said Mark. Graduating from
Leeds University with a PhD in Microwave Engineering, Mark joined HP/Agilent in 1987.
After 10 years of successfully leading Agilent EEsof EDA, Jim McGillivary will be working closely with Mark until the end of April 2010 before leaving Agilent to pursue other opportunities.
Kirt Kisling, Agilent EEsof EDA, (707) 577-6095
 Larry Lerner's BIO
Current Position: Senior R&D Manager
Larry Lerner was born in 1957 and reared in Los Angeles.
In 1975 he entered Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA, graduating in 1979. He went on to Stanford were he received an MSEE in 1980.
Larry's first job was as a system design engineer working on multi-channel EW receivers for Bunker Ramo located in Westlake Village, CA.
In 1982 he moved over to Amplica, where he was responsible for designing microwave hybrid amplifiers and automated device characterization.
In 1984, after 2 years at Amplica, Larry was hired into a new software company, EEsof, as one of its first R&D employees.
Since that time Larry has held several jobs at EEsof, including R&D section manager, product planning manager, and (since 2000) Senior R&D Manager responsible for worldwide product development and order fulfillment.
Larry is married with 2 children and lives in Camarillo, CA.
 Charles Plott BIO:
Current Position: Product Marketing & Planning Manager
Charles Plott was born in 1965 and spent most of his early life in Southern California.
In 1984 he entered the University of California at Santa Barbara and graduated in 1989 with high honors in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a focus on Microwave Engineering. Charles also holds a BA degree in Economics/Mathematics from UCSB and was the University's sole recipient of the “Outstanding Achievements in Economics/Mathematics” award in his 1989 graduating class.
Charles joined HP in 1989 and started working in the marketing department of the CAE operation. Since then, Charles has held a wide variety of management positions within the HP/Agilent EEsof business. His current organization inside Agilent EEsof EDA is responsible for both inbound and outbound marketing for the Company. In addition to this, he also leads strategic planning for the Agilent EEsof EDA organization.
Before being promoted to the Agilent EEsof EDA leadership team in 2005, Charles held several other management positions within Agilent Technologies, including section manager for Agilent EEsof's Product Marketing organization, building and managing Agilent EEsof's Technical Application Development Organization, and holding several management roles related to Agilent EEsof's recent acquisitions. In 2006, he started a Business Initiative focused on accelerating Agilent's Electromagnetic Simulation portfolio and he continues to lead that cross-functional team today.
Charles now resides with his family in Santa Rosa, California with his wife and two boys.
 Jim McGillivary BIO
Position: March 200 - April 2010 VP & General Manager, now emeritus
Jim McGillivary was born in 1961 and reared in Detroit, Michigan.
In 1979 he entered the University of Michigan, where he earned a BSEE in Electrical Engineering in 1983. He paid for his college education by working as a bicycle and high-end audio repair person.
His first job out of college was with Harris in Florida. Six months later he followed his fiancée out to Cupertino, CA and worked for Lockheed in Sunnyvale for 2 years. In 1996 he hired into HP as an EMI/RFI design engineer at the HP Integrated Systems Division (ISD) in Sunnyvale, CA.
Jim became an R&D project manager at ISD in 1990. In 1992, he was promoted to R&D section manager, managing multiple system integrator projects for the automotive and telecom industries. In 1994, McGillivary transferred to the East Coast and became the R&D manager of the HP Power Products Division in New Jersey. McGillivary thereafter moved to the division's marketing manager position prior to being named general manager in 1998.
After the Agilent spin-out from HP, Jim transferred to Santa Rosa, CA and was named general manager of Agilent EEsof EDA Division in March 2000.
In addition to his day-to-day general management duties, Jim successfully drove the expansion of the EEsof EDA product line during his tenure, including the following initiatives:
In 2002, EEsof EDA formed a ground breaking strategic alliance with Cadence Design Systems to bring EEsof high frequency design expertise and tools to the Cadence RFIC design flow.
In 2005, the EEsof EDA division acquired the Eagleware Elanix Corporation and smoothly merged Eagleware Elanix' people and products into the EEsof product line.
In 2006, Jim led the acquisition of Xpedion Design Systems. This brought in a world class RFIC simulator and simulation technology to further strengthen all simulators in the EEsof product line.
In 2007, EEsof entered the 3DEM segment of the EDA market with the introduction of EMPro.
In 2009, EEsof expansion continued into the “System Level” design space with the introduction of the SystemVue product. This product focuses on the high level design of communication channels like WiMax and LTE.
Jim and his wife and three children continue to reside in Santa Rosa until his next assignment.
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The writer would again like to acknowledge the direct or indirect support of the following individuals or sources in the preparation of this second EDA Weekly article about Agilent EEsof EDA: Mrs. Lisa Hebert, Mr. Jim McGillivary, Mr. Larry Lerner, Mr. Greg Peterschmidt, and Mr. Charles Plott, all of Agilent EEsof EDA; also, Mr. Mike Neering - retired HP R&D Manager of the HP CAE group, as well as the many other unnamed past & present EEsof employees and customers polled by the writer. Other sources reviewed in preparation of the Parts I and II articles on Agilent EEsof EDA include references to portions of a 2001 historical perspective commissioned by
Agilent Technologies by Gary Breed; Wikipedia; Hoover's; Microwave Journal, the Agilent EEsof EDA website; Microwaves & RF Magazine; the Cadence website; Gary Smith EDA (GSEDA); Yahoo! Finance; and Google Finance. Ongoing support by the team at IBSystems, Inc., including but not limited to Sanjay Gangal, Adam Heller, David Heller, Jon Heller, and Sumit Singhal, is also appreciated.
The writer of this second Agilent EEsof EDA article would especially like to acknowledge and thank Charles Plott for his relentless dedication in assisting the writer in the preparation and verification of the contents of Part II.
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A great article! X-parameters are distruptive today just as S-parameters were 30 years ago! I feel good being part of a company that looks ahead and takes the R&D risks to make major contribuitions that change our industry. Thank you!
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