President & Founder
Dan Getachew is the President and Founder of Mahlet Consulting, Inc. He is a hands-on engineer who enjoys the pleasures of successfully solving problems in the communications space, specifically digital optical communication.
Previously, Dan had worked for Ciena for twelve years, most recently as CTO of Ciena Government Solutions, Inc (CGSI). In this position he provided primary technical and product support to the government team and the larger customer base, as well as providing a liaison for the requirements from the CGSI world back into Ciena R&D. Previously he was the Senior Director of PLM for core switching products. He has extensive knowledge of optical switching and complex network layout and optimization schemes. His expertise includes technical leadership and project management in the architecture, design, and simulation of end-to-end communication systems, particularly optical and core infrastructures in high-speed telecommunication networks. He has participated in the development and deployment of Intelligent Optical Switches worldwide and has a Patent granted showing an innovative implementation of control plane in the optical communications domain.
Dan started his career in the Satellite Communications and Image Processing space, working at Space Systems/Loral and Lockheed Martin developing innovative satellite processing platforms. He has a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a MSEE from Rutgers. Dan also spends time as a part-time farmer, currently grows pears and vegetables.
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