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Expert in Automotive Cable Design, Electrical Equipment Failure Analysis, Electronic Communication Equipment

Expert ID: 730087 Arizona, USA

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Expert holds a patent for automotive cable test equipment. Expert was an expert witness evaluating the design of an automobile circuit in a product liability case. He has designed a variety of test equipment for laser range finders, microfilm cameras and complex wiring harnesses. Expert has created cable design standards that are used at remote NASA deep space tracking antennas. This included setting standards for infrastructure cables to accommodate commercial communication equipment racks. He has analyzed and written reports on the failure mode of circuit boards, commercial electronic communication modules and of electrical power distribution equipment.

The client wanted a written procedure that would insure the integrity of the data on a computer seized by Apple. Time was of the essence. After a telephone discussion with the attorney, Expert prepared a plan for him and electronically sent the plan to him the next day. The client was please with his quick and thorough response.The case was a potential class action law suit against Mercedes-Benz where several people came forth and advised an attorney that there was a potential problem with the Mercedes-Benz front seat belt tightening mechanism when the car stopped abruptly. Expert was asked to analyze the trigger circuit which, under sudden de-acceleration set off a chain of events designed to protect the driver and passenger. He was able to obtain a copy of the car's schematics and went about analyzing the circuit a few days before testimony was to be given. The lawyers representing the class action were impressed with the quality of Expert’s analysis. Under cross-examination he stood his grounds with technical explanations on each question that was asked by the Mercedes-Benz attorney. After a mechanical engineer's testimony, Mercedes-Benz decided to settle out of court.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Phoenix, Arizona - Mesa, Arizona - Glendale, Arizona - Scottsdale, Arizona - Chandler, Arizona - Tempe, Arizona - Gilbert, Arizona - Peoria, Arizona - Flagstaff, Arizona

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1977 Degree: U.C.I. Executive Program Subject: Economics, Profit & Loss, HR Issues, Business Strategies, Product Liability Institution: California State College at Irvine, California
Year: 1969 Degree: Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Subject: Electrical Eng'rg Circuit Design, Electronic Circuit Analysis, Reliability Theory Institution: California State College at Long Beach, California
Year: 1961 Degree: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Subject: Electrical Engingeering, Circuit Design Theory, Civil and Mechanical Eng'rg Institution: The City University of New York (CCNY)

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1989 to 2011 Employer: Jet Propulsion Laboratory-CalTech Title: Project Manager, Sr. Design Engineer, Department: Communications for Flight Mission Support Responsibilities: Project Manager of VHF-UHF and digital voice communications. Performed network and circuit modeling to predict reliability and equipment availability. Proven record of completing projects on schedule and within budget. Negotiated and implemented a worldwide voice communication network, a $4.3 million dollar project. As Project Manager, he was responsible for equipment requirements, competitive bids, procurement, deployment, test and operation at the 3 deep space communications complexes in Madrid, Spain, Canberra, Australia and Goldstone, California.
Years: 1982 to 1989 Employer: Hughes Aircraft Company Title: Project Engineer, Group Supervisor Department: Laser Ranging Equipment, Laser Communications Responsibilities: Expert was the system architect and designer of electronic multiplexer and modem (multimillion-dollar contract) that transmits secure data over an optical fiber in a tactical environment. He successfully designed, tested and delivered three operational communications links to the Air Defense Command. He analyzed and defined customer requirements for infrared communications instruments including proposals for digital interfaces.
Years: 1980 to 1982 Employer: Interstate Electronics, Anaheim, Calif. Title: Project Manager Department: Responsibilities: Managed a team of engineers and designers to design and retrofit military type plasma displays used in aircraft and submarines. Hardware included microprocessors, and controller interfaces. Initiated build/buy decisions based on technical analysis. Negotiated vendor hardware subassembly contracts in the range of $100,000 to $300,000.
Years: 1980 to 1980 Employer: Digital DataComm, Irvine, California Title: Senior Engineer and Project Manager Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Mr. Minuakin designed multi-function microprocessor circuit boards for programmable test equipment used to verify spacecraft controls. Created machine language software and test procedures to simulate complex spacecraft engine functions.
Years: 1978 to 1980 Employer: Thomas & Betts / Cablescan Inc., California Title: Chief Engineer Department: Engineering Design and Development Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for all hardware and software engineering phases of microprocessor instrument product development and marketing support. Directed all engineering efforts for automated microprocessor instruments for the automotive, computer and aircraft markets. Responsibilities encompassed proposals, customer presentations and travel in the USA, Germany and Japan to pursue new business. Staff included 5 engineers and 5 support personnel.
Years: 1970 to 1978 Employer: Vought Division / Cetec Corp., Title: Sr. Staff Engineer Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Expert established electronic design and incremental motion capability for computer-to-microfilm camera products. He was in charge of all analog and digital computer interface designs, planning, proposals and customer contracts. He designed real time archival film camera for Xerox Data Systems, Inc. that used the Xerox process to instantly develop the exposed film.
Years: 1968 to 1970 Employer: California Computer Products Title: Electronic Design Engineer Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Expert designed high speed plotter products and Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) character generators, and CRT storage display interfaces for computer-to-microfilm data recording and storage. Designed electro-optical instruments and electro/optical calibration devices to support complex data storage/retrieval systems.
Years: 1967 to 1968 Employer: Hughes Aircraft Company Title: Electronic Design Engineer Department: Electronic Design Responsibilities: Expert designed and tested high-speed state-of-the-art digital circuits for radar system application. Evaluated and tested new digital microcircuits. Prepared test reports and procedures for the applications of new integrated circuit components.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1986 to 1988 Agency: U.S Air force Role: Design Engineer Description: Was designer of electronic multiplexer and modem (under airforce contract) that transmits secure data over an optical fiber in a tactical environment. Successfully designed, tested and delivered three operational communications links to the Rome, New York Air Defense Command.
Years: 1974 to 1975 Agency: Xerox & U.S. Air force Role: Design Engineer Description: Designed a special 16mm motion picture camera that would develop film as it was exposed (in real time with a continuous loop).

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1995 to 1995 Country / Region: 50 miles outside Madrid, Spain Summary: In conjunction with my work for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, I analyzed requirements and implemented a communication system for three Deep Space Network tracking sites around the world. This was a $4.3 million dollar project that involved hands-on engineering, design, installation, diagnostics, trouble-shooting, training and extensive hardware and software documentation. This system currently provides round the clock, 7 days a week voice communication coverage of all NASA missions.
Years: 1996 to 1996 Country / Region: 40 miles outside Canberra, Australia Summary: In conjunction with my work for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, I analyzed requirements and implemented a communication system for three Deep Space Network tracking sites around the world. This was a $4.3 million dollar project that involved hands-on engineering, design, installation, diagnostics, trouble-shooting, training and extensive hardware and software documentation. This system currently provides round the clock, 7 days a week voice communication coverage of all NASA missions.
The equipment at the third site was successfully installed and tested at the Mojave tracking site in early 1995.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
IEEE member
Licenses / Certifications
Professional Engineer, State of N.Y. Intern License.
Certificates received for completion of continuing education in such areas as C++, UNIX, Object Oriented Analysis and Design with UML, optical sensors, Gigabit Ethernet and other courses.
Professional Appointments
IEEE Chairman of the California Orange County professional group. The group was formed to help local cities deal with new technology that would improve their efficiency. About 5 cities requested technical assistance from this professional group of Electrical Engineers.
Awards / Recognition
Received award for design of test equipment for mechanical devices.
Received "Group Achievement Award" for work on 34-M beam waveguide antenna. In addition, Expert received 11 other awards for design excellence and outstanding project performance.

Several monetary bonus awards for excellent project performance for a communication design which saved the Jet Propulsion Laboratory approximately $50,000.

Commendation letter from Hughes Aircraft for excellent work on the Night Vision Optical Test Set that was successfully delivered to various overseas customers.
Medical / Professional
Medical Thesis: Wrote Masters Thesis about human body circuit analysis. This included an equivalent circuit model to simulate nerve responses. Performed medical research on human nerve analogies that can be modeled and tested with analog circuits.
Publications and Patents Summary
Received a patent for automotive cable test equipment design (Patent #4399400). Included
apparatus for testing multi-conductor cables and having transition circuit means for extending its capability.

This is a test system for evaluation of a terminated cable harness examination to verify both the correctness of cable conductor connections and the correctness of the load circuitry to which the conductors are connected.
The patent also deals with an Interface Unit that will accommodate a variety of cables under test.

Published over 6 papers that deal with circuit design and test equipment for complex systems and circuits.
Also designed a unique alarm sensor circuit for detecting limited storage media.

Published several papers that detail computer forensic procedures and a review of early computer crime.

Book Published
The book is based on Expert's experiences in Belorussia during WW II.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Testified in court deposition about the potential safety hazards for automobile safety belt activation circuit. Prepared prior research documents to analyze circuit and system operation.
Prepared procedures for attorneys to insure seized computer forensic evidence was not compromised. Had meetings with attorneys to formulated tactics for trial.
Training / Seminars
Created detailed report on computer data recovery and forensics.
Vendor Selection
Expert has dealt with state of the art communication vendors such as Compunetics, and Frequentes. He is also familiar with Cisco products such as their servers, and switches. Expert has worked with a variety of hardware vendors that provide modular overhead power, PABX and Uninterruptable power supply units.
Marketing Experience
Expert has participated in the definition, competitive bids, and industry surveys of state of the art voice communication hardware and software. Expert keeps in touch with engineers and managers in his field of expertise and discusses industry trends. Trend information is also available from trade publications.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert has written and published a book about his family's experiences during World War II. Expert often lectures to university and high school students about his book and his World War II experiences.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish Low level proficiency. Used often.
Russian Very low level of proficiency and usage.
German Low level of proficiency.

Fields of Expertise

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