Gordon Shafer


Professional Summary:

• Extensive experience as a Lead Engineer / Program Manager leading cross-functional teams in the development of next generation products. Focus has been in the field of power generation and management and hybrid-electric drive vehicles • Demonstrated leadership and management of technical, multidisciplinary teams • Consistent track record using technical expertise in complex hardware and software systems • Demonstrated ability to deliver imaginative yet practical solutions • Consistent track record managing project or tasks, and setting priorities to deliver on-time and within budget • Able to provide hands-on management to people or projects through extensive technical knowledge and excellent communication skills • Collaborated well at all levels of an organization

Leadership and Management:

·Effectively hire, supervise and motivate staff

·Developing staff & mentoring

·Cross-functional team management

·Provide strategic technical direction and define technical objectives

·Skilled in communicating design concepts, and approaches in written briefs and presentations

Product Development:

·Product definition; needs assessment and requirements analysis

·Complex hardware / software systems integrating multiple technologies

·Technical expertise in software, mechanical, and electrical engineering

·Embedded Software Controls and System Architecture

·Power Generation and Management

·Computer Languages: C/C++, QNX/Neutrino, VxWorks

·Construction of research projects which link to company strategy

Program/Project Management:

·Project planning

·Schedule / Cost management

·Prioritization and Delegation

·Vendor selection and evaluation

·Subcontractor Management

·Familiar with DoD acquisition and life cycle management policies and practices

·Experience on a program that included both development and production phases

·Applications: MS-Office, MS Project, OpenPlan, PeopleSoft

Work History

Work History
Mar 2008 - Sep 2009

Engineering Manager, Mobility Engineering

BAE Systems

Managed a staff of (150) in Santa Clara, CA and Sterling Heights, MI - Responsible for power train, suspension/steering, cooling, power transmission, hybrid electric drive, and performance analysis for all BAE US Combat Systems tracked and wheeled vehicles. Allocated and managed resources. Developed employees and administered performance reviews and promotions.Hired and released staff.Developed internal tools and capabilities.Conducted independent engineering reviews.

Key Project/Organizational Contributions

·Met goals to staff programs, built “bench strength” and increased / decreased staff.Brought on (63) technical staff over 12 month period.

·Successfully utilized industry contacts and department manager authority to assign key resources to “tiger teams” to solve difficult engineering problems and conduct independent design reviews.

Oct 2006 - Mar 2008

Deputy Program Manager & Design Manager

BAE Systems

Developed and rapidly brought into production a family of highly-survivable 4x4 and 6x6 mine-resistant wheeled vehicles.Obtained engineering resources to meet staffing needs. Tracked and managed part fabrication and assembly.Managed subcontractors, adhered to import/export restrictions, resolved technical, schedule and contractual issues to meet production schedules.

Key Project Contributions:

·Conducted daily design team meetings to make critical decisions and track action items. Led the successful vehicle design activity to meet internal TDP release schedule and produced orders for 2000+ vehicles.

·Accomplished an extensive retrofit program on (44) early test vehicles to match production configuration.Allowed Gov’t to meet test schedule and provide meaningful test results.

·Increased sales and reduced vehicle deployment time by incorporating GFE parts into BAE BOM.

·Met per-vehicle profitability goals by working with Procurement and Manufacturing to execute numerous engineering initiatives to reduce manufacturing costs. 

Jun 2002 - Oct 2006

IPT Lead for the Propulsion System – FCS-MGV Program

BAE Systems

Led the development of an advanced hybrid electric propulsion system for a family of tracked combat vehicles including hardware and software for:traction drive, power generation, thermal management, energy storage and power distribution and control.Directed the effort of more than 90 technical and project staff at BAE ($142M scope) and for oversight of related development activities at General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS). Successfully managed a multi-discipline team.Maintained detailed MS-project and OpenPlan schedules. Responsible for weekly EVM: variance reports, baseline configuration change notices (BCCN)s.

Key Project Contributions:

·Developed innovative and practical designs and prototype hardware for power generation, thermal management, energy storage, traction and drive train to achieve commonality across all eight variants of the MGV family that balanced system weight, power, thermal, space, and reliability

·Organized, planned and hosted multiple Technical Interchange Meetings (TIMs) and presented MGV propulsion technical status at numerous internal and program reviews

·Successfully completed Integrated Baseline Reviews (IBRs) and was identified by the LSI review team as the most prepared and knowledgeable of the UDLP/BAE Cost Account Managers

Jan 1994 - Jun 2002

Technical Fellow – Chief Engineer / Mobility Software Lead

United Defense

Provided technical direction to complete engineering team and designed, coded and tested the software for the traction control system, cooling system control, power generation unit control, battery management, and driver’s display management for several tracked and wheeled HEV demonstrator vehicles.Authored key documents such as: Software Requirements Specification (SRS), Algorithm Description Documents (ADD), Led the integration and testing of the HEV-related hardware and software.

Key Project Contributions:

·Designed and built the first-ever hybrid-electric combat vehicle (HEDD). Obtained fastest acceleration times obtained by tracked combat vehicle (0-30 mph in 7.1 seconds).

·Successfully developed and managed over 50K lines-of-code (each project) that comprised the mobility control and test software to meet the extremely aggressive schedule.

·Designed and coded the first-ever tracked combat vehicle lithium-ion Battery Management System (BMS). Developed charge-control methodologies to greatly improve battery cycle life.

Mar 1983 - Jan 1994

Various Engineering and Lead Positions

FMC Defense

·Program Manager - for Hybrid Electric Drive BFV Demonstrator Program. Prepared WBS, project plan, quarterly reports, changes to SOW and payable milestones for base and multiple option contracts

·Military and Commercial HEV Business Development - Proposal manager and contributor to various military and commercial HEV business development activities (proposals and hardware demonstrations)

·Mobility IR&D Manager - Focus areas: battery management systems, vehicle power management, motor control, HEV control, modeling and dynamometer testing

·Mobility Group Lead - Developed designs and detail drawings for a light tank (CCVL/AGS) power pack “roll out” system. Demonstrated power pack removal from fully-connected state in less than 2.5 minutes

Jan 1981 - Oct 1982

Applications Engineer

Carlyle Johnson Machine Co

·Applications Engineer - Designed line of precision planetary transmissions under mentorship of an experienced Engineer.Technical Sales Representative for the New England Area


1983 - 1985


Stanford University

Specialty Areas:Microprocessor Applications and Smart Product Design, Automatic Control, Software Design and Coding

Earned degree while working full-time at FMC

1976 - 1981


Trinity College-Hartford