Board of Directors


Chris Heegard, Ph.D; CEO, co-founder

Dr. Chris Heegard is a well-known expert in the field of Communications Theory, and has over 20 years of experience in the communications industry. Dr. Heegard is an IEEE Fellow, an honorable distinction that exemplifies the widely held respect among the top scientists in the industry. He is one of the foremost experts in Forward Error Control (FEC) and is highly sought after as a consultant. Among his many patents and inventions are the V.34 Modem Standard and the ITU J83.b Cable Modem Standard (IEEE 802.14). Dr. Heegard has been on the faculty at the School of Engineering, Cornell University since 1981 and has been both a visiting Professor and Scientist at the California Institute of Technology and the IBM Almaden Research Center. He was also Founder and Chief Scientist for Native Intelligence, a digital communications software company. Dr. Heegard has BS and MS degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Eric J. Rossin, Ph.D; President, co-founder

Eric Rossin has served as President, Chief Financial Officer, and Director of Engineering since Alantro's inception. Dr. Rossin brings over 15 years of telecommunications engineering and management expertise to the company. Prior to co-founding Alantro Communications, Dr. Rossin served as Principal Engineer with Next Level Communications, where he designed and managed a number of projects, including a high-speed cable modem for the fiber-to-the-curb system. As Project Manager at Applied Signal Technology, he managed various modem and systems projects, with budgets of several millions of dollars. He is a highly sought after consultant, and has created modem and systems designs for Intelidata Technologies, AetherWorks, and General Instruments, to name just a few. Dr. Rossin received his BSEE (with distinction), MSEE, and Ph.D.EE from Cornell University.

Jean Hackenburg; Vice President of Finance and Administration

Ms. Hackenburg joined Alantro Communications in August 1999. She was formerly Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer for EnergyLine Systems. She also served as Vice President of Finance and Administration for Valisys Corporation, Etak, Inc., and MAD Computer. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Finance and Staff Vice President of Business Planning for Atari, Inc. She has nearly 25 years experience in the high-tech industry, nearly all of them in executive management. Ms. Hackenburg holds a BA from Grand Valley State University (Michigan) and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Scott C. Petler; Director of ASIC Design, co-founder

Scott Petler has served as Director of ASIC Design since Alantro's inception. Mr. Petler is an expert in data communications protocols and physical layer signaling, with many years of experience designing complex digital integrated circuits using Verilog and Synopsis. He has also developed a number of hardware design tools to optimize and streamline the ASIC process. Mr. Petler's past experience includes serving as Principal Engineer with Next Level Communications, responsible for the broadband interface and high-speed modem ASIC designs. As Senior ASIC designer with Hewlett-Packard's Roseville Networks Division, Mr. Petler led the design team that created I/O sub-systems for LaserJet printers. He holds several patents for his ASIC designs. Mr. Petler received his BSEE from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.

Kishan Rao Konda, Director of Product Development

Kishan Konda joined Alantro Communications in February 1999. Mr. Konda was the lead digital designer for 10base-T/100base-T Ethernet transceiver, leading the chip from definition and architecture to design verification at Level One Communications. He was also the lead digital designer for 10base-T single and quad physical layer chips. While at National Semiconductors, Mr. Konda was part of the team that designed 12-port 10base-T repeater and Super-I/O chips. He also worked on design and development of Gate Array and Standard cells for 1 um process with the NSC ASIC division. Mr. Konda is an active participant in the IEEE 802.3 standards development process. He received his B.S. Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Osmania University, India and his MSEE from the University of Texas, Arlington.

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