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 Expert  724318

Expert in Machine Vision, Sensors, Analog & Digital Design, Communications

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

New Hampshire (NH)
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Summary of Expertise:

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The circuit design approach that the expert uses begins with a system level point of view. He develops a detailed specification for circuit requirements in the context of the over all product. This allows him to optimize its partition among analog, digital and micro controller elements. This always results in a low cost (both in terms of components and assembly and test) and ultra reliable and reproducible design. His designs typically include a mix of op amps, gate arrays, microcontrollers, transistors and optoelectronic devices which provide an optimum combination of cost, reliability and performance. His broad range of design skills allows him to quickly review and improve existing designs.

Over the years he has been called in to review products and projects that cover a vast area of technologies. Typically the assignment came from the board of directors, CEO or venture capitalists associated with the company. The reasons he has been asked to do evaluations include:

1. Suitability for purpose 2. Design review prior to prototype fabrication 3. Find and fix product problems 4. Enhance reliability 5. Improve ease of manufacture

The list of products and technologies he has reviewed and modified include:

1. Nuclear Gamma Camera 2. P-H Meters 3. Programmable controllers 4. Machine Vision 5. Hand held computers 6. High speed DNA Sequencer 7. Document scanner 8. Facsimile transmitter/receiver 9. Scan converters 10. Hand held measurement tools 11. ZigBee communications 12. High power I/O modules 13. Modems 14. Laser scanners 15. CCD scanners 16. Automotive subassembly testers 17. Videoconferencing systems 18. Image processing integrated circuits 19. Pressure transducers 20. Servo systems 21. Wafer handling robots

In most cases he was retained after the initial consult to implement and oversee the changes. Mostly this was accomplished with in house personnel under his direction and technical assistance.

Some of his clients included:

1. IBM 2. Exxon (now Exxon Mobile) 3. Various divisions of Gould 4. Corning 5. Raytheon 6. Helicos Biosciences 7. The L.S. Starrett Company 8. Various divisions of EG&G 9. AT&T Microelectronics 10. Howe Richardson Scale Company 11. Gateway Computer 12. Cognex 13. FastFax (Merged) 14. Termiflex (Sold) 15. Imagitex (bought by Dupont) 16. Proconix (bought)

For the most part these situations required expertise across a broad range of technologies which is what he brings to the table. He has always been able to assess the situation within a day or so and come up with a plan of action within a week. Often times he has been able to corrected major problems within the first day of review.

He has designed many optoelectronic circuits using photodiodes, phototransistors, lasers (both gas and semiconductor) Photomultipliers and CCDs. These circuits went into a wide array of products from facsimile machines to biomedical instruments. Recently he was called in to review the electronic design of a biotech instrument. During the review he discovered that the optoelectronics designed to measure presence/absence in a small diameter tube would not be viable in production. He redesigned the optics path and the resultant design, which worked extremely well, was novel enough such that the client asked him to write up a patent application. This entire process took under two weeks.


circuit design


electronic circuit design


digital evidence


electronic display instrument design review


optoelectronic circuit


digital design

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Boston, Massachusetts;  Worcester, Massachusetts;  Springfield, Massachusetts;  Lowell, Massachusetts;  Cambridge, Massachusetts;  Brockton, Massachusetts;  New Bedford, Massachusetts;  Hartford, Connecticut;  Manchester, New Hampshire;  and Providence, Rhode Island.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1972   MSEE   Bio Medical Engineering   MIT  
1970   BEE   Electrical Engineering   The Cooper Union  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2001 to





Managing Director


Self Employed Consultant, responsible for all projects and clients.

1993 to 2001


Zydacron, Inc.





Started videoconferencing equipment business. Raised funding and developed products. Zydacron was the largest OEM supplier of VC boards. The company was bought in 2003.

1987 to 1993


Production Catalysts



Managing Director


Engineering consulting firm. He was responsible for sales and marketing as well as system engineering and product development.

1982 to 1987


Itran, Inc.



VP Engineering


Responsible for design and development of leading machine vision product. Also a co-founder of the company.

1975 to 1982


Gentech, Inc.



VP Engineering


Founder of consulting company involved in custom IC development, products venture capital technology evaluation, and problem remediation.

1973 to 1995


Litton Industries


Datalog Division


Tactical Digital Facsimilie Project Engineer


Project engineer and analog and digital design for first military facsimile machine.

1972 to 1973


EG & G Inc.


Bedford Division


Senior Analyst


Developed analog electronics and systems designs for UPI Unifax II facsimile receiver.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has 3 patents.

Developed product for Starrett Advanced Technology Division

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Called in to evaluate a handheld design for a time accounting company by the CEO. He thought the design was flawed. His diagnosis of the design was great but it wasn't a useful product. Expert produced a new architecture and product family which lasted for over 10 years and created nearly $1B in revenue.
  • Called in to redesign an old computer interface product for handheld machine tools (micrometers, calipers etc.). Instead convinced management to design a wireless version. Developed the complete product and they are now the leader in this market segment, taking away the crown from an old seemingly unbeatable competitor.
  • Called in to assist a specialized video camera company with developing a product for a potentially huge customer. Advised against the deal as the customer's needs could never be met by the technology. CEO of company credits expert with saving his company from bankruptcy by avoiding the deal.
  • Called in by AT&T microelectronics to assist with the development of videoconferencing chip set. Developed specs for crucial chip in design as well as designed reference boards and provided customer design in assistance.
  • Called in by CEO of biomedical company to fix instability in opto-electronic system. Internal team had worked on the problem for 6 months with no success. Expert fixed it in 3 hours.
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Expert Witness:
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Market Research:
Develop product specifications for numerous device based on customer surveys.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Responsible for all IC electromechanical and sensor technology in several companies. Has developed several products from concept to finished goods including mechanical packaging.

Other Skills and Services

Ability to quickly assess problems and develop viable solutions in multi-technology products.


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