Most recent 15+ years have been the technical lead of 10-20 person teams, for dozens of technically diverse efforts including completely new airborne and shipboard RADAR systems, airborne data links, and navigation aids and others. Primarily performed system concept/architecture development starting at the B&P/contract award stages & then typically continuing post-award as the technical lead implementing system design and requirements apportionment that usually included detailed hardware design and software/firmware task definition. Additionally, the technical lead position supported the non-technical project/program management functions, e.g. providing periodic engineering related status trackingand reporting and representing Engineering at internal, and customer-attended, program reviews. Years ago, the program management function at SNC became non-technical and mostly contract compliance and budget focused, so the lead engineer absorbed most of the responsibility to keep the engineering side of programs on-track.
Most recent technical involvement, either as the technical lead or as a technical contributor included:
Other past efforts at SNC included:
Hired specifically to implement a specialized ground-based X-band RADAR to support an USAF/DARPA field test that had been successfully simulated but was moving into a phase were actual hardware was required. The company initially consisted of scientists and software engineers and I was the first hardware designer on the team. Had to set up a development lab from zero, including RF test equipment, machining equipment, lab benches and supplies, etc. Hired a few other hardware engineers for the team and we successfully integrated a full RADAR system with subcontracted antennas, positioners, RADAR Transmit/Receive components. I designed/built and tested a high speed (for 1988) digitizer/memory chassis that digitized the raw I/Q RADAR data and stored it to high speed memory in bursts and eventually buffered out to a magnetic tape storage device. System was successfully demonstrated and a follow on analysis contract was executed. After that program I was lead designer on an upgrade for the USMC AN/TPN-22 electronically scanned Automatic Landing System. A filing cabinet sized drawer of analog frequency sources was replaced with a single DDS based synthesizer unit and was successfully fielded in the 10+ systems around the world. This connection with the USMC program led to accepting a position at Sierra Nevada Corporation where we upgraded the vintage tube based high power transmitter to a solid state design.
Initially hired as a technician while still in college, then hired as a design engineer upon graduation. Designed/assembled and tested extremely high reliability satellite based communications equipment and developed associated ground based specialized test equipment. Became a section head responsible for 20-30 engineers and technicians before accepting a position at RDL.
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