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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

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
Chief Scientist

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.

John Zuk
Vice President Marketing & Strategy

John brings over twenty years of experience working at the intersection of business and technology as an entrepreneur, management consultant and industry executive to his role as VP Marketing & Strategy.

Prior to joining Tanner EDA, John was responsible for worldwide strategy and portfolio management for IBM's High Performance Computing business.  John also held roles as a Principal and Delivery Partner with IBM's Consulting Services Division; where he helped develop and launch IBM's Technology Design Services division. John has extensive experience in creating new business models and launching new products and services within several high tech, industrial and life sciences markets including semiconductors, automotive, and medical device.

John holds a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College (Schenectady, NY) and a masters degree in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic.

Karen Lujan
FAE Manager

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.

Nicolas Williams
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.

Jeff Miller
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.

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