Dr. Bill Dress
William Dress, PhD, has been Lightfleet’s Senior Fellow since August, 2005. Dr. Dress co-invented Lightfleet’s core system design and leads Lightfleet’s technical resources, Intellectual Property and technology development. Immediately prior to joining Lightfleet, he was Director of Strategic Development for Xyron Corporation which he joined in November 2001. Dr. Dress received a doctorate in Nuclear Physics in 1968 from Harvard University and has over 35 years of experience in physics and engineering. He worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Physics Division from 1967 to 1981 in the areas of experimental nuclear and atomic physics, instrument design, and mathematical modeling. From 1981 to 2001 he was a senior development engineer and scientist in the Instrumentation and Controls Division, where he worked on sensor development, computer control of instrumentation, advanced methods of signal processing, mathematical modeling, and quantum optics. Dr. Dress has authored or co-authored over 60 scientific papers, and currently holds 17 U.S. patents.
Tim Witham joined Lightfleet in May 2006 and became the company’s Senior Technologist in October 2007. In his current role, Mr. Witham is responsible for providing technical guidance to Lightfleet’s product development and design activities. Mr. Witham brings over 28 years of computer systems experience to Lightfleet. Immediately prior to joining Lightfleet, he was CTO and founder of the Open Source Development Labs, Inc. (OSDL), the first nonprofit to coordinate industry efforts around Linux® and open source. Prior to OSDL, Mr. Witham held positions at Intel as the Linux program manager and as strategic planner in the server division where he was instrumental in launching InfinibandTM. At Sequent Computer systems, Mr. Witham’s roles included Product Line Architect for NUMA-Q, as well as key roles in the company’s efforts to develop high performance systems. Mr. Witham’s earlier responsibilities included development and support of one of the largest, for the time, On-line Transaction Processing (OLTP) systems in the world and hardware design of communications systems. Mr. Witham received a B.S.E.S from the University of South Florida.