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     Date Submitted:03-04-2012
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     Current job:Lead Software/ Systems Engineer
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    I am a systems engineer with hands-on experience verifying complex US Air Force space and ground systems that must meet very high DoD reliability standards. As a leader, I am proficient in understanding the stated and underlying needs of critical programs and impart enthusiasm into the team members to get the job done with high quality and on schedule. I am also comfortable with computer software and hardware to develop innovative solutions to complex analysis and verification issues.

    Current DoD TS/SCI Clearance

     

    2009 – PRESENT KTSi, El Segundo, CA - Lead Payload Software/Systems Engineer

    • Led software acquisition on collaborative US Air Force team executing the $35 million Self Awareness Space Situational Awareness (SASSA) program, to develop a ground segment and satellite payload including a common interface unit and radar warning receiver from contract award to payload delivery.
    • Led the evaluation and analyses of activities related to all phases of the software life cycle from requirements definition, design and development through system testing.
    • Led the review and assessment of ground and flight software, system architecture, system & software requirements, design, code and test activities, trade studies, COTS/GOTS products, reuse software, test tools, simulators, software verification & validation and system test & integration.
    • Reviewed, analyzed and approved SW verifications of space and ground requirements
    • Government authority for signing-off software functional qualification tests and system tests.

     

    2004 – 2009 MITRE Corporation, El Segundo, CA - Lead Space Systems Engineer

    • Led $1 billion Block 10 Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS)program’s Integrated Test Team (ITT)
    • Initiated ITT Team and executed the test program in partnership with AFOTEC in compliance with AFI 99-103
    • Initiated and authored the SBSS Block 10 ITT Charter and Test & Evaluation Master Plan and developed the integrated test schedule.
    • Developed contractor system and ground segment requirement verification products.
    • Resolved technical and programmatic issues leading to successful on-time system test
    • Initiated and authored the SBSS Block 10 Information Support Plan (ISP), a description of the SBSS operational and system architectures in compliance with DoDI 4630.8
    • Generated operational, system and technical architecture products architectures for SBSS per DoD Architecture Framework
    • Ensured that the SBSS ground segment was interoperable with external operational systems
    • Resolved technical issues to work the ISP through government channels and get final approval.
    • Staffed ISP to signature level of LGEN Hamel
    • RAIDRS Block 10
    • Authored RAIDRS ISP & developed architecture products per DoD Architecture Framework
    • Evaluated systems engineering factor in proposals for source selection
    • GPS & NAVWAR
    • Authored net-centric analysis sections for the GPS OCX ISP
    • Developed GPS OCX requirements
    • Modeled mission scenarios using the GPS Interference and Navigation Tool (GIANT) to analyze GPS guided weapon performance under jamming
    • Developed from concept to implementation cluster computer lab running Linux with parallel MATLAB processing for modeling, simulation & analysis of NAVWAR scenarios.

     

    1999 –2004 LinCom, Los Angeles, CA - Lead SATCOM Systems Test Engineer

    • Provided systems engineering expertise for the Air Force’s Milstar and Advanced EHF satellite programs.
    • Resolved technical issues with the AEHF digital processor design
    • Wrote AEHF requirement & system test verification plans
    • Developed Networked AEHF System Testbed Tool (NAST-T) & AEHF Universal System Terminal Testbed (AUST-T) ground terminal simulator
    • Authored the AEHF program office’s operating instruction for verification, validation and accreditation (VV&A) of models and simulators to be used for requirement verification and sell-off.
    • Evaluated proposals for AEHF source selection
    • Planned and Implemented  Milstar on-orbit inter-segment system testing
    • Developed plans to test LDR & MDR protocols with scenarios including over-the-air rekey, crosslink acquisition and constellation fragmentation/defragmentation
    • Created on-orbit communication plans for satellite constellations and payload tables using the MCPT-i communications planning tool using the Milstar LDR and MDR waveforms.
    • Operated the MCPT-i tool controlling the SMART-T and SCAMP terminals at contractor and military facilities during on-orbit inter-segment testing.
    • Analyzed inter-segment test reports and data for requirement verification
    • Resolved anomalies occurring during test

     

    1997 – 1999    SoftOpt Engineering, El Segundo, CA - SATCOM Software Test Engineer Consultant

    • Designed the AEHF engineering model testbed for testing AEHF protocols and signal processing on a prototype engineering model at Hughes Space and Communications.
    • Developed testbed data requirements and software test plan
    • Developed specification and VCRM
    • Wrote and executed test plans for Milstar LDR, MDR & XDR protocol processing.
    • Created pre and post processing tools using MS Excel, Visual Basic, UNIX shell and AWK for protocol and CRC verification
    • Analyzed test results and resolved anomalies

     

    1991 – 1997 AT&T Bell Labs, Bellcore, BroadBand Technologies and Lucent Technologies

    Telecommunications Systems Test & Software Engineer Consultant

    • Developed state-of-the-art digital communication network systems.
    • Hands-on system testing of Lucent Globeview 2000 ATM switch and its network management system. Resolved defects from fielded switches.
    • Developed and executed test plans for SONET add/drop multiplexers and the Bellcore NMA network management tool. Extensive use of TL1 and X.25 protocols.
    • Developed operation, administration, maintenance and provisioning (OAM&P) requirements for long distance services. Interfaced with work center personnel, software engineers and corporate project managers for input to this effort.
    • Tested system software for the TRANSVU transmission network surveillance and control system in a UNIX environment. Worked with NMUs, G2, TL1 and X.25. Used HP and FELINE protocol analyzers. Wrote test scripts using SHELL and AWK
    • Developed real-time software for a fiber-in-the-loop SLC96 remote digital terminal broadband communication system.

     

    1986 – 1990    AT&T Bell Labs, Holmdel, NJ - Member of Technical Staff

    • Systems Engineer for planning AT&T's next generation long distance network. Focused on network databases, software portability, ISDN and Q.931/CCS7 interactions.
    • Developed real-time, multi-tasking, multi-processor software for an embedded MC68000 based E1/DS1/DS3 cross-connect switch in a C/UNIX environment running the pSOS operating system.
    • Wrote software requirements, design documents, test plans.
    • Tested software at the unit, subsystem & system integration levels.
    • Resolved anomalies using MC68000 assembler, XRAY+ ICE, pROBE debuggers and TL1

     

    1983 – 1986    Hughes Aircraft Company/EDSG, El Segundo, CA - Member of Technical Staff

    • Developed software for the HEXAGON interactive optical design tool used for state-of-the-art space, air and ground optical systems in FORTRAN and assembler.

     

    1976 – 1978    Peace Corps, Nakuru, Kenya

    • Taught high school and college level mathematics.

     

    PUBLICATIONS

    • D. Romm, “SBSS Block 20 Communication Architectures for Using GEO Satellites as a Relay Satellite for a Satellite in LEO”, June 2006, MITRE Report WN 06B 0000018, briefed to SBSS SPO
    • D. Romm & Maj. B. Beavers, “SBSS Block 10 ITT Charter”, July 17, 2007, Published on SMC Livelink for SBSS SPO
    • D. Romm, “RAIDRS Block 10 ISP”, August 16, 2007, Published on JCPAT-E for RAIDRS SPO
    • D. Romm, “SBSS Block 10 ISP”, October 27, 2007, Published on JCPAT-E. for SBSS SPO
    • D. Romm, “SBSS Block 10 TEMP”, February 12, 2008, Published on SMC Livelink for SBSS SPO
    • D. Romm, “JDAM Accuracy under OWS GPS Jamming Scenarios”, January 2009, MITRE Report to division management
    • D. Romm, “Locating Combinatorial Matrices with Small Determinants and Computing the Automorphs of C8Over the General Permutation Matrices”, December 1980, Published UCSB Library

     

    CREDENTIALS

    • M.A. Applied Mathematics,, University of California, Santa Barbara
    • B.A. Mathematics, University of California, Irvine
    • P.E. Electrical Engineering, California Board for Professional Engineers E18297
    • FCC General Radiotelephone Operators License PG1511946
    • FCC Extra Class Amateur Radio License WB6VMY

     

    AWARDS

    • KTSi Commitment to Excellence Award 2011 for leadership of successful completion of the SASSA software acquisition effort and customer satisfaction.


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