In November of 2006, I returned to the communications industry as a Systems Integration Engineer in the RF Communications division of Harris Corporation. Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) is an international communications equipment company focused on providing product, system, and service solutions for commercial and government customers. The company's five operating divisions serve markets for microwave, broadcast, network support, secure tactical radio, and government communications systems. Harris has more than 10,000 employees, including 4,000 engineers and scientists.
Harris RF Communications Division (RFCD) is a leading supplier of secure voice and data communications products, systems and networks to military, government, and commercial organizations worldwide.
Back in June of 2005, I joined the firm of FMA Direct for a short stint as Director of Marketing and Promotions. After a long career in development of high technology radio links and wireless network communications, I decided to utilize my previous experience with informal skills in consulting, customer service, and marketing to help develop and market sophisticated products for the R/C industry. I left FMA after 1-1/2 years with a valuable insight about the complexities of a fast changing consumer market and the effects of globalization.
FMA Direct office building in Frederick, MD
My passion for RC had me reviewing products, moderating forums, and writing for the modeling community with publications like Quiet Flyer, RC Universe, Model Airplane News, Fly RC, and RC Groups (E-Zone). I evaluated a wide range of products in a relatively short time and was able to utilize my formal education in electrical and information technology to help me cover a diverse spectrum of designs from micro-flight to giant-scale. I also started writing reviews for Model Retailer magazine which focuses on the dealer's perspective in the R/C industry.
Microwave Data Systems
I have worked professionally for several decades in the radio communications (or wireless) industry, and, worked at Microwave Data Systems (MDS) in Rochester, NY from 1990 to 2005. Although I started at MDS as a Software Engineer, I finished by managing the applications software products and network management systems. MDS has since been purchased by General Electric Corp.
Go RIT Tigers!
I received my degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in May of 2005. My B.S. in Information Technology included a Liberal Arts minor in Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies.
In my office at MDS in 2002
Many years ago, I used to write in assembly code for embedded microcontroller products in the communications field and designed RF and synthesizer circuits for Scientific Radio Systems after obtaining my first degree in Electrical Technology from S.U.N.Y. at Alfred, NY. I progressed to writing and managing Windows-based applications to support my company's external customers and for automated testing of our products in the Engineering Lab.
Presenting at a SCADA trade show in 1997
I traveled several times a year, showing my programs at trade shows and seminars. I had fun talking with the external customers directly and acting as an interface (or liaison) between the Sales, Marketing, and Engineering departments.
I loved all my jobs because I can utilize my technical skills and people skills together which keeps things new and exciting. Life should be fun so enjoy it and always strive to be the best you can be!