Own consulting business; engaged part-time with multiple companies and projects, as time allowed.
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- University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI) 2007-2009
Designed and implemented several enhancements to the Inverted Echo Sounder (IES) instrument, used by URI for oceanographic research. Enhancements included: (a) a GPS location system for easy retrieval of the instrument; (b) a precision micropower frequency downshifter; (c) a LiFeO4 battery booster to compensate for the passivation effect of primary lithium batteries; (d) an underwater transponder. This work improved URI instruments by making them more precise, easily recoverable and robust enough to withstand long term deployments.
- Taza Chocolate (Cambridge, MA) 2008
Helped an early-stage startup company solve an industrial automation challenge; this project involved automation and speed control of a roasting machinery which was purchased at a deeply-discounted price. The company saved valuable capital at a very critical time of its growth.
- Indoor Gardens Systems (Hampton, NH) 2004-2005
Partnered with an entrepreneur to create the first fully automated “flower wall,” solving the supply chain problem in flower distribution. The wall contained various bouquets of flower arrangements; as consumers were purchasing the bouquets, the system was sensing their removal, and was able to post of an order directly to the producers in Latin America; RFID technology was used to identify the bouquets. A prototype of “the Automated Flower Wall” was demonstrated at a major flower trade-show and attracted interest of several prominent flower store chains; the owner however decided that the business plan wasn’t viable enough for commercial expansion.
- Prior Companies, 1974-2004
Engaged with the following companies on a project basis:
* EG&G (Waltham, MA): Precision frequency measuring equipment
* Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institute: High capacity recording modules
* Aubrey Consulting (Cape, MA): Oceanographic instrumentation software
* NanoTronics (Greece): Design of typesetting equipment
* General Automation (Germany): Field engineering
* Philips (Netherlands) ELCOMA Division: Design of test instrumentation
- Harvard Extension School (1989-1999)
Taught Analog and Digital Electronics part time, as an adjunct faculty member. The course was designed specifically for physicists and other non-engineers; it included extensive lab experimentation.