Stephen Oliva

Stephen Oliva


Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) States of Kansas and Virginia

Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) 

CompTIA Security+ Certified

Amateur Radio Operator


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Society of the First Division

1600 Communications Association

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States


US Patents 6,459,681; 6,504,820; 6,917,590:

Method and System for Connection Admission Control

US Patent 6,654,802:

Network System and Method for Automatic Discovery of Topology Using Overhead Bandwidth


PhD - Electrical Engineering

University of Kansas

MMAS - Military Arts and Sciences

US Army Command and General Staff College 

MS - Electrical Engineering

Rutgers University 

BS - Electrical Engineering

University of Rhode Island 


Leadership, Supervision, and Management

  • As an Engineer, Manager, and Director at Sprint, provided leadership, short and long-term direction, developed budgets, obtained resources, and improved processes for technical support of multiple functions including operations, planning, system development and technology development.Achieved significant levels of year-to-year improvement in costs, proper resolution maintenance functions, and employee satisfaction indexes.
  • Led and provided technical focus for Sprint teams that:
­- Determined and implemented long term strategies and technology evolution plans for the cost effective evolution of Sprint’s core transport network.­- Provided proactive, efficient, and innovative operations and maintenance technical assistance functions to Sprint Network Services organizations.­- Provided recommendations to senior Network Operations management regarding technical and operational matters concerning the core Sprint network.­- Performed electronic maintenance and repair on the PTAT-1 undersea fiber optic cable, Sprint satellite earth stations, as well as the International Gateway Digital Switch at Stockton, CA. ­- Performed electronic and fiber optic cable maintenance and repair operations over an area including 12 states and the District of Columbia. Reduced year-to-year operating expenditures to a level 10% below the level budgeted the previous year. ­- Developed and deployed new and updated network performance management systems capable of improved identification of problems in the Sprint fiber-optic transmission network.
  • On active duty with the US Army Signal Corps, at grades through Lieutenant Colonel:

­    - Created and commanded a new operational unit of the White House Communications Agency, tailored for deployment of modern digital networking equipment in support of the President of the United States both at the White House and during worldwide travel.

­    - Commanded a Forward Area Signal Company, as part of a fully deployed infantry division in Vietnam, providing mobile radio, multi-channel microwave transmission systems and network technical control over an area exceeding 5000 square miles, in an extremely difficult communications environment.

Systems and Technology Development, Research, Strategic Planning

  • Provided project management for various university contracts leading to the development of new, more cost effective technologies for the Sprint network
  • Conducted research and developed patents pertaining to improved operation of high speed networks.
  • Selected for the Sprint Technology Services Advanced Technical Degree Sabbatical Program.
  • Designed apparatus and procedures for experiments, conducted research at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFFRI), and published papers on the effects of electromagnetic pulse (EMP).
  • Conducted research on designs for devices capable of detecting low levels of microwave radiation, for the purpose of providing protection to military and civilian personnel against the hazards associated with exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

Operations and Maintenance, Technology Training & Education

  • Assisted in developing systems engineering criteria for Sprint network design engineers and in the evaluation and development of automated systems for the repeatable design of network technology projects.
  • Facilitated inter-departmental cooperation in defining requirements, implementing system function libraries, and defining support processes for various network management systems at Sprint.
  • Led Business Process Improvement and Quality processes spanning many organizations at Sprint.
  • Led the ad-hoc team that defined operational requirements for the $350M contracts for initial procurement of Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) equipment for deployment into the Sprint network.
  • Integrated the operation of the Private Trans-Atlantic Telecommunications (PTAT-1) fiber optic undersea cable into the overall Sprint all-digital network, through aggressive procedure development and training programs.
  • Taught basic electrical engineering and advanced solid-state electronics and amplifier design at the US Military Academy, West Point.Also provided cadet instruction in communications and general military subjects.


Tau Beta Pi - National Engineering Honor Society


Highly experienced and skilled engineer and manager, with demonstrated expertise in leading teams and in developing advanced technology. Superior leadership, management, technical and educational skills in multiple areas of systems and network planning, system development, engineering, operations, research, patent development, and technical training. 

Extensive background in multiple areas of electrical- and electronics- based technology, providing effective management and technical skills for the cost-effective integration of human, financial, and material resources. Rapidly evaluates complex alternatives and makes effective decisions over a wide range of responsibilities.Skills and Specialties• Supervision and Management • Team Building • Telecommunications• Electronics • Fiber Optic Transmission Systems • Optical Networking • Microwave Transmission • Operations and Maintenance • Strategic Planning • Technology Research & Development • Vendor Management • Technical Training• Budget Development • Cost Avoidance • Process Improvement • Systems Engineering • Network Management Systems  • General Engineering


Available on Request

Work experience

Work experience
2010 - Present

Systems Engineer/Analyst

Cubic Applications, Inc

Provides systems engineering and analysis for Department of Defense facilities under the Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation (DIACAP) process, providing technical assistance for future and existing Battle Command Training Centers (BCTCs)

1988 - 2009

Engineer, Manager, Director

Sprint Nextel

·Advanced Technology Development

·Telecommunications Network Systems Design & Development

·Long Distance Network Operations & Network Engineering

·Wireless Network Management and Network Management Systems Development

·Information Technology System Development

Sprint Nextel is a Fortune 500 Company offering  comprehensive range of mobile communications services for consumers, businesses, and government users, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering, and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving almost 49 million customers.

1967 - 1988

Signal Corps Officer

United States Army

·Line leadership assignments in Texas, Vietnam, and Korea, and at the White House Communications Agency (WHCA), Washington, DC.

·Engineering assignments at the White House Communications Agency (WHCA), Headquarters, Commander-in-Chief Atlantic, and Defense Nuclear Agency.

·Teaching assignment at the United StatesMilitaryAcademy, West Point, NY.

·Top Secret/SCI security clearances.

The U.S. Army remains the best led, best trained, and best equipped Army in the world. The Signal Corps develops, tests, provides, and manages communications and information systems support for the command and control of combined arms forces.