David S. Hardin has made contributions in the areas of formal methods, computer architecture for High Assurance systems, as well as real-time and embedded Java. He is currently a Principal Engineer in the Advanced Technology Center at Rockwell Collins, where he has served as Principal Investigator for several U.S. DoD Research and Development programs. His most recent program developed Guardol, a domain-specific language for cross-domain systems with integral formal property verification capability, as well as the ability to produce extremely high speed hardware-based guards.
He is the editor of the book Design and Verification of Microprocessor Systems for High-Assurance Applications (Springer 2010), and a co-author of The Real-Time Specification for Java, as well as the Java 2 Micro Edition Connected Device Configuration/Foundation Profile standards. He is author or co-author of more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, and is a co-inventor on 12 U.S. patents. In 1999, Dr. Hardin co-founded aJile Systems, a startup company focused on real-time and embedded Java technology, and served as aJile's Chief Technical Officer from 1999 to 2003.
Dr. Hardin was selected as a Rockwell Engineer of the Year for 1997 for his contributions to the development of the world's first Java microprocessor. His academic career includes BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Kansas State University, in 1989. Dr. Hardin is a proud native of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and is a Kentucky Colonel.