Rod joined Sand & Sebolt in the summer of 2009 and is a professional electrical engineer registered in the State of Ohio. Rod brings to Sand & Sebolt over 15 years of electrical engineering design experience as well as three years of patent preparation and prosecution experience for several semiconductor chip manufactures in Silicon Valley.
Rod graduated with a law degree from The University of Akron in 2006. He focused his law study on intellectual property law. While in law school, Rod took patent law, patent prosecution, trade secret, trademark law, trademark prosecution and copyright law classes.
Prior to law school, Rod worked as a Senior Design Engineer at Cisco Systems, Inc. from 2000 to 2007 where he designed processor chips to control the routing of wireless data in 802.11 wireless networks. He also designed advanced encryption(AES)/decryption algorithm chips to encrypt blocks of data with hardware, hardware algorithms to hash data streams, as well as other cryptography algorithms.
After completing his Master Degree in Electrical Engineering at The University of Akron in 1995, Rod worked at Intel, Inc. with the Pentium 4 Design Team in Hillsboro, Oregon, for over 3 years. Rod joined that design team as it was being formed and contributed to the architectural planning of the new Pentium 4 processor. The Pentium 4 processor was the world’s first multi-threaded, superscalar processor able to retire multiple instructions each
clock cycle while running at nearly 4 Gigahertz. Rod focused on the load and store instruction ordering portion of the processor to ensure cache coherency. Rod’s final portion of the Pentium 4 design consisted of more than 300,000 transistors. While at Intel, Rod perfected his skills in writing Verilog code as well as programming in C++ .
Between 1998 and 2000, Rod was a Senior Design Engineer with Compaq Computer’s Alpha Design Group designing supercomputer Alpha Microprocessors. Rod was a circuit designer on an Alpha Microprocessor Project designing portions of the processor that allowed thousands of processors to share a same external memory space while preserving memory coherency.
Rod received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at The Ohio State University in 1988. After graduating, he served in the U.S. Navy for four years as a Lieutenant and held United States and NATO secret security clearances.
Ohio State Bar Association
Stark County Bar Association
Cleveland Intellectual Property Association