Realizing the futility of pursuing a career in music (and reluctantly admitting his Dad was right), Jeff went back to school and got a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Maryland, and later an MSEE degree from The Johns Hopkins University.
After gaining extensive design experience at NASA and business experience at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Jeff merged his technical expertise with his improvisational skills, and started Ixthos in 1991, one of the first companies (along with BittWare) dedicated to COTS DSP, which he ran until it was acquired by DY4 Systems (now CWCEC) in 1997. Jeff left in 1998 and took the helm of BittWare where he is President and CEO.
James M. Bittman
Founder & Principal Hardware Engineer III
Mr. Bittman, Chairman, founded the company in 1989, and is now a member of the technical staff. Mr. Bittman’s engineering experience centers on product design, research, development, and testing in signal processing environments. Employment prior to starting BittWare includes IBM, E-Systems, and AT&T Bell Labs.
Mr. Bittman has an MSEE from the University of Maryland and an SBEE from MIT.
Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Mr. Taylor manages BittWare’s worldwide sales, marketing, and support organizations. Before joining BittWare, Mr. Taylor was director of business development for Amirix Systems. He also has held management positions at Frog Navigation Systems and Industrial Contractors Holland, in the Netherlands.
Mr. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Master’s of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University, in Canada.
Vice President of Manufacturing & Quality
Mr. Avitabile joined BittWare in 2009 where he leads the Operations and supply chain teams and directs BittWare’s world class quality Management system. Prior to joining BittWare Mr. Avitabile held Engineering Management positions at Plexus and Celestica and has over 23 years experience in the Electronics Manufacturing Services Industry.
Mr. Avitabile has a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration, Operations Management concentration from Bentley College Graduate School. Mr. Avitabile is a Six Sigma Black Belt, trained and certified by DBar Innovations and Celestica in 2005.
Vice President of Product Development
Mr. Hamilton leads the effort to add value to BittWare’s boards via software products and tools, soft IP products and examples, and technical support to BittWare’s customer base. Prior to joining BittWare, Mr. Hamilton spent several years developing FPGA & ASIC based products at Cabletron Systems, Northchurch Communications (startup acquired by Newbridge Networks) & Applied Micro Circuits Corporation. Mr. Hamilton also has extensive experience in Field Applications Engineering at Arrow Semiconductor and Sales at CompRep Associates.
Mr. Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH).
Vice President of Products
Mr. Huizen focuses on technology directions for BittWare, defining new product concepts and working with Sales & Marketing to ensure that customers’ future needs will be met. In a previous role at BittWare, Mr. Huizen oversaw all aspects of product development. Before joining BittWare, Mr. Huizen held various roles in electronic product development at Amirix Systems, including Product Manager Electronic Systems and Product Manager Embedded Software. Prior to Amirix, Mr. Huizen worked at Nortel Networks for several years on SS7 switching systems.
Mr. Huizen holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia) and a Master of Computer Science from Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario).
Vice President and General Manager of Network Products
Mr. Lund leads BittWare’s Network Products Group, focused on 100G and higher networking products. Prior to joining BittWare, Mr. Lund was Vice President and General Manager with CSPI, managing its High Performance Products segment including the Myricom product line. Before joining CSPI, Mr. Lund was a consultant for a variety of high-tech companies and Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Mercury Computer Systems.
Mr. Lund holds a BSEE from the University of Connecticut.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Pinkman is responsible for the financial and administrative affairs of BittWare. Prior to BittWare, Mr. Pinkman worked at Ixthos, Inc. (now Curtiss-Wright Controls). He was also a jet engine mechanic in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, and a Lao Linguist in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Pinkman earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Baltimore, MD.
Chief Information Officer
Mr. Conn oversees a state-of-the art IT infrastructure that BittWare relies upon for delivering high quality and high performance products. He has extensive experience as a software developer and enterprise systems architect with over 20 years experience in the COTS electronics industry. Mr. Conn leverages his experience and passion for crafting applications to provide BittWare with cutting-edge exact fit solutions that promote operations and growth.
Mr. Conn earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Information Systems at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.