Timesys Management Team
Atul Bansal, CEO, oversees the overall strategic direction of Timesys, a pioneer and industry leader in embedded Linux. Having more than 30 years of experience with leading software and systems technology companies, Atul has been focusing on building strong alliances with key semiconductor companies and forging distribution partnerships in the US, Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and India. He joined Timesys as CEO in 2007.
Prior to Timesys, Atul co-founded Laurel Networks (acquired by ECI Telecom), where he led the company’s growth as president/CEO and the Chairman of the Board. The company spearheaded the development of service edge routers and delivered efficient, feature-rich and scalable services over the IP infrastructure. After the acquisition, Atul became COO of the Data Networking Division within ECI Telecom (acquired by Ribbons Communications). He also worked at FORE Systems (acquired by Marconi / Ericsson) and had held top executive positions including president of the Network Control Technology division, an IP routing technology subsidiary. Atul also held engineering and technical management positions for IP router products at Digital Equipment Corporation (acquired by Compaq/HP).
Atul has received the following honors and recognition:
- 2013 si 100 “Top 100 Tech Companies” recognition for being a top 100 company founded and managed by Indians in the U.S.
- 2003 Pittsburgh Business Times “Fast Tracker” award for his significant impact on the growth of a business.
- 2002 LightReading.com “Top 10 Private Companies” award.
- 2001 EY “Entrepreneur of the Year Award®” in technology for being the brightest entrepreneur in the Pittsburgh region.
Atul is chairman of Timesys Technologies India, LLP; a board member and past-president of TiE Pittsburgh, a non-profit network of entrepreneurs; board member of the Kanpur Institute of Technology, and a past board member of the Pittsburgh Technology Council.
Atul earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from the IIT, Kanpur, India and a MS in Chemical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island.
CTO, Embedded Products and Services
Akshay Bhat, CTO, Embedded Products and Services, oversees the strategic direction of Timesys’ technology roadmap. With more than 16 years of industry experience with embedded systems software development and security, his focus is on Timesys solutions that transform the software development lifecycle for embedded and enable the development of embedded system products with stronger security. Akshay joined Timesys in 2015.
At Timesys, Akshay has been instrumental in establishing and growing the security vertical. He’s served as the company’s security architect and has been key in helping customers secure their products through the entire lifecycle using cutting edge technologies and industry best practices.
Previously, Akshay had worked at Lutron Electronics where he led the Linux platform and RF device software teams. Under his leadership, the teams successfully launched several new lighting control products helping the company establish itself as a market leader in residential smart lighting.
Akshay worked as a Systems and Applications Engineer at Freescale Semiconductor (now NXP). He served as a key technical interface to ensure customer success in adopting Freescale’s cellular baseband processors.
Akshay has authored numerous embedded Linux and industry articles and delivered several embedded systems security presentations.
Akshay received his MS in Electrical Engineering from NYU Polytechnic University.
Director of Engineering, Professional Services
Roshni Shah, Director of Engineering, Professional Services, oversees the engineering services division of Timesys, leading a high-performing team while helping customers achieve their product commercialization goals with the highest quality and efficiency. She has more than 16 years of experience with embedded systems that spans a broad range of industries, with a focus on System Design and Architecture, board bring-up, driver development and includes a breadth of diverse leadership experience.
Prior to joining Timesys, Roshni held various positions in engineering and technical management of embedded systems in the lighting industry, and security surveillance industry (IP camera / video management hardware / software). Roshni received her MS in Electrical Engineering from NYU Polytechnic University.
Vice President of Sales and Field Engineering
Al Feczko, Vice President of Sales and Field Engineering, is responsible for helping all of Timesys’ customers and partners achieve maximum benefit from the use and deployment of Timesys products and technology. Prior to joining Timesys, he held a variety of increasingly responsible roles in project engineering and management of embedded real-time control systems in the process automation/control and defense industries. He received his MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
Vice President of EMEA Business Development and Technical Sales
Maciej Halasz, Vice President of EMEA Business Development and Technical Sales, has 15+ years of experience in embedded computing with a focus on embedded Linux and real-time systems. He is the technical lead and creator of a number of Timesys-offered tools and products, the creator of Timesys University embedded Linux workshops, and the co-host of LinuxLink Radio. Throughout his career, Maciej has authored numerous embedded Linux and industry articles. Maciej holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from ENST de Bretagne, France, a master’s degree in Telecommunication Systems from Poznan University of Technology, Poland, and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Rakesh Thapar, is Engineering Advisor for Timesys. His career spans over 35 years of industry experience working in software and hardware product development intertwined with teaching and academia.
Rakesh’s career spanned Timesys, where he was CTO, Embedded Applications; Honeywell, where he was the Senior Director & Global Head of R&D for Workflow Solutions Software in the S&PS SBU; Vocollect (acquired by Honeywell via Intermec) where he was VP of Engineering; Network Appliance Inc. and FORE Systems (acquired by Marconi / Ericsson), where he held senior management and leadership roles; Padcom Inc. and Haley Systems, where he was VP of Engineering, and Pradeep Digitek, India, where he was CEO.
Augmenting his industry career, Rakesh has been an adjunct faculty member with Heinz College (MISM) at Carnegie Mellon University where he also served as Assistant Dean in 2004. He helped establish ATM Interoperability Lab (IOL) at University of New Hampshire, was an Associate Professor for Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Roorkee (IIT‐Roorkee), India and was an adjunct faculty member with both Boston and Northeastern Universities.
Rakesh holds a PhD in computer engineering from Boston University, a MS in electrical engineering from Colorado State University, and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Roorkee.