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Expert in Fiber Optic Communications: Technical and Marketing Services

Expert ID: 722007 Georgia, USA

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Expert R. Expert has been involved in fiber optics (FO) since 1978. His experience involves a wide range of activities, including fiber design and manufacture, cable design and manufacture, manufacturing equipment design, process development, connector manufacture and use, network design, installation and testing of networks and components, business development and assessment, advertising and marketing.

Expert has been involved in cleaving of optical fibers since 1978. He has developed and tested cleaving products and trained thousands on proper cleaving techniques.

Expert has been primary designer for more than 31 fiber optic networks. In addition, he has been a review consultant for thousands of network designers. He has provided clients with technical design services and cost analyses of network designs. He has developed a cost model for collapsed fiber backbones (a.k.a., fiber to the desk) for the FO LAN subcommittee of the TIA/EIA. He has designed standards-based and custom application networks for data, video and process control applications.

Expert has designed and developed fibers, cables and cable assemblies. He has performed analyses to determine the cost and performance characteristics which will enable the products or materials to be successful in the fiber optic market. He has evaluated hundreds of products for clients and for use in training programs.

In 1980, Expert developed one of the first singlemode fibers made. He has designed and developed more than 200 fiber optic cable products. He has performed analyses to determine price and performance requirements for fiber optic products and products to be used by fiber optic manufacturers. Additionally, he has designed equipment to produce fibers and cables.

Expert's wide range and depth of connector experience leads many to consider him a fiber optic connect. He has installed, or supervised the installation of, more than 33,000 connectors of multiple styles by various methods. He has trained more than 3,500 personnel in proper installation methods. He has evaluated all the major styles (including the small form factor connectors) and installation methods. His product experience includes: ST-compatible, SC, FC, FDDI, SMA 905, SMA 906, LC, Volition, MT-RJ, OptiJack, biconic and mini BNC, He has trained sales personnel in the installation and selling of fiber optic connector products. He has experience with the following installation methods: epoxy, Hot Melt™, four different quick cure/anaerobic adhesives, epoxyless, polishless, cleave and leave. He has experience with products from AMP, Amphenol, 3M, Siecor, ATT/Lucent, Methode Electronics, Thomas and Betts, Ensign-Bickford, Molex, OFTI, Panduit and others. He has worked with connectors for glass, POF and HCS fibers.

Expert has extensive experience in machine and hand grinding of fiber optic connectors. He has trained thousands of personnel for both field and factory grinding of connectors for both low loss and low reflectance. He has advised clients on equipment and procedures for fiber grinding.

He has developed polishing procedures for both multimode and singlemode connectors. He was the first in North America to train personnel in field hand polishing of singlemode connectors for reflectances below -50 dB. He developed and refined more than twelve polishing procedures tuned to the connector being installed and the performance goals desired. He has developed three unique polishing techniques for clients' use in their cable assembly factories. He has published four of his procedures in one chapter of "The Complete Guide to Fiber Optic Cable System Installation."

Expert's experience includes development of components for secure communications systems. He designed and developed the first cables installed in the Strategic Defense Initiative headquarters in 1985. He is familiar with NSA requirements for secure transmission links and for DOD/Department of State requirements for TEMPEST rating.

Expert made his first fusion splice in 1978. Since that time, he has made more than 3,000 fusion splices on both multimode and singlemode fibers. He has spliced fiber from Corning Cable Systems, Spectran, Alcatel and Plasma. He has evaluated and troubleshot fusion splicing problems. His company, Expert Technologies Incorporated, currently owns five fusion splicers for training purposes. Expert certifies trainees for advanced skills in splicing.

Expert has managed two fiber manufacturing facilities which produced graded index multimode fiber. At both facilities, he developed the processes for high bandwidth, low attenuation fiber. This development required understanding of issues of materials, calibration and control of temperature and flow. At both facilities, he managed significant improvements of both fiber performance and manufacturing cost.

Expert has managed two optical fiber manufacturing facilities. He oversaw significant improvements in both performance and cost. He managed the design and development of both the facility and the equipment for the manufacture of the fibers. The assignments included: design of more than 200 cable products, design of the processing equipment, design of testing/ qualification equipment, design of the qualification procedures, development of business, marketing and sales plans. He continuously consults with optical fiber cable manufacturers on both technical and marketing issues.

Managed a fiber manufacturing facility during the technology transfer stage for Corning Glass Works.He managed the development of manufacturing capabilities for optical fiber and optical fiber cables for Times Fiber Communications.He managed the start-up of a business division to provide optical fiber cable and cable assemblies. He also developed system design capabilities for this client.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Atlanta, Georgia - Athens, Georgia - Macon, Georgia - Roswell, Georgia - Marietta, Georgia - Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1970 Degree: M.S. Subject: Materials Science Institution: Case Western Reserve University (CWRU)
Year: 1969 Degree: B.S. Subject: Metallurgy and Materials Science Institution: MIT

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1980 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: Manages PTI by providing consulting services to clients. A 23-year veteran to the fiber optic (FO) industry, services include business, technical, marketing, and sales consulting, as well as training and certification of fiber installation and sales personnel. He has managed two fiber manufacturing facilities, two fiber cable manufacturing facilities and built two fiber businesses.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2000 to Present Country / Region: Mexico Summary: Trained personnel in Mexico on installation techniques for the manufacturing of optical fiber cable assemblies. He developed the polishing procedures for achieving -50 dB reflectance on singlemode connectors.
Years: 2000 to Present Country / Region: Italy Summary: He trained NATO/U.S. naval personnel in the design and installation of fiber optic networks on two trips.

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
Expert is a CPC (Certified Professional Consultant) and a CFOC (Certified Fiber Optic Technician). He is the only U.S. fiber optic communication consultant to be certified as a CPC by the Academy of Professional Consultants and Advisors (APCA).
Professional Appointments
He is Director of the non-profit professional society and also serves as Director of Certification. Additionally, Expert is Editorial Adviser for Product News and Fiber Optic Technical Editor for Global Knowledge Network.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has written more than 80 articles and books. One of his books is said by some to be "destined to become the industry reference" for installation, testing and commissioning fiber optic cable systems.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has provided legal support in patent suits and damage suits. He has provided support in 13 patent actions, which included written opinions and 11 depositions. He has provided support in 20 damage actions, which included 8 opinions and depositions.
Training / Seminars
Expert has a 28-year record of developing and presenting fiber optic courses. He has trained more than 8700 personnel in fiber optic communications technology. He has developed more than 20 optical fiber training programs. Such programs cover design, testing, installation, and certification of optical fiber networks. He has developed training programs for technical sales personnel. He has made more than 500 fiber optic presentations in the US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, S. Korea, and Italy. Finally, he has been a presenter at three Kessler Marketing Conferences.
Vendor Selection
Expert has knowledge in choosing vendors for the supply of products and equipment for the manufacturer of optical fibers and cables.
Marketing Experience
He developed a multi-million dollar profitable business for a client. For another client, Expert identified and implemented a unique selling situation. He has also performed multiple competitive analyses for his clients.
Other Relevant Experience
For 12 years, Expert was a Director of the (Undisclosed) Association. Expert designed processing equipment for an optical fiber and cable manufacturing.

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