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Electrical Engineer Engineering

Brandon, FL
March 05, 2018

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Ellis R. Akins

Brandon, FL ***** • 813-***-**** •

Engineering Profile

Cost-conscious and analytical with over 10-year’s success driving R&D and optimizing quality and production processes in manufacturing environment.

Adept at readily gathering and translating complex requirements into viable solutions. Broad knowledge and success in engineering development environment. Strong knowledge and comfort with embedded hardware and software design, test planning and execution, and control systems design. Excel at collaborating across departments; able to coordinate with staff and managers to complete projects on time and within budget.



Validation Testing, Process Automation/Improvement, Fabrication and Simulation, Human-machine Interfaces (HMIs), Embedded Sensors Integration, Firmware/Driver Creation (Software)


SolidWorks, Altium, MATLAB, LabView, AWS, Firebase, AngularJS, JavaScript



10/2015 - Present

Consultant, 10/2015 - Present

Technical Scopes: IoT hardware, software, and architecture R&D; PCB design (2,4-layers, impedance matching, USB & MIPI high-speed design, power topology); Embedded systems engineering (USB, BLE, CMOS, Wi-Fi, ADC, DAC, Firmware, and Software)

Position clients to obtain short- and long-term business, financial, and operational goals. Develop right-fit solutions to increase product value and capabilities. Interface with executive decision-makers to gather, analyze, and translate project requirements into solutions and strategies. Collaborated closely with clients’ teams on Intellectual Property development, market research, and compliance development (FCC, UL).

Key Achievements:

Drove the code development, deployment, and maintenance for hundreds of IoT devices onsite leveraging AWS, Firebase, AngularJS, and JavaScript.

Proposed and implemented innovative ideas for client’s IoT platform development resulting in increased product value and capabilities.

LUMASTREAM, St. Petersburg, FL

3/2012 – 10/2015

Applications/R&D Engineer, 3/2014 – 19/2015

Advised senior management team on the migration of company-wide control system based on the evaluation of third-party control systems, including Crestron, Vantage, Savant, Control4, and others. Served as an integral participant for the New Product Engineering through R&D, Intellectual Property development, market differentiation, and value creation.

Key Achievements:

Devised LED lighting control systems adopted in the commercial space exceeding 150,000 sq. ft.

Enabled the full potential in new product engineering and realized company’s business and technology strategy.

Prototype and Special Project Technologist, 8/2013 – 3/2014

Orchestrated all aspects of testing from planning to execution leveraging LabVIEW and third-party sensors/hardware. Designed and evaluated control systems needed to produce customer/architectural specified solutions in a timely and efficient manner. Provided critical technical interface to customers, co-workers, and contractors.

Key Achievements:

Headed the execution of LED fixture and power supply thermal testing and analysis.

Delivered Design Verification Testing (DVT) for power suppliers and LED fixtures.

CNC Lead/Supervisor, 3/2012 – 8/2013

Performed wide range of manufacturing activities to include programming, setting up, and operating of HAAS CNC Lathes and Mills, 2,3 and 4-axis machines. Designed part, assembly, and thermal modeling utilizing SolidWorks and CAM G-code generation in CAMWorks. Trained and mentored team members on equipment operation, safety protocols, company policies, and procedures.

Key Achievements:

Increased efficiency and reduced waste by spearheading the development and implementation of QC tests and records management.

Realized rapid prototyping of LED fixtures and supporting components with automation controllers.

Ensured the on-time delivery of the products, while facing the growing demands.


1/2008 – 8 /2011

Laboratory Technician

Assisted researchers investigating low temperature and high-temperature superconducting materials with custom test probe engineering, design, and manufacturing. Maintained liquid helium/nitrogen levels in superconducting magnets. Executed superconducting sample characterization/data analysis with LabView and Excel macros.

Key Achievements:

Automated electronic testing/control systems to achieve increased sampling efficiency.


Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (2017)

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

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