Hello! I'm Tom
I am a seasoned organizational leader and a highly experienced systems engineer who is focused on bringing high-quality systems to market and improving development practices. I have won many awards doing this across multiple industries.
2011 - Present
Senior Principal Systems Engineer
Senior Systems Engineering Manager
Focused on improving development practices at the divisional and corporate level. Responsible for managing a design control database that serves over 700 users and 100 projects. Reduced the timeframe to the first system development design review by 75%.
2003 - 2011
Group Leader, Systems Engineering
Senior Lead Systems Engineer
Managed a 35-person team that developed a portfolio of modular computers for an $800M Army program. Developed an architectural approach for managing a portfolio of 20 different systems and reduced the timeframe to critical design by 75%.
1998 - 2002
Staff Systems Engineer
Systems Engineering Manager
Developed and supported several systems for network management and cable telephony. Designed one of the first voice-over-IP (VoIP) cable modems that was cited as “best-in-class” by Time Warner and Cisco Systems.
ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Emphasis on system architecture with specific focus on databases, networking, and client/server architecture
Electronics Engineering Technology
Educational focus on digital system design and logic, computer programming, and communications
System Design - System Architecture
Risk Management - Reliability
Cybersecurity - Safety
I have worked throughout the development lifecycle on systems both large and small. I have led teams from planning and concepts through requirements and design to testing and fielding/support. I have been recognized numerous times for improving development efficiency.
With experience in electromechanical design, software, and information technology, I have the ability to quickly identify and assess the pros and cons of high-level concepts and low-level designs. In addition, I always think in terms of quality and repeatability.
In addition to my product development expertise, I am equally experienced in personnel/project/financial management. I think about development holistically and continually assess if the people, processes, and tools being utilized on a project will have the expected results.