Our History

Camgian Microsystems® was founded in December 2006, by CEO Dr. Gary Butler, with the vision of delivering a new generation of advanced sensing and information processing platforms. After acquisitions of Theseus Logic and a Cypress Semiconductor Design Center, Camgian has become a leader in developing end-to-end platforms comprising advanced sensors, wireless communications, real-time signal processing and data analytics to fill intelligence gaps for both the defense and commercial markets.

Camgian is headquartered in Starkville, Mississippi with additional offices in Jackson, Mississippi and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Our Culture + Core Values

At Camgian, we believe the culture of our company is the key to the success of our company. Our culture is driven by three core values.

Our Team

With over a century of experience in companies such as BBN, IBM, Cypress Semiconductor, Cisco, Verizon, and others, our team has a wealth of experience in pioneering and deploying advanced technology products.
Gary Butler is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Camgian Microsystems. From its early work in building advanced sensor technologies and solutions for organizations such as DARPA, he has lead Camgian’s evolution into a multi-million dollar revenue business and a leading company in the Internet of Things (IoT) market. During this period Camgian has been named by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in the US, Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the most entrepreneurial companies in America, The Silicon Review as one of the top 50 fastest growing technology companies, CIO Review as one of the top 50 most promising companies in IoT and Compass Intelligence as one of the world’s top companies in IoT innovation and execution. Moreover, ABI Research featured Camgian in their 2015 Hot Tech Innovators report, which identified the company as one of the world’s top tech start-ups.

Gary Butler, PhD
Founder, Chairman & CEO , Camgian Microsystems Corporation

Gary Butler is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Camgian. He has spent two decades working in advanced technology with a specific focus in the area of sensor systems and technologies. During his career, he has led numerous DARPA and other government-funded programs to build next-generation ISR capabilities for the US military. Dr. Butler’s expertise is in the area of signal processing with a concentration in feature extraction algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) based classification systems. His work in the field includes the invention of a novel neural network (NN) classification method that leverages genetic programming to intelligently adapt and retrain (NNs) when operating in dynamic signaling conditions. His invention, Genetically Adaptive Neural Network Classification Systems and Methods (https://patents.google.com/patent/US7324979B2/en), is one of five patents that he has been awarded in areas related to AI, signal processing, low-power radar, and edge computing.

Since founding Camgian as a contract R&D firm, he has led its evolution into an award-winning technology company that services some of the world’s leading government and commercial organizations. During this period Camgian has been named by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in the US and Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the most entrepreneurial companies in America. ABI Research featured Camgian in their 2015 Hot Tech Innovators Report as one of the world’s top tech start-ups. Camgian was also recognized as a “Cool Vendor in IoT Edge Computing” by Gartner. The prestigious “Cool Vendor” designation recognizes the world’s most potentially disruptive high-tech companies. Additionally, Camgian was named Industrial IoT Company of the Year in the 6th Annual Compass Intelligence Awards, which annually identifies the world’s best in mobile, software, IoT, AI, augmented reality and connected products.

He has been a speaker at events such as the IoT Global Summit, the CLSA Americas IoT Innovation Summit, M2M Evolution, the European IoT Summit, BattleFin London and TEDx. He has also testified as an expert witness on the IoT industry before the US Congress. In addition, he has been recognized by Postscapes as a 2015 IoT CEO of the Year Award winner, one of 10 Mississippi Vision Leaders by the Mississippi Innovation Economy, and one of Mississippi’s Top CEOs and Entrepreneurs by the Mississippi Business Journal.

Prior to founding Camgian, Dr. Butler was a division engineer in the Washington, DC office of Internet pioneer BBN Technologies. At BBN he was elected to membership in the Science Development Program, a technical rank reserved for the company’s most exceptional scientists and engineers, and as a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Dr. Butler earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in engineering where he was a member of Churchill College and studied dynamics and the application of wavelets to signal analysis. He earned his M.S. in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University and B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tulane University. Additionally, he received the executive certificate in strategy and innovation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. He recently served as chair of the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering Board of Visitors and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and Oxford and Cambridge Club in London. He also serves as a member of Renasant Bank’s Board of Directors.

DANNY MERCHANTChief Technical Officer
Danny Merchant is a 10+-year veteran of Camgian and currently serves as Camgian’s Chief Technology Officer. While at Camgian, Danny has led over $30M in research and development programs including Prowl, a low power radar used by the U.S. military for force protection, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. As CTO, Danny develops Camgian’s technical product strategy while simultaneously ensuring a competitive advantage that is aligned with the company’s overall business objectives. For the alternative data market, Danny leads the approaches for using computer vision, deep neural networks, machine learning, signal processing, and data science to provide unique, high-value data sets to its customers.

Prior to joining Camgian, Danny served 20 years at Cypress Semiconductor as the Senior Director of CAD where he was responsible for the electronic design automation software and design methodology used to design all Cypress products. Danny managed geographically dispersed teams of more than 40 people, managed profit and loss centers, and had extensive experience negotiating multi-million-dollar software contracts.

Danny has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Mississippi State University and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering as a part time student. Danny has been a member of the Mississippi State Electrical and Computer Engineering advisory board for more than 15 years.

DERRICK SAVAGEVP of Product Development
Derrick Savage is the Vice President of Engineering at Camgian. He spent nearly 14 years in various design and management roles in the Semiconductor Industry working for Cypress Semiconductor and has 3 issued patents related to ASIC design methodology.

Prior to joining Camgian in 2009, Derrick was the Senior Design Center Manager for Cypress’ design center located in Starkville, MS as well as the company’s manager of the worldwide Intellectual Property Development organization where he was responsible for several IP Centers of Excellence including IO’s, Memory Compilers, ESD, and Standard Logic Cell Libraries. Derrick has managed international, geographically dispersed teams of more than 20 people and managed profit and loss centers. Since joining Camgian, Derrick has managed and lead multiple DoD related R&D programs related to Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and now leads the development of Camgian’s commercial business. Derrick has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University.

MICHELLE PARISIVP of Finance and Administration
Michelle Parisi is the VP of Finance and Administration at Camgian. Building on 10+ years in financial management, Michelle manages financial planning and reporting and is responsible for contract administration. She also oversees recruiting and employee onboarding, and is a champion for Camgian’s culture and core values.

Prior to joining Camgian, Michelle was the Corporate Controller for SemiSouth Laboratories, a high-tech start-up formed to develop and manufacture silicon carbide electrical components.

While there, the company grew from less than 50 employees to over 120 and raised more than $60 million from investors. Prior to SemiSouth, Michelle worked as a Plant Controller for Holcim Cement, one of the world’s largest cement manufacturers. She served as an advisor to plant management, a leader for financial integrity, and ultimately a partner for uniting plant operations with corporate objectives.

Michelle began her career in accounting departments at various businesses ranging from medical supply distributing, to toy manufacturing, to telecommunications and gained a wealth of experience from the diversity. Michelle is a CPA with a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Mississippi State University and an MBA from Mississippi College.

Muthu Nagarajan is the Vice President of Engineering at Camgian. He has more than 20 years of experience in electronic circuit design primarily in the area of semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs). He has six issued patents related to semiconductor IC design and one issued patent in the area of IoT sensor networks.
Prior to joining Camgian in 2009, Muthu was the Member of Technical Staff at Cypress’ design center in Starkville, MS where he worked on several IC design projects. He has translated his deep understanding of circuit design into building robust and successful products in Camgian for both government and commercial projects. As Member of Technical Staff in Camgian, Muthu has worked on several sensor related projects, architecting and designing hardware solutions to address the needs of the defense industry and the emerging Internet-of-Things (IoT) market. He was the system and design lead for Camgian’s first commercial product in the IoT space. Muthu has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University.
Kevin Tingley is the VP of FinTech Sales at Camgian. A Wall Street veteran, Kevin brings over 20 years of finance, sales and business development experience to Camgian. His experience includes more than 15 years in the Capital Markets and Institutional Sales & Trading Industry. The majority of those years were spent at Goldman Sachs and as a partner operating Saratoga Capital, an institutional broker/dealer. Tingley spent time as an NYSE and NASDAQ Market Maker for Goldman Sachs, before moving to proprietary trading, then institutional sales. A significant part of his time at Goldman Sachs and since has been focused in capital markets and institutional sales; working with hedge funds, pension funds, and mutual funds.

Kevin graduated magna cum laude with his BSM from Tulane University.

DOUG GOSNEYVP of Defense Programs
Doug Gosney is the Vice President of Defense Programs. Doug recently retired from the Air Force after serving for more than 23 years. His experiences include serving as Commander, 2d Operations Group, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana and Commander, 69thBomb Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. Doug is a Command Pilot with over 3,300 hours in primarily the B-52H and T-38A/C aircraft- qualified as an Instructor and Evaluator in both. He has deployed and/or supported numerous operations in defense of the United States. Doug’s most recent assignment was serving as the Wing Commander, 14th Flying Training Wing Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi.

Gosney was a Defense Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and completed the Executive Development Programs at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) Leadership Development Program. He also earned master’s degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Air University, and a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University.


Gary Butler is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Camgian Microsystems. From its early work in building advanced sensor technologies and solutions for organizations such as DARPA, he has lead Camgian’s evolution into a multi-million dollar revenue business and one of the leading companies in the Internet of Things (IoT) market. During this period Camgian has been named by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in the US, by CIO Review as one of the Top 50 Most Promising IoT Companies and by Compass Intelligence as the 2015 M2M Emerging Company of the Year. Moreover, ABI Research featured Camgian in their 2015 Hot Tech Innovators report, which identified the company as one of the world’s top tech start-ups.

Central to these efforts was Dr. Butler’s direction of the company’s latest product, Egburt, whose design leverages a novel, low-power edge computing architecture to drive affordable and efficient IoT solution implementation. Since its launch, Egburt has received significant industry recognition including being featured in CLSA Americas’ Deep Field report on IoT as one of the promising new offerings in the IoT market and being named IoT Innovative Product of the Year at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. A recognized industry thought leader, he has been a speaker and panelist at events such as Liveworx, the IoT Global Summit, CLSA Americas IoT Innovation Summit, M2M Evolution and TEDx. In addition, he has been recognized by Postscapes as a 2015 IoT CEO of the Year award winner and named one of ten Mississippi Vision Leaders for 2015 by the Mississippi Innovation Economy.

Prior to founding Camgian, Dr. Butler was a senior technologist with Internet pioneer BBN Technologies where he led development programs from their Washington, DC office in the areas of low-power sensor networks and advanced signal processing. At BBN, Dr. Butler was elected for membership in the company’s senior science and engineering organization, a rank representing approximately the top ten percent of the technical staff, and was elected as a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Over his career he has been awarded patents related to the application of genetic algorithms to signal classification, multi-static radar signal processing and low-power networked sensor systems.

Dr. Butler received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in engineering where he studied the application of wavelets to signal analysis and non-linear dynamic systems. He received an M.S. degree from Vanderbilt University in mechanical engineering and a B.S degree in mechanical engineering from Tulane University, where he was a four-year letterman on the varsity football team. He currently serves as vice chair of the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering Board of Visitors and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, Vanderbilt’s Fred J. Lewis Society, the Oxford and Cambridge Club of London and the Tulane University Athletics Advisory Council. He also serves as a regional contact for Cambridge in America.

John Reece is the Chief Financial Officer Emeritus of Camgian. Johns career in the high-tech industry spans 47 years dating back to 1965, where for 25 years he held management positions in production and financial planning for IBM. In the 22 years since his journey with “Big Blue” he has remained on the forefront of the technology evolution by providing operational management and leadership, ranging from financial planning and analysis, manufacturing and quality control to customer support and site operations, for innovative technology enterprises specializing in computer hardware and software and e-commerce.

Prior to joining Camgian, John served as President and CEO of ClearOrbit (now Take Solutions), a global technology solutions and service provider of life sciences, supply chain management and enterprise solutions. He was responsible for developing and implementing ClearOrbit’s strategic vision, and ultimately engineering its complete turn-around, resulting in its acquisition by Take Solutions in June 2007.

John’s strong finance background and proven executive leadership skills were also instrumental in the success of two emerging technology firms, for whom he held stints as Chief Financial Officer. These include Tantau Software, where he raised $40M from investors and was instrumental in the merger/sale of the company within 20 months of its founding for $375M, and Reliant Data Systems, where he raised more than $7M of venture funding and played a key role in the company’s acquisition by Compuware in May of 1999.

From 1990 – 1997, John held managerial finance positions with Tandem Computers, including his role as Vice President and Corporate Controller, with global responsibility for accounting, financial planning, SEC reporting, indirect purchasing, and contracts. At that time, Tandem was a $2.3 billion company, and the dominant manufacturer of fault-tolerant computer systems for ATM networks, banks, stock exchanges, telephone switching centers, and other commercial transaction processing applications requiring maximum uptime and zero data loss.

Mann is an entrepreneur, investor, and consultant specializing in alternative investments. He has over ten years of experience in the analysis, creation, and management of sophisticated investment products, strategies, and portfolios. He has specific expertise in quantitative finance, financial derivatives, complex trading strategies, illiquid asset classes, financial modeling, and valuation. Prior to entering finance, Russell was a mathematician. He was an Assistant Professor at Brown University from 2002 to 2005, and an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan from 2001 to 2002. His degrees include: a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University (2001), where he held the Putnam and NDSEG Fellowships; a Masters in Advanced Studies (Mathematics) from Cambridge (1996), where he studied as a Churchill Scholar; and an AB from Princeton in 1995, Magna Cum Laude, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, a Putnam Fellow, and a Goldwater Scholar.

In December 2007, Trent Lott left the United States Congress where he has worked on behalf of the people of the State of Mississippi for the past 35 years. A champion of a strong national defense, he remains dedicated to encouraging economic growth and protecting Americans’ economic security by getting government off their backs and out of their pocketbooks. Seven Presidents have known both his cooperation and his opposition, for he has kept his country ahead of partisan and personal concerns.


As the House Republican Whip in 1981, he forged the bipartisan alliance that enacted President Ronald Reagan’s economic recovery program and his national security initiatives. Part of the reason for this and other victories was Congressman Lott’s creation of the House of Representative’s first modern whip organization, focusing on regular member-to-member contacts and extensive outreach to sympathetic Democrats. Counting votes, building coalitions, and moving legislation were things he seemed born to do, and he genuinely enjoyed the process.


Elected to the Senate in 1988, he was a member of the group of pro-growth stalwarts who opposed the tax increase forced on President Bush in 1990. When he became the Senate’s 16th Majority Leader in 1996, he again put his coalition-building skills to the test and, along with House Speaker Newt Gingrich, enacted his historic welfare reform bill of 1996. The next year, Lott, Gingrich and congressional Budget Committee chairman John Kasich and Pete Domenici together produced an historic budget and tax cut agreement that limited some federal spending. But more important, it created new incentives to save and invest, thereby stimulating the economic growth that brought the federal budget into balance for the first time since 1968.


As the Republican Leader during the first two years of President George W. Bush’s administration, Senator Lott led the fight for passage of the President’s tax cut package, the President’s landmark education reform bill, the largest increase in defense spending since the Cold War, the most significant trade legislation in a decade, and the resolution supporting the President on military action in Iraq.


During the Senate’s lame duck session of November 2002, Senator Lott, drawing on his experience as a legislative negotiator, reached the compromises that created the Department of Homeland Security. In 2006, Senator Lott was elected Senate Republican Whip for the second time in his career. He is the only member of Congress to hold this position in both the House and Senate.


For 16 years in the House of Representatives and 19 years in the Senate, Trent Lott has been a driving force in the United States Congress. After his retirement from the United States Senate, Senator Lott founded the Breaux Lott Leadership Group with former Senator John Breaux of Louisiana, a partnership offering strategic advice, consulting and lobbying to a wide range of clients. The firm unites two former Senate leaders from opposite parties, with a combined total of nearly 70 years experience in Congress.


Senator Lott is married to Patricia (Tricia) Thompson Lott, his college sweetheart. They have two children – Chester Trent Lott, Jr. and Tyler Lott Armstrong – and have been blessed with four grandchildren, Chester Trent Lott III, Lucie Sims Lott, Shields Elizabeth Armstrong and Addison States Armstrong.

Mr. Josephs graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1962 with a BS in Physics. Graduated 1966 from New York University with an MBA in Management and Finance. Worked four years at RCA Corporation as a design engineer. Mr. Josephs then worked for IBM Corporation for 31 years holding various positions including systems engineer, marketing representative, financial programs manager within state/local government, product staff and field marketing management; the last 15 years of which as Senior Branch Manager of all large system customers headquartered in Orlando.


From 1998 to present, Mr. Josephs has been the President of Investment Partners of Orlando (IPO) a Venture Capital firm with investments primarily in high technology companies. From 1999 to present, he has been the CEO of IIS, LLC a systems software company, and from 2000 to present, CEO of GlobalSys Services, Inc., an offshore programming services company.


Mr. Josephs has served on the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Central Florida, First Nation Bank of Seminole County and First Mercantile National Bank where he served as Chairman of the Executive Committee. He has served on the board of various non-profit Orlando based organizations in leadership chair positions. He has recently been on the board of several high technology companies in Central Florida including Milcom Technology, Meshnetwork, Theseus Logic and currently Gemesis Corporation and Camgian.