Monica A.B. Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer
Since co-founding the company in 1986, Ms. Murphy has been
instrumental in growing Athena from a startup focused on R&D
to commercialization. Prior to joining Athena, Ms. Murphy
was the Contracts and Grants Administrator (1985-1988) for
the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
Jonathon D. Mellott, Ph.D.,
Chief Technology Officer
Since joining the company full-time in 1997, Dr. Mellott has
been the inventor and chief developer of Athena's technology.
Dr. Mellott previously served as Director of ASIC Technologies
for Athena. Dr. Mellott is highly recognized and respected
in his field and has published extensively, including a textbook
on DSP, refereed journal articles, and conference papers.
Fredrick J. Taylor, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board
Dr. Taylor co-founded the company with Ms. Murphy in 1986.
Dr. Taylor was principal director of Athena's R&D efforts
through 1996 and continues to be an active participant in
all R&D activities. Dr. Taylor is also currently a Professor
of Electrical Engineering and Computer and Information Science
Engineering at the University of Florida, where he serves
as the Director of the Institute for Advanced Computer Research
as well as the Director of the High-Speed Digital Architecture
Patrick D. Rugg, Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Pat Rugg joined Athena in November 2000. Prior to Athena,
Mr. Rugg served as a Senior Account Manager and Applications
Engineer at Synopsys, Inc., the leading provider of the complex
integrated circuit (IC) design tools. From 1988 through 1993,
Mr. Rugg was employed by Harris Corp. as Lead Engineer. He
designed and released four first-time products for Harris:
the first MCM, the first two synthesized ASICs, and the first