Jason Lohn, CEO, co-founder
Jason is an entrepreneur and engineer who researches new algorithms for hardware
design and optimization. He is best known for leading the team that put the first evolved antenna
into space on a NASA spacecraft.
In addition to X5, he maintains an appointment as an Associate Research Professor at
Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley. Previously he founded and led Evolvable Systems
research at NASA Ames Research Center, co-founded a startup,
worked in search quality at Google, was a visiting scholar at Stanford,
and worked as a software engineer at IBM.
He has over 50 technical publications and his
work has been featured in Wired magazine, MIT Tech Review, and Popular Science. He was a
co-founder and co-chair of six NASA/DoD Conferences on Evolvable Hardware,
and serves as an Associate Editor of IEEE TEC and GPEM.
Jason received his BS from Lehigh University and
M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland at College Park, all in Electrical Engineering.
Derek Linden, CTO, co-founder
Derek has performed groundbreaking
research in the automated design of wire and patch antennas using
advanced optimization algorithms since 1995. He is co-inventor of the
patented genetic antenna design process and has published widely on
the subject, including numerous conference, journal, magazine
articles, and book chapters. Prior to X5 Systems, he was the
Director of Antenna Engineering at JEM Engineering in Laurel, MD.
He received Discover Magazine's Top 10 Innovation Award in 2000,
the Gold Medal in Human Competitive Result competition at the 2004
GECCO Conference, and a NASA Group Achievement Award in 2006. His
work has also been highlighted in Science News, The New York Times,
Wired magazine, EDN, Antenna Systems and Technology Magazine,
Technology Review, Aviation Week, and Popular Science.
Derek received his BS degree from the US Air Force Academy and his MS and
PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.
Michel Courtoy, VP of Business Development
Michel began his career in design engineering and software
engineering with seven years at Intel. He managed product
marketing for layout verification software at Cadence Design Systems and held
executive positions at Quickturn Design Systems, Osprey Design Systems (which he
also co-founded), Aptix Corporation, and Frequency Technology. As vice president of
marketing for Silicon Perspective, Courtoy created the market for silicon
virtual prototyping and was a key player in the company's acquisition by Cadence in 2001.
He served as a vice president at Cadence until 2005 and then became
President and CEO of Certess, a leading provider of functional verification tools for IC design.
He led Certess through its acquisition by SpringSoft in 2009.
Michel holds a BSEE from University Catholique de Louvain, Belgium;
an MSEE from University of California, San Diego; and an MBA from Santa Clara University, California.