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Dr. Smith’s 30+ year engineering track record has been in the R&D, acquisition, and management of Advanced Development/Technology and applied commercial programs. Dr. Smith has extensive defense and commercial (e.g. telecommunications and computer vendors) experience. He has worked in academia, as a researcher (through government sponsored research, internal R&D, publication individually, in partnership with universities and working with grants to universities) and as a teacher (both in academia and the corporate environment). With a breadth of background in the hardware, software, algorithmic and management aspects of computing, Dr. Smith has performed research and applied software in fields such as software defined radio, secure, wireless networking, network management, operating systems, simulation, multi-sensor fusion, formal methods, and agent and object-oriented software engineering domains. Current Secret clearance (held higher).

BS in Computer Systems Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 1976
MS in Computer Science, East Texas State University, 1979 - Thesis: Security in Electronic Data Processing
MS in Engineering Management, Southern Methodist University, 1983
Ph.D. in Computer Systems Engineering, Northeastern University, 1999 - Thesis: UML Formalization &  Transformation

Powerwave Cognition, 8/07-present: VP of Software Engineering

Leading a team re-engineering military based MANET and Cognitive Radio technologies for a faster/cheaper commercial wireless network. Responsible for technology transition, round trip engineering (with Rhapsody), framework design, software architecture, project management and planning and patent co-authorship. Role has varied with the number and location of team (when large local team, more of an architect and manager, with current small team, more of hands on role targeting new modem platforms). With a continuous leg in academia, taught at Daniel Webster College and Northeastern University. [C++, C#, Linux, ECOS, MANET, applied UML, deployment to MIPS, TI, PPC, Atlassian tools]

 

Composable Logic, Inc., 3/05-present: President

Subcontracted to DARPA SAPIENT Program, whose purpose is to increase network resilience with a new generation of cognitive protocol architectures. Worked on project in Intercommunity Intelligence Information Flow, enabling scaleable, on-demand, loosely-coupled interoperability between arbitrary producers and consumers of information. Individual contributor to Software Defined Radio thrusts, several OMG activities (e.g. co-chairing Software Based Communications Domain Task Force), a project to model based enhancements for code generation (see Mercury affiliation) and several wireless security applications (supporting companies e.g. SCATechnica and DRT). Completed Phase I of SBIR to develop a Model Based Environment to develop high assurance software (with Kestrel affiliation).

Supported a commercial venture, IDT Spectrum, as VP of Engineering. As such, formed several groups - IT, Test, OSS and development groups. Architected the OSS and worked with group to construct and implement the interface control documents necessary to integrate OSS subsystems. Technical resource (along with Network Design and EF & I counterparts) in closing partner and customer deals (e.g. Operational Field Tests, co-working scenarios, due diligence responses, etc.). Wrote patent that based on the processes to establish a microwave backhaul business and continues to work in standards groups (OMG, ATIS, etc.). Worked with development group to build and extend an existing network design and financial model to support the backhaul system design for diverse customers and environments.

 

Mercury Computer Systems, Inc., 4/00-3/05: Director of Mercury Labs

As Technical Director of Mercury Labs, responsible for planning, capture and execution of internal and contracted advanced technology programs and the establishment of university relationships/projects. In this capacity, lead Software Radio new business thrust, including building a software radio demonstration and won a JTRS consultation contract (including the refinement of a software radio related suite of OMG specifications). Acquired and contributed to CR&D from a Lockheed Martin to implement a SCA-compliant WCDMA waveform model to support a large SDR program (MUOS). Group had other DARPA programs in middleware (PCA Program) and tracking. Developed approaches to more productively model and program Mercury’s high performance, streaming, data flow machines. Worked with OMG in many capacities (responded to UML 2.0 Superstructure RFP, reviewed Action Semantics, co-chaired Software Based Communication Domain Task Force, etc.). Group won several DARPA contracts including development of a state-of-the-art high performance middleware being applied to Mercury’s Software Radio effort.

Sanders, A Lockheed Martin Co., 4/1984 to 4/2000: Sr. Principle Engineer II

As Lead Systems Engineer, helped win EW Controller contracts on 2 large scale international EW Programs, with customer interaction and requirements/design construction. Pursued, won and lead a $4.4M DARPA research program called Autonomous Negotiating Team Based Adaptive Resource Mgt. for Electronic Warfare, that involved architecture definition languages, agents and formal methods technologies. Won 3 research grants (1 for NU and 2 for Princeton). Worked on the NU grant that involves formal reusable specification and software composition.

Program Manager & Technical Lead on the DARPA sponsored Secure Heterogeneous Application Run-Time Environment (SHARE) Program. This Program implemented secure real-time message passing between secure system area networks. Derived state diagrammatic form of secure network protocol spec, to support the spec verification process.

Worked with small group to spearhead a Sanders Telecommunications effort. Worked with subcontractor to design a unique cellular billing system. Worked as systems engineer to help construct our PCS strategy, modeled a location system and designed software for an adaptive antenna system.

Initiated product area in Avionics post-fusion processing. Towards this goal, wrote and won 5 proposals, acquired both Sanders and Lockheed IR&D, managed group working towards my business plan, supported major in-house programs, e.g. Pilot's Associates, built a prototype of the situation assessment/response optimization approach and constructed a requirements document and algorithmic "cookbook" describing the product.

Software Manager of a program constructing 3 different embedded computers for Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF). Tasks included software Project Management, specification of HW and SW interfaces, supporting machine architecture and instruction set designs, constructed Software Development and Ada Plans and participated in Sys Eng staff.

As Processing Manager for the Integrated Electronic Warfare System (INEWS) Sanders/GE Venture, responsible for INEWS system design, subsystem prototyping, computer system Project Management, customer presentations, tool acquisition and documentation, e.g. DoD-STD-2167 plans and specs, the next phase's proposal and final report. Initiated/performed high-level design and coordinated GE efforts on INEWS-related IR&D. Proposed, won and managed several INEWS-related seed programs. Chaired 3 internal working groups and participated in Corporate Technical Trends Committee. Built prototype of INEWS core utilizing AI and conventional techniques. 

    General Dynamics, 8/1980 to 4/1984: Chief

Started and expanded a Product Programming and Development Div. that provided computer-related support to Land Systems Division in the form of Ada, Lisp and Prolog training, designing and implementing new computer facilities, software engineering support, writing proposals and procuring equipment. Designed and assembled a Software Engineering System (SES) that acted as a software toolbox and centralized communication device. System designer and prototyper on the Autonomous Land Vehicle Program. Corporate responsibilities included participation in Ada, SES & Workstation Steering Committees.

Software Design Specialist in Newport, RI, designed a VAX 11/780 to emulate 2 Univac I/O systems.  Designed software to replace a PDP-15 Graphic Display System with a color system. Wrote test software on the AN-UYK/7 in ULTRA/32 and machine code. Performed technical proposal writing.

Acted as Chief Programmer in Fort Worth, TX on 2 projects, the Advanced Stores Management System (ASMS) and the AMRAAM Demonstration Projects. Responsible for requirements def., high/intermediate design, Executive code and test, Project Management functions, personnel training, construction of B5 and C5 Specs and Computer Program Dev. Plan and software support.

   HRB Singer, August 1979 to August 1980: Senior Engineer

Group leader in designing and coding a real-time ELINT/COMINT-fusion EW project. Functions included design of the OS and application modules, coordinating efforts of senior programmers through design, code, test and documentation phases. Developed a comm. protocol design for a Command and Control system. Performed as Systems Manager of HP 1000 system.

   E-Systems, March 1978 to August 1979: Scientific Programmer/Analyst

Responsibilities included all phases of software dev. for an ID system of another real-time EW project (RANDOM SEEKER).

 General Electric & The Computer Co., Jan. 1977 to Mar. 1978: Product Service Rep. & Programmer

These positions provided the opportunity to apply programming skills, perform hardware fault isolation on ordnance systems and to perform APL business programming.

Concepts in Programming Languages at Daniel Webster College
Operating Systems (Both in Engineering and Computer Science) at Northeastern University
Software Engineering at Northeastern University
Developed Formal Methods course, and guest lectured, as part of Ph.D. independent study
Taught in-house course in Artificial Intelligence at Sanders

Won (Dec 2005 with Kestrel) SBIR Model Development Environment for Guaranteed Information Assurance in Netcentric-Compliant Information Systems, Topic# N05-66, Contract# N00014-05-M-0128.

Won JTRS 3-year Program (2002) to improve and commercialize the Software Communication Architecture (SCA) standard used for Software Defined Radio

Won MUOS (2002) related WCDMA UML modeling program.

Helped win (Feb. 00) DARPA Program called DARPA Agent Markup Language as part of a LM Team, performing the consistency checking of the DAML ontology language.

Won (Aug. 1999) and am leading DARPA/ITO Autonomous Negotiating Teams Program (AO#A356), applying agent based technology to EW applications.

Won and led two SPAWAR contracts (No. N00039-93-C-0108 & N00039-93-C-0104) applying real-time POSIX to two NGCR domains (the Networked Processor and Special Purpose Domains) to large scale shipboard products (in our case to the ALQ-149), 1994.

Won three university grants from Lockheed Martin Corp. The first is with Northeastern University whose purpose is to develop a method to reverse engineer avionic applications for the purpose of verifiably composing libraries of these reusable avionic components. The other two grants are with Princeton, researching intelligent control issues and applying agent based technology to hobbiest aircraft.

Over the years, won and performed several internal R&D Programs in operating systems, genetic algorithms and multisensor fusion domains. One of the longest of these projects was called TACAIR, where, over several years, I worked with a small team to build a workstation based real-time simulation of avionic software.

Longstanding IEEE member
Reviewer for ACM’s Computing Reviews
Participating member of OMG – Co-chair of Software Based Communications Domain Task Force
Co-question developer in OMG's Real-time and Embedded Specialist Certification Program

 
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