Team | Tanner EDA
Dr. John Tanner
Founder and CEO
Dr. John Tanner founded Tanner Research in 1988 to develop affordable and easy-to-use design tools for integrated circuits. Since it began offering its first EDA programs, the company has grown to serve thousands of companies worldwide including those working in analog, mixed-signal, ASIC and MEMS product design and fabrication. Tanner Research's Tanner EDA business unit continues to develop products and capabilities to improve the return on investment for designers and to shorten time to market for products.
Tanner co-founded Stac Electronics, best known for the Stacker disk-doubler program for the PC. He also has been a visiting professor of computer science at Caltech. He has done significant government-funded research into design tools, sensors, manufacturing, custom integrated circuits, analog and mixed-signal circuitry and neural networks.
Tanner received his bachelor of arts degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He subsequently earned degrees from Caltech, including a masters of science in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in computer science.
Tanner has been awarded three patents for work in gate arrays and optical motion sensors and has authored a number of papers on design tools and related topics. He also has spoken at a number of industry events. He is an active member of Adaptive Business Leaders, a roundtable of technology company CEOs and helped establish the Pasadena, California branch of this organization.
Greg Lebsack is the President of the EDA Division of Tanner Research, Inc. He is an accomplished entrepreneur with over 20 years of business building and leading organizations through start-up, turnaround and high-growth cycles.
Mr. Lebsack has extensive executive management experience in information technology (IT), telecommunications, networking, and Internet industries. Previously, Lebsack was the CEO at ASP Global Services, a leading provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) supply-chain execution software. Prior to joining ASP Global Services, Lebsack held executive and technical leadership positions at Sprint, Netigy, GE Capital, and McKinsey & Company.
Lebsack holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from NorthernArizonaUniversity. He is a board member of the Technology Council of Southern California and the President of the San Fernando chapter.
Dr. Massimo Sivilotti
Dr. Massimo Sivilotti, Chief Scientist, Tanner Research, is responsible for setting strategic directions for Tanner's EDA tool development, developing specifications for new feature development, and working with customers to support their evolving needs. Sivilotti has been involved in microelectronics design and EDA tool development for more than 20 years.
Sivilotti received his bachelors of science degree in engineering physics from Queen's University, Canada, and his Ph.D. from Caltech, where his advisor was Dr. Carver Mead. His early research involved developing analog integrated circuits that modeled biological vision systems, neural networks, and field-programmable analog circuits. Sivilotti is the co-holder of 6 patents and the author of numerous scientific publications.
Lori brings over 20 years of high-tech marketing experience to Tanner EDA. Lori has worked in the Electronic Design Automation space for 5 years and brings 11 years in Product Management and 9 years in strategic marketing, MARCOM, Partner Management, Public Relations, Advertising, market analysis, and market research expertise to Tanner EDA. Lori has worked in many industries including Personal Computers, Manufacturing, Global Commercial Printing, Gaming, Electronic Design Automations, Software and many industries for F1000 companies.
Prior to joining Tanner EDA, Lori was Director of Marketing and Strategic Marketing for Aldec, Inc. Lori also held roles as Future Product Management and Commercial Printing Group for Hewlett Packard, she was also Product Manager for MicronPC notebooks and laptops division, and worked at Vanguard Integrity Professionals in Marketing for IT Mainframe Security.
Lori holds a bachelor of business degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from George Fox University (Newberg, OR) and has over 700 hours in Professional Training from Stanford, Forrester Research and Gartner.
Karen Lujan is a Field Applications Engineering Manager based in Tanner's Monrovia office. Karen brings a wealth of experience as a Sales Support Manager and Engineer - having served in both delivery and management roles prior to joining Tanner in 2006. In addition to her technical support training, Karen is a Registered Patent Agent.
Karen holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA with a Technology Management focus.
Director of Product Management
Nicolas Williams, Tanner EDA director of product management, joined the company in 1997. Williams is responsible for specifying and leading product direction from concept to release for Tanner's EDA tools. His field of specialty is analog EDA and analog, mixed-signal, and RF IC design. Williams works closely with customers and development to determine emerging issues that can be addressed by EDA.
Williams received his bachelors of science and masters of science degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Tennessee. He has authored and edited articles about design issues for ECN and EE Times and is a member of IEEE.
Director of Product Management
Jeff Miller is a Product Manager at Tanner EDA. He is responsible for Tanner's offerings in the areas of mixed signal design, parasitic extraction, placement and routing automation, and Verilog-AMS simulation. As a Linux/Open Source expert and regular contributor, Jeff was a driving force in expanding Tanner EDA's tool suite to the Linux platform. Prior to joining Tanner, Jeff worked as a Design Engineer on numerous analog, digital, and mixed signal chip development projects for the Defense, medical and commercial markets.
Jeff is a graduate of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA.