Rakesh Thapar, CTO at TimeSys Inc., (USA), a leader in open source embedded systems, and Managing Director of 4ES Technologies -a Timesys Company (India), oversees the overall strategic direction of engineering at Timesys.
His career spans over 35 years of industry experience working in software and hardware product development intertwined with teaching and academia.
Prior to joining Timesys in 2016, he worked at Honeywell where he was the Senior Director & Global Head of R&D for Workflow Solutions Software (both on-Prem and Cloud) in the S&PS SBU. He was responsible for developing mobile device-based (Android, Windows, iOS) workflow solutions that enabled improved productivity and accuracy in verticals that included distribution centers, transportation and logistics, maintenance and inspection, healthcare and retail.
At Vocollect (acquired by Honeywell via Intermec), Dr. Thapar held the position of Vice President of Engineering. The company built solutions for voice-directed work using its own speech recognition software, body-worn hardware and application software, which included a cloud based software to analyze data and recommend actionable insights for increase in worker productivity.
Before joining Vocollect, Thapar held senior management roles and a leadership role with Network Appliance Inc. and FORE Systems (acquired by Marconi), was VP Engineering at Padcom and at Haley Systems, and was CEO of Pradeep Digitek, India.
Augmenting his business career, he has been an adjunct faculty member since 2005 with Heinz College (MISM) at Carnegie Mellon University where he also served as Assistant Dean in 2004. Previously, from 1987-1994 he was an Associate Professor for Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Roorkee (aka IIT-Roorkee), India. He has been a full time staff member at University of New Hampshire (1994-1996) and has been an adjunct faculty member with Boston University and Northeastern University.