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Expert in Portable, Battery-Operated, Electronic Device Design and Development, Trenchless Technology

Expert ID: 725406 Maryland, USA

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He has been involved in development engineering management and new product development management for most of his professional career. He has assembled teams of engineers and technicians that have worked together superbly and have produced several successes, as measured by products introduced to their respective markets. He was trained in the school of "integrated product development" by a Fortune 100 corporation with a long track record of success, and was later able to transfer those skills to small and medium company environments, and to apply to his clients' own product development needs during his full-time consulting years. He has been responsible for, or heavily involved with, many "firsts" in various industries. The first display pager by Motorola, the first synthesized radio by Motorola, the first barcode based wireless refueling management system, the first pipe and cable locator that includes a remote radio link, the first collapsible magnetic locator, etc. The products he has created, designed, and introduced to market span across many areas within the electronic engineering field, including: digital electronics, microcontroller software and hardware, analog electronics, digital signal processing, LCD driving and control, voltage regulators, power circuits, high voltage power supplies, electromagnetic coupling, low level signal processing and filtering, user interface design, membrane switches, surface mount technology, radio transmission and UART interface. He is uniquely keen to the need to work closely with the marketing and manufacturing organizations, as well as with current and potential customers to ensure the successful introduction of a product to market. An engineering "wonder" that can't be manufactured or that customers find annoying to use will never become a market success!. In that regard he is uniquely qualified to have a broader view of product development, yet maintain a high level of technical involvement and knowledge that earns the respect of his team of engineers and ultimately leads to a successful product backed by a solid engineering design.

Electronics engineering, digital, and analog circuit design have been the core of his career, whether he was actually designing circuits and systems, teaching the theory of design to engineering students, or managing projects with several engineers involved in these areas. From using discrete logic gates for simple control and command functions to gate arrays and PLD (Programmable Logic Devices), digital circuits have been a constant component of most, if not all, the products he designed or was involved with throughout his career. No design was free of analog circuits and most were battery operated, meaning that there was always a need for voltage regulators, both linear and switched mode, voltage doublers, inverters, and converters. And since many of the products he designed dealt with RF or low level noisy signals, he has been involved in the design of front end amplifiers, filters, and signal conditioners, as well as A/D and D/A converters to enable the signals to be processed by a microcontroller or DSP. In addition to digital and analog circuit design, most of the products and projects he has been involved with included a microprocessor or microcontroller and embedded memory. So he has also been responsible for software design, using assembly language and C language. The bulk of his software design dealt with real time signal manipulation and with user interface aspects of the product, giving him a solid knowledge of the details associated with driving LCD's, optoelectronic devices, membrane switches and synchronous and asynchronous interfaces.

He designed and implemented a barcode-based, wireless solution for a client whose company provided a mobile refueling service to commercial fleets. This led to his first patent and launched the company's IPO. The company is now a successful public enterprise and continues to use essentially the same system.He was instrumental in the design, implementation, and maintenance of an electronic messaging system for a commuter train running along the east coast of South Florida. The system is still in use today and is essential to the operation of this valuable public transportation alternative. He provided advice to a condominium association about the effects of exposure to microwave radiation from cell towers. The association used the technical findings to decide whether or not they would lease space to a cellular carrier for the installation of such tower.He designed and implemented firmware for a portable ultrasound scanner used in veterinary applications. The system architecture was based on an advanced Motorola microcontroller and was written in C and assembly language. At the time the scanner was the lightest and smallest unit of its kind in the market.He was part of the design team that incorporated a wireless link into a pipe and cable locator for the first time, leading to his second patent. This design innovation produced increased productivity, flexibility, and ease of use into an instrument that traditionally consists of two pieces that can be as far apart as a thousand to two thousand feet.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Baltimore, Maryland - Frederick, Maryland - Gaithersburg, Maryland - Bowie, Maryland - Reading, Pennsylvania - Lancaster, Pennsylvania - Wilmington, Delaware - Alexandria, Virginia - Annapolis, Maryland - Washington, DC - Bethesda, MD - Rockville, MD

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1985 Degree: MS Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: Florida Atlantic University
Year: 1980 Degree: BS Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: University of Buenos Aires

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2019 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: Dedicated full time (after retirement from Schonstedt Instruments in October, 2019) to consulting, teaching, lecturing, and volunteering. Focusing on ethical and practical issues related to AI (Artificial Intelligence), and the social implications of technology worldwide.
Years: 1998 to 2019 Employer: Schonstedt Instruments, Inc. Title: VP Product Development Department: Responsibilities: He is responsible for the management of all new and existing product design and development activities. This includes electrical, mechanical, and software design, as well as the product definition stages, working closely with customers and marketing. Company makes pipe and cable locators and magnetic locators.
Years: 1996 to 1998 Employer: Adaptive Technologies, Inc. Title: Director of Engineering Department: Responsibilities: He was responsible for the management of all product design and development activities in connection with a product applying new beta and gamma radiation detection technology to measure thickness and density of materials such as paper, plastic film, and aluminum foil.
Years: 1987 to 1996 Employer: Warley Engineering, Inc. Title: President Department: Responsibilities: He founded and run this engineering consulting firm specializing in real time hardware and software design and applications. Projects included two-way portable radio software design, a system of multiple electronic signs for railway stations, a mobile fueling management system and hardware/software design for a portable ultrasound machine.
Years: 1984 to 1987 Employer: Motorola, Inc Title: Engineering Group Leader Department: Portable Two-Way Radio Division Responsibilities: He was the leader of a group of engineers working on the design of a new line of portable, synthesized, microprocessor controlled two-way radios. Target customers were police, firefighters, secret service and other public safety and security agencies.
Years: 1981 to 1984 Employer: Motorola, Inc Title: Senior Electrical Engineer Department: Paging Division Responsibilities: He worked in the design of the LCD display controller software and hardware for the first display pager produced by Motorola. He also worked with testing and manufacturing engineers developing test protocols and fixtures for production.
Years: 1980 to 1981 Employer: Coratomic, Inc. Title: Electrical Engineer Department: Responsibilities: He designed a magnetic-coupled link used to program and control an implantable insulin delivery pump from an external, hand-held, programming device. The work was part of early experimentation with implantable insulin pumps that the company was conducting in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh and other corporate partners.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2007 to 2007 Country / Region: India/New Delhi Summary: He conducted field demonstrations of pipe and cable locating equipment to the Ministry of Railroads.
Years: 2006 to 2006 Country / Region: Argentina/Tucuman and Buenos Aires Summary: He made presentations and conducted field demonstrations of locating equipment to gas, telephone and power utilities.
Years: 1986 to 1986 Country / Region: Canada/Toronto Summary: He conducted field testing and evaluation of two-way radio communications equipment for the RMCP (Royal Mounted Canadian Police)
Years: 2006 to 2006 Country / Region: Argentina/Buenos Aires and Mendoza Summary: He participated in a trade mission organized by the state of West Virginia, to open up markets in Argentina to WV companies. He made presentations to several firms and to national government and US embassy officials in Argentina.
Years: 2014 to 2014 Country / Region: Chile/Santiago - Brazil/Sao Paulo-Rio Summary: He trained customers in the use of pipe and cable and magnetic locators. He made presentations and demonstrations to gas and water companies considering the purchase of pipe and cable and magnetic locators.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,
EWB - Engineers Without Borders,
PES - Power Engineering Society.
Licenses / Certifications
He is a former PE (Professional Engineer) in the State of Florida. License currently set to inactive.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has two patents (US- Utility Locator Radio Link, and US- Bar Code Based Refueling System). He has several articles published in trade magazines, such as Design News, Equipment World, Trenchless Technology and Cleaner Magazine.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
As an adjunct professor at two different universities, he developed and taught a graduate course titled "Real Time Design with Microcontrollers"; and he taught two undergraduate courses titled "Digital Electronics" and "Introduction to Electrical Engineering". He developed and delivered numerous internal training seminars for current and former employers. Some seminars were employee-oriented, others were customer-oriented.
Vendor Selection
He has sourced and located vendors for the electronics industry throughout his career. LCD's, PCB's, contract manufacturers, molded plastic parts, passive and active electronic components and membrane switch panels are just a few examples of his expertise in sourcing vendors. He has been involved in every stage from initial vendor selection to vendor qualification and final approval.
Marketing Experience
He has current in-depth insight in the industries of pipe and cable locators, metal detectors, and unexploded ordinance detection. He has been heavily involved in two-way radio communication applications, bar coding, and automatic ID applications. He also has insight in medical electronics, including ultrasound, imaging devices and implantable devices.
Other Relevant Experience
He has written user manuals and other technical literature in English and Spanish. He has evaluated technical products for overseas companies considering importing those products, and has good knowledge of issues concerning FCC certifications, CE approval and the RoHS European directives.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish Native language. Totally fluent, including technical jargon. He has made presentations and conducted business in Spanish, as well as written manuals and technical instructions.
Italian Minimum level of proficiency. Could decipher a written document to gain cursory knowledge of its contents.
Portuguese Minimum level of proficiency. Could decipher a written document to gain cursory knowledge of its contents. Could participate in technical and focused conversations at a professional level.

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