Our Team

Our team includes:


Yair Amir

Yair Amir is a creator of the Spread toolkit, the first scalable group communication system with strong semantics. He led Secure Spread, developing the first robust key agreement protocols, as well as the Spines Overlay Network platform, the SMesh Wireless Mesh network, the first seamless 802.11 mesh with fast lossless handoff, the Prime Byzantine replication engine, the first to provide performance guarantees while under attack, and the Spire Intrusion-Tolerant SCADA for the Power Grid, the first to protect against both system-level and network-level attacks and compromises. Some of these technologies are deployed in mission critical systems, support data center applications, are included in commercial products, and are used for research and teaching in universities and research labs around the world.

Yair is also a Professor of Computer Science and director of the Distributed Systems and Networks lab (DSN) at Johns Hopkins University. From June 2015 to June 2018, he served as the Chair of the Department of Computer Science. He is also a co-founder of LTN Global Communications, a leading provider of IP-based live media transmission services. His goal is to invent resilient, performant and secure distributed systems that make a difference, collecting friends along the way.

Yair Amir holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. from the Technion in Israel.

Participation by Dr. Amir does not constitute or imply endorsement by Johns Hopkins University.


Jonathan Stanton

Jonathan Stanton is a systems builder and researcher in the areas of distributed systems, security and networking. Jonathan designed and implemented extensive architectures for high-performance, scalable distributed applications. He serves as Vice President of Technology for LTN Global Communications, managing a world-wide video transport network consisting of multiple data centers around the globe. Jonathan has optimized protocols for applications in fields ranging from financial services to data warehouses to streaming video transport. He is the current chief architect of the Spread toolkit.

Jonathan served as Assistant Professor of Computer Science at George Washington University where he taught courses in Distributed Systems, Computer Networks, Security and Operating Systems in the Computer Science Department and conducted research on distributed systems, scalable computer management tools, secure electronic-voting protocols, and group messaging. Jonathan holds a Ph.D. and an M.S.Eng in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Mathematics from Cornell University.


Michal Miskin-Amir

Michal Miskin-Amir has over 20 years of Information Technology experience, providing leadership and execution in the development and management of products and services with both startups and established global companies.
Michal has a dynamic, results-oriented approach to the design and implementation of complex software projects, transforming technology from vision to reality. She serves as Chief Technology Officer for LTN Global Communications, running development, engineering, and operations for the company. Prior to Spread Concepts, Michal was Director of Software Development for Kinko’s.com, where she managed the full development lifecycle of Kinko’s highly scalable internet technologies and products (today, FedEx Office). Prior to Kinko’s.com, Michal worked at Radview Software, where she played a key role in defining future product development and was responsible for consulting activities, client support, and technical alliances with industry partners, as well as leading the development of client-server and internet applications. Michal also worked as Product Manager for internet technologies at Platinum Technology and is a creator of the Spread toolkit.

Michal holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science and a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.


Jacob Green

Jacob Green has extensive experience in managing, architecting, and developing complex software systems. He brings to bear his high level of creativity coupled with technical experience to all endeavors. Jacob is an entrepreneur at heart and is infectiously passionate when bringing new and inventive solutions to fruition.

Jacob has extensive expertise with holistically designing and developing systems for military tactical edge networks. He has both managed development efforts, as well as provided technical guidance & review at many levels in this challenging environment. In recent years, Jacob has been active spearheading work in Municipal Open Source and open data through MossLabs.io. Jacob serves as Director of Special Projects for LTN Global Communications, working on the development of a worldwide distribution network for live video broadcast. Prior to Spread Concepts, Jacob co-founded and managed D-Fusion Inc, a privately held web monitoring and intelligence firm.

Jacob holds both an M.S.E. and B.S. in Computer Science along with a B.A. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University.


John Schultz

John Schultz focuses on the theory and practice of distributed systems and their security. John concentrates particularly on data replication, multicast dissemination and messaging, reliable transport, security, and intrusion tolerance. John spearheaded the development of data replication technologies that enable a broad range of tradeoffs between replication semantics and performance requirements. These technologies range from high performance ACID database replication in wired networks down to Overtaken By Events dictionary replication in wireless, disrupted, battlefield environments. John's work in multicast systems and reliable transport similarly ranges from helping build highly resilient, low latency, high throughput, global multicast communication across the internet down to persistent multicast dissemination, reliable transport, and store and forward systems on tactical edge networks. John also develops cryptographic security and privacy mechanisms appropriate to these different environments and applications where needed. John serves as Chief Architect at LTN Global Communications. Prior to Spread Concepts, John co-founded D-Fusion Inc, where he developed an extensive web crawling and monitoring system.

John has authored publications on theoretical aspects and system implementation in distributed systems and is a creator of the Spread toolkit and the author of the StdUtil library. John holds an M.S.E. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University.


Amy Babay

Amy Babay focuses on building systems and inventing new protocols in the areas of distributed systems and networks. Her recent work has centered on enabling new Internet services using structured overlay networks and on building intrusion-tolerant critical infrastructure systems, with a focus on the power grid. She has additionally worked on high performance group communication and datacenter messaging. Amy is a creator of the Spines Overlay Network framework, the Prime Byzantine Replication engine, and the Spire Intrusion-Tolerant SCADA system for the Power Grid.

Amy holds a Ph.D. and an M.S.E. in Computer Science, as well as a B.A. in Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University.