John has over 40 years experience in Engineering. He has done circuit
design (Analog, Logic and RF), systems design, and software engineering.
His employers have been manufacturers of Airborne and Strategic Radar,
Spacecraft, and Avionics, as well as providers of Engineering Support to
the U.S. Navy. He has been awarded nine U.S. Patents, and has been a member
of two Standardizing Comittees.
BAE SYSTEMS 2/1996 - 6/2002
Senior Engineering Specialist.
His assignments there included:
Assisted in developing the design and coding of this large project for the"Intelligence Community" of the US Government.
Automatic Test Equipment department: This manufacturs the Avionics Test Set for the U.S. Air Force F-16. During its continued improvement program, he is required to be proficient in C++, Ada, HP Assembly, and ATLAS, the interpreted test language.
This was an ambitious program in association with Boeing and Resource 21, Inc. to use satellite sensing to give farmers an overnight assessment of their crops. It failed to get continuing funding.
John was assigned to work off Defect Reports, including new enhancement classes, for the RCC subsystem, which comprises those CSCs and libraries which process messages between RIS and its remote users, plus the CSC which is used for maintaining the communications resources, connections, and system mailing list. This is a visual interface. This work requires interfacing daily with many of the ~ 50 software engineers on this project, and knowledge of many of the other CSCs and library classes. John’s work included the CSCs intercommunications, which is via client-server Inter-process communications and the Informix database.
In performing this work, John has used his knowledge of the following:
* Purely object-oriented C++ architecture, and language features,
* Clearcase version control environment,
* Netscape browser,
* DDTS Defect Tracking System interface,
* VI and XEMACS editors,
* Rapidapp GUI builder,
* CDB source debugger,
* Purify memory leak tool,
* Software Through Pictures CASE tool,
* FrameMaker document publishing program,
* UNIX shell scripts, including embedded SED and AWK commands,
* Many of the less-used UNIX commands, such as OD, NM, RSH, PING, etc.
This project was successfully completed and is in use in Israel.
MINES Department - HSTAMIDS project.
This was to program in Ada a Power PC in a handheld Land Mine Detector, which intergated three types of sensor; InfraRed, Ground-Penetrating Radar, and a Metal Detector. He was awarded an Outstanding Achievment Award for the successful completion of this task.
Backpack Mine Detector:
John performed the following functions for HSTAMIDS, which is a prototype man-pack land-mine detector using three sensors :Ground-Penetration RADAR, Metal Detector, and IR Camera:
* Detail design of the architecture using the FreeFlow CASE tool,
* Programming the core command logic packages in Ada,
* Programming the hardware interfaces in Ada and C, including: PCI, ISA, Interrupts, DSPs, Sound,Video,Metal Detector, User Controls and Camera Control,
* Designing and maintaining control of the interfaces with the other team members and IR subcontractor,
* Controlling several versions using Rational Apex,
* Adding more Ada bindings to the VxWorks Operating System,
* Adding hardware interfaces to the Development System,
* Debugging the Development System using Tornado,
* Programming utilities in C to erase and load Flash memory in the Target hardware,
* Debugging the Target using an Emulator, ASCII Terminal, and Logic Analyzer.
It failed to get continuing funding.
Imagery and Mapping Library:
John was a member of a large team responsible for the software managing storing US visual intelligence and controlling access to it. It has installations in the continental US and at satellite military installations worldwide. His team developed assigned module requirements, interfaces, and design structure, then programmed them in C++. A special knowledge requirement was CORBA.
NIC Device Driver for SCO UNIX (Multiple Protocols for the USMC).It failed to get continuing funding.
John was a telecommuting Contractor to Computer Sciences Corporation. He did for them the detail design of a mission-critical quadruple-redundant Ground Station for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This included the software, in real-time object-oriented C++ of the computers which performed the Message Processing and monitored and controlled the unmanned remote facility. He also did the detail systems design of the Station, and the circuit design of the Redundancy Controls, which had to be custom.
John has designed and programmed a Demonstrator in a briefcase for an automotive application for a client group. This used a Parallax Stamp II microcontroller and 200 LED lamps. The price was very reasonable.
SEMCOR 1/1977 - 7/1995
Senior Principal Computer Scientist.
Mr. Saunders' career with SEMCOR had numerous accomplishments, including the following:
In support of the Naval Command, Control and Ocean Surveillance Center (NCCOSC) Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Division (NRaD), Mr. Saunders played a central role in the formulation and development of NAVSEA's Standard Information Transfer Architecture for Combat Systems (SITACS), a third-generation information transfer network with adaptive routing and functional addressing for distributed processor Combat Systems.
- For several years he materially assisted in the acquisition of the AN/USQ-82 Data Multiplex System for AEGIS ships, and he monitored its full-scale development by the prime contractor, Rockwell International. He performed many application and trade-off studies, including preparation of procurement specifications; development of test requirements and test specifications; development of Interface Design Specifications (IDSs) for digital interfaces; and review of Prime Contractor production testing methodology.
For the Royal Danish Navy STANDARD FLEX 300 Class of modular payload ships, Mr. Saunders participated in the preparation of a series of technical documents, including a Data Transfer Architecture Definition Document, Data Load Message Sets Report, Data Transfer Simulation Report, and Message Integrity in Data Bus Systems Report.
In support of the Naval Sea Systems Command, he identified and documented all logical interfaces between USN tactical programs and the SDEX-20 executive for the AN/UYK-20; all logical interfaces between the Canadian SHINPADS Operating System and the tactical programs which run on the AN/UYK-20 or AN/UYK-502 processors; and specific changes required in the USN tactical software to interface with SHINPADS. He also flowcharted and coded in CMS-2 language the modifications of a specific USN AN/UYK-20 tactical program required for SHINPADS compatibility.
Mr. Saunders is an expert in MIL-STD-1553 data bus protocols and implementations. He provided MIL-STD-1553B data bus support to the U.S. Army for interfacing various aircraft avionics components. He also was instrumental in developing the prototype Radar Display and Distribution System (RADDS) MIL-STD-1553B data bus system in the NRaD testbed. He developed the RADDS MIL-STD-1553B data bus IDS that calls out message formats and protocols to be used by the various RADDS components in interfacing via the 1553B network and he developed simulation software and fabricated prototype hardware to stimulate the data bus system for proper test of bus monitor and controller components.
Mr. Saunders assisted in the definition of the inter-function messages in the Combat System of the NATO Frigate Replacement for the 1990s (NFR-90). He also performed an analysis of the NFR-90's sophisticated Data Transfer System.
He provided systems design, development, integration, installation, test and evaluation of software, hardware, and systems architecture for the Snow Telemetry (SNOTEL) Master Station Upgrade for the Soil Conservation Service, Dept. of Agriculture. The SNOTEL system includes over 700 remote, unmanned sensor stations which measure snowfall and other meteorological data in the western United States.; two Master Stations located at Ogden, UT and Boise, ID; and a Central Computer Facility at Portland, OR. Among other things, Mr. Saunders maintained a developmental laboratory for developing and testing system software and interfaces; and installed and integrated SNOTEL hardware and software at the Ogden and Boise sites.
In summary, Mr. Saunders' contributions to the projects to which he has been assigned, and to SEMCOR, Inc., have been outstanding. He was recommended most highly to any company with a requirement for an exceptionally knowledgeable and industrious individual.
SNOTEL: 2/1987 - 4/1995
This is a critically-important continuing project of the US Dept. of Agriculture for water supply forecasting in the Western USA.
He was initially involved in the upgrade of the SNOTEL (SNOwpack TELemetry) System. This system collects snowpack data and other climate data from a network of remote site stations scattered throughout the majority of the Western United States (nearly 700). These sites communicate their data via meteor burst technology using a low power radio transmitter/receiver. The data is first received by one of two unmanned radio stations or “Master Stations” before being sent via X.25 to the Central Computer Facility in Portland, OR. Here it is made available to help in water supply forecasting for a number of agencies and other end users.
One of the most critical areas of this system is the reliable operation of the Master Station environment. The successful implementation of this upgrade can be directly attributed to the many accomplishments and contributions of John Saunders.
In the early design phases of the project, John could always be counted to produce an accurate assessment of the requirements, followed by a thoughtful, technical approach to meeting those requirements. Most of the early requirements centered on the hardware interfaces for computer control of many of the components at the master station (i.e. selection and operation of the radio power amplifiers and control and monitoring of building power). John called upon his hardware engineering experience and expertise to design and build the prototypes for this control, but his experience is not limited to his thorough knowledge of hardware alone.
John was also very adept at writing the software required to acquire data from the many sensors installed at the master station. His grasp of object oriented C++ programming, in a sophisticated multi-threaded DOS compatible operating system environment proved formidable. In my fifteen years of experience in this field, I have never worked with anyone who has as complete a grasp of technical issues involving both hardware and software as John. His understanding is complete, his dedication to the project was exemplary, and his participation as a team member was unsurpassed.
5/1974 - 12/1976 Amecom Division of Litton Systems:
At AMECOM Mr Saunders wrote proposals for, and performed independent research and development and systems and equipment design for TCSS, an FDM voice multiplex system with distributed control for integrated intercom, line, and air-ground communications for air traffic control at large airports. He was also involvedwith ESM and HF communications.
12/1967 - 5/1974 Hamilton Standard, div. of United Technologies
Assistant project Engineer
At Hamilton Standard, Mr Saunders was a Systems Engineer, responsiblefor the system design of multiplexed condition monitoring and diagnosis systems of commercial and military aircraft, helicopters, and automobiles, with emphasis on gas turbine, diesel, and gasoline engines. He also performed original research on improving the drift performance of strapdown guidance systems
4/1958 - 12/1967 RCA Victor Company
Senior Member of Scientific Staff
Mr. Saunders was Director of the Electronic Research Laboratory, which designed scientific experiment packages for satellites, Earlier he was project engineer for the ISIS satellites and was responsible for telemetry transmitters for several other satellites, including the first digital telemetry system.
6/1957 - 4/1958 CAE Electronics
Mr Saunders designed modifications for airborne fire-control radar sets.
Ada,C, CMS-2, Pascal, FORTRAN, BASIC and Assembly
B.S. with honors, Physics, University of Manchester, England, 1957
Post-graduate courses in Laser science, Ada, Pascal & C languages and the UNIX operating system.
Seminars in Digital communications standards, Microprocessors, and Digital systems design.
Mr. Saunders has been granted nine U.S. patents in the fields of multiplexing, data acquisition, inertial guidance, analog circuit design and medical electronics. He was a member of the SAE Aircraft Multiplexing and ARINC Avionics standards committees.