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About CoreAVI

From Safety Critical Hardware to the Complete Safety Critical Platform

2005 UK

CoreAVI is Born

  • Founded in the United Kingdom

Headquarters Opened in the US

  • Headquartered in Tampa, Florida
2008 Tampa
2011 Gpu

Next Gen GPUs and Safety Critical Software

  • Offers combined safety critical OpenGL graphics and video driver products with graphics processors from many of the industry’s leading graphics hardware platforms from suppliers such as Intel, AMD, and NXP.

New, Revolutionary Solutions

  • First to provide newest generation safety certifiable graphics/ArgusCore SC 2 (OpenGL SC 2) with certifiable programmable GPU shaders.
  • First to revolutionize GPU monitoring systems for safety certified cockpit display systems by displacing FPGAs with CoreAVI’s TrueCore (software-only) solution.
2016 Systems
2017 Hardware

Hardware Designers, and More

  • CoreAVI expands into the COTS hardware market, creating safety critical COTS-D (or COTS-Design) hardware IP certifiable to DAL A.
  • Winner of Military and Aerospace Electronics 2017 Innovators Platinum Award for joint UAV ground station solution with Wind River and Presagis.
  • First to provide Future Airborne Capability Environment (“FACE”) EGL graphics compositor; endorsed by the US Army.

The Future is Vulkan SC

  • First to engineer safety critical VkCore SC libraries based on Khronos’ Vulkan API to support both compute and graphics; endorsed by NASA.
  • First and only GPU compute RTOS driver deployed for autonomous avionics defensive systems.
2018 Vulkan
2019 Compute

A Focus on Compute

  • Releases ComputeCore safety critical compute libraries to enable accelerated computing capabilities and autonomous systems.
  • Establishes Arm partnership for safety critical applications
  • First to provide DO-178C safety critical Vulkan graphics and compute driver support for AMD E9171 GPU and NXP i.MX 8 SoC
  • Voted Chair of Khronos’ Vulkan SC working group

AI and Computer Vision

  • Expands expertise to include safety critical computer vision and artificial intelligence with VkCoreVX™ SC safety critical implementation of Khronos’ OpenVX™ 1.3 industry standard API.
  • Winner of Military and Aerospace Electronics 2020 Innovators Platinum Award for joint compute solution with Wind River.
  • Recipient of Khronos standards compliance: OpenGL SC1 on VkCore SC
  • First to release safety critical GPU compute libraries for autonomous systems
2020 ai computer vision
2021 Automation

The Future of Safe Autonomy

  • Intel partnership established to provide support and supply for Intel’s 11th generation Core processor with Iris Xe graphics
  • Became platinum member of “The Autonomous”, participating in the creation of new safety standards in the autonomous mobility
  • Active members of ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 working groups.

Executive Team

Damian B. Fozard | CEO & Founder

Damian Fozard, CEO & Founder of CoreAVI, is a technology-loving, problem solver who wants to answer the tricky, interesting questions. This inquisitiveness combined with over 25 years in software and business development has helped Damian and his team to develop real-time safety critical graphics and compute drivers for military and avionics applications. Over 155 major aerospace and defense programs in more than 25 countries operate CoreAVI’s award-winning safety critical technologies.

After starting his career at Xerox, Damian left the corporate world for a life of entrepreneurship focusing on innovative and demanding fields. His ventures have covered diverse applications from cryptographic and security systems, through workflow and document management, to embedded safety technologies. In the early days of his career, Damian’s skills in security and cryptography welcomed invitations to hack and probe many of the early internet banking and government systems. Damian was a technology consultant on several pieces of legislation that laid the foundation for internet commerce.

Damian holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK.

Damian believes that the autonomous safety industry demands constant innovation and he is proud that he and CoreAVI are a part of that revolution.

Dan Joncas | Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

Dan Joncas is responsible for global sales, business development and marketing at CoreAVI. With over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, Dan has enabled leading customers in the military, aerospace, automotive and industrial markets with real-time safety-critical systems and compute technologies, as well as facilitated strategic partnerships with leading technology manufacturers and their suppliers in Europe, North America, and Asia. Dan joined CoreAVI in 2011 and has built an international, high-achieving sales and marketing force who capitalize on long term growth opportunities and excel at driving innovation.

Prior to joining CoreAVI, Dan worked in a number of sales and business development roles, including serving as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at ALT Software, which pioneered COTS safety certifiable graphics device drivers that enabled the widespread deployment of commercial graphics processors into safety certified civil aviation cockpit and helped transition automotive to advanced display systems. Dan has an honours BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Waterloo; a Master of Education, Business and Organizational Development from the University of Toronto; and a Master in Business Administration, Information Technology from Athabasca University.

Mike Donovan | Chief Accounting Officer

Mike Donovan joined CoreAVI in 2019 and is responsible for leading the accounting, tax, and financial strategy.

Before joining CoreAVI, Mike served for nine years as the Chief Accountant and Controller for Xerox Business Solutions. He oversaw the financial integration of multiple acquisitions and all aspects of the accounting, consolidation, and reporting of forty-two operating companies in both GAAP and Pro Forma basis.

Prior to Xerox Business Solutions, Mike began his career at Ernst & Young, where he spent six years in the assurance practice in Tampa.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of South Florida and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southern Illinois University.

Laurence E. Pappas | General Counsel/Executive Vice President

Larry joined CoreAVI as Executive Vice President and General Counsel in 2011 after working two years as VP/GC for an electronics component supplier. Prior to entering the electronics industry, Larry was in private law practice in New York concentrating on civil litigation matters, contracts, and real estate transactions and development. Before entering private practice, Larry was a foreign associate with a Japanese law firm in Tokyo.  Larry began his career as a commodities trader for the Japanese trading firm Mitsui & Co. in New York.  Larry holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Asian Studies from Tufts University.  He is admitted to practice law in New York, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Florida and various federal courts.

Doug Marsden | Chief Operating Officer

Doug Marsden joined CoreAVI in May 2021, and is responsible for leading Engineering Operations, including program management, software and hardware development, verification, and certification.  Doug brings over 30 years of cross-disciplinary product engineering leadership across automotive, electronics and robotics industries.  He’s been granted 7 U.S. patents while taking several new mechatronic technologies from concept into high-volume production.

Doug started his career at Ford Motor Co, spending 17 years in numerous product development roles with his last 5 years leading Advanced Brake Control Systems.  He then became Director of Engineering for 3 years at a vehicle electronics supplier in Juarez, Mexico.  Doug then was Engineering Director for a sequence of Mechanical, Systems & Test teams for 5 years at iRobot in the Boston area.  He moved on to central Ohio to become VP, R&D for the TRC automotive test track, where he was later promoted to the CTO role.  Doug moved back to the Detroit area for a series of Autonomous Vehicle technology jobs:  Director of Automated Driving Programs & Testing at Toyota Research Institute, Systems Engineering Senior Manager at ArgoAI, and Director of Engineering at New Eagle Consulting.

Doug holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State, a MSME from MIT, and a MS in Engineering Management from Wayne State.  He works from his home with his wife and two teenage boys in Canton, Michigan.

Steve Viggers | Chief Information Officer

Steve Viggers is responsible for CoreAVI’s IT strategy centered around adopting new technologies, cybersecurity, and industry standard compliance.  In previous roles at CoreAVI, Steve focused on future safety critical technologies, strategic partnerships, and building strong teams that are advancing the state of the art for safety critical graphics, compute, and autonomy.

Before joining CoreAVI, Steve held several positions at ALT Software, including VP Operations & Development, and VP Software Engineering, where he played a key role in growing ALT Software as a leading provider of graphics device drivers targeting avionics and automotive.

Steve has a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo where he studied computer science and business management.

Solutions Team

Neil Stroud | Vice President, Marketing & Business Development

Neil Stroud joined CoreAVI in November 2020 as the VP, Marketing & Business Development. He has spent over 25 years in the semiconductor industry in technical, commercial, sales and strategy roles.  For the past 15 years Neil has been an industry leader in the functional safety domain working closely with the ecosystem, customers, and partners across the automotive, industrial, avionics and transportation segments to build a safer world.

Neil has held various positions in world class corporations including Samsung, NEC, PMC-Sierra and Intel.  Immediately prior to joining CoreAVI, Neil worked at Arm, during which time his roles included Senior Director of Technology Strategy where he led a team focused on functional safety, security, machine learning and real-time compute for the automotive and IoT business unit.  Most recently, he had been leading the activities in industrial automation, robotics and industrial IoT.

Neil studied Electronic Engineering at Leicester Polytechnic and has spent time living in the UK, Germany, Sweden and most recently the United States.

Michael Pyne | Director Strategic Accounts & Solutions Architect

Mike’s role as Director Strategic Accounts & Solutions Architect at CoreAVI allows him to bring together the rapidly evolving world of “open” software infrastructures with the safety critical requirements of both manned, pilot assisted, and autonomous platforms. Mike has over 40 years of experience in Defense and Aerospace markets.  Previously, as an engineering fellow with Honeywell, Mike developed cockpit architectures and systems for a variety of airborne defense  platforms like the F-15, F-16, F/A-18, C-130, OH-58D, CH-47, and the V-22.  Mike’s focus on all of these platforms was in using open system architectures for high reliability/mission critical roles in rugged military environments.

Mike is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has a BSEE from Brigham Young University, and holds two patents in the area of sensor processing.

Daniel Brown | EMEA Sales Director

Daniel Brown is the EMEA Sales Director for CoreAVI. With over 25 years of experience in the technology sector, Daniel has worked both as a commercial and technical manager on embedded safety, security and communications systems across the aerospace, rail, automotive and industrial sectors with Bombardier Transportation, Green Hills Software and Intersil. As Sales Director at CoreAVI, Daniel works with customers in safety critical avionics, military and other industries, focusing on GPU compute, graphics software, and hardware design projects to ensure customers receive high reliability solutions for certifiable programs up to DAL A, SIL4 and ASIL D.

After living in Australia, Daniel obtained his degrees in Physics (Oxford Brookes), Information Technology (University of Keele) and Business (University of Bath) in the UK. He holds both UK and Belgian nationality and is based in the Netherlands.

Tom Wagen | Sales Director, Western US

Tom Wagen covers the Western United States as Sales Director for CoreAVI and is one of CoreAVI’s FACE and SOSA designated representatives. He brings 35 years of computer industry experience with more than 30 years dedicated to advanced technologies in medical imaging, scientific visualization, entertainment, and various application segments within aerospace and defense markets. He has held positions in field sales, sales management, business development, and general management and was instrumental in establishing the early market for artificial intelligence with Symbolics. Tom also established sales for Pixar and while there created relationships with Lockheed, Boeing, NASA, JPL, Sun Microsystems, SGI, IBM, TRW, as well as many other defense-related entities. Tom worked as Marketing Manager of MCC in Austin, where he drove business development efforts for the consortium, the first of its kind in the U.S.

Now based in Phoenix, Tom has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marquette University.