Andrew J. Schmitt is an expert in the carrier networking industry and the financial institutions that invest in them. Mr. Schmitt has held multiple positions at Vitesse Semiconductor including his role as Product Line Director for Carrier Networking Silicon, where he was responsible for the business unit that conceived, designed, and sold products to makers of Carrier Telecom Equipment. He is the holder of one issued as well as multiple pending patents. Mr. Schmitt is a noted public speaker on trends in technology and has been invited to speak at numerous panels and conferences including the Optical Fiber Conference (OFC), National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (NFOEC), NXTComm/SuperComm and the Gilder Technology Conferences. He has also contributed many articles for media publications including EETimes, Lightwave and Lightreading. He holds a BSEE in Electrical Engineering from the University of California.