Our Founders

Byron Gillespie, Intel
Director, Performance Measurement & Analysis Internet of Things Group (IoTG)

Byron Gillespie - Intel ISGPrior to joining Intel, Byron spent eight years at Sperry Avionics developing firmware for embedded avionics applications using a variety of Intel processors including the Intel 8086, 80186 and superscalar i960 CA microprocessors. Over time, he migrated to role focusing on hardware/software architecture for avionics systems.

In 1991, Byron joined Intel as one of the lead silicon architects to deliver future versions of Intel® i960® processor family. As the i960 microprocessor architect, Byron defined four different i960 microprocessors with an emphasis on architecting the I/O blocks to create a system-on-a-chip (SOC) solution targeted for intelligent I/O applications, specifically I/O processors for high end RAID storage systems.

Byron's current charter is the director of the Performance Measurement and Analysis organization in the Intelligent Systems Group (ISG). Byron provides leadership for two engineering teams located in Chandler Arizona and Penang Malaysia, focusing of performance testing of the various embedded processors from Intel which includes Atom processors, Mobile, Desktop and Server class of processing solutions from Intel. As part of this effort, Byron’s team focuses on performance testing and analysis of embedded workloads using Intel’s current generation processors and to identify micro-architectural enhancements for Intel’s future processors around both the next generation cores and I/O blocks.

Byron is also the director of Academia Programs focused on enhancing curriculum at universities worldwide using the embedded Atom Processor technology. This effort is directed to working with Academia to prepare the next generation workforce with an education background using the current and next generation hardware and software technology for embedded applications.

Byron holds 15 patents in the area of silicon architecture and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in computer science in 1983.


David R. Schneider, Cornell
David Schneider, CornellDavid R. Schneider graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Chemical Engineering in 1999, attended Columbia University Film M.F.A. Program in 2001, and earned his Master’s and Ph.D. from Cornell University in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Controls & Dynamics in 2007.

David has taught at both Cornell and Columbia University. His most prominent research is his creation of the G*TA (G-Star-T-A) task allocation algorithm and his work as Program Manager of the Cornell RoboFlag program, with notable applications including AFRL UAV controls and NASA/NOAA unmanned boat designs.

With a strong focus on education, David's endeavors have included the creation of the Intel-Cornell Cup, Innovative Embedded Design National Competition; leading Cornell University Sustainable Design (CUSD); and the broader impacts video game creation for the NSF Expeditions in Computing Grant on Computational Sustainability. David has led the efforts to make Cornell the first university to officially partner with Make: and is a leader in the Higher Education Maker Alliance working with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He has also led with Make: the re-creation of the national entrepreneurial competition “Pitch Your Prototype” and is a leading faculty member behind the American Society of Engineering Education, Community Engaged Division Film Festival national competition. David was also a screenwriter for Walt Disney Attractions Television Production.