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Expert in Network Architecture and Design; Business Systems Based on Networks, Voice, Video and Data

Expert ID: 732193 Virginia, USA

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Expert is a creative architect of large and complex networks for voice, video, and data. He has provided solutions for legacy protocols and applications as well as the latest transmission and switching technologies. Expert has garnered extensive experience in product management, public relations, and marketing strategy. He is a versatile writer in many forms from news releases to technical books; he is able to tailor text and graphics for audiences from design engineers to business managers to consumers. His is a frequent presence at conferences, trade shows, and seminars.

In addition to designing networks and managing development of networking products, Expert has published technical books on networking intended for the operations and management staff who are responsible for procuring, installing, and maintaining corporate and government networks:

VoIP and Unified Communications
T-1 Networking (5th Ed.; >60,000 copies in print)
Frames, Packets, & Cells in Broadband Networking
ATM Users Guide
ISDN: A practical Guide (2nd Ed.)
Voice Over Frame Relay

Over 30 years of business and technical experience underlie my comprehensive understanding of computers, software, and networks for voice, data, facsimile, and video for carriers, enterprises, and government agencies. As marketing VP of two public corporations I analyzed requirements and resources to define corporate strategy for product management and marketing communications. As a consultant I have applied my analysis, writing, and presentation skills to top-level network architectures for major enterprise and government clients and to carrier issues related to voice-data convergence and VoIP. This expertise is evident from six books on networks; analysis of technology, patents, and other intellectual property; support of mergers and acquisitions; and expert witness work regarding contracts, technology, and patents.

Knowledge Areas
Networking of computers, terminals, and specialized devices over local, metro, and wide areas. Includes all protocols and transmission technologies (TDM, Ethernet, frame relay, DSL, ATM, SONET, etc.), the Internet, and voice/video/facsimile. Particularly strong with legacy protocols. Have worked on network availability and resiliency, video transmission, and converged networks. Memberships in Frame Relay Forum Technical Committee and IEEE Communications Society. Telephony and voice processing, including digital encoding of voice, analog and digital signaling, switching, text-to-speech conversion, and voice recognition. Particular strengths in Voice/Video/Facsimile communications (analog and over IP) including servers, gateways, and signaling. Patents and Patent Office procedures, from supporting litigation over patents. As sole inventor, received three US Patents for Systems and Methods of Header Compression in a Software Defined Network.
Security for networks, computers, and applications, including firewalls, authentication, admission control, and encryption. Application software, both embedded and multiplatform: desktop applications, data bases,
network services such as DNS and email, and embedded firmware that controls specialized hardware.

In a dispute between two telecom carriers, Expert reported on the applicability of a patent in support of the defense while preparing for and participating in the deposition of the opposing expert. Claimant settled quickly after deposition of its witness.In a competition for a state-wide lottery network, Expert advised the carrier and the hardware vendor on the overall design and wrote the technical section of the proposal, including detailed drawings. The bid won and the team will deploy routers to 8,500 sites.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Baltimore, Maryland - Frederick, Maryland - Gaithersburg, Maryland - Bowie, Maryland - Richmond, Virginia - Alexandria, Virginia - Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1965 Degree: B.S. Subject: Physics Institution: DePaul University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2002 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: (Undisclosed) Responsibilities: Expert is the principal consultant in network architecture and design, responsible for successful deployments of large IP networks in a Federal Department, at a major airport, and in multiple state agencies. Other work includes strategic guidance for carriers and hardware manufacturers; writing and editing of technical books and marketing materials; and support as an expert witness of attorneys engaged in litigation over patents and contracts. Expert has provided analysis and counsel to companies, government agencies, and attorneys. He has done recent work with Federal agencies to document IT and network architectures.
Years: 1998 to 2002 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Principal Analyst Department: (Undisclosed) Responsibilities: Expert advised large enterprises on key decisions in their networking architectures. He worked on wide- and metro-area services, network availability and reliability, legacy protocols, voice-data convergence, and Voice over IP. He also consulted with hardware vendors on marketing strategy and product positioning which often resulted in white papers. He also acted as a subject matter expert witness in litigation over a telecom patent.
Years: 1991 to 1998 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: VP Department: Marketing and Technology Responsibilities: Expert recruited a team and acquired the technology to move the company from analog modems into digital frame relay access devices. He created the marketing communications and product management programs. Expert also articulated strategic plans, trained sales people on new technologies, and delivered high-level network solutions in major sales opportunities.
Years: 1987 to 1991 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: VP of Marketing; VP of Technology Department: Marketing; Technology Responsibilities: Expert positioned the company for growth from no revenue to over $100 million in three years. He managed corporate messages through advertising, public relations, trade shows, consultant liaison, and seminars. He steered the company into successful new markets (frame relay, ATM in the WAN, DSL, very large networks) and away from technologies that later failed (SMDS, ATM in the LAN).
Years: 1982 to 1987 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Strategic Marketing Manager Department: (Undisclosed) Responsibilities: Expert established the strategic planning function for this pioneer in T-1 networks. He defined the marketing plan, long and short term business plans, and product positioning. He also handled press and analyst relations.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2003 to 2005 Agency: USDA Role: Network Architect Description: Expert designed the USDA's backbone network, based on a carrier MPLS service, that consolidated 30 leased line networks. He wrote the detailed performance and functional specifications into the statement of work based on Cisco switch and router capabilities. He used VRF features to answer concerns about isolating traffic streams from each other. His statements of work and RFPs, bid review processes, and support during bid evaluations withstood multiple protests to see projects awarded, deployed, and working. In the process, he followed the standards of Part 15 of the FAR.
Years: 2005 to 2006 Agency: Dulles Airport Role: Network Designer Description: In creating an architecture for distributing live and stored video images, he overcame staff resistance to adopting multicast-IP for the surveillance cameras network.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Long-time member, IEEE Communications Society. He served for a decade on the Technical Committee of the Frame Relay Forum.
Licenses / Certifications
Accredited by the Public Relations Society of America.
Professional Appointments
Advisory consulting to senior managers, financial analysts, and attorneys. I deliver concise information in understandable form, with the context and background needed to make informed decisions. I often draw on a personal library of networking technical publications, standards, and literature gathered over more than 25 years.
Awards / Recognition
Certificate of Appreciation from USDA for work on procurement of Unified Telecommunications Network.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has published six titles on network technologies with about 100,000 copies in print. Expert has one patent.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has supported litigation as an expert witness in matters related to IT and communications networks such as: Analyzed patents to determine the existence of infringement; assisted attorneys in understanding the technology; prepared reports; settlements resulted. Reported on the applicability of a patent in a dispute between two carriers;  supported defense in preparing for deposition;  claimant settled after deposition of its witness. Worked with patent attorney to prepare final application from crude preliminary application; now issued. Examined the issue of product viability in a contract dispute over sale of a company; settled to apparent satisfaction of client. Researched viability and potential value of patent. Opined in a report regarding a potential patent infringement by a commercial communications product. Testified in small claims court over a contract dispute.
Training / Seminars
For more than two decades, Expert has been a frequent speaker at conferences, trade shows, and technical seminars. He has presented tutorials on emerging standards, new products, and network designs to a wide range of audiences more than 200 times.
Vendor Selection
Expert has consulted with manufacturers regarding the acquisition of packet technologies and several companies in telecommunications. He often identifies to his clients a new vendor with unique capabilities that can contribute to the client's success.
Marketing Experience
Insightful market analysis of networking services and communications devices has allowed Expert to identify high-potential products and prevent investment in those likely to fail. When a large network considered 250 multiplexers, he asserted the need to plan for 10,000 devices. When ATM seemed to be the hottest transmission technology, he advised against developing LAN products based on it. He also forecast the importance of DSL in the local loop well before it became established.
Other Relevant Experience
For advisory consulting to senior managers, financial analysts, and attorneys, Expert delivers concise information in understandable form, with the context and background needed to make informed decisions. He often draws on a large personal library of networking technical publications, standards, and literature.

Consensus building around an optimal technical solution, including determining requirements, researching options, formulating proposals, creating presentations, and conducting meetings. As a trusted broker, I reach agreement among diverse groups (e.g., 30 USDA Agencies agreed to an architecture for a shared core network). Writing with clarity about financial, business, and technical issues. Authored 11 editions of six books and dozens of magazine articles; publisher. The sixth book, was published in March 2012. Detailed transmission procedures for voice, facsimile, and data. Public speaking on business and technical subjects, including preparation of slides and handouts. Credits for more than 200 industry conferences and seminars. Appeared as a facsimile expert on educational webinar sponsored by a facsimile service provider.

Significant Accomplishments
Favorable settlements reached in legal actions, in part through contributions as expert witness in matters regarding patent and contract disputes in telecommunications. Architecture successful networks and helped 'close the sale' by personally presenting the technical solution to the customer. Migration of USDA Department backbone from private network of leased lines to IPMPLS VPN. Return engagement moved to an enterprise network service. State of Oregon lottery network: integration of frame relay and X.25, then a migration to an IPsec VPN. State-wide university network (MA) based on carrier-managed routers and FRADs. Later re-designed with cellular IP routers. Multicast IP network for major airport to distribute surevllience video streams. Frequent speaker, using own presentations, at over 200 industry conferences and tradeshows such as SuperComm, Networld+Interop, CTExpo, NGN, MPLScon, and ComNet.
Clearly articulated new concepts to the press, consultants, financial community, and other stakeholders. Sole inventor for US Patents (three issued): Systems and Methods of Header Compression in a Software Defined Network teach a method to reduce bandwidth for streaming packets.Accurately predicted market developments and new technology. Prepared a product description, feature requirements, and business plan for packet voice (precursor to Voice over IP) in 1993. Prevented Newbridge from making any investment in SMDS or ATM to the desktop. Developed a business case for DSL modems and DSLAMs in 1990. In 1987, led Newbridge product beyond what was then a large network (255 nodes maximum) to networks of more than 10,000 nodes. Founded a microcomputer company in 1979 to bring word processing and automated billing to service industry vertical markets.

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