Executive Management

Dr. Stan Schneider, Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Stan Schneider

Stan Schneider is CEO of Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things connectivity platform company. RTI is the largest embedded middleware vendor, with an extensive footprint in all areas of the Industrial Internet of Things, including Energy, Medical, Automotive, Transportation, Defense, and Industrial Control. Appinions recently named RTI the "most influential" company in the Industrial Internet of Things in an article published in Forbes and Reuters.

Stan is the small company representative on the Industrial Internet Consortium Steering Committee. With over 200 companies, the goal of the IIC is to develop, test, and promote the standards that are crucial to the success of the next industrial revolution.

Stan serves on the advisory boards for Smart Industry and IoT Solutions World Congress. Embedded Computing Design Magazine presented Stan the Top Embedded Innovator Award for 2015.

Stan holds a BS and MS from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University.

Dr. Gerardo Pardo-Castellote, Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Gerardo Pardo-Castellote

Gerardo Pardo is CTO at RTI, he has been with the company since it was founded, held various position in research, development, consulting, and became the CTO in 1998.

Gerardo was the main developer of the original versions the RTI Connext DDS product line. He started this work while still working on his Ph.D. at Stanford and carried on the product at RTI.

Gerardo leads RTI's standardization efforts and he is the main author of the OMG Data Distribution Service Standard (DDS), the OMG Real-Time Publish Subscribe (RTPS) Protocol standard, the DDS Security Standard, and many of the other (currently 7) DDS-related standards. He also chairs the OMG revision task forces for these standards.

In 2005 Gerardo founded and still co-chairs the Data-Distribution SIG within OMG. This is the group that oversees the DDS standard family. In 2009 he was also elected to the OMG board of directors where he still serves.

Prior to joining RTI, Gerardo worked in distributed sensor systems and robotics at CERN (Switzerland) and HP Labs in Palo Alto California.

Gerardo is considered an expert on security, middleware, and publish-subscribe systems. He has been the Principal Investigator in more than a dozen research grants, including SBIR and ATP grants, has authored five patents and over 50 technical papers, journal articles, and conference sessions on the topic of real-time and secure distributed systems.

Gerardo completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and a MS in Computer Science both at Stanford University. He also holds a BS and an MS in Physics from the University of Granada (Spain) and he was awarded the National 1st Prize Physics award.

David Barnett, Vice President of Products and Markets

David Barnett

David has over 25 years of experience in distributed, real-time and embedded systems. He joined RTI in 2005 and is responsible for the company's product roadmap, product marketing and market development. Prior to RTI, he was vice president of marketing at a real-time middleware startup that was acquired by Borland Software Corporation. He was also director of product marketing at Green Hills Software and Mentor Graphics and a senior product marketing manager at Wind River Systems. David began his career as a software engineering lead at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where he was responsible for the design and implementation of several distributed real-time applications.

David has BA in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Edwin de Jong, Vice President of Sales

Edwin de Jong

Edwin de Jong brings more than 20 years of experience in the software industry. He is one of the pioneers in the development of large-scale, real-time, publish-subscribe middleware that is now helping to enable the Internet of Things. He previously served as Director of Product Management and Strategy at RTI.

Edwin joined RTI in 2005 following RTI's acquisition of 4TEC, a company he co-founded in 2002 and led as CEO. 4TEC provided products and services for elastic caching. The company's customers included major system integrators, such as Thales and Northrop-Grumman.

Prior to leading 4TEC, Edwin worked as an R&D manager at Thales. He was a software consultant for the application of real-time, publish-subscribe middleware in the development of combat-management systems, and co-authored more than 25 published technical articles. His fields of expertise include systems architecture; large-scale, distributed (hard), real-time systems; fault tolerance, networking and communication protocols; real-time in-memory databases; system modeling and analysis; formal specification and analysis; and software engineering systems and tools.

Edwin holds a PhD in Mathematics and Physics from Leiden University, The Netherlands.

Catherine Mekler, Vice President of Operations

Catherine Mekler

Catherine joined RTI in 1998 and is currently the VP of Operations. She manages Human Resources, IT, Finance, Legal and Governance. She is also President of Real-Time Innovations International, Inc., a Delaware holding company with branches in North America and Europe and a Spain Development Center subsidiary. Her background includes compensation, government contracts, research administration, audits, sales/marketing automation and cloud-based document management.

Catherine holds a BS in Business Administration from San Jose State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Barbara Radabaugh, Vice President of Marketing

Barbara Radabaugh

Barbara brings over 20 years of experience in marketing both in corporate and agency roles. Before joining RTI, Barbara held positions at both large and small technology companies including Quantum, Stratus Computer, Sprint and Ford Aerospace. Most recently, she ran her own marketing and consulting agency for over 10 years where her agency provided branding and messaging services. Barbara's expertise in communications includes public relations, online media, advertising, trade shows/events and internal communications. She is responsible for outbound marketing strategy and execution with a focus on building RTI brand awareness worldwide.

Barbara received a BA in English from the University of California at Davis.

Jan Van Bruaene, Vice President of Engineering

Jan Van Bruaene

Jan joined RTI in 2006 and has over 17 years of experience in technical and customer-facing leadership roles at companies such as Sun Microsystems and VLSI Technology. He has led professional services, support, and engineering organizations and has experience in middleware, grid application and infrastructure software, operating system design and device driver and network chip development.

Jan came to RTI as a senior application engineer and was responsible for developing a new support organization which achieved a record-setting 98 percent customer satisfaction rate. Jan most recently led a team of application services engineers delivering system design and custom implementations using RTI Connext technology and middleware.

Jan graduated with a MS equivalent degree in Electronics, Digital Communications (Summa Cum Laude) from KIHK in Geel, Belgium.

Mark Hamilton, Senior Director, Services

Mark Hamilton

Mark joined RTI in 2003 and led the consulting services team for the past 3 years. He brings to RTI over 27 years of experience in technical and customer-facing leadership roles. His previous experience includes positions at companies such as the Applied Physics Laboratory and Wind River Systems. He served as a Field Applications Engineer, designed embedded real-time systems, and was employed at the Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory as a design engineer developing intelligence gathering systems, as well as developing high-performance embedded software for various Navy programs including the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) and Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS).

Mark graduated with a BSEE degree from Virginia Tech, Magna Cum Laude, and an MSEE from Johns Hopkins University.

Board of Directors

Dr. Stan Schneider, Chief Executive Officer

Stan Schneider is CEO at Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things communications platform company. RTI is the largest embedded middleware vendor and has an extensive footprint in all areas of the Industrial Internet, including Energy, Medical, Automotive, Transportation, Defense, and Industrial Control.

In 2014, Stan was elected to the Industrial Internet Consortium Steering Committee. With over 70 companies, the goal of the IIC is to develop, test, and promote the standards that are crucial to the success of the next industrial revolution. The IIC is also building use cases, test beds, architectures for the Industrial Internet. Stan serves on the Steering Committee with members from AT&T, GE, Cisco, IBM, Intel, Accenture, Fujitsu, and Vanderbilt University.

Stan has published over 50 papers in both academic and industry press. He speaks at events and conferences widely on topics ranging from networked medical devices for patient safety, the future of connected cars, the role of the DDS standard in the IIoT, the evolution of power systems, and understanding the various IoT protocols.

Based on its leading architectural impact, RTI was recently named the #1 most influential company in the Industrial Internet of Things by Appinions as published in Forbes.

Before RTI, Stan managed a large Stanford robotics laboratory, led an embedded communications software team and built data acquisition systems for automotive impact testing.

Stan completed his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University, and holds a BS and MS from the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of Stanford's Advanced Management College.

Michael Lyons, Venture Partner and Stanford Management Science Professor

Mike Lyons serves as Chairman of Zanttz, Inc., a cyber-security company, and as Executive Chairman of CypherPath, a cyber-security training company. He is also a Managing Director of NewLine Ventures, LLC, a management consulting firm. He served as a Venture Partner with the Paladin Capital Group in Washington, D.C. and with ePlanet Ventures I and II. He was a co-founder and General Partner of Zilkha Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital partnership. He founded and served as Chairman of SafeView, Inc., to address aspects of the anti-terrorist physical security. He was a co-founder, Vice-President, and Director of Integrated Systems Inc. (INTS), a leading implementer of high-performance real-time control systems for aircraft, automotive, and manufacturing applications.

Since 1988, Mr. Lyons has served as a Consulting Associate Professor at the Stanford University Department of Management Science and Engineering. He co-developed the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and is the founding professor of Technology Venture Formation, one of the most highly rated courses in the School of Engineering. He also co-teaches Entrepreneurship in Civil and Environmental Engineering and co-founded the Innovation Institute focused on creating training platforms for entrepreneurial education.

Mr. Lyons received a Bachelors and Masters (equivalent) in Engineering Physics from Cornell University, an MSEE from Stanford, and an MBA, with Distinction, from the Pepperdine Presidential/Key Executive Program. He is a graduate of the Stanford/AEA Institute for the Management of High Technology Companies and a Price-Babson Fellow in Entrepreneurship Education.

Montgomery Kersten, Entrepreneur and Corporate Acquisitions Attorney

Montgomery Kersten works with development stage companies on strategic initiatives. He is currently the vice president of strategy and business development for the Business Solutions Group of British Telecom, and serves as a board member of several Silicon Valley private companies. Monty co-founded VitalSigns Software, of which he was President and CEO. VitalSigns Software offered application performance management software and was acquired by International Networks Services in 1998.

Before co-founding VitalSigns Software, he served as vice president of business affairs and general counsel of Bay Networks where he was responsible for managing its acquisitions, strategic relationships, corporate development and legal matters. Before joining Bay Networks' predecessor SynOptics Communications in 1991, Monty served in various positions in sales, marketing and business development at large high technology companies as well as at start-up companies. Monty also has served for over a decade as a member of the board of directors of, and donor to, the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, which oversees five charities dedicated to helping children, the disabled and disadvantaged, the elderly and mentally ill. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Peter Dalton, CEO of Globalstar, Management Consultant

As Chief Executive Officer, Peter manages the long-term strategic growth of Globalstar, Inc. and its subsidiary company SPOT LLC. He is responsible for extending the quality and broadening the reach of the company’s portfolio of satellite voice and data solutions.

Peter has served as a director of Globalstar since 2004 and as Chair of the Audit Committee. He is CEO of Dalton Partners, Inc., a management consulting firm, and has served as CEO and director of a number of its clients. He also served as president of SPACE (Society of Private and Commercial Earth Stations), the satellite television industry trade association. As CEO of KLM Electronics he grew revenue more than twenty five times making it the world’s largest manufacturer of satellite television systems at that time. From November 2001 to September 2004, Peter served as chief executive officer of Clickhome Realty, Inc., a discount real estate and mortgage company.

Before that, Peter had more than thirty years experience in business management, turnaround management, and investment banking. He has been a board member of over twenty companies both public and private. His industry experience is broad-reaching, including food processing, medical products, semiconductor industry test equipment, telecommunications equipment, house-wares, ready-to-wear, concert lighting, and candles. Peter’s experience includes strategic partnering, mergers and acquisitions, and high growth situations. He has arranged significant financing for startups and growing companies through his own investment banking firm.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA and is an executive fellow, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.

Dr. Douglas C. Schmidt, Associate Chair of Computer Science and Engineering and Professor of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University

Dr. Douglas C. Schmidt is a Professor of Computer Science, Associate Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering program, and a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Software Integrated Systems, all at Vanderbilt University. He is also an adjunct professor of Software Engineering at the Institute for Software Research at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University.

His prior experience includes time at University of California Irvine, Washington University St. Louis and the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Since 2010 he has been a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, where he served as Vice Chair of a study on Cyber Situational Awareness for Air Force mission operations. Dr. Schmidt has served as a Deputy Office Director and a Program Manager at DARPA, where he led the national research and development effort on middleware for distributed real-time and embedded (DRE) systems. For a time, he also co-chaired the Software Design and Productivity (SDP) Coordinating Group of the U.S. government's multi-agency Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program.

Dr. Schmidt has published 10 books and more than 500 technical papers on software-related topics covering object-oriented frameworks and domain-specific modeling environments that facilitate the development of DRE middleware and mission-critical applications running over data networks and embedded system interconnects.