Electronic Data Systems
Senior Engineering Systems Engineer
1999 - Date Leave of Absence at Elsectronic Data System
Medical leave of absence due to chronic illnesses (Arthritis and Fibromyalgia). Due to new medication on the market in 2007, was able to attend Graduate school from 2007 – 2009 to bring skills up to date, earning my Masters in Computer Science at Wayne State university. Further treatments have now enabled me to return to work full time.
1998 - 1999 System Architect - Focus: HOPE
Challenge: Oversee the direction of the systems with a view to the future.
Action: Researched new technologies to increase Internet speed at minimal cost.
Result: Implemented a wireless connection to a new Internet Service Provider that raised the speed by a factor of 7 without an increase in cost.
1997 - 1998 Systems Manager - Focus: HOPE
Challenge: Stabilize the systems to increase reliability without hiring additional staff.
Action: Mentored current staff and new trainees in systems administration an
Result: Increased uptime in Electronic Library by over 700% while stabilizing the backup systems and servers.
Led the Focus: HOPE Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) Systems Department by the request of the customer, managing the customers staff and their systems. The department consisted of 3 programmers, 3 system admins, and 1 network administrator. Was also responsible for oversight of the work done by the PC departments support of my customers. Major projects included the implementation of a new firewall, web filter, and web and FTP servers; The support for a new line of products involving new manufacturing equipment requiring new tracking and quality software; and the implementation of a number of educational packages developed by our educational partners.
1994 - 1995 GM Electric Vehicle
Challenge: Establish the Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) environment for the new project.
Action: Implemented the ASCENT environment for the project.
Result: Complete CAE environment implemented in 3 months.
Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)/Ascent on-site implementation consultant. Responsible for leading the development of the CAE compute environment strategy for the program, as well as guiding the implementation of the Ascent product configuration and the optimizing of the current CAE environment.
1993 - 1997 Senior Technologist on Loan - Focus: HOPE
Challenge: Establish a partnership between Focus: HOPE and Electronic Data Systems.
Action: Provide expertise in systems to aid in the development and operations of Focus: HOPE's Center for Advanced Technologies.
Result: A long term partnership has been established benefiting both organizations which continues to the present.
Responsible for on-site technical consulting and relationship development. A member of the Coalition for New Manufacturing Engineering's Information Technology committee which sets the technical direction for the coalition, under which the Center for Advanced Technologies is being developed. As the interim Systems Manager for the CAT, responsible for oversight of all aspects of computer support, including hardware, software, implementation projects, staffing, and management interface. Led the Manufacturing Systems Support group from January 1995 through December 1995. Worked closely with the QS9000 implementation team as the leader of the Information Systems team responsible for Module 5: Document and Data Control. Worked as an internal auditor leading audits of other departments. With the account manager, was responsible for working to determine where the opportunities exist which can benefit both EDS and Focus: HOPE. Programmed in C on Unix, mostly Solaris, using X11/Motif.
1992 - 1993 Technical Project Leader - ASCENT project
Challenge: Create an environment on engineering workstations to enable Computer Aided Engineering staff to easily transition from mainframe systems.
Action: Created the ASCENT environment, combining applications, a single graphical interface to access and control the applications, and a three-tier architecture for program execution.
Result: All of General Motors worldwide staff transitioned in under 3 months, with an on-going annual savings of over $10 Million.
Project Leader for Ascent, the integrated CAE workstation product line. Ascent is a Unix, X11/Motif based system written in C. The system integrates internally developed applications and third party applications such as NASTRAN and PATRAN. Responsible for three full-time developers and several others assigned to the project part time from EDS, Hughes Aircraft, and IBM. Coordination with other development groups and the oversight of deliverables from the other groups was also included. Developed the CAE Motif Style Guide as part of the project. Represented the interests of the CAE development community on the Engineering Technical Systems application integration team.
1991 - 1992 Team leader - Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) Support
Challenge: Create a consistent interface to access all CAE applications.
Action: Led team to create new interfaces for the applications in ISPF.
Result: A single, consistent application interface, reducing training and increased freedom of assignment for the CAE staff at General Motors.
Technical leader for the CAE software installation group. Led the integration of over 125 CAE applications into a single system on IBM mainframes (including batch access to IBM vector processors and Cray supercomputers). Led the migration of batch processing from an IBM 3090 Vector processor to the Cray Y/MP at the Auburn Hills Information Processing Center. Led a team of CAE developers, support staffs, and accounts in determining the replacement for the DISSPLA graphics package during a legal dispute with Computer Associates. A new tactical product was selected, and a conversion project was subsequently executed.
1987 - 1991 Engineering Systems Engineer at General Motors Advanced Engineering Staff (AES)
Challenge: Improve efficiency at the Advanced Engineering Staff of General Motors while providing on-site support.
Action: Created or modified systems to increase productivity.
Result: Increased productivity by as much as 1000% (40 hours to 4 hours per month) while earning several customer praise letters.
On-Site Technical support for the General Motors Advanced Engineering Staff. Responsible for engineering and some manufacturing application development and installation. Work included installation of CADAM, IGES, and some parts of CGS. The CADAM NC machining package was installed, and a direct NC capability was designed and implemented. Responsible for the maintenance and integration projects for the CAE tools used by the Automotive Gas Turbine project, as well as other engineering systems.
1985 - 1987 Systems Engineer - Saturn
Challenge: Start up Saturn engineering support
Action: Provided support for Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) including application support and data security as well as supporting the General Assembly scheduling.
Result: Saturn CAE was able to analyze the new vehicle on time, and the general assembly system was ready at product launch.
Technical support and project leader positions for the General Motors Saturn Engineering staff. Responsible for system definition of product and manufacturing systems and for CAE support. Project leader for a C-based plant floor operator information station prototype and for the specifications of the plant floor scheduling and broadcast system. Provided support to the Saturn CAE community as their interface to the central CAE support group at the Warren IPC.