Wolfram Solutions, 2007 - Present: Principal Consultant
Synopsis: Consultant with Wolfram Solutions, the consulting arm of Wolfram Research Inc. I consult for companies that have contracted with Wolfram Solutions for services. Contact Wolfram Solutions directly for more information or contact me for advice. If you are interested in Mathematica consulting, and do not currently have a relationship with Wolfram Solutions, you should contact me first in my capacity as independent consultant at Scientific Arts LLC to discuss your project.
Scientific Arts, LLC, May 1996 - Present: Consulting Services and New Business Development
Synopsis: Through Scientific Arts I also take on various consulting clients (see below under "Consultant") in R&D and communication and catalysis of scientific relationships. Under Scientific Arts I have released a product for Mathematica: "A WorkLife FrameWork." This product broadly catalyzes creative work with Mathematica and extends Mathematica's reach to areas such as Journaling, Blogging, and many others.
A wide variety of consulting clients including:
- Consultation Spectral Sciences Inc.
- Modeling and simulation code for a Phase 2 SBIR
- Interface building in Mathematica to drive legacy modeling and simulation tools into a client service market
- Consultation KLA-Tencor Corp.
- Creation of modeling tools for electron beam lithography
- Consultation CENTRA Technology Inc.
- Various projects for Government Clients
- Consultant for Wolfram Research Inc.
- Contributing member of the Wolfram|Alpha team.
- Aid in development of a yet to be released new web-based product
- Creation of example Mathematica notebooks for Wavelet Explorer, Time Series, Signals and Systems and Experimental Data Analyst Mathematica application package advertisements and brochures
- Technical and copy editing of Mathematica software documentation
- Evaluation, testing, and recommendation for third party and independent products
- Editor-at-large for Mathsource
- Consultation Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Modeling, R&D, and simulation of various physical systems using Mathematica
- Consultation for patent attorneys
- Review and technical assessment of inventor's disclosures
- Interpretation of the scope of claims
- Accredited Mathematica consultant.
- Development of Mathematica add-on packages for engineering and other markets. Market and competitive analysis regarding these efforts
CENTRA Technology Inc. August 2003 - April 2006 Senior Scientist
Synopsis: R&D into novel approaches to the detection of underground facilities using inexpensive small sensors. Awarded a DARPA contract to pursue this work and subcontracted BBN to perform related experimental work. R&D in others areas of mathematical modeling, simulation, and visualization for various government institutions. Numerous studies on emerging technologies and their relevance to the work of the DHS and other government institutions.
Wolfram Research Inc. April 2001 - October 2002: Scientific Communications Director, Stephen Wolfram Science Group
Synopsis: Direct advisor to Stephen Wolfram on a wide range of matters pertaining to the completion, promotion, and communication of his book A New Kind of Science (http://www.wolframscience.com). Also advisor and consultant on many internal Wolfram Research Inc. company matters.
Weema Technologies Inc., March 2000 - October 2000: Director of Development
The company: Weema Technologies was a venture backed start-up company located in Cambridge Massachusetts that aimed to provide the infrastructure for streaming rich media over the Internet.
Synopsis: Employee number six in early stage start-up venture that aimed to provide the infrastructure for streaming rich media over the Internet. Responsible for management of the general research efforts of the R&D group. Spearheaded the creation of the product development group, advised on technology and business strategy, and interfaced with venture capitalists and other actual and potential investors.
Raytheon Systems Company Inc., July 1997 - May 1999: Principal Systems Engineer, Project Management Office: Radar and Technology Programs
Project categories: Radar systems analysis: Conduct analysis, architectural trade studies, evaluation and R&D, and other system engineering analysis for radar systems and advanced antenna systems for communications and radar applications. Direct, coordinate, and oversee engineering laboratory design activities on behalf of the PMO.
Some specific accomplishments (Raytheon):
- Technical lead and management for the development and analysis of advanced algorithms for upgraded early warning (UHF) phased array radars (under the HAVE GOLD program: roughly $1.2 M government contract). Also analyzed a specific novel detection algorithm that makes simultaneous use of sum and monopulse channel pulse return data to increase probability of detection. Wrote report and gave presentations and opinions to the Integrated Product Team (a group of six companies working independently on algorithms under the HAVE GOLD program).
- Investigation of the optimal use of a mixture of coherent and noncoherent pulse integration (addressed specific to the HAVE STARE radar, but of more general applicability). Wrote report and made recommendations on schedule.
- Management of and participation in algorithm development efforts for Upgraded Early Warning Radars for National Missile Defense under the LSI (Lead System Integrator) program.
MicroUnity Systems Engineering Inc., April 1995 - July 1996: Senior Member of Technical Staff
Project categories: Analytical and numerical work in areas of interest to the organization, especially electromagnetic phenomena, wireless propagation, and video compression. Solution of difficult mathematical or physical problems in all disciplines. Marketing, technical, competitive analysis, and other support for business planning initiatives. Development of university liaison relationships.
Some specific accomplishments (MicroUnity):
- Performed a feasibility analysis of an entirely new technique for transmitting and receiving cellular radio signals based on widely distributed antenna arrays. Developed a complete understanding of the approach, formed an analytical solution, and numerically simulated numerous cases to assess the challenges and benefits. The detailed investigation led to a patent disclosure, currently in the process of filing. Wrote internal report covering the full investigation, and presented results in a major internal seminar to the CEO and MicroUnity management and technical staff.
- Aided in developing business plans under a very tight schedule for the video compression and network equipment markets for presentation to investment bankers for potential IPO. Helped to recruit and coordinate market research consultants, performed estimates of the benefits of the MicroUnity Mediaprocessor, and completed descriptions of the business potential.
- Developed a plan for MicroUnity's involvement in University Liaison programs. Presented recommendations and budget in an internal memo to the CEO and upper management.
- Provided mathematical/physical analysis and consultation for CMAC cable modem communications protocol. Similarly for a wide band FFT based software channelizer.
MIT Lincoln Laboratory, October 1989 - March 1995: Member of Technical Staff
Some specific accomplishments (Lincoln Laboratory):
Project categories: Investigations of signal processing techniques applicable to infrared target detection. Neural networks applied to infrared target detection. Studies of infrared system performance and infrared atmospheric propagation. Electromagnetic propagation problems with and without obstacles, in and out of line-of-sight, with spherical earth diffraction, and applications to radar systems. Mathematical physics issues arising in the study of these and other subjects. Phenomenological analyses and mathematical modeling of infrared data. Other phenomenological analyses and mathematical modeling as needed. Management of assistant staff members in support of these tasks.
University of Wisconsin, January 1988 - October 1989: Postdoctoral fellow
- Evaluated radar detection, by means of the diffracted electromagnetic surface wave, of low altitude targets that are beyond the geometrical horizon. Performed a detailed mathematical analysis and applied it to a numerical evaluation of the radar range equation. Presented a performance analysis of the detection range for two model systems: a coastal installation and a shipboard installation for a variety of targets under a variety of HF noise conditions. Wrote a major Lincoln Laboratory external report. Presented results at a major industry forum.
- Developed a novel numerical technique (using Padé approximants) for the computation of spherical earth diffractive radio wave propagation. Presented the results at the PIERS (Progress In Electromagnetics Research) Symposium at MIT.
- Developed new algorithms for the evaluation of site specific radio wave propagation over a spherical earth. Presented results at a major industry forum and at the PIERS Symposium at MIT.
- Conducted a comparative study of the relative performance of infrared sensor detection algorithms for detecting small targets against background clutter. Algorithms were tested against a large database taken under a broad spectrum of atmospheric, geographic, and temporal conditions. Demonstrated that many of the filters tested show similar performance and all are clutter limited. Wrote a major Lincoln Laboratory external report. Presented results at a major industry forum.
- Extended the above investigation to neural networks.
- Investigated the statistical properties of digital infrared background imagery. Constructed analytical and phenomenological models of infrared clutter. Developed methods for modeling the parameters of the associated multivariate distributions functions. Wrote 5 distinct internal reports covering these multiple investigations.
- Shared advisor duties on masters thesis for Ph.D. student G. Huang at MIT: MS awarded in 1992.
- Projects with undergraduates:
- With MIT (VI-A) undergraduate student a study of pattern recognition issues in infrared signal processing (Summer 1993.)
- With MIT undergraduate student construction of a Mathematica package for the analysis of electromagnetic wave propagation and diffraction around objects on a spherical earth. (Summer 1992.)
- With visiting summer student to explore constructing a Mathematica package to implement an algorithm for the computation of elliptic integrals. (Summer 1992.)
- With visiting summer High School student (Mentor for "The center for excellence in education") to analyze the diffraction limited properties of an infrared sensor by examining data using the planet Mercury as a "point" source. (Summer 1992.)
AT&T Bell Laboratories, October 1987-January 1988: Member of Technical Staff
University of Minnesota,1986-1987: Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota, 1983-1986: Postdoctoral fellow
University of Washington, 1981-1983: Postdoctoral fellow
University of California at Santa Cruz, 1981 (spring quarter): Postdoctoral fellow
Academic research: Much of my research in theoretical physics focused on various aspects of what are known as Grand Unified Models (the more recent subheading of this being superstring theories) as well as their relationship to issues in cosmology and astrophysics. Techniques used in these studies come from a wide range of theoretical physics and applied mathematics topics. Associated with my work are 24 published papers (mostly in top tier refereed journals) and numerous invited presentations at academic institutions.
Invited lectures (see the publications section for the variety of topics):
Seminars and colloquia at: CalTech, Yale, U. of Pennsylvania, U. of Minnesota, U. of Wisconsin, U. of Iowa at Ames, SLAC, U.C. Santa Cruz, U.C. Irvine, Carnegie-Mellon U., Ohio State U., Northeastern U., Hewlett Packard Laboratory, U. of Florida at Gainesville, U. of Alabama, U. of Washington, Reed College, Cal. Poly State U. at San Luis Obispo, U.C. Riverside, U. of Delaware, U. of Virginia, U. of British Columbia, U. of Arizona, U. of New Mexico, MIT, MicroUnity Systems Engineering, Exa Corp., and numerous presentations at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and various government institutions.