Career Highlights

IV Lab – Autoscope

As the Autoscope project lead for 3 years, it’s great to see the team’s world-class machine-learning software, that achieves WHO Expert Level-1 diagnosis and quantitation performance for malaria microscopy, being showcased with its commercialization partner, Motic.

Global Good produced a short video highlighting the use of Autoscope as a tool for consistent world-class quality diagnosis and quantitation performance for malaria microscopy. Motic has become its commercialization partner and renamed the product: EasyScan GO.

Convolutional neural networks (CNN) were used in our machine-learning Autoscope project to achieve WHO Expert Level-1 diagnosis and quantitation performance for malaria microscopy.

Blue Origin – Crew Capsule

CC 2.0 with its gigantic windows and walk-in hatch waiting for recovery after a perfect maiden flight (2017-12-12).

It’s great to see my original architecture (gigantic windows, walk-in hatch) from my tenure as Crew Capsule chief engineer being showcased by GeekWire aerospace/science editor Alan Boyle.

Launch of Blue Origin’s sub-orbital rocket and Crew Capsule at the beginning of its escape test at max-Q. An escape test at max-Q is just one of the flight tests to prove full-envelope escape capability for the Crew Capsule.

The maiden flight of Blue Origin’s sub-orbital crew capsule was perfect in every metric. The Crew Capsule has enjoyed a perfect suite of flight tests.

Initial prototype sub-orbital crew capsule sized for 6 astronauts. Note the 6 large windows and easy walk-in access hatch. The panels for the 3 drogue chutes and larger panels for the 3 main parachutes can be seen on the top-view image of the Crew Capsule.

It’s amazingly satisfying to see CC 2.0 with its gigantic windows, walk-in hatch, and ‘two-fault safe’ design enjoy an absolutely perfect maiden flight (2017-12-12).

View of the Crew Capsule at Blue Origin highlighting the size of its windows and walk-in hatch compared to a human.

Although I have moved on in my career, it’s great to see my work as chief engineer for the Crew Capsule result in a massively successful Crew Capsule escape test at max-Q.


Sub-orbital crew capsule descending under 3 parachutes after successful flight at the Blue Origin launch and test facility in west Texas.

Motorola – Iridium Satellites

Actual Iridium satellite hanging in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Shipping container for an Iridium satellite with temperature/humidity control and vibe/shock protection. Destinations included Vandenberg AFB (US), Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center (China), Baikonur Cosmodrome (Kazakhstan Russia).

Iridium satellite hanging in a thermal chamber for thermal cycle testing. RF hats are used on the Main Mission Antenna panels to prevent RF receiver overload.

Comm Panel containing most of the baseband on-board communications electronics mounted to an Iridium satellite frame.

Another Iridium satellite is ready to ship. The small triangular cover plate on the near-end of the satellite was laser-etched with the names of people who worked on the project!

Fully-assembled satellite being rolled into a thermal chamber for final thermal testing. Solar panels have protective covers at this point.

Testing the Iridium satellite RF interfaces: 4 Gateway Antennas (silver cables), 4 Crosslink Antenna (silver cables), 3 Main Mission Antenna arrays (blue cables).

On-board Computer – Main processor module (1 of 7 on each Iridium satellite).

Motorola – Radar

X-band ECCM Side-Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR) phased array antenna (length 20 ft, width 1.5 ft, height 1.5 ft) is mounted on the underside of the OV1-D Mohawk turbo-prop plane.

ECCM module (4-channel adaptive null steering) from X-Band Radar.

VCO and pin diode frequency multiplier circuits from X-Band frequency synthesizer (9.1 to 10.0 GHz in 5 MHz steps).

X-band ECCM Radar transmitter/receiver and signal processor boxes are installed into the fuselage of the OV1-D Mohawk turbo-prop plane.

High-power VCO circuit from X-Band frequency synthesizer (9.1 to 10.0 GHz in 5 MHz steps).

‘Divide-by-N’ board from X-Band frequency synthesizer (9.1 to 10.0 GHz in 5 MHz steps).

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