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Expert in Piezoelectrics, Sensors, and Embedded Systems

Expert ID: 735705 Florida, USA

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CAREER SUMMARY
I have worked with piezoelectric materials, BAW & SAW devices, their packaging, and the associated RF electronics from tens of MHz to >1500 MHz throughout my career. This effort has ranged from design engineer to senior management. As CTO/VP Engineering at BiODE, I drove the commercialization of viscosity sensors based on langasite crystal oscillators. Our team sold the start-up company to Dover Corporation’s Vectron Technologies BU in 2007, giving all investors a profitable exit.
At Vectron I led the sensor R&D team until 2011. After transfer of the viscosity IP, this US-based team leveraged two Vectron factories in Germany and several Asian strategic partners to introduce a temperature monitoring solution using passive, wireless SAW resonator sensor technology for Smart Grid asset monitoring. In 2011 most of the team left Vectron to form IntelliSAW, where I served as VP of Research & Development. My team has optimized a complete system for electric power asset monitoring, resulting in the acquisition of IntelliSAW by Emerson’s Rosemount Division in October, 2015.
Other than the period November 2016 to May 2017, during which I took a position with Mnemonics, Inc addressing time-encoded wireless SAW sensors, I served as Director of R&D at Rosemount IntelliSAW. In addition, I have performed consulting work for various clients including utility marker detection, novel solar power meta-structures, implantable wireless sensors, and various embedded projects.
I presently serve as a Director of Research and Development in the Rosemount Measurement Division.

SKILLS; QUALITIES
My skills include wireless, wireless sensors, RF design, mixed signal design, embedded systems design, firmware and software development, and antenna design. These responsibilities have included all aspects, such as materials science, device modeling & design, circuit design & layout, troubleshooting & improvement, product conceptualization & design, and certification for sensor systems, embedded instrumentation, and RF hardware. This has included direct responsibility for IEC61000-6-5, UL61010, RTT&E EN300-220, and FCC part 15.231 approvals. I actively and simultaneously perform as a manager and a contributor on multiple projects.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Melbourne, florida - Orlando, Florida

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1993 Degree: PhD Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: U. Maine
Year: 1989 Degree: MS Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: U. Maine
Year: 1984 Degree: BS Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: U. Maine

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2011 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director of Research & Development Department: Research & Development Responsibilities: • Conceptualized, realized, and certified a continuous asset monitoring systems for Smart Grid using passive, wireless SAW sensors and passive UHF signal classification schemes.
• Managed a global team of developers and mentored a global team of field service personnel.
• Developed an embedded smart meter that interrogates SAW sensors and interfaces to smart grid systems. Led development of cloud-based data acquisition system.
• Performed regulatory certification of interrogator for passive, wireless SAW sensors under FCC, R&TTE, UL, CCC, and IEC standards.
• Patented quartz orientation, antenna design, and partial discharge algorithms with many other patents pending in the area of trending and analysis of asset monitoring data.
• Managed IntelliSAW patent process
Years: 2007 to 2011 Employer: Vectron Title: Research & Development Engineering Director Department: SenGenuity Responsibilities: • Completed the transfer of langasite BAW sensor technology from the BiODE acquisition, which became widely used in printing press viscosity controls.
• Developed and tested an all-langasite package for viscometer to 680 bars in hydraulic fluid.
• Developed advanced langasite-metal heterostructures for BAW viscometers.
• Led a multi-national team for the development of innovative SAW sensor devices, packaging methods, instrumentation methods, and software.
• Supported development of an all quartz package industrial pressure sensor using glass frit.
• Evangelized the technology to international partners and customers.
• Obtained numerous patents across several product and technology lines.
Years: 1988 to 2007 Employer: BiODE, Inc Title: CTO Department: Research & Development Responsibilities: • Grew the company 15-fold as a contract R&D business through SBIR and BAA funding in 3 years.
• Led all R&D activities on chemical and biochemical acoustic wave sensors and later developed prototypes and IP for acoustic viscometers.
• Developed preliminary langasite-metal heterostructures for BAW viscometers.

The executive team that I assembled secured over $2M in Angel investment, launched products (including UL Hazardous Locations certification), and made initial sales into key markets. We sold the company to Dover’s Vectron operating company, resulting in a profitable exit to all investors. We were the first company to ever repay the Maine Technology Institute’s seed money loans and grants.
Years: 1983 to 1988 Employer: RF Monolithics Title: Member of the Technical Staff Department: Engineering Responsibilities: • Contributed to novel SAW component technology under Peter Wright and in collaboration with Clint Hartmann.
• Contributed to, and eventually managed NSF and DOD SBIR contracts.
• Designed the initial parts that launched the microtransmitter, the cable TV notch filter, and the SAW superregen receiver product lines.
Years: 1983 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Department: Research & Development Responsibilities: 2018-pres Cardian plc LTD – Implantable SAW sensor and commercialization of University IP.
2018-pres Duro PVT LTD (Chennai) – Instrumentation to detect and locate buried utility markers. Project involves embedded and HF design of 60KHz ~ 200KHz magnetically coupled transceiver.
2017-pres Fractal Hardware (Nashville, TN) mentored and contributed to various embedded instrumentation circuits
2017/8 Liquid Metal (Boca Raton, FL) mentored and contributed to various instrumentation and cloud data projects.
2017 Aloha (Netherlands) – Embedded system as USB to DMX-512 bridge for audio-visual events
2012 SolarSort (US) – Refined and extended solar energy concepts leading to numerous patents.
2002 ForeverFound LLC (Chicago, IL) – printed RF tags for locators
2001 BAE (Nashua, NH) – rolled, flexible, dispersive delay lines
1988 Hartmann Research (Dallas, TX) – Assisted in developing models of SAW waveguides
1984 RF Monolithics, Inc. (Dallas, TX) – Simulations to predict NSPUDT orientations of SAW.
1983 Anderson Labs (Bloomfield, CN) – Simulations for a minimal diffraction cut of LiTaO3 for SAW

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