Management

 
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Eric Hansen
Chief Executive Officer, Founding Partner

Eric has more than 30 years of experience in the wireless telecommunications industry. Prior to IWT, Eric held engineering management positions for General Electric/Ericsson in their radio and cellular division (joint venture). At GE, he managed R&D engineering, automation/test and new product introduction teams. Before GE, Eric was the engineering team leader for Motorola’s radio group. While there, he finished his masters and participated in the Motorola Management Institute program.

Eric remains an advocate for leadership, innovation and education. Formerly a board member for Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) for two terms, he currently serves as the rector and board member of Longwood University. He is also a regional board member of Wells Fargo bank.

Eric holds a BSEE from RIT and an MSCE from FAU, along with several patents. He lives with his wife and three daughters in the Lynchburg, Virginia area.

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Todd Irby
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operations Officer

Todd has more than 25 years’ experience in global Fortune 500 and small business with responsibility for financial performance, operational execution, corporate strategy, business development, information technology, and HR and legal corporate functions. Prior to IWT, Todd worked at Ericsson.

Todd received his MBA and BS in Finance from Virginia Tech.  He is very active in the community, including: Director and Audit and Compliance Chair, Centra Health; Board Member and Development Committee, Amazement Square; and Board Member and Finance Committee, Academy Center of the Arts.

Todd is a native Virginian and resides in Lynchburg with his wife and two sons.

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Steve Harrison
Director of Strategic Engineering & Government Services

Steve has more than 25 years of experience developing mission-critical communication solutions for various applications including first responder, warfighter communications, electronic warfare, security solutions, cellular communications and DOCSIS cable modems.  Steve’s areas of expertise include embedded software, digital signal processing, FPGA programming, and IP and wireless networks. 

Prior to joining IWT, Steve spent 12 years as an embedded software design engineer and technical lead for Ericsson, during which time he co-authored two patents.  During Steve’s career with IWT, he has acted in many roles, including software and FPGA developer, project manager, IC architect, functional manager of the embedded systems group, and head of the engineering department.

Steve holds a B.S.E.E degree from West Virginia Institute of Technology (now WVU Tech) and an M.S.E.E from Virginia Tech.

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Swathi Prabhu
Director Of Engineering

Swathi leads a department composed of software, hardware and systems engineers that are dedicated to creating cutting edge solutions for a myriad of applications with a focus on safety and security. In her more than 20 years of experience, she has designed and developed complex and dynamic software for real-time simulation and mission-critical applications that have been deployed at hundreds of customer sites around the world.

Her most recent accomplishments include work in the fields of data analytics and machine learning to drive advanced automation solutions for customers. Prior to joining IWT, Swathi worked at TRAX International where she was the lead software engineer for developing real-time training simulators for use in power plants.

Swathi is passionate about technology and education, and enjoys volunteering at various local nonprofit organizations. She is currently on the Board for James River Day School, and is a member of the Building Finance Committee at Vector Space. Swathi received her BS Computer Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India. She lives with her husband and two children in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Jeremiah Colling
Director of Marketing

Jeremiah has more than 22 years of experience in the wireless and telecommunication industry. He began as a software engineer with IWT and spent most of his career as a Program and Product Manager developing wireless solutions for IWT business units in the Defense & Security markets, Mining and Critical Communications.

Prior to joining IWT in 2002, Jeremiah spent three years as a software engineer for Ericsson developing CDMA mobile platforms and broadband cable telephony.

Jeremiah received his BSEE from Olivet University and resides in Lynchburg, Virginia with his wife and four children, and is an active member of the community.

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Gary Sergent
Director of Sales & Business Development

Gary Sergent, aka “Sarge”, has worked in the global mining and tunneling industry for most of his career. Starting as the fifth generation of Sergent to work in the U.S. coal industry, he now has more than 15 years of experience in underground wireless communications and tracking, with a focus on plant automation and machine safety.

Gary holds a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. A father of three, he lives with his wife in the Greensboro, North Carolina area where he is involved in community volunteer programs, including the American Red Cross.

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