Stephen Perkins, President & CTO, NetMass
President and CTO, Perkins continuously innovates to enhance the strategic position of NetMass. He closely monitors the potential impact of new technologies to his customer’s businesses. He and his teams integrate solutions to provide easy access to the best data protection technologies available.
Perkins holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University, where he taught Introduction to Computing, Algorithms and Computing, Data Structures and Programming, and Operating Systems. His dissertation on Noise Tolerant Compression Protocols for Wireless Environments was published in 1997. He holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. Perkins served as a computer programmer in conjunction with NASA and Texas A&M RECON for group modeling of closed-environment life support systems for the space shuttle.
Before co-founding NetMass in 1998, Perkins spent 13 years at Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX. There, he worked in the Communications Systems Engineering branch of the Digital Signal Processing Research and Development Lab. His duties included development of real-time embedded systems for communications platforms such as cable modems, xDSL, and residential Ethernet. He sat on several standards boards and helped shape industry standards for several residential broadband technologies.
Apart from NetMass, Perkins is an independent consultant specializing in the implementation of disaster recovery and business continuity plans. His is also a part-time adjunct lecturer with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. When not working, Perkins volunteers at various venues to program and run advanced theatre and concert lighting consoles.