Monica A. B. Murphy  |  President and CEO

Since co-founding the company in 1986, Ms. Murphy has been instrumental in growing Athena from an R&D-focused start-up to commercialization of Athena’s semiconductor IP product line. Ms. Murphy has extensive and varied experience in business development, management, technology licensing, sales, and Government contracting. Prior to joining Athena, Ms. Murphy was the Contracts and Grants Administrator for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida.

Jonathon D. Mellott, Ph.D.  |  Chief Technology Officer

Since joining the company in 1997, Jon has been the inventor and chief developer of Athena's technology and is instrumental in Athena’s business development activities in security markets. Jon is the chief inventor of Athena’s patented arithmetic technologies, and previously served as Director of ASIC Technologies for Athena. Jon is highly recognized and respected in his field and has published extensively, including a textbook on DSP, refereed journal articles, and conference papers.

Pat Rugg  |  Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Pat joined Athena in 2000 and leads the company’s sales and partnering efforts across both defense and commercial markets. Prior to Athena, Pat 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, Pat was employed by Harris Corp. as Lead Engineer, where he designed and released four first-time products for Harris: the first MCM, the first two synthesized ASICs, and the first sub-micron ASIC.

Stuart R. Audley  |  Vice President of Engineering

Stuart leads a visionary team of engineers in creating and designing Athena's cutting-edge products. As Vice President of Engineering, he manages research and development of products – from conception to delivery. His technical areas of expertise include advanced side channel attack countermeasures, elliptic curve cryptography, hardware-software integration and digital signal processing. Stuart is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Oklahoma and earned his Master's of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Florida. He joined Athena in 2006.

Fredrick J. Taylor, Ph.D.  |  Founder, Chairman and Chief Scientist

Fred co-founded the company with Ms. Murphy in 1986. Fred was principal director of Athena's R&D efforts through 1996 and continues to be an active participant in all R&D activities. Fred is also Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer and Information Science Engineering at the University of Florida.