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     Date Submitted:19-03-2011
     Last Modified:11-06-2012 (11:06)
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     Current job:Director, Research & Development
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsSystems Engineering Radar Space Systems Signal Processing Project Management Research & Development Simulation
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    PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

    Extensive experience in the Canadian aerospace and defence industry in management, systems engineering and software development positions.  Experienced with the development of complex, large-scale systems in multidisciplinary team environments.  Recognized as thorough and quality-conscious.  Able to take on a wide range of challenging assignments and deliver results on schedule and within budget.  Possess strong interpersonal, communication, and project management skills.  Known as a team builder, motivator and mentor.  Able to work effectively with management, customers, subcontractors, and colleagues from diverse technical disciplines.  Solid quantitative analytical skills and experience in producing clear, concise specifications, technical reports and presentations.  Able to quickly master new technologies and complex systems.  Experience includes:

    • Design, development, integration, and testing of complex, large-scale systems to formal military and commercial standards
    • Requirements development, allocation, flowdown, and tracking throughout the project lifecycle
    • System specifications and trade-off analysis
    • System architecture, detailed design, and interface control documents
    • Verification, validation, and testing
    • Reliability, Maintainability and Availability (RMA) analysis,  Failure Mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA)/Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
    • Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) and spares analysis
    • Software development
    • Object-oriented & structured design methodologies and formal systems engineering techniques
    • Building and leading technical design teams; mentoring team members
    • Development of new business proposals
    • Project management, planning, and scheduling

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

     

    Director, Research & Development

    Rutter Technologies, St. John's NL  2010-Present

    • Director of a department of scientists, engineers, technologists and managers developing radar-based technology for oil spill detection & management, ocean current measurement, ice navigation, and marine target detection and tracking.
    • Responsible for directing and implementing Rutter's research and development policies, objectives and initiatives.
    • Responsible for advising department staff on radar signal processing and target tracking technology.
    • Preparation of new business proposals and research funding applications.
    • Development and management of department budgets.
    • Recruiting and staff development.
    • Development and administration of department policies and procedures.

     

    Senior Reliability Engineer, Halifax-Class Modernization Program

    L-3 Communications Electronic Systems, Enfield NS  2008-2010

    • Responsible for the coordination and oversight of Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability activities for a $3.1 billion upgrade to the Canada's Halifax-Class frigates including command and control systems, radars, tactical data links, electronic support measures and other electronic warfare capabilities.
    • Developed system-level reliability and availability models and Reliability Block Diagrams.
    • Conducted Reliability Centered Maintenance, Testability, Integrated Logistics Support and spares analysis, Failure Mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA).
    • Provided guidance and direction to Original Equipment Manufacturers on providing required engineering data and analysis.
    • Investigation of avionics and electro-optical/infrared sensor performance and accuracy issues for CP-140 Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

     

    Senior Systems Engineer, Radar Systems Engineering

    Raytheon Canada Ltd., Waterloo  2004-2008

    • Developed system, subsystem, and interface requirements and specifications for Raytheon Maritime Surveillance and Air Traffic Control radar systems.
    • Developed requirements verification plans, integration and test procedures, and Systems Engineering Management Plans.
    • Conducted system integration, testing and performance analysis.
    • Developed reliability models and Reliability Block Diagrams and performed spares and logistics analysis for new and existing radar systems.
    • Designed and developed software tools and associated HTML help and documentation for spares and logistics analysis.
    • Worked closely with marketing and program management on proposals for new domestic and international radar installations; created marketing material for Air Traffic Control product line.
    • Qualified as a Raytheon Six Sigma Specialist.
    • Introduced probabilistic risk management software to Raytheon’s Waterloo facility and created risk registers for ongoing programs.

     

    Team Lead/Senior Simulation Developer

    Atlantis Systems International, Brampton  2001-2003

    • Managed a team developing software for F-18 aircraft maintenance training simulators for the Canadian and Australian Air Forces.
    • Responsible for key components of the simulator, including Mission Computers, cockpit multifunction displays, and radar system.
    • Directed top-level design, detailed design, coding (C++), testing, and integration.
    • Responsible for project planning and scheduling.
    • Liaised with customers on a regular basis to resolve technical issues and participated in key program reviews.
    • Designed, implemented, integrated and tested simulation software (C++) for a naval tactical training simulator.
    • Developed simulation models and GUIs for naval weapon systems, including artillery, CIWS and fire control radars.

     

    Investment Consultant

    Percentage Plus Financial Group, Brampton  1994-2000

    • Established a successful practice providing portfolio analysis and investment management services to high net-worth individual and institutional clients.
    • Conducted performance and risk analysis of investment portfolios.
    • Acquired valuable skills in marketing, customer relationship management and business administration.
    • Achieved the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) professional designation and received the Award of Excellence from the Canadian Securities Institute

     

    Senior Member, Technical Staff

    SPAR Aerospace, Brampton  1989-1994

    • Responsible for the top-level system specification for a $200 million dexterous robotic manipulator (“Dextre”) for the International Space Station.
    • Worked closely with customers (NASA and Canadian Space Agency), subcontractors and company specialists analyzing mission requirements and defining hardware and software requirements.
    • Conducted trade studies and developed a failure tolerant architecture for robotic systems on the Space Station.
    • Developed interface between control station and robotic manipulators.

     

    Project Engineer

    Aastra Aerospace, Toronto  1988-1989

    • Produced a successful proposal for a space-based radar simulation laboratory for the Defence Research Establishment, Ottawa.
    • Responsible for the program schedule and work breakdown structure, and for tracking progress.
    • Managed subcontractors and company staff in the design and development of simulation software.
    • Evaluated and procured commercial off-the-shelf software components, including databases, CAE & CASE tools, and compilers.

     

    Group Leader, Systems Integration

    DeHavilland Aircraft, Toronto  1986-1988

    • Managed a team of engineers responsible for the integration and test of a real-time airborne navigation training system.
    • Designed and developed software to allow students and instructors to operate navigation avionics and a search radar on the training aircraft.
    • Produced acceptance test procedures and operators manuals for the system.

     

    Engineer 1, Radar Systems

    Litton Systems Canada, Toronto  1984-1986

    • Developed digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms and software for an embedded real-time target detection and tracking system for the Litton AN/APS-504(V)5 airborne search radar.
    • Conducted simulation studies of candidate target detection and tracking algorithms.
    • Led a team of software and hardware engineers implementing the tracking system.
    • Conducted radar field tests and performance evaluation.

     

     EDUCATION

    • M.Eng. (Electrical & Computer Engineering), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont. - Master’s Thesis:  “Modeling the Saturated Bipolar Transistor” - A study of saturated transistor behaviour in low-voltage circuit applications, carried out in conjunction with Gennum Corporation of Burlington, Ontario.

     

    • B.Sc. (Honours Physics), Acadia University, Wolfville, N.S.

     

    ADDITIONAL COURSES

    • Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Program
    • Pennant OmegaPS Analyzer
    • Raytheon Six Sigma Specialist training
    • Principles of Systems Engineering, Raytheon Learning Institute
    • Active Risk Manager (ARM)
    • Requirements Management Using DOORS, Telelogic Corp.
    • UML
    • Object-Oriented Solutions Development Using C++
    • Internet and Business Solutions Development with Java
    • Electronic Commerce
    • JavaScript, Perl & XML
    • Multi-Target Tracking, UCLA, Los Angeles
    • Systems Design and Modeling with Statemate (CASE Tool), I-Logix Corp.
    • Primavera Project Planner, EVMS, Critical Chain Planning
    • Digital Signal Processing
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Communications & Interpersonal Relations
    • WHMIS, RF Safety

     

    COMPUTER SKILLS

    • C++, C, MATLAB, Java, JavaScript, Perl, VBA; Intel, Motorola, AYK-14 assembly languages.
    • MIL-STD-498, MIL-STD-499, DO-178B, DOD-STD-2167A standards, Raytheon Integrated Product Development System (IPDS).
    • IBM DOORS requirements management database, Pennant OmegaPS Analyzer, Isograph Availability Workbench/AvSim, ITEM ToolKit, Active Risk Manager, PVCS, System Architect, SPICE, Microsoft Visual Studio, Project, Office, Excel, Visio & Visual SourceSafe.

     

    AWARDS

    • NSERC Scholarship
    • AcadiaUniversityScholarship
    • Dean’s List Scholar
    • University Medal for Physics
    • Award of Excellence, Canadian Securities Institute

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