Founded in 1988, MicroUnity Systems Engineering, Inc. is a privately held company that pioneered a series of technologies for processing multimedia data in real time on general purpose processors. These technologies have been adopted worldwide to power many of the most advanced computing and communication systems, such as digital set-top boxes, PC's, and cell phones. MicroUnity continues to advance the field of media processing with its BroadMX technology that provides even more capability to accelerate video, audio, graphics and software-defined radio applications and respond to ever-changing standards by updating software, rather than replacing hardware.
Management and Technical Team
John Moussouris, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Moussouris is founder and Chairman of the board of MicroUnity. He served as CEO of MicroUnity from its incorporation in August 1988 until early 2009. Before founding MicroUnity he was co-founder of MIPS Computer Systems, where he staffed and managed the development of the initial MIPS RISC microprocessor and math co-processor, two chips that led the industry in performance for years. Before joining MIPS, Dr. Moussouris was an IBM visiting scholar at Stanford University and a research staff member at IBM's T.J. Watson Lab and at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science. He received an A.B. in physics from Harvard College and M.Sc. and D.Phil degrees in mathematical physics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. Currently, Dr. Moussouris is a founding member of the VenEarth Group LLC, working on development and investment in sustainable agriculture and energy technologies. His interest in climate mitigation dates back to a low-pollution combustion engine company he co-founded in college. His enthusiasm for sustainable agriculture took root during summers on his grandparents' traditional organic farm on the Greek island of Cephalonia.
Rashi Glazer, Board Member
Mr. Glazer is Professor at the Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley and Co-Director of the School's Management of Technology Program. He has also served as Director of the Haas School's Center for Executive Education and Director of the Center for Marketing and Technology. He holds an MBA (1979) and Ph.D. (1982) from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. From 1982-1989 Professor Glazer was on the faculty at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. He was the founding Co-Editor of Journal of Interactive Marketing and an Associate editor of Management Science. His articles have appeared in Marketing Science, Management Science, the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Marketing and other leading publications. In addition, he has co-authored three books: The Marketing Information Revolution, Readings On Market-Driving Strategies, and Cable TV Advertising. Most recently, Professor Glazer served as the Management of Technology Program's Co-Chairperson at UC, Berkeley from 2006-2009.
Jerry Harrison, Board Member
Mr. Harrison is currently a founding Partner of the VenEarth Group LLC, working on development and investment in sustainable agriculture and energy technologies. He was a member of the Talking Heads rock band from 1977 through their dissolution in 1995. Mr. Harrison was also a member of the Modern Lovers band from 1971-1974. He has recorded three solo records and been a successful music producer since 1981. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has won MTV's video of the year and multiple Surround Awards, as well as receiving Grammy nominations for both music production and album design. Always at the forefront of innovation in the music industry, Mr. Harrison was the co-founder of Garageband.com, now called iLike—the predominant musical engine of social networks: Facebook, Hi5, and Orkut. In addition to sitting on the board of directors of MicroUnity, Mr. Harrison holds seats on the boards of The Independent Online Distribution Alliance, and iLike. He received an A.B in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College and studied Architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, where he taught design.
Management and Technical Team
Tom Buckmaster, President
Mr. Buckmaster has been with MicroUnity since 1991. He joined the company more than a decade ago as director of semiconductor facilities. Before joining MicroUnity, Mr. Buckmaster spent two years at Performance Semiconductor and five years at Avantek. He received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.
Craig Hansen, Chief Architect
Mr. Hansen has been the chief architect of MicroUnity since July 1989. He was formerly chief architect at NeXT and at MIPS, where he was responsible for the original MIPS integer and floating-point architecture. Prior to MIPS, Mr. Hansen was the architect of graphics, RISC and floating-point chips at Weitek. He began his career at HP, where he worked on the math architecture of PA-RISC. Mr. Hansen is an inventor of 62 granted U.S. Patents, and received his BSEE from Cornell and MSEE from Stanford.
Alexia Massalin, Research Scientist
Dr. Massalin has held the position of research scientist for MicroUnity since October 1992, and she is responsible for signal-processing modules and software architecture. Prior to joining MicroUnity, Dr. Massalin obtained a master's degree in electrical engineering from the Cooper Union School of Engineering, as well as a doctorate degree from Columbia University. Dr. Massalin's dissertation, "Synthesis: An Efficient Implementation of Fundamental Operating Systems Services," is now part of the required reading in advanced operating systems courses at several major universities.