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Expert in Microwaves, Antennas, Nearfield and Farfield Antenna Testing, Antenna Design, Project Management

Expert ID: 731622 New Jersey, USA

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Expert studied microwaves and antennas for his master's degree and put it to good use over many years. He has designed all types of antennas, from narrow band monopoles to wide band horns, from spirals to helices and reflectors and arrays. He designed, fabricated and optimized antennas for electronic warfare for use on aircraft and ships and for communications systems for use on satellites. During the development of many of these antennas, he gained intimate knowledge of antenna pattern measurement techniques, such as far field, near field, compact ranges and tapered ranges. He has attended several antenna measurement techniques courses and also presented at the AMTA (Antenna Measurements and Techniques Association) conferences He designed, fabricated and installed two scanning arm spherical nearfield antenna ranges for use at Ku and Ka band frequencies.

He led the effort to bring the shaped reflector capability to his company. He was responsible for design and test of several dozen reflector antennas installed on several spacecraft over a period of 15 years. He has performed in-orbit tests of the antennas before the spacecraft was officially handed over to the customer.

2001-2004: Worked for GORCA, a space and communications company based in Moorestown, NJ.
Monitored the contractor (Lockheed Martin) on behalf of the Rainbow customer, for technical and schedule progress over 3 years in the design, fabrication, assembly and test and integration of the Rainbow Ku band satellite with particular focus on the payload and the reflector antenna performance. Antenna included an autotrack system.
Attended and wrote minutes for all weekly technical meetings for the customer.
Solved major cross polarization issues during spacecraft level tests of the Ku antenna.
Reviewed and approved as required, the performance of the antenna subsustem based on its compliance with requirements.





Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1987 Degree: MBA Subject: Management Institution: Monmouth University, NJ
Year: 1974 Degree: MS Subject: Microwaves, Electoronics, Antennas Institution: University College London, UK (University of London)
Year: 1973 Degree: BS Subject: Physics (Hons) Institution: University College London, UK (University of London)

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2015 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Manager, Antenna Products Department: Space Systems Responsibilities: • Manager of Antenna Products group of 19 engineers and 1 subcontractor.
• Interviewed candidates to fill engineering positions.
• Continuing as the technical lead and trouble solver on several programs as they continue in their design, integration and test flows.
• Responsible for cost and schedule control for several projects. One of the major duties is to do the annual performance ratings for all the employees in the group.
• Lead a team to successfully fabricate the first in house composite reflector at the Denver facility, which will save almost a million dollars per spacecraft. In this effort I obtained the funding for the program, led a team in Newtown and one in Denver, over a period of 10 months. I held weekly meeting with the teams, took minutes and distributed actions, then followed up on the actions for each actionee before the next meeting.
• Presented progress to upper management on a weekly basis.
• Currently leading the technical effort to reduce antenna tests times (nearfield and farfield) without impacting mission success. This effort saved over $1.5 million dollars per spacecraft.
• Selected and justified suitable suppliers for a nearfield scanner, special ground support equipment, wrote purchase orders, made regular presentations to upper management on technical, cost and schedule issues.
Years: 2007 to 2015 Employer: Lockheed Martin Title: Manager, Antenna Mechanical Design Department: Space Systems Responsibilities: • Managed 18 engineers and 2 subcontractors. Activities include interviewing candidates to fill mechanical engineering positions.
• Coordinated the mechanical engineering team in their design, integration and test flows.
• Responsible for cost and schedule control for several projects and liaison with the customer.
• Invited to trouble shoot technical issues on various programs, especially MUOS, related to microwave performance of antenna components and subsystem. (Diplexed feed).
• I was the CPE for the SBIRS antenna suite.
Years: 2004 to 2007 Employer: Lockheed Martin Title: Manager, Antenna Electrical Design Department: Space Systems Responsibilities: .• Managed a group of 16 engineers involved in the fabrication and test of several antenna subsystems. Cost account manager for one program during this time.
• Lead antenna engineer on the Echostar X and Rainbow Ka programs. Conducted PDR and CDR, oversaw design, fabrication and tests of the antenna and components for Echostar. Full technical, cost and schedule responsibilities
Years: 2001 to 2004 Employer: GORCA Title: Consultant Department: Payload Systems Responsibilities: • A space and communications company based in Moorestown.
• Monitored the contractor (Lockheed Martin) on behalf of the Rainbow customer, for technical and schedule progress over 3 years in the design, fabrication, assembly and test and integration of the Rainbow Ku band satellite.
• Attended and wrote minutes for all weekly technical meetings for the customer.
• Solved major cross polarization issues during spacecraft level tests of the Ku antenna.
Years: 1982 to 2001 Employer: Lockheed Martin Title: Senior Staff Engineer Department: Space Systems Responsibilities: • Expert in antenna design, fabrication, payload/antenna integration and test, link budgets, nearfield and farfield range measurement and calibration techniques.
• Developed multiple feed parabolic antennas
• Designed and validated the first shaped antennas for the A2100 program, which were heritage for the Echostar and GE programs.
• Designed, took part in the fabrication and assembly of a scanning arm spherical nearfield range at Ku band.
• Designed and constructed a larger scanner for 20/30 GHz operation for testing the ACTS satellite antennas.
• Supervised the fabrication, test and validation of the scanner.
• Lead engineer on several satellite antennas, presented PDRs, CDRs for all antennas during this time: Programs included Spacenet AMC, DBS, GE1,2,3 ACTS, Astra 1KR, Koreasat, Echostar 1,2,3,7,10; Sirius 4, JCSAT 10, 11, 12, 13.
• Conducted final spacecraft level range test for several programs over this period
• Conducted in-orbit tests of satellite antennas
Years: 1982 to 1979 Employer: Marconi Space and Defense Systems Title: Antenna Group Manager Department: Antenna Group Responsibilities: • Technical management of a group of 19 engineers specializing in the design and test of broad band, wide beam antennas for aircraft and ships
Years: 1974 to 1979 Employer: EMI Electronics Company Title: Engineer Department: Antenna Group Responsibilities: • Engineer responsible for the design, fabrication and test of parabolic antennas, wide beam antennas, dielectric element array, passive reflectors for military applications.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1974 to 1982 Country / Region: United Kingdom (England) Summary: Expert worked as an engineer for EMI limited (Antenna Dept) and then as a manager for the Antenna Dept of Marconi Space and Defense Systems. At Marconi he was responsible for the development and delivery of electronic warfare antennas.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Senior Member, IEEE
Licenses / Certifications
Cost Account Manager (CAM)
Certified Principle Engineer (CPE)
ADKAR Change Certified
Awards / Recognition
Special Regognition Award for development of unique antenna test methods
Publications and Patents Summary
Papers presented at Antennas and Propagation, IEEE, NASA and at AMTA
Three Patents

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Trained junior engineers in "Fundamentals of Microwaves and Antennas" 1998
Lectured on "Optical Telescopes" 1992

Developed and presented to 20 unit level groups (300 engineers) a technique for improving communications within a group and simultaneously increasing the motivation level of individual contributors.

Developed and presented a Diversity lecture to the NJ Department of Transportation on "Diversity, and Prosperity" as keynote speaer during their Diversity Week Celebrations. Presented same lecture with further improvements and modifications to the engineers at Lockheed Martin. Presentation was well received both times.
Vendor Selection
Suppliers of microwave components and antennas visited and evaluated for their capabilities to design and fabricate reflectors, feed horns, helix antennas.
Marketing Experience
Understand the complexities of fabricating composite reflector antennas, the processes and the limitations of achieving good surface representation. Dealt with several suppliers of composite reflectors, initiated a successful effort to build state of the art composite reflectors within the company in order to reduce costs.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert in measurements of Payload, Antenna and components at microwave frequencies. Measured parameters such as PIM, multipaction, match, group delay, pattern shapes, coverages, polarizations and isolations.

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