality Assurance. Mr. Leibrandt also graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2001.

Rob now serves as Senior Market Manager for Camcode Global Ltd, an item identification and anti-counterfeiting solutions provider with more than 50 years of experience. His role is to identify, explore and participate in global market trends and opportunities then lead the development of identification solutions to satisfy those needs. He heads supplier portal development which offers direct customer access to real time product information and analysis tools.


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Lori Leroy
Co-founder
Global IC Trading Group


Lori Leroy co-founded Global IC Trading Group in 2000, and in 2008 Global IC became one of the first Independent Distributors to invest in its inspection process with on-site X-ray, XRF and decapsulation capabilities. Lori has a BA in Business Management with a Minor in Human Resources. She has extensive management, operations, quality control systems and IT experience. She was responsible for developing the company’s Quality Management System and obtaining AS9120, ISO 9001-2008 and ANSI/ESD S20.20 certifications, along with developing the company’s website and internal data bases.
Lori Leroy co-founded Global IC Trading Group in 2000, and in 2008 Global IC became one of the first Independent Distributors to invest in its inspection process with on-site X-ray, XRF and decapsulation capabilities. Lori has a BA in Business Management with a Minor in Human Resources. She has extensive management, operations, quality control systems and IT experience. She was responsible for developing the company’s Quality Management System and obtaining AS9120, ISO 9001-2008 and ANSI/ESD S20.20 certifications, along with developing the company’s website and internal data bases.


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Sultan Ali Lilani
Technical Business Development, Integra Technologies LLC


Sultan Ali Lilani is the Technical Business Development at Integra Technologies, LLC. Integra Technologies provides cost effective full turn-key semiconductor testing, qualification, and related technical services to Fabless Semiconductor manufacturers and Military / Avionics / Space OEM users of semiconductor devices. Previously, Sultan was the Technical Customer Interface at Hi-Reliability Microelectronics, a Division of Silicon Turnkey Solutions Division in Santa Clara, Calif. and Director of Quality and Reliability for 18 years at NEC Electronics, a subsidiary of NEC Japan.
Sultan Ali Lilani is the Technical Business Development at Integra Technologies, LLC. Integra Technologies provides cost effective full turn-key semiconductor testing, qualification, and related technical services to Fabless Semiconductor manufacturers and Military / Avionics / Space OEM users of semiconductor devices. Previously, Sultan was the Technical Customer Interface at Hi-Reliability Microelectronics, a Division of Silicon Turnkey Solutions Division in Santa Clara, Calif. and Director of Quality and Reliability for 18 years at NEC Electronics, a subsidiary of NEC Japan.

Sultan is the co-chair of SAE G19A Counterfeit Committee chartered to develop a standard that standardizes practices to detect suspect counterfeit components, to maximize the use of authentic parts, and to ensure consistency across the supply-chain for test techniques and requirements.


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Dave Loaney
CEO and Founder, Premier Semiconductor Services, LLC


Dave is currently the CEO and founder of Premier Semiconductor Services, LLC. He serves on the G-19 Subcommittee on Counterfeit Detection and is on the Electrical Test committee. This subcommittee is writing the AS6171 standard for test labs which will serve to standardize counterfeit related testing performed by labs. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin and his masters at Thunderbird (AGSIM). He is the President for the Arizona Chapter for Entrepreneurs Organization (formerly YEO). Dave has also spoken at various conferences, written papers on counterfeit related issues, and been involved in the testing of electronic components since 1996.
Dave is currently the CEO and founder of Premier Semiconductor Services, LLC. He serves on the G-19 Subcommittee on Counterfeit Detection and is on the Electrical Test committee. This subcommittee is writing the AS6171 standard for test labs which will serve to standardize counterfeit related testing performed by labs. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin and his masters at Thunderbird (AGSIM). He is the President for the Arizona Chapter for Entrepreneurs Organization (formerly YEO). Dave has also spoken at various conferences, written papers on counterfeit related issues, and been involved in the testing of electronic components since 1996.


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Robert Lowry
Arthur Jonath Associates


Bob Lowry has BS/MS degrees in chemistry and worked for 32 years as a process engineer and Senior Scientist in semiconductor device manufacturing and assembly at Harris Corp. and Intersil Corp. For the past 10 years he has consulted to more than forty aerospace, microelectronic, and medical device clients in electronic materials analysis, materials/process selection and evaluation, and device and component failure analysis. Special areas of expertise include microanalytical methods, prevention of component degradation and failure caused by moisture, contamination identification and control, and counterfeit device identification and avoidance.
Bob Lowry has BS/MS degrees in chemistry and worked for 32 years as a process engineer and Senior Scientist in semiconductor device manufacturing and assembly at Harris Corp. and Intersil Corp. For the past 10 years he has consulted to more than forty aerospace, microelectronic, and medical device clients in electronic materials analysis, materials/process selection and evaluation, and device and component failure analysis. Special areas of expertise include microanalytical methods, prevention of component degradation and failure caused by moisture, contamination identification and control, and counterfeit device identification and avoidance.


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Robert MacDowell
Senior Sales Representative, Applied DNA Sciences


Bob MacDowell is a senior sales representative for government and military programs at Applied DNA Sciences. He joins the Applied DNA Sciences team with fifteen years of experience in the electronic distribution field.
Bob MacDowell is a senior sales representative for government and military programs at Applied DNA Sciences. He joins the Applied DNA Sciences team with fifteen years of experience in the electronic distribution field.


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Donald Menzies
President & CEO, Merit Electronics


Donald started Merit Electronics in 2005 with his business partner, James White. With an understanding of the risks counterfeit components bring to the electronics supply chain, his goal is to bring together the highest levels of authentication and testing, innovative engineering services, and proactive sourcing solutions. Donald’s passion is to transform role of the independent distributor from a passive, reactive stocking broker, into a dynamic and valuable “strategic partner” in the supply chain.
Donald started Merit Electronics in 2005 with his business partner, James White. With an understanding of the risks counterfeit components bring to the electronics supply chain, his goal is to bring together the highest levels of authentication and testing, innovative engineering services, and proactive sourcing solutions. Donald’s passion is to transform role of the independent distributor from a passive, reactive stocking broker, into a dynamic and valuable “strategic partner” in the supply chain.


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Janice Meraglia
Vice President for Military and Government Programs at Applied DNA Sciences


Janice Meraglia is Vice President for Military and Government Programs at Applied DNA Sciences. She is a current team leader of two DoD Defense Logistics Agency R&D projects that focus specifically on using DNA to mitigate the risk of counterfeit electronics entering the DoD supply chain. The success of these two projects has led to the August 2012 action by DLA to require SigNature DNA marking of FSC 5962 microcircuits the Agency procures.
Janice Meraglia is Vice President for Military and Government Programs at Applied DNA Sciences. She is a current team leader of two DoD Defense Logistics Agency R&D projects that focus specifically on using DNA to mitigate the risk of counterfeit electronics entering the DoD supply chain. The success of these two projects has led to the August 2012 action by DLA to require SigNature DNA marking of FSC 5962 microcircuits the Agency procures.

Ms. Meraglia’s focus is on briefing Federal Agencies and leading industry associations to highlight the power of DNA markers. Janice demonstrates the ease, flexibility and staying power of this solution as a means by which absolute, forensic authentication of originality can be determined at any and all points in the supply chain. Her primary focus has been on the microelectronic sector though Applied DNA is making headway in several other fields including, but not limited to textile authenticity, cash handling security and pharmaceutical anti-theft programs.

In addition to working with scientists and PhDs with various biological and chemical disciplines, Ms. Meraglia’s team includes seasoned professionals with electronic, logistics and government relations experience. Together her team represents a comprehensive and intelligent solution across the technical and business aspects necessary to effectively mitigate the risk of counterfeits in electronics and most other industry sectors.

Janice is a member of the G-19 Sub-committee which updated AS5553. She has also served on the TechAmerica Industry/Government Committee which developed the GEIA-STD-0016 now an Industry Standard recognized by ANSI.

Ms. Meraglia has been a featured speaker at the following industry and government conferences:
  • CALCE – Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering
  • CMSE – Components for Military and Space Electronics
  • DMC – Defense Manufacturing Conference
  • DMSMS – Diminishing Manufacturing Sources & Materials Shortages
  • IMAPS – International Microelectronics and Packaging Society
  • ISTFA – International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis
  • LIFT – Long Island Forum for Technology
  • MDA PMPB (Missile Defense Agency Parts Materials and Processes Board Meeting)
  • NASA QLF (Quality Leadership Forum)
  • PSMC – Parts Standardization and Management Committee
  • SAE 2012 Counterfeit Electronic Parts Avoidance Symposium
Ms. Meraglia has been interviewed and quoted in several leading publications about DNA marking including Avionics Week, AOL Defense, EBN News, Circuits Assembly, Material Handling & Logistics, Government Security News, Homeland Security News Wire, EE Times and Engineering TV.


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Robert Metzger

Robert Metzger is a Shareholder with Rogers Joseph O'Donnell PC where his clients include prominent U.S. and international firms in aerospace, defense, electronics, information technology, infrastructure, professional services, software and telecommunications. He has assisted such companies in new business ventures, international sales, financing, M&A and regulatory compliance matters. Government contract- related controversies figure prominently in his extensive experience, which includes bid protests (before the GAO and Court of Federal Claims), compliance and internal investigation matters, complex claims and government disputes, cost-related controversies, and defense of actions brought under the False Claims Act. Mr. Metzger has spoken at many aviation, defense, finance, IT, telecommunications, technology and trade forums, and has authored a wide variety of legal and academic publications on diverse subjects.
Robert Metzger is a Shareholder with Rogers Joseph O'Donnell PC where his clients include prominent U.S. and international firms in aerospace, defense, electronics, information technology, infrastructure, professional services, software and telecommunications. He has assisted such companies in new business ventures, international sales, financing, M&A and regulatory compliance matters. Government contract- related controversies figure prominently in his extensive experience, which includes bid protests (before the GAO and Court of Federal Claims), compliance and internal investigation matters, complex claims and government disputes, cost-related controversies, and defense of actions brought under the False Claims Act. Mr. Metzger has spoken at many aviation, defense, finance, IT, telecommunications, technology and trade forums, and has authored a wide variety of legal and academic publications on diverse subjects.

Mr. Metzger is ranked by Chambers in 2011 as a top government contracts lawyer (national) and by The Legal 500 in 2010 as a top telecom lawyer.Prior to joining Rogers Joseph, Mr. Metzger was a partner at several prominent firms, including Latham & Watkins, Kirkland & Ellis, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and most recently Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Mr. Metzger is admitted to the Bar of the State of California and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Section on Public Contracts. For the ABA Section on International Law, he serves as a Vice-Chair, Aerospace & Defense Industries Committee, and as a member of the Steering Group, India Committee. Mr. Metzger is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London. His academic publications on international security topics include articles in International Security,the Journal of Strategic Studies and Indian Defence Review.


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Leonard Nelson
Chief Operating Officer, Covisus Inc.


Leonard Nelson is the Chief Operating Officer of Covisus Inc., a subsidiary of ChromoLogic LLC dedicated to counterfeit mitigation and supply assurance. Leonard has a diverse background in various technology roles including engineering, supply chain management, and business development in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and information technology sectors at IBM Corporation, Global eProcure, and ChromoLogic LLC.
Leonard Nelson is the Chief Operating Officer of Covisus Inc., a subsidiary of ChromoLogic LLC dedicated to counterfeit mitigation and supply assurance. Leonard has a diverse background in various technology roles including engineering, supply chain management, and business development in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and information technology sectors at IBM Corporation, Global eProcure, and ChromoLogic LLC.

At ChromoLogic, Leonard was responsible for program management on multiple federally funded research projects, including supply chain security research funded by the US Army Research Office. He is the inventor of multiple patent pending counterfeit mitigation algorithms and methods, and is a member of the SAE International Counterfeit Electronic Components Committee.

He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.


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Mark Northrup
VP of Advanced Technical Operations & Strategy


Mark Northrup is the Vice President of Advanced Technical Operationsand Strategy at IEC Electronics Newark, NY and the Director of IEC’s new startup company, Dynamic Research and Testing Laboratories (DRTL), LLC in Albuquerque, NM. Over the last year, Mark has helped DRTL achieve various milestones including the successful ISO 17025 and ANSI ESD 20.20 certifications for testing. He has worked for ORS, Motorola, Emcore and General Electric. He has over twenty five years of experience in various aspects of electronics fabrication. His experience includes Electronics Supply Chain Quality Programs in the US, Europe, and Asia. His current focus involves Component Risk Mitigation Strategies (e.g. IDEA1010, CCAP101, AS553/6081/6171, and Mil-std-1580) as they apply to advanced high reliability electronics. He is actively involved in SAE, IPC, AIA, iNEMI, SMTA, ERAI and Nadcap organizations. Mark enjoys vacationing on Keuka Lake in Upstate, NY or in Santa Fe,NM.
Mark Northrup is the Vice President of Advanced Technical Operationsand Strategy at IEC Electronics Newark, NY and the Director of IEC’s new startup company, Dynamic Research and Testing Laboratories (DRTL), LLC in Albuquerque, NM. Over the last year, Mark has helped DRTL achieve various milestones including the successful ISO 17025 and ANSI ESD 20.20 certifications for testing. He has worked for ORS, Motorola, Emcore and General Electric. He has over twenty five years of experience in various aspects of electronics fabrication. His experience includes Electronics Supply Chain Quality Programs in the US, Europe, and Asia. His current focus involves Component Risk Mitigation Strategies (e.g. IDEA1010, CCAP101, AS553/6081/6171, and Mil-std-1580) as they apply to advanced high reliability electronics. He is actively involved in SAE, IPC, AIA, iNEMI, SMTA, ERAI and Nadcap organizations. Mark enjoys vacationing on Keuka Lake in Upstate, NY or in Santa Fe,NM.


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Bogdan A. Pathak
Senior Research and Development Engineer, Nokomis, Inc.


Bogdan Pathak’s unique professional accomplishments have positioned him to play a major role in the development and transition of Nokomis’ Advanced Detection of Electronic Devices (ADEC) technology.
Bogdan Pathak’s unique professional accomplishments have positioned him to play a major role in the development and transition of Nokomis’ Advanced Detection of Electronic Devices (ADEC) technology.

Mr. Pathak is currently Principal Investigator (PI) on two competitively selected Missile Defense Agency Phase I SBIRs entitled “Electromagnetic Detection of FIB Facilitated IC Modifications” and “Individualized Reradiating RF Tag with Unique DNA and Integrated Antenna for Enhanced Anti-Counterfeit Markings.” His technical leadership on these efforts has led to substantial scientific and engineering breakthroughs in the areas of anti-tamper applications and counterfeit electronics detection. This work has provided fundamentally new technical enhancements to the emerging ADEC technology that will aid in real-time identification and mitigation of counterfeit electronics in the supply chain. Mr. Pathak’s research and engineering successes include identification of unique physical phenomenology, integrated systems development, design of semiconductor device processes, miniaturization of PCBs, MCM development, and manufacture of microfluidic systems. He has played a lead role in transitioning ultra-sensitive electromagnetic emission identification technology from military target identification to electronic device diagnostics and medical implant monitoring as well as acting as the Lead Systems Engineer and Design Architect for one of Hiawatha I’s embedded systems upgrades (Hiawatha I serves as the baseline detection and analytics system for ADEC). Mr. Pathak holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas and dual Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas.


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Ethan Plotkin
CEO, GDCA Inc.


Ethan brings extensive international management consulting experience to his role as GDCA’s CEO. Prior to leading the company, Ethan held an executive position with Accenture and worked with large companies to understand their business challenges, and to translate strategy into successful execution of large-scale business improvements programs.
Ethan brings extensive international management consulting experience to his role as GDCA’s CEO. Prior to leading the company, Ethan held an executive position with Accenture and worked with large companies to understand their business challenges, and to translate strategy into successful execution of large-scale business improvements programs.

In addition to his business transformation acumen, Ethan brings a unique perspective to transforming the risks and issues of embedded computing obsolescence into an easily manageable business activity, with a laser focus on solving parts obsolescence situations faced by embedded OEM’s and their loyal, long-time customers.

In short, Ethan’s goal is to make the risks and problems of last-time-buys and computing obsolescence…obsolete.

When not working, Ethan enjoys running in the Northern California sun with his dog, Iggy, and letting a little white ball get the better of him.

About GDCA: As the pioneer in embedded product legacy management, over the last 25 years GDCA has developed tools and systems that have reduced long-term product support costs and delivered peace-of-mind to more than 2500 customers. Headquartered in the San Francisco bay area, GDCA partners with a global network of embedded OEMs and distributors- spanning the Americas, Europe, and Asia.


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Anne Poncheri

Anne Poncheri is the Managing Director for Silicon Cert Laboratories in Reading, Pennsylvania, having over twenty years experience in Quality Management Systems. She has held various management positions in Quality and Engineering in industries including telecommunications, automotive, plastics, and chemicals. Currently, she is a member of the SAE Aerospace G19 Counterfeit Electronic Components Committee which is chartered to address aspects of preventing, detecting, responding to and counteracting the threat of counterfeit electronic components. Ms. Poncheri has in-depth knowledge of ISO/IEC 17025, ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949 and TL 9000 and is a long-time member of American Society for Quality
Anne Poncheri is the Managing Director for Silicon Cert Laboratories in Reading, Pennsylvania, having over twenty years experience in Quality Management Systems. She has held various management positions in Quality and Engineering in industries including telecommunications, automotive, plastics, and chemicals. She has in-depth knowledge of AS5553, AS6081, ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949, ISO/IEC 17025 and TL 9000 and is a long-time member of American Society for Quality. Anne earned a B.S. in Applied Mathematics – Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a former ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, ASQ Quality Manager and RAB/QSA Auditor for Quality Management Systems.

Currently, Ms. Poncheri is a member of the SAE Aerospace G19 Counterfeit Electronic Components Committee which is chartered to address aspects of preventing, detecting, responding to and counteracting the threat of counterfeit electronic components. She is actively involved in the development of AS6171 – Authentication Testing for Electronic Parts – Testing Services and the subcommittees developing the External Visual Inspection for counterfeit detection standard and the Acoustic Microscopy for counterfeit detection standard.


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Kaye Porter
Marketing Manager, GDCA


Kaye Porter is Marketing Manager at GDCA. She has an in-depth understanding that no one in the supply chain is an island, and that each player is impacted by others around them. Kaye has written several articles on proactive obsolescence management, and presented at conferences including CALCE and DMSMS on counterfeit avoidance in long-term embedded technology for both the medical and military industries.
Kaye Porter is Marketing Manager at GDCA. She has an in-depth understanding that no one in the supply chain is an island, and that each player is impacted by others around them. Kaye has written several articles on proactive obsolescence management, and presented at conferences including CALCE and DMSMS on counterfeit avoidance in long-term embedded technology for both the medical and military industries.

Her focus at GDCA is bringing collaboration and proactive thinking to the realities of sustaining legacy platforms. Current areas of research includelong-term system support and the impacts of obsolescence and counterfeit electronics in the embedded supply chain.

Hercareer began helping businesses and individuals align their message through online branding, social media, and content development. Bringing a wry sense of humor to her work, Kaye understands that "obsolescence" is a four letter word, and often contributes to GDCA’s Critical Thoughts and Obsoletisms comic.


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Mark A Snider
President, ERAI Inc.


Mark A. Snider is the founder and President of ERAI, Inc., a privately held global information services organization that monitors, investigates and reports issues that are affecting the global supply chain of electronics. Since 1995, ERAI has been the industry leader for in-depth information on counterfeit, substandard and high-risk parts. What started as a small group of companies sharing data to protect each other from losses resulting from fraudulent activities has since grown into the industry's most complete and comprehensive resource for industry-related market intelligence Mark has previously presented at NASA's Quality Leadership Forum (QLF), Aerospace Industry Association (AIA), The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) and The Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE), Department of Defense (DOD), Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS), The Nuclear Procurement Issues Committee (NUPIC) and The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPRCC).
Mark A. Snider is the founder and President of ERAI, Inc., a privately held global information services organization that monitors, investigates and reports issues that are affecting the global supply chain of electronics. Since 1995, ERAI has been the industry leader for in-depth information on counterfeit, substandard and high-risk parts. What started as a small group of companies sharing data to protect each other from losses resulting from fraudulent activities has since grown into the industry's most complete and comprehensive resource for industry-related market intelligence Mark has previously presented at NASA's Quality Leadership Forum (QLF), Aerospace Industry Association (AIA), The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) and The Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE), Department of Defense (DOD), Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS), The Nuclear Procurement Issues Committee (NUPIC) and The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPRCC).


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Gary F. Shade, Insight Analytical Labs

Gary has been involved with Failure Analysis and Inspecting for component quality for over 20 years in a wide range of market segments including aerospace, automotive and medical. Since 2007, his emphasis on counterfeit components has increased greatly. He has published and presented invited papers on counterfeit assessment and risk mitigation and has co-chaired the session on Counterfeit Electronics at ISTFA since 2010.
Gary has been involved with Failure Analysis and Inspecting for component quality for over 20 years in a wide range of market segments including aerospace, automotive and medical. Since 2007, his emphasis on counterfeit components has increased greatly. He has published and presented invited papers on counterfeit assessment and risk mitigation and has co-chaired the session on Counterfeit Electronics at ISTFA since 2010.

Contrasting Quality Inspections and Engineering Inspection for Counterfeit Detection

Abstract: Inspecting for counterfeit electronics is a dynamic challenge as counterfeiters deftly change their strategies, tactics, and target markets. Current methods developed by industry provide the best foundation for inspection; however, many additional challenges are frequently encountered that require Engineering Assessment in addition to the mandated Quality inspections. This need has been shown to be true for multiple cases that will be described in this presentation. This situation will continue as the industry tries to keep up with the ever changing requirements and contradictions that occur in routine inspections.

Examples will be provided including:
  • Leadframe inconsistencies
  • Multiple manufacturers of same part number
  • Contracted services, purchased designs, merged companies, etc.
  • Die shrinks
  • Part numbers without an exemplar unit
As the need for authenticity continues to grow, counterfeit assessment may require electrical test, reliability tests and useability tests that are not easily performed without engineering participation. In addition, the list of components inspected continues to grow from ICs, discretes, and passives to connectors, batteries, cables and solar cells. With this growing list, quick adaptation requires engineering knowledge of these components and how they are manufactured. Emphasis will be placed on semiconductor components, and with guidance for passives, MEMS, and other electronic components.

The intent of this presentation is to show the value of including engineering assessment with quality inspections. Examples provided will show when this is necessary and beneficial. The benefit is overall risk mitigation and continuity from incoming inspection to ultimately dealing with component implementation issues such as product yield and field returns. Evidence at IAL suggests field returns occur for both authentic and counterfeits that escaped incoming inspection.

Attendees will benefit from this information by gaining insight on engineering skills applicable to this need. The review of specific cases will provide evidence for future inspections where both quality and engineering skills were successful.

Specific Learning Objectives:
  • Present key lessons learned during over 2000 counterfeit inspections.
  • Contrast the skills and experience needed for both types of inspection.
  • Contrast the benefits of both Quality and Engineering Assessment.
  • Identify the risks inherent in the different types of non-authentic or low-quality components.
  • Inform participants of sources for more information and capabilities.
  • Prepare the audience for the future needs of inspection.
  • Describe and illustrate both normal field returns and field returns due to authenticity issues.


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Tom Sharpe
Vice President of SMT Corporation


Tom Sharpe is the Vice President of SMT Corporation. SMT is an Independent Stocking Distributor of electronic components to the Defense and Aerospace industry and is a recognized industry leader in cutting- edge counterfeit mitigation inspection technologies.
Tom Sharpe is the Vice President of SMT Corporation. SMT is an Independent Stocking Distributor of electronic components to the Defense and Aerospace industry and is a recognized industry leader in cutting- edge counterfeit mitigation inspection technologies.

Tom serves on multiple government & law enforcement anti-counterfeit task force committees as well as the Aerospace Industry Association's Counterfeit Parts IPT. He is a member of SAE International's G-19 committee, ERAI, and a 2-term past Vice President of IDEA where he served on the board of directors continuously from 2003-2012. In November of 2011 Tom provided key testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee during their formal investigation into the counterfeit threat from China into DoD supply chains.


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Alistair Stroud
Astute Electronics Ltd.


Alistair has been with Astute Electronics Ltd for 12 years and is responsible for the development of internal test facilities and the application of anti-counterfeit techniques in both the UK and US. He heads a team of 30 people.
Alistair has been with Astute Electronics Ltd for 12 years and is responsible for the development of internal test facilities and the application of anti-counterfeit techniques in both the UK and US. He heads a team of 30 people.


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John Tomaszewicz
Quality Assurance Manager
Avnet USI


John has been involved in Quality related engineering functions with over 30 years in the Electronic Components industry. These include Design engineering, Components engineering, Sales engineering, and for the last three years Quality Assurance Manager at Avnet USI.

Avnet USI is a franchised distributor specializing in Hi-Rel Semiconductors serving the Aerospace and Military markets.
John has been involved in Quality related engineering functions with over 30 years in the Electronic Components industry. These include Design engineering, Components engineering, Sales engineering, and for the last three years Quality Assurance Manager at Avnet USI.

Avnet USI is a franchised distributor specializing in Hi-Rel Semiconductors serving the Aerospace and Military markets.


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Bob Vermillion, CPP/Fellow
CEO, Director of Engineering
RMV Technology Group, LLC at NASA-Ames


Bob Vermillion has developed advanced ESD materials with issuance of a U.S. Patent; one of Bob’s ESD developments was NASA Mars Mission approved. Bob has extensive expertise in the evaluation of spacecraft composites and Triboelectrification material mitigation for a Lunar or Mars Surface. Also, Bob has developed an advanced and repeatable testing method to map materials for Tribocharge Generation at low RH. Bob is an active member of the SAE G-19 Counterfeit Parts and G-21 Suspect Counterfeit Material Committees.
Bob Vermillion has developed advanced ESD materials with issuance of a U.S. Patent; one of Bob’s ESD developments was NASA Mars Mission approved. Bob has extensive expertise in the evaluation of spacecraft composites and Triboelectrification material mitigation for a Lunar or Mars Surface. Also, Bob has developed an advanced and repeatable testing method to map materials for Tribocharge Generation at low RH. Bob is an active member of the SAE G-19 Counterfeit Parts and G-21 Suspect Counterfeit Material Committees.

In 2002, Bob was recipient of the Institute of Packaging Professionals AmeriStar Award (IoPP) for the Electronics Category No. 1 Design in the USA that incorporated protection from suspect counterfeiting utilizing advanced level materials. On 16 May 2007, Bob was inducted into the College of Fellows by the Institute of Packaging Professionals. Further, Bob founded and chairs the ESD Task Force, IoPP Medical Device Packaging Committee. Bob has published extensively in publications for the aerospace & defense, medical device, semiconductor, disk drive and pharmaceutical sectors.

In 2003 at the ESDA Symposium, Bob was recognized in the field of electrostatics with contributions in standards working groups, workshops, technical program committees and involvement in ESD standards activities. For several years, Bob served on the Board of Directors for the Silicon Valley EOS/ESD Society. In 2005, Bob was invited to join the Advisory Board of Controlled Environments magazine. Bob was a former BOD member of The International Association for Radio, Telecommunications and Electromagnetics (iNARTE) that recently merged with RABQSA. Currently, Bob sits on the BOD of IoPP Consultants Council and IoPP Golden Gate Chapter.

Located on site at NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, the RMV laboratory at NASA-Ames Research Center provides testing, engineering services for advanced/specialty materials, system level testing and packaging qualification for U.S.A. based companies. Bob also develops Certificate of Compliance procedures for supplier compliance, program manual development, ESD/EMC Training and “Hands On” Suspect Counterfeit Training for Materials, Packaging, Parts, Components & Products utilized in the Global Supply Chain. Other core services include on-site testing, in-process equipment/robotics validation plus troubleshooting and cleanroom/factory facility assessments for aerospace/defense, space technology, semiconductor, consumer electronics, logistics operations, equipment and medical device manufacturers.

A foremost expert in the field of specialty materials science, Bob conducted presented and conducted training to the Inherently Conductive Polymer Scientific Community on Advanced ESD Methods for mapping materials for several years. Bob was a Guest Speaker for the NASA Quality Leadership Conference-2010, Cape Canaveral. Bob’s topic was Nonconforming and Suspect Counterfeit Materials Used in the Shipment of Electronic Parts. Subsequently, two feature articles were published in Interference Technology (USA & UK). In 2011, Bob was invited to conduct a Professional Development Course for the first time at Oxford University titled Suspect Counterfeit Detection, Avoidance and Mitigation for Sensitive Devices. Between 2008 and 2012, Bob has presented by Invitation at numerous events and briefings on the Awareness of Suspect Counterfeit Materials & Packaging in the Global Supply Chain including NASA Industry Day, SMTA Counterfeit West, California Innovation Corridor & Boeing, California Space Authority & Cisco Systems, Loyola Marymount University, DOD Western Regional Council, DMSMS 2012, IOPP Golden Gate Chapter, NIPHLE Washington, D.C., NAVAIR Pt. Mugu, UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab and others under NDA.

Bob has been a Professional Development Lecturer for San Jose State University, California State Polytechnic University, Loyola-Marymount University, Clemson and Oxford University. Bob conducts Suspect Counterfeit Training for the DOE, NASA and DOD customers and suppliers. In 2012, Bob presented a white paper in collaboration with US Army DAC (Defense Ammunition Center) at the Annual NIPHLE Conference in Washington, D.C. in which 4 out of 5 packaging schemes failed the ESD standardized testing conducted by a 3rd party NASA approved lab.

Bob Vermillion is an iNARTE Certified ESD & Product Safety Engineer and an Advisory Council Member of the National Institute of Packaging & Handling Logistics (NIPHLE). RMV is a Member of the American Council of Independent Labs (ACIL) & Union Internationale des Laboratories Independants (UILI), certified by ESD Journal as an Approved Laboratory, member of IEEE, IoPP, ESDA, ASTM and GIDEP. An active member of the ESDA Standards Committee, Bob is also a corporate advisory board member of the California Disabled Veterans Business Alliance. RMV Technology Group, LLC is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business by the Veterans Administration, SBA 8(a) and SDB certified and State of California certified Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise #0024505. RMV is a certified member of Northern California Supplier Minority Development Council (NCSMDC).


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Tim Webb
President of US Operations
Diagnosys Systems Inc.


Tim Webb is the President of US Operations for Diagnosys Systems Incorporated, a subsidiary of Diagnosys Test Systems Ltd, headquartered in the UK. The company has experienced over 40 Years of success, serving the electronics industry, through specializing in diagnostics, repair, test and sustainability of electronic equipment. Tim was instrumental in establishing the US group as a solutions provider to the Defense, Mass Transit and industrial sectors. His tenure with the company spans more than 28 Years, and he established the company’s presence in the US in 1994 when he opened their offices in Orlando, FL and a second office in Westford Mass in 2002 after the company acquired the Schlumberger Board Test Group. He has an electronics degree from the Farnborough College of Technology and attended the entrepreneur business development program at MIT. He is actively involved with NDIA and is also a member of IEEE.
Tim Webb is the President of US Operations for Diagnosys Systems Incorporated, a subsidiary of Diagnosys Test Systems Ltd, headquartered in the UK. The company has experienced over 40 Years of success, serving the electronics industry, through specializing in diagnostics, repair, test and sustainability of electronic equipment. Tim was instrumental in establishing the US group as a solutions provider to the Defense, Mass Transit and industrial sectors. His tenure with the company spans more than 28 Years, and he established the company’s presence in the US in 1994 when he opened their offices in Orlando, FL and a second office in Westford Mass in 2002 after the company acquired the Schlumberger Board Test Group. He has an electronics degree from the Farnborough College of Technology and attended the entrepreneur business development program at MIT. He is actively involved with NDIA and is also a member of IEEE.


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Marjorie Witter
Associate, Snell & Wilmer


Marjorie Witter practices intellectual property litigation, with a focus on patent litigation. She has experience with patent and trademark infringement matters in various fields, including secure systems design, internet postage technology, network monitoring systems, cryptography, fiber optic filters, mechanical engineering and biotechnology. Marjorie also handles cases involving copyright infringement, unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets. She has represented companies in intellectual property matters before several federal district courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the International Trade Commission.
Marjorie Witter practices intellectual property litigation, with a focus on patent litigation. She has experience with patent and trademark infringement matters in various fields, including secure systems design, internet postage technology, network monitoring systems, cryptography, fiber optic filters, mechanical engineering and biotechnology. Marjorie also handles cases involving copyright infringement, unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets. She has represented companies in intellectual property matters before several federal district courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the International Trade Commission.


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Phil Zulueta - G-19 Committee Chairman, SAE International

Phil Zulueta is Chairman of the SAE International G-19 Committee, involved with the mitigation of counterfeit electronic parts through the collaborative development and release of international standards and the delivery of awareness presentations and courses at conferences and related venues. Phil was previously a JPL Program Element Manager for the NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging (NEPP) Program, Chairman of the JPL Counterfeit Parts Working Group and Manager of the Hardware Technology Assurance Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Office of Safety and Mission Success. Prior to joining JPL, he was Western Regional Manager for Electro-Science Laboratories, Program Manager for Ball Aerospace, Engineering Group Manager for Hughes Microelectronics and a Microelectronics Process Engineer for Northrop Electronics. He earned a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Materials Engineering from the California State University Long Beach.
Phil Zulueta is Chairman of the SAE International G-19 Committee, involved with the mitigation of counterfeit electronic parts through the collaborative development and release of international standards and the delivery of awareness presentations and courses at conferences and related venues.

Phil was previously a JPL Program Element Manager for the NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging (NEPP) Program, Chairman of the JPL Counterfeit Parts Working Group and Manager of the Hardware Technology Assurance Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Office of Safety and Mission Success. He supervised a team of engineers, researchers and technologists involved in Electronics Packaging Assurance Technologies, Non-destructive Evaluation, Electronics Manufacturing Technology Transfer and Certification, Electronics Inspection, Optical Metrology, Electro-Static Discharge (ESD) Awareness/Control and Counterfeit Electronic Parts Risk Mitigation.

Phil is a Past-President of the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society. Prior to joining JPL, he was Western Regional Manager for Electro-Science Laboratories, Program Manager for Ball Aerospace, Engineering Group Manager for Hughes Microelectronics and a Microelectronics Process Engineer for Northrop Electronics. He earned a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Materials Engineering from the California State University Long Beach.


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