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Distinguished system architect/product developer with proven success in producing quality designs, lowering costs and reducing schedule interval through attention to detail, quality work and an ability to address needs and emergencies quickly. Key competencies include:

  • Product Design
  • System Architecture
  • Hardware Integration
  • Documentation
  • Design Verification
  • MIL-STD-1760/1553
  • HTML
  • UNIX
  • AutoCAD 2000
  • Mentor Graphics
  • Windows (98,XP)
  • MS Office (Word, Project, PPT, Excel, Visio)
  • Document Control (DOORS)
  • Change Control (DDTS/xDDTS, Dimensions)
  • C, Fortran, Basic


    GE AVIATION formerly SMITHS AEROSPACE - Grand Rapids, MI 2004 -

    Staff Technical Lead - Verification and Validation - Mission Systems (MS)

    P-8 India
    * Stores Management System (SMS) Development (2009+)

    P-8A Poseidon
    * Stores Management System (SMS)Development (2008+)

    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
    * Fuselage Remote Interface Unit (FRIU) Development (2004+)
    * Missile Remote Interface Unit (MRIU) Development (2004+)

    ALCATEL-LUCENT formerly LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES - Holmdel, NJ 1985 - 2002

    Distinguished Member of Technical Staff

    System Architect - LambdaRouter, All-Optical Switch (1999 - 2002)

  • Led control systems re-architecture team in the specification of new control hardware with a 50% cost reduction and ten times performance improvement based on PICMG 2.16 and related standards
  • Proposed, designed and championed a new system startup configuration providing a 40% footprint reduction and commensurate cost reduction
  • Continued to provide extensive support of the product development by continuing to develop internal websites, maintaining mailing lists and participating in all forms of internal and customer documentation reviews. Committed to the change control process as a means to achieve product quality and shortened development intervals
  • Authored and offered numerous presentations including introductions to the system architecture and read-outs on development activities
  • Designed, developed and tested seven backplane designs and shelf configurations for the system architecture, the last four designs required only one design cycle before going to production
  • Led the hardware integration testing effort for the latest system releases, resolving cross-disciplinary issues and bugs, developing tests and test documentation following ISO 9001 approved process. The testing provided the initial inputs into project Telcordia-NEBS compliance activities

    Backplane Designer - BandWidth Manager, Digital Cross-Connect System (1996-1999)

  • Designed, developed and tested five backplane designs for the system architecture, these designs required state-of-the-art thickness (400 mils), size (24 in. x 36 in.) and for one design developed a patented (# 6154373 ) multi-level design
  • Co-chair of a multi-project supporting diversity team which developed, organized and executed a yearly offsite diversity activity
  • Provided extensive support of the product development team by developing team websites, documenting status meeting, participating in all forms of documentation
    reviews and coordinating modification request activities

    System Tester - DACS IV, Digital Cross-Connect System (1991-1996)

  • Developed and executed test plans for the control and startup features of the system architecture, providing a unique bridge between the system test and hardware development teams
  • Designed and developed a new controller shelf to provide a high-availability redundant controller upgrade feature. Expanded that design to provide a unique double-backplane single-shelf high-availability design for a second system architecture

    Circuit Engineer - DACS II, Digital Cross-Connect System (1985-1991)


    BS, Electrical Engineering 1984, Cooper Union, New York City, NY

    MS, Electrical Engineering 1985, Cooper Union, New York City, NY

    AutoCAD Specialist, Jan 2004, T.H.E. Technologies, Toms River, NJ

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