Energetic people manager with 20+ years WiFi experience encompassing team leadership, project management, and antenna and radio design. Scaled the output of my team from 2 concurrent projects to 7 projects while meeting major HW project milestones.
RF HW Engineering, Cisco Systems, IncRichfield, OHManager01/2011 to Current
First line manager of a team of 20 high performing engineers and technicians responsible for the design, test and regulatory approvals of industry leading WiFi access points and antennas.
My team won an unprecedented 2 Cisco Pioneer Awards for 2015 for Product Innovation and Value Engineering.
Duties include team leadership, team resource planning and balancing priorities of up to 7 concurrent projects.
Team meetings, one-on-one meetings, personal advising and performance reviews.
Serve as engineering project manager for outdoor access point products and antennas.
This effort involves all aspects of pre- and post-project commit activities including driving toward COGs targets, designing engineering-level schedules with Microsoft Project, outlining engineering project milestones, prototype schedules and unit allocation, designing budgets and working across HW and SW teams to get commitment on all aspects of a project.
Serve as a de facto Technical Leader for the team and make final decisions on priorities and program risks.
Frequently work across teams to build consensus leading to the best possible decisions.
Maintain management level relationships with several JDM partners (both in the US and Taiwan) for radio & access point designs as well as antenna products.
Cisco Systems, IncRichfield, OHTechnical Leader03/2000 to 01/2011
Primarily responsible for all engineering aspects of Cisco's antenna product line including original designs as well as working with JDM partners on additional antenna designs.
Primarily responsible for building up the antenna product line into a nearly $100M line of business by productizing my own designs and using JDM partners (like Laird) where appropriate.
Designed internal antennas on all Cisco access points which now total more than 10M antennas in production.
Championed an on-site anechoic chamber and 3-D field solver software for antenna development and qualification work.
Served as antenna technical leader for wireless groups Cisco-wide including 3G/4G, WiFi and GPS antennas for access points, mobile routers, various modules and other products.
Fulfilled a similar role for accessories like lightning arrestors, cables, connectors and other RF products.
Worked on OFDM radio development for initial line of 5 GHz wireless LAN products, including LNA design and receiver characterization and operation.
Duties also included debugging of radio firmware pertaining to radio operation and protocol functionality.
Championed a co-op program with Ohio State and Case-Western Reserve University.
Directed several co-op students in wireless LAN-related activities including antenna, propagation and RF circuit projects.
Co-op students presented results to senior management.
Directed technician and test engineer in daily work assignments related to the construction and test of various antenna designs.
Aironet Wireless Communications, IncAkron, OHSr. RF Engineer03/1995 to 03/2000
Involved in the design and development of wireless LAN products, specifically radio products, both client and access point.
Responsible for initial circuit design, product testing and manufacturing issues during the life of 1 and 2 Mbps frequency hopper radios for 2.4 GHz (802.11) operation.
Worked with domestic and foreign customers on integration issues and brought up products in foreign manufacturing sites.
In addition, designed and tested antennas for use in embedded products such as laptops, hand-helds, and client cards.
Ph.D:Electrical EngineeringDecember, 1993University of Missouri-RollaElectrical Engineering Dissertation: A Synthesis Procedure for Transmission Line Broadband Matching Networks
The dissertation reviews the classical problem of broadband matching as well as new results for matching networks synthesized with transmission line elements.
*Holder of 14 US patents, with 1 more being filed, mostly in the area of antenna design and implementation. Assigned patent numbers are 6781544, 6759986, 7541988, 7202824, 7280082, 7499673, 7089861, 7515107, 8165534, 8526887, 8519893, 8242969, 8108020, 8963793