Our Management Team

Michael E. Anderson
CTO/Chief Scientist and Founder

Mike Anderson is currently CTO and Chief Scientist for The PTR Group, Inc.  With over 35 years in the embedded and real-time computing industry, Mike works with a number of RTOS offerings.  However, his focus over the past decade is primarily embedded Linux and Android on a number of different CPU architectures including ARM, Power, MIPS and Intel-based platforms.  As an instructor and consultant, Mike is a regular speaker at the DesignWest (formerly Embedded Systems) Conference as well as many other Android and Linux-oriented conferences.

An accomplished systems architect and troubleshooter, Mike brings his depth of understanding and innovative perspective to bear on every problem.  His skill set includes hardware and software design, implementation, manufacturability assessment / "productization", training courseware development and technology assessment.  As a skilled communicator with excellent oral and written presentation skills, Mike can quickly build a team consensus for rapid problem resolution.  Mike is a software mentor for FIRST high school robotics Team 116 from Herndon, VA. He received a BA in Mathematics from the University of South Florida and an MS in Computer Science from George Mason University

 

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Dean Thompson
COO and Founder

Dean has over 27 years of entrepreneurial, technology and management experience with specialization in corporate operations, project management, technical sales and marketing and real time embedded software development.  As a founding partner and the Chief Operating Officer at The PTR Group, he has overseen the operations of The PTR Group from its early bootstrap operation to a successful multi-million dollar company.  Dean is responsible for the day to day operations of The PTR Group including finance, personnel and customer management, sales and marketing.

Prior to The PTR Group, Dean held field positions where he marketed, sold and provided consulting for various software solutions. Dean was the responsible party for a successful field sales team that presented product demonstrations for Wind River Systems’ VxWorks™ Real Time Operating System software. He also provided on-site consulting and training services on the application of Wind River's technology and the diverse range of partner solutions to customer product development activities.  Prior to his involvement with Wind River Systems, Dean led a team of engineers at Orbital Sciences Corporation through the software/systems development effort for the ORBCOMM satellite communications system. This effort led to the successful launch of a constellation of ORBCOMM satellites which supports the company's global communications system. Dean also spent 9 years with E-Systems Inc., where his primary activities included full life cycle software and system development and deployment of airborne reconnaissance, signal detection and recognition systems.

Dean received a BS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh and an MS in Software Systems Engineering from George Mason University.

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