Resume


Professional Experience

Raytheon Corporation (SAS) | Fort Wayne, IN

Senior Systems Engineer II, July 2017 – Present

  • Test Equipment Design and Programming:
    • Developed automated FPGA Firmware and Software programming of complex Circuit Card Assemblies (CCAs)
    • Wrote Human Machine Interface LabWindows/CVI  to perform Engineering Development Level and Production Level testing of CCAs

Zuno Engineering, LLC | Fort Wayne, IN

Principal, October 2013 – July 2017

  • Business Management:
    • Acquired all new projects that led to > $.5M sales per year since 2011 through sales campaigns and relationships with various vendors
    • Managed all projects, staff engineers, and engineering contractors
    • Responsible for coordination of legal, financial, and sales activities
  • Electronic Product Development:
    • Worked with software teams to produce mobile and desktop applications for hardware that we designed.
      • Collision avoidance and traffic light preemption system for emergency service vehicles
      • Vibration analysis tool for 32 simultaneous channels of acceleration data
      • Mobile vibration analysis tool to collect acceleration data on machines and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to mobile device
    • Developed Circuit Designs, PCBs and Embedded Software for the following applications
      • Level monitor using ‘Time of Flight’ sensor for harsh condition use
      • Calibrated electronic valve controller with Ethernet Interface
      • Educational robot Input / Output conditioning board
      • Signal processing module breakout board
      • Vehicle leveling board using high power motor driver modules and remote control
      • Brushless DC Motor Controller for small transfer pump product line
      • Brushless DC Motor Controller for fractional horsepower fan product line
      • Test Equipment controller and data acquisition board for proof of concept system
      • High speed, high power LED strobe driver for machine vision applications
      • High power LED lights for greenhouse usage
      • High power LED safety projection lights for fork trucks
      • Constant current microcontroller controlled driver for variable power outputs to electromagnets
      • Industrial data acquisition (DAQ) board with various signal conditioning methods for IoT monitoring device
  • Industrial Control System Development:
    • Designed, built, programmed and commissioned the control system for a large chemical plant in China
      • Plant contained approximately 1000 I/O points and 100 PID loops
      • HMI Contained approximately 30 screens with data visualization and data historian
      • All control software was done using OptoControl Pro, and OptoDisplay Pro
    • Rebuilt and Reprogrammed Automated Crane System for Anodizing Plant
    • Rebuilt and Reprogrammed various PLCs for standalone equipment (rectifiers, presses, etc)
    • Implemented HMI and PLC system to control drives for a wastewater plant
    • Developed control system and HMI for a company that makes plants for the industrial material handling market
    • Developed PLC based monitoring system for Electric vehicle (EV) charging systems
    • Developed Fuel Delivery system PLC controller and HMI for a large automotive group’s dynamometer system (20 dynos with multiple types of fuel)

Northrop Grumman, Electronic Systems | Fort Wayne, IN

Electrical Engineer, August 2006 – October 2013

  • Was the team lead for image processing algorithm group developing applications for military EO/IR imaging systems
  • Designed, fabricated, installed and tested unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) payloads for military systems
  • Modeled environmental factors, including terrain and foliage to simulate RF transmission patterns and effective range of communication systems
  • Was the lead engineer for UAV tracking system to maintain radio communications between ground station and aircraft
    • This system used radio signal strength, GPS and machine Vision to track the vehicle using a high-speed gimbal
  • Provided engineering support for radio direction finding system
    • This project was used on UAV systems to triangulate various radio communications from various sources using an array of antennas
  • Provided field engineering support for UAV payloads and military systems during demonstration and proof of concept flights

Indiana University – Purdue University | Fort Wayne, IN

Adjunct Instructor, Engineering Department, October 2011 – October 2012

  • Lectured freshman engineering students on academic and career development
  • Prepared lecture material and presented to students in a classroom setting
  • Prepared and developed homework, quizzes and exams for engineering classes

Excellon Technologies | Fort Wayne, IN

Engineering Intern, 2003 – 2006

  • Lilly Entrepreneur Scholar, Sponsored by the Lilly Endowment
  • Designed and implemented sensors (speed and position) for industrial and consumer applications
  • Produced engineering documentation to assist in obtaining ISO 9001 certification
  • Designed and fabricated test fixtures for use on the manufacturing floor
  • Implemented new methods for fabricating wiring harnesses for military applications

General Electric, Industrial Systems | Fort Wayne, IN

Engineering Co-op, 2002 – 2004

  • Graduated from the General Electric cooperative education program
  • Completed three (3) semester long engineering rotations
  • Rotations included:
    • Failure Analysis – Analyzed field failures of AC motors
    • Manufacturing Engineering – Provided factory floor support and reworked drawing and schematics
    • Materials Engineering – Conducted planning of shipping and receiving of materials as well as implemented new supply chain procedures

Education

Purdue University (Fort Wayne, IN)

(estimated) May 20, 2020  Master of Business Administration

Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)

December 18, 2010  Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Focused in Image and Signal Processing with Various Courses in Advanced Mathematics and Motor Control

Indiana – Purdue University Fort Wayne (Fort Wayne, IN)

December 17, 2006  Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

  • Graduated with Distinction
  • Minor in Mathematics
  • Purdue Graduating Class Representative
  • Member of Omicron Psi and Phi Kappa Phi

Technical Skills Summary

Engineering Experience: Electronic Circuit Design, PCB Layout and Schematic Capture, Microprocessor Integration (Programming and Circuit Design), Sensor Selection and Integration, Image Processing, Digital Signal Processing, Industrial Control Systems, Communication Systems, Circuit Design and Analysis, Power Electronics
Programming Languages: Matlab, LabView, LabWindows/CVI, C, Python, OptoScript, Ladder Logic
Software: MultiSim and Ultiboard, Eagle, AutoCAD, Mathematica, Visio, MathCAD, RS Logic 500, RS Studio 5000, Microsoft Office
Platforms: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, Linux Debian/Ubuntu
Patents: Nichols, J., Tollington, A., Brososky, A., Dimitrov, V. 2018. LED Strobe. US10078055B2, filed May 19, 2016, and issued September 18, 2018.