Stephen is the Director of Architecture for the Dell EMC Extreme Scale Infrastructure (ESI) group, a position he has held for over 5 years. He is responsible for leading a team of senior technologists in providing scale-out IT solutions to some of the largest data center customers in the world. Additionally in this role, he represents Dell within the Open Compute Project (OCP) and has worked closely with Dell Ventures in technical diligence sessions with potential investment and M&A targets.
Prior to joining Dell, Stephen spent several years at startups where he most recently built and led the Software and System teams at NextIO, the company that redefined PCI Express by introducing IO Virtualization and PCIe disaggregation to the industry. Before NextIO, he was a founding member of RLX Technologies which is credited as the company that created the x86 blade server market. At RLX, he contributed to the initial x86 blade system designs and management infrastructure, and was Director of Systems Engineering.
Stephen started his career in the defense industry working for E-Systems (now Raytheon) developing embedded software for reconnaissance aircraft utilizing RF tactical data link communications, but quickly moved to more system level software development in the Telco sector when he joined Alcatel to lead development teams in creating, at the time, the industry’s largest digital cross-connect system.
Stephen enjoys the competitive challenge of creating and evangelizing a new technology and working with passionate technologists. He graduated with a B.S. in computer science from Louisiana Tech University, but has lived in Texas with his wife since graduating college and currently lives in Austin.