Jessica Claire
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  • Electronic Design
  • System Architecture/Functional Allocation
  • Requirements Derivation
  • HiRel Integration/Qual/Environmental Testing/On-site Integration
  • Project Engineering/Program Management
  • Field Test Design/Coordination/Logistics/Execution
  • Subcontract/Vendor SOW/Spec Generation/Liaison/Oversight
  • Customer Liaison/Technical POC
Sr. Principal Systems Engineer, 07/1993 to 12/2020
RtxFort Belvoir, VA,

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 tracking and 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:

  • Integration and Test lead for a newly developed airborne ELINT system incorporating extremely high-speed/high band-width digital receivers and embedded FPGA based signal processing. Designed/implemented custom automated precision test fixturing to support direction finding and ranging qualification testing in both indoor anechoic chambers and out in the field.
  • Major redesign/upgrade of the 40+ year old AN/SPN-35 Shipboard Precision Approach RADAR (~15 systems currently in production). Tasking included "start from scratch" re-architecting of the majority of the support electronics and human interface control and maintenance. Integrated multiple racks of dated and un-maintainable equipment into a single rack with significantly improved BIT and maintenance capabilities. Replaced discrete switches/knobs/lights with a rugged touch screen interface and freed-up valuable below-deck space for future growth.
  • Complete redesign of below-decks electronics for shipboard AN/SPN-43 General Search RADAR supporting a concept demonstration. Tasking included: Raw 400HZ 3PH AC shipboard power conversion; Custom FPGA and touchscreen based human interface control and maintenance replacing discrete toggle switches, bulbs and relays; Subcontracting for a highly integrated enhanced digital receiver, and solid-state 200kW transmitter; Retrofitting a transportable GFE connex with the system and integrating on-site with an antenna system to successfully demonstrate capability.
  • Implementing a helicopter-based US Army Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) sensor package that combined data from millimeter wave RADAR/day-night video/IR & eventually LIDAR sources. Designed and implemented cockpit/pilot display and control interfaces for helicopter variants. Supported numerous field flight test evaluations at various Army test facilities over a number of years. Designed/implemented airborne qualified test and recording equipment including utilizing high-bandwidth OTS data links to enable real-time ground monitoring of flight test.

Other past efforts at SNC included:

  • Concept demonstration of a microwave based airborne landing assist system for tactical, medivac, etc. application, successfully demonstrated at California NASA facility. Also designed/implemented custom data recording/analysis special test equipment to support flight tests.
  • UAV based millimeter wave landing system for US Marine Corp CH-53E helicopters at Camp Pendleton, Ca. (concept demo)
  • Microwave-based artillery training evaluation system for US Army tanks and other tactical vehicles
Electrical Engineer, 07/1988 to 07/1993
Department Of The InteriorLees Summit, MO,

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.

Electrical Engineer/Section Head, 01/1983 to 06/1988
Hughes Aircraft/Space And CommunicationsCity, STATE,

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.

Education and Training
Bachelor of Science: Electrical Engineering, Expected in
California State University, Long Beach - Long Beach, Ca,
: Electrical Engineering, Expected in
University Of Colorado At Boulder - Boulder, CO

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