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Engineer Software

Columbia, Maryland, United States
November 03, 2018

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Syed S. Ameen


Experience Summary

Senior electrical engineer with extensive hardware, software, and system development experience. Specialized in executing all phases of System Design Life Cycle (SDLC) including requirements management, analysis, design, development, integration, testing, validation, production, and risk management, with proven ability to drive the transformation of technology from research and development into deliverables that meet or exceed customer requirements. Broad experience including authentication, encryption, power system, solar panels, digital, analog, RF, Lasers, Radar, LIDAR, electro-optical devices, FPGA / DSP embedded design, VHDL, Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE), ATE, instrumentation, sensor payload integration, multi-layer PCB design, Agile development, BPMS, and automated software testing. Recognized for leading and developing multi-disciplinary teams in a multi-tasking environment. Strong written and verbal communication skills.


FPGA Design & Programming: XILINX, Actel & Altera FPGAs, VHDL, ModelSim, Actel FlashPro, Quartus.

Engineering Design Software: MATLAB, Fast Fourier Transform (FFT), OrCAD, PSpice, Altium Designer, Mentor Graphics PADS, LabView, LabWindows/CVI, TestStand.

RF Design: Radar, Lidar, Radiometers, Microwave & millimeter waveguides, TWTA.

DSP Design & Development: AT&T DSP32C Digital Signal Processor.

Application Software: NodeJS, Visual Studio, C, C++, Java, Visio, Project, HTML, XML, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, SQL, Ranorex, HP Quality Center/ALM/QTP/UFT, DOORS, VxWorks, Windows, UNIX, Linux, Fedora, Suse, Ubuntu, CentOS, AWS Cloud, MKS Integrity, Selenium, Cucumber, Mongo DB, PostgreSQL

Aerospace Design: NTGSE, SWTS, ASIST, CECIL, Eclipse, Spacecraft Testing & Operations Language (STOL); Spacewire IEEE-1355, MIL-STD-1553, GPIB IEEE-488, VME, PXI, Li-Ion battery cells.

Education & Certification


Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Technology Management


Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) – Electrical Engineering & Computer Science


Bachelor of Engineering (BE) - Electrical Engineering

Training/Certifications: ITILv3, CISSP, CCNA, Security+, Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified Professional Scrum Master (PSM), Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL-ISTQB), Certified Foundation Extension Agile Tester, Advanced VHDL, Lean Six Sigma (LSS)

Professional Experience


Lead Automation Engineer

Integral part of the Social Security Administration (SSA) Information Technology (IT) Modernization program. Working as an Automation Engineer on Intelligent Medical-Language Analysis GENeration (IMAGEN). This project uses Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Health IT (HIT), Electronic Health Records (EHR), Health Information Exchanges (HIE), NodeJS, ReactJS, Mongo DB, and PostgreSQL. The purpose of this Agile/Scrum-based project is to extract and store data from information and evidence enabling advanced data analytics, enhanced visualizations, and decision support.

Worked on improving the current Supplemental Security Income (SSI) business process of collecting real property data using the Non-Home Real Property (NHRP) application. This process improvement included receiving real property public records from a third party vendor and incorporating that information during the SSI initial claims and redetermination process for individual claimants and deemors.

Integration and test in an agile software development environment using Scrum & Kanban.

Detail Functional Requirements.

Defect management and validation.

Software test plans, test procedures, test cases, and test scripts. Testing includes both manual and automated using HP UFT, HP ALM, and Selenium with Java, Ruby & Cucumber.


Lead Infrastructure Engineer

Perform Vulnerability Scanning & Remediation as part of the Department of Labor (DOL) Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) Infrastructure Services Division (ISD). The objective of the Patching and Vulnerability Assessment Team is to reduce the number of reported vulnerabilities within the OCIO network infrastructure, establish compliance, and improve the security posture of the OCIO environment. The team uses Tenable Nessus, Microsoft SCCM, & IBM BigFix 9.2 software for vulnerability assessment and patch deployment. Actively work with Active Directory, Relay management, TCP/IP Networking & Encryption (IPSec/SSL/TLS).


Lead Design Engineer

Performed hardware and software testing of network communication products using TCPDump packet analyzers and WireShark. Developed the requirements definition based on the MIL-STD-461F standard. Developed and tested Bluetooth BLE wireless audio applications using Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA and Texas Instrument’s TivaTM C Series Development Kit, which is a versatile and feature-rich engineering platform that highlights the 120-MHz Tiva C Series ARM® Cortex™-M4 based microcontroller, including an integrated 10/100 Ethernet MAC + PHY as well as many other key features.


Principal Test Engineer

Responsible for significant contribution to the software design, development, and testing of Software Monetization products as part of the Engineering Quality Test (EQT) team.

Contributed to the design, coding, and execution of test cases targeting feature acceptance and customer use case. Identified gaps within the automated test design and implementation process for different sets of middleware. Implemented CI/CD strategies and advised senior managers on the potential risks of legacy test frameworks.

Enabled software applications with Common Access Card (CAC) and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) identity management. Conducted regression, functional, performance & user acceptance testing. Setup automated software testing infrastructure for parallel testing of multiple devices on different operating system platforms. Used Python & Ruby extensively to do automated testing along with Ranorex and HP Quality Center/ALM/QTP/UFT automation test framework.

Configured and maintained virtual test platforms using VMWare, Vsphere, VirtualBox, HP thin-client, & Citrix XenDesktop. Used Intalio BPMS, Chef Configuration Management System, and MKS Integrity Defect Management System.

Provided project leadership from the operation engineering aspect for data protection, authentication, smartcard, AWS cloud architecture / security, and software monetization solutions.

Managed multiple New Product Initiative (NPI) projects. Led project status meetings, created project documents, and translated project objectives and requirements into schedules and tasks using product knowledge and technical expertise. Actively participated in Jira User Stories, SPRINT Planning, SPRINT Execution Tasks, Change Management, and Agile SDLC.

Maintain production quality metrics for contract manufacturers while working with new products as well as existing products. Used SQL extensively to extract test data from product test databases. Provided customer with test reports generated through Salesforce.


Lead Systems Engineer

Provided software design & testing support for the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESAT2).

Used IBM® Rational® DOORS® (Dynamic Object Oriented Requirements System) which is a requirements management application for optimizing requirements communication, collaboration and verification throughout NASA organization and supply chain.

Conducted and coordinated technical evaluations and analysis of 5 different EGSE systems for the satellites Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) project.

Developed hardware and software test application to evaluate performance measurements and accuracy of different systems incorporating 508 test plans and scripts.

Designed and build RS422 Transceiver PCB boards using OrCAD, Altium Designer, and MITS PCB Prototyping Machine.

Product Design Lead for the Magnetospheric MultiScale (MMS) mission, a constellation of four spacecraft designed to conduct research on the Earth’s Magnetosphere.

Conducted electronics design and fabrication, including power system electronics (PSE) and command and data handler (C&DH) boards.

Supported the design, development, and testing of controller boards and electronic systems, incorporating MIL-STD-1553, Ethernet, Spacewire IEEE-1355, RS422 nodes and fiber optic communications.

Developed, reviewed, and provided system requirements, expected results, and budgetary estimates. Prepared and presented technical reports at various design reviews.

Planned and coordinated the design, testing, and certification of 27 different EGSE systems, utilizing a Unix-based Advanced Spacecraft and Integration System Test (ASIST) software, National Instrument’s LabWindows/CVI and TestStand integrated development environment (IDE) and engineering toolbox.

Maintained requirements for the design, development, and test of the hardware/software

for interfacing the power system with lithium ion battery cell, battery simulator and

solar array simulator.

Responsible for code construction, static analysis, unit-testing and peer reviews, and ensuring proper revision control of all work products.

Reduced 30% of project costs by consolidating project approach and resource requirements.

Conducted detailed risk assessments by analyzing design documents and test plans using NASA Procedural Requirements NPR-8000. Described, classified, evaluated, monitored, and estimated project risks and implemented strategies to minimize exposure to any risk.

Designed, developed, tested and implemented digital signal processing and control algorithms on the Command & Data Handler (C&DH) board of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. Design included one master and five slave Altera FPGAs using VHDL. A high-panel of NASA FPGA experts conducted a thorough review of the design and test plans. The C&DH board worked as per specification during the complete LRO mission.

Designed, coded, & tested software applications for 4 different BTE/EGSE systems for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Provided technical assessment and implementation of this sub-system by conducting ongoing investigations, tests, and evaluations, including the Spacewire network. Prepared and presented technical details at multiple system design review meetings.

Defined, reviewed, and directed the overall integration and test (I&T) plans for the New Millennium Program (NMP) Space Technology 5 (ST-5) spacecraft.

Validated the flight hardware by designing tests, calibrating, and gathering reliable

data for the Electrical Power System (EPS) using an EGSE rack.

Maintained requirements for the design, development, and test of the hardware/software

for interfacing the power system with a lithium ion battery cell, battery simulator and

solar array simulator. Planned, designed, and conducted electrical and physical testing, including Depth of Discharge (DoD), EOL & environmental testing, using a custom Battery Management System (BMS) software and the Maccor 4400 Automated Test System.

Developed and implemented test plans, conducted environmental tests, and performed

system integration of the Power System Electronics (PSE) with the Command and Data Handler (C&DH) and the ST5 spacecraft, using National Instrument’s LabView & LabWindows/CVI IDE.

Directed and coordinated technical evaluation and analysis of Control Loop Response, Bus Impedance, EMI/CE, EMI/CMN, and EMI/CS measurements using GEVS GSFC-STD-7000.

Mitigated risks by identifying and eliminating failure modes.

Designed, build, and tested a multi-band, multi-channel polarimetric radiometer, AESMIR (Airborne Earth Science Microwave Imaging Radiometer) incorporating six RF independent receivers (C, X, K, Ka, Ku and W bands) using QNX Real-time UNIX running on a PC104 platform. System included ARINC, IRIG, and Video Data Capture sub-systems.

Designed, developed, tested and implemented a Doppler Radar instrument that was installed on an ER2 aircraft. Designed the power distribution, control, data storage, harnessing and cabling, for the complete end to end system.

Designed and build the back-end data system for this instrument which included the Radar Interface Board, Data Acquisition Board, DSP Board, and Exabyte tape recorder. Designed, build, and tested multi-layered PCB boards for this system, using OrCAD and Cadence tools.

Build and tested the front-end RF Doppler Radar box using a TWT Amplifier.

Developed Fast Fourier Transform algorithms for real-time on-flight data compression, then implemented them using four AT&T DSP32C Digital Signal Processors (DSP).


Director of Product Support Engineering

Directed a team of 30 engineers and technologists, working on optical telecommunication modules, optical switching (cross-connect) modules, and long-haul Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) systems.

Conducted troubleshooting and design improvements while working extensively with Lasers and Altera/Xilinx FPGAs during engineering prototype testing and manufacturing.

Improved product yields and throughput by 83% through design modifications, process enhancements, and automated test optimizations. Researched, validated, and procured test equipment worth over $50 million.

Provided effective feedback in new product design reviews, outsourcing projects, quality assurance, and DFT/DFM issues. Managed multiple New Product Initiative (NPI) projects through design, prototyping, testing, and mass production life cycle. Led project status meetings, created project documents, and translated project objectives and requirements into schedules and tasks using product knowledge and technical expertise.

Conducted quality and reliability studies using FMEA, DFMEA, and Fault Tree analysis

Developed LabView programs for conducting functional tests on optical communication boards.


Adjunct Faculty

Provide technical expertise to plan, install, implement and maintain IT infrastructures, operating systems, hardware, software, and equipment configuration. Analyze changes, modifications and enhancements to system software and determine impact on existing production systems. Assist staff personnel in the use of systems software.

Lead and develop future business leaders by teaching courses in Business Management, Technology Management, and Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) programs, e.g. Strategic Planning, Project Management, Operating Systems, Unix, C, C++, JAVA, Javascript, XML, HTML5 Web Development, Innovation, Technology Transfer, Data & Telecommunication Networks, Information System Security, and Information System Risk Management.

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