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Engineering Engineer

San Diego, CA, 92109
October 16, 2018

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John Sposato

***** ******** **** ****, *** Diego, CA, 92128 Cell 408-***-****


BSEE - Trenton State College, (now the College of New Jersey) 1982

MBA - California State University Dominguez Hills, CA 2001

C4ISR Principles, Requirements and Architectures, Johns Hopkins University 2008

National Defense University, Data Management and Architecture 2009

Milwaukee School of Engineering, Lean Six Sigma Facilitator Certification 2010

Full Stack Web Developer, Dev Bootcamp, San Francisco, CA 2016

Program Management Certification, The Knowledge Network 2016


Over 20 years of successful experience in Aerospace and Technology programs of record. Unique combination of effective leadership, hard to find technical knowledge and the soft skills required in today's technology industry. Recognized Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the following areas:

Satellite Payload and Telecommunications Systems

oSpace, Airborne, Naval Land Mobile Communications

Cognitive Radio and Dynamic Spectrum Allocation

Object Oriented Programming

Software Developer, - Object Oriented

Radar, Avionics and Missile Telemetry

RF, Microwave and Millimeter Wave Design, Systems to Semiconductors

oNPD Stage Gate and Phase Gate Processes


oSoftware Defined Architecture, (SDA Radio)

oHPA and LNA Design

oPhase Locked Loop and Direct Digital Synthesizer Design

oEmbedded System Design

oPhased Array Antenna T/R Modules

oPassive Filter (Distributed Elements/Micro Strip/Cavity)

oTest and Measurement

oADS, Microwave Office, AnSoft, HFSS, CST, Microwave Wizard


oCommand, Control, Communications Computers, Cyber, Combat Systems

oIntelligence, Surveillance, Recognizance

oObject Orient Decision Act (OODA) or Sensor to Shooter Loop

oProcessing, Exploitation & Dissemination and CONOPS Flexibility

oDODAF: Operational, Systems and Technical Views

oSoftware Modeling

oSIGINT, COMINT, IMINT, ELINT, Jamming, Denial of Service


Technology Road Mapping

R&D Program Management

oWhite Paper Concept to Delivery

M&A Technical Assessments


Principal RF Engineer, Cubic Corporation, San Diego, CA, Oct 2017 to Present

Works independently as a technical consultant or project leader, applies engineering principles, procedures and techniques to perform systems engineering assignments related to the development of electronic and software intensive systems and subsystems. Works closely with other engineering disciplines to ensure interdisciplinary communication and coordination. Provides technical guidance, leadership and supervision. Coordinates activities for proposals/new business. This position typically works under limited supervision and direction. Regularly exercises discretionary and substantial decision-making authority.

Provides technical direction to team members and managers. Outlines and communicates the most appropriate technical approach for business development activities. Identifies, investigates and resolves technical issues.

Requirements Analysis, Specification Writing, Integration Planning and Procedures Development. Experienced with Comms Systems and the Integration and Testing of these systems: Plans and evaluates architectural design, reviews system performance, and identifies technical risks and associated ways to mitigate those risks.

Working knowledge of a wide range of Local (LAN) and wide-area networks (WAN) systems and technology such as Network protocols such as TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS, SNMP, FTP, HTTP, SMTP, etc. and network hardware like switches, router, firewalls, and VPNs. Expertise with mobile/wireless ad hoc networks (MANETs) is a plus. Must be able to produce proper network diagrams using PowerPoint, Visio, or similar applications

Analyzes system design problems and performs design studies. Develops algorithms and plans, conducts and directs research and development. Develops and applies advanced systems methods, theories and research techniques. Directs, coordinates and contributes to compilation and writing of proposal documents. Prepares design proposals to reflect cost, time and alternative solutions. Provides functional or resource planning guidance to program, engineering and management staff.

Interfaces with team members, management staff, customers, subcontractors and vendors. Solves complex and difficult engineering problems. Identifies systems engineering process improvements and enforces the execution of them across the organization. Maintains knowledge of and follows applicable policies and procedures governing work assignments. Serves as team lead and assumes additional technical and leadership responsibilities as needed to solve engineering problems or develop improved engineering processes.

Communications Systems Engineer Engineering, Northrop Grumman, Rancho Bernardo, CA, (Triton, Global Hawk, Firescout and Firebird UAV Systems) Oct. 2016 to Oct. 2017

Design and delivery of high altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) communications payloads, and command and control systems. Use of ARC-210, INMARSAT, SATCOM, tactical data links and Link-16 radios and modems. RF front end through VoIP and RoIP. Deliver and test in San Diego and Pax River NavAir with incremental multi-year upgrades.

Communicate complex technical ideas to other skilled team members. Strong working use of C++, socket programming and UDP multicast. Agile development methodologies. Use of Linux/Unix. System level troubleshooting and associated lab experience with UAV systems, Real Time or Near Real Time operating environments, JIRA, Confluence, SVN, DOORs, 1553, APIs, Software architecture modeling, and Object oriented programming concepts. Experienced with STANAG 4586, Boost, SNMP, VoIP, Video Compression, Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensor integration IP radios & Labview.

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Multiplexer Products Manager, Space Systems Loral, Palo Alto, CA, Repeater Subsystem Group Feb. 2012 to Oct. 2016

Microwave cavity filter design 2 to 40 GHz. Use of ADS, Microwave Office, Microwave Wizard, HFSS, CST.

Specific responsibility is management of all operational aspects related to design, production, test and delivery of filters, multiplexers, and other passive and active RF/microwave products. NPD through Lean, PACE, Stage and Phase Gate Processes. Interface with both director reports and cross-functional resources. General responsibilities include: • This position is responsible for providing functional program management support in the areas of technical, schedule, and/or cost performance. In carrying out these responsibilities, support and services are obtained from the appropriate internal line and staff organizations. • Assists in the definition of requirements and specifications, and in the establishment of schedule and cost parameters. • Assists in the establishment of work breakdown structures and in the development of specific statements of work. • Participates in negotiating, coordinating and monitoring the technical, schedule, and cost elements of subcontracts and in-house work packages. • As assigned, monitors the progress of specified functional organizations in terms of work, schedule, and cost performance and reports status and problem areas. • Assists in the resolution of technical, fiscal, and schedule interface problems as assigned. • Assists in the preparation of technical correspondence, deliverable data, and reports as required.

Manager of Systems Engineering, TCI International, Fremont, CA Aug 2010 to Feb. 2012

Design and development of line of COM INT, Spectrum Monitoring and Radio Direction Finding Systems. Development System design, engineering estimates, BoMs, Mechanical and Electronics Inter Connect Diagrams, Link budgets. Developed systems engineering gated design process and assessment standards for “go, no go” criteria to process with design and material purchase. Provide direction and set priorities to direct reporting areas included antenna design engineers, antenna range measurements, hardware engineering lab, sustaining engineering and mechanical drafting Antenna design and measurements. Lean Six Sigma Facilitator and facility SME. Instituted NPD Stage Gate Process.

Director of Operational Architecture (DoDAF Products), NCI, US Army Signal Corp, Fort Gordon, GA Nov. 2008 to August 2010

Responsible for all aspects of the development and maintenance of assigned enterprise architecture project and takes project from planning through final delivery. Interfaces with all areas affected by the project including end users, computer services, and client services. Defines project scope and objectives and develops detailed work plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans, and status reports. Conducts project meetings and is responsible for project tracking and analysis. Leads a group of engineers, architects, and analysts and ensures adherence to quality standards and reviews enterprise architecture deliverables. Directs and participates in high-level enterprise architecture analysis, evaluation, design, integration, documentation, and development. Applies high-level business and technical principles and methods to very difficult technical problems to arrive at creative solutions. Familiar with acquisition strategies and the development of documents that support acquisition such as PWS, SOW and SOO. Recommends and takes action to direct the analysis and solutions of problems. Has a demonstrable understanding of DoD business transformation and processes, DoD organizational structure, and experience in developing briefings and responses to executives within the department. Possesses knowledge of and hands-on experience with the DoDAF, including SIGINT, COMINT, IMINT, ELINT, Jamming, Denial of Service, the Business Enterprise Architecture Transition Plan, and Service Oriented Architectures. Familiar with the Core Business Mission and Business Enterprise Priority architecture liaisons, (Rational Rose, Telelogic System Architect, Rational Software Modeler). Architecture efforts, JTRS, LandWarNet NetOps Architecture (LNA), Encryption Modernization, Joint Capabilities, Global Information Grid (GIG), Cognizant Radio and Dynamic Spectrum Allocation (DSA), Satcom on the Move (SOTM) acts as on-site IT ISO (Information Security Officer).

Chief Technical Officer, Elbit Systems of America, C4I Solutions, Tallahassee, Fl

04/2007 to Nov. 2008 (Products: RF Power amplifiers ruggedized Computers, C4I Systems)

This senior-level management is the primary technical authority and subject matter expert in C4I systems and architectures, networked radio (i.e. EPLRS), Software Defined Radio (SDA) Cognizant Radio and Dynamically Allocated Spectrum (DSA) SIGINT, COMINT, IMINT, ELINT, Denial of Service, RCIED Jamming and SIGINT Products. Leads design teams in creating design specifications and architecture for receiver and transmitter designs for our military radio products. Leads the research, design and development teams as well as the sustaining engineering for our production efforts. Directly, (hands on) leading an engineering team responsible for circuit and systems designs for power amplifiers and other sub-systems for voice and data RF communications, (SINCGARS, JTRS, SRW, IDF UAV Programs, LandWarNet, VHF/UHF, Satcom On the Move, WiFi, WiMAX, TDMA, CDMA, 4G Wireless)Airbone DO-178C, DO-254 safety and mission-critical engineering. Use of Microwave Office, Cadence Allegro and Solid Works. The position is responsible for:

• Identify Spectrum vs. Markey Value

• Evaluate Thales vs. Harris HF and VHF Radios or use with body worn computer by Australian Army

• Successfully administer a direct budget of $750K

• Directly lead activities to capture over $850M in multi-year revenue

• NPD Stage Gate and Phase Gate Processes

• Direct supervision of 15 engineering and technical employees

• Successful introduction of new products and upgrades, GaN and LDMOS PA Designs

• Leading the design and implementing monitoring and control systems and procedures for measuring and evaluating the progress of the assigned project(s)

• Performing specific phases or aspects of a project such as technical studies, product design, preparation of specifications and technical plans, and product testing

• Review product design for compliance with engineering principles, company standards, and customer contract requirements, and related specifications

• Generate Technology Roadmap and IRAD efforts

• Assist in coordinating the integration of technical activities related to design and production of products

• Evaluate design modifications, specification changes, and drawing releases.

• Prepare interim and completion reports related to assigned project(s)

• Participating and evaluating the product design to ensure manufacturability and testability

• Validating the readiness of a product for production

• Assisting with design and optimization of production processes and test procedure.

• Assisting in the improvements of manufacturing flows and reliability

L-3 Communications Telemetry West, San Diego, CA

Director of Space and RF Engineering 11/04 to 04/07 (Products: RF Power amplifiers, Space and Missile Telemetry transponders, transceivers, Ground Radio, Embedded Encryption)

• Direct supervision of 34 person department of engineers, staffing and performance reviews

• Increased RF Space Line of Business (LOB) annual sales from $50 M to $150 M in 3years!

• Successfully lead and directly participate in design, new product introduction and production support through NPD, PACE and Stage and Phase Gate Processes

• Successfully administer a direct budget of $750K

• U.S. military and space MIL and NASA component specifications

• Responsible to design, build and transfer technology into production Space and RF product line

• U.S. military and space level MIL and NASA component specifications

• Embedded space qualified DSP and Encryption product line

• Airforce Relay Tracking Station (ARTS) BTS replacement (SCNC)

• Development and execution of annual IRAD programs for Space and Missile Telemetry

• Lead miniaturization of existing product through use of MMICs and innovative semiconductor materials

• Lead further development of DSP/SDR based transponder product line

• GaAs, SiC, GaN

• Participate in proposal activities

• Provide technical justification and strategic marketing input to Business Development

• Work closely with production, program management and business development, (internal customers) from proposal to delivery

• Work closely with external customer “cradle to grave”

• Low volume/high mix manufacturing

Manager T/R Module and MMIC Design Group, Lockheed Martin, Surface Surveillance Systems, Moorestown, NJ 4/02 – 11/04 (Products: AEGIS Combat System, Deep Water C4ISR, THAAD Weapons System, C-130J Super Hercules and F22 Raptor)

• Manage department of 25 engineers to design Transmit/Receive Modules and MMICs for phased array radar systems, (US Navy, US Military, Federal Government and Foreign Military Sales). Supervisory responsibilities include performance reviews, raises, promotions and mentoring

• Radar and Combat Systems Engineering

• Provide engineering support to business development and actively participate in bid proposals

• Act as Engineering Program Manager (EPM) for multiple programs, responsible for staffing, schedule/budget (use of Earned Value Management metrics) technical performance/conformance, and profit/loss and customer technical interchange meetings

• Provide technical leadership, perform employee review process functions, chair design review process, earned value management

• Provide technology roadmaps and advise senior leadership on strategic alignments with commercial MMIC foundries.

• Monitor progress of DARPA Wide Bandgap Semiconductor technology program, (GaN/SiC)

• Support to Business Development staff in new proposal activities

• Serve on Enterprise wide software tool approval committee

• Conversant of various software Microwave design tools (ADS, HFSS, Microwave Office, Sonnet)

• AEGIS Combat Systems Engineering evaluation and test to for system upgrades and augmented capabilities (C4ISR, Deepwater, Ballistic Missile Defense)

• Lead Launch and Test System Equipment Activities for THAAD Missile Defense System

• Department subject matter expert RF, Radar, Satcomm, UHF and VHF Secure Radio, Navigation, JTRS, SAASM

• C-130J “Super Herc” Air Mobility Programs – Co-sight study

• F/A-22 Raptor RF System Development

• GATM, Network Centric Connectivity and Link-16 and Transformational Communications Block Upgrades, DO-178C, DO-254 safety and mission-critical engineering

• Design the launch and test support equipment for the THAAD Missile Weapons System

• Systems Engineering for Missile and Ground Station L, P, S and X Band Radar and telemetry links

• Chair THAAD and PAC-3 Integrated Product Teams (IPTs)

• Cost Account Manager reporting Earned Value on L&TSE and Patriot Simulator Programs

• Provide technical leadership, perform employee review process functions, chair design review process, earned value management

• Design into MACOM MSAG 0.5 micron and TriQuint 0.15 PHEMT processes

Director of Engineering, Meggitt Defense Systems, Fullerton, CA 4/00 – 4/02 (Products: Ground and Airborne Near Field Radar Systems, Tactical Weapons Scoring Sensors)

• Directed the activities of the Engineering Operation for the development of Doppler Radar weapons scoring systems using remote radar sensors.

• Radar Systems Engineering

• Managed staff of 50 engineers with 5 direct report managers, (Hardware, Software, Machine Shop, Drafting, and Engineering Lab)

• Responsible for engineering budget, schedule, quotations, technological capabilities and manpower projections

• Created effective reporting structure from 50 direct reports to 5 direct reporting managers with 9 direct reports, improved Engineering Department communication and operation

• Introduced industry standard design review processes, reduced operating costs and promoted concurrent engineering

• Upgraded to Radar Cross Section imaging range, improved capability, schedule and reduced costs by creating the ability to image projectiles at Fullerton facility for algorithm development rather than radar imaging on location at a “live fire event”.

• Updated computer drafting layout tools to industry standards (Cadence with auto router modules), reduced cost, improved use of internal resources

• Introduced “Kanban” visual program status board resulting in reduced number of interruptions to engineers

Project Engineer, Boeing Satellite Systems (Formerly Hughes Space and Comm), El Segundo, CA 3/96 – 4/00 (Products: Commercial and Military Communications and Data Satellites)

• Payload systems engineering, integration and test of analog and digital payload production

• Communications Systems Link budgets

• Additional duties included technical support to marketing for new business initiatives and technical writer/contributor for various proposal efforts.

• Performed Test Accuracy Ratio and Uncertainty Analysis on numerous RF and Microwave Test Equipment systems as a recognized subject matter expert in the field of metrology

• Development of microwave test methodologies

• Provided consulting services to enterprise

• Integration and evaluation of new software capabilities into radar system baseline modifications

• Diagnosed poor satellite test and integration efficiencies. Reduced analog payload integration and test time

• Trained Systems Engineering and Test and Integration Staff in the use of test accuracy ratio. Established realistic payload design performance guidelines and reduced non-value added testing

• Development of MMIC “on substrate” calibration standards. Enhanced company capability in millimeter wave micro electronic technologies

• Served as key technical advisor to implementation of DSP based test equipment (NEXTGEN).

Microwave Engineer, Western Industrial, Los Angeles, CA. 1989 to 1996

Project Engineer, Eaton Electronic Instrument Division, Los Angeles, CA. Noise Figure Products 1986 to 1989

Member of the Technical Staff, TRW, Redondo Beach, CA. 1983 to 1986

Member of the Technical Staff, Hughes Space and Communications, Los Angeles, CA. Satellite Telemetry Transmitter Design. 1982 to 1983

Significant Company Specific Training

Lockheed Martin Six Sigma Specialist (Green Belt) Certification

SPX Corporation – Lean Six Sigma Facilitator Certification

Lockheed Martin Earned Value Management Training 2003

Bruce Kopp course on T/R Module design

Project Management Courses PLC-1 and PLC-2, (project management courses)

Agilent VEE Programming Course, Spring 2001

National Instruments LABVIEW Programming Course, fall 1998

Professional Affiliations

Chairman IEEE Technical Committee on High Frequency Test and Measurement 1999-2001

Member of the Industry Board of Advisors, Agilent Technology 1999-2001

Instructional Experience

Aiken Technical College, Adjunct Professor, Electronic, 2009 to 2010, CAD and Electronics

Hughes ATEP program – Instructor

“Principles of RF and Microwave Test and Measurements” 1995 to 2001

“MMIC Design” Parts I and II 1996 to 2001

Lockheed Martin Continuing Education Program (CEP) - Instructor

DoD Secret Security Clearance, Special Programs Clearance, 1982 to 2009

U.S. Citizen

Master Mason, Free and Accepted Masons of California

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