Dimitris Fotakis is the founder and CEO of Nefelus, Inc, a provider of computer design automation tools for IC Design. Prior to Nefelus, Dimitris was founder and chief technologist of Athena Design Systems. Prior to Athena, Dimitris was a co-founder of AmmoCore. He departed AmmoCore in 2003 to found Athena Design. Dimitris also served as Software Architect at Cadence Design Systems from 1997 to 1999 managing the R&D product development for Extraction in the P&R flow. Before Cadence, Dimitris invented and developed HyperExtract from 1994-1997 at High Level Design Systems which became Cadence’s workhorse extraction technology. Dimitris began his career in the Computer Aided Design team in National Semiconductor. Dimitris holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering and Informatics from the University of Patras, Greece, an M.S. degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from George Mason University and an MBA from San Jose State University. He has also completed graduate studies in the PhD program of the Electrical Engineering Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison.