Benj  Lipchak

Graphics Software Engineering Manager

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Profile

OpenGL expert and software engineering manager with experience leading geographically diverse teams to deliver high-quality, high-performance 3D graphics software.

Skills

OpenGL Drivers

Implementing new API features, supporting new hardware generations, optimizing performance, and improving correctness and stability.

Management

People and project management focusing on leading from the front, attentive issue tracking, regular re-prioritization, and timely communication.

Standards Bodies

Collaborating with partners and competitors alike, leading new API development, and pushing employer's agenda while working to achieve consensus.

Technical

  • OpenGL / OpenGL ES
  • OpenGL Shading Language
  • UNIX / X Internals
  • C / C++ / Objective-C
  • Java / JNI / Servlets
  • Assembly Languages
  • CVS / Subversion / Perforce
  • MS Project / GanttProject
  • Mac OS X / Windows / Linux

Experience

Apple

Software Engineering Manager

2008-present

Leading team of engineers working on GPU performance and benchmarks. Presented performance tuning tools at WWDC. Responsible for OpenGL ES conformance of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Representing Apple in Khronos standards body and elected specification editor for OpenGL ES 3.0, published at SIGGRAPH 2012.

ATI / AMD

Software Engineering Manager

2001-2008

Led team of OpenGL ES and Direct3D Mobile driver developers spread across 10 time zones. Represented AMD on Khronos OpenGL ES workgroup. Co-authored 3rd and 4th editions of OpenGL SuperBible. Creator and editor of OpenGL Pipeline quarterly newsletter. Represented ATI on OpenGL ARB. Chaired fragment shader and ecosystem workgroups. Led team of driver developers re-architecting OpenGL driver.

Bulldozer Software

VP Product Development, Co-founder

1999-2001

Created content-based image search engine, where you could search based on what an image looks like rather than just keywords. Designed web site, Java painting GUI, and web spider. Filed four provisional patents.

DEC / Compaq

Senior Software Engineer

1995-2001

Contributed to PowerStorm 3x0 graphics drivers for Tru64 UNIX while also serving as project manager. Responsible for release engineering, beta driver distribution, and field test coordination. Provided personal on-site consulting to key defense and scientific customers worldwide. Led team responsible for benchmark optimizations.

Education

Babson College

MBA at #1 ranked school for entrepreneurship — 3.9 GPA

2005-2011

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

MS in Computer Science, thesis on visualization of cyclic data — 3.9 GPA

BS with dual major in Computer Science and Technical Writing — 3.8 GPA

1992-1998

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