Alan Bloom's Professional Experience
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2006-2021 CONSULTING ENGINEER, Santa Rosa, California
- Designed a two panadapters
(a type of special-purpose spectrum analyzer) for
- All-digital software-defined radio architecture.
- Designed the hardware and wrote the DSP and control firmware.
- Wrote the technical portion of the
- Participated in extensive, daily email communications with customers.
- Various other consulting projects.
Sonoma campus of the California State University system
Adjunct Professor of Engineering
- Taught CES520, Embedded Systems, Fall semester 2006
World's leading test and measurement company
- Designed RF signal generators and channel simulators.
- Designed a Rayleigh fading simulator using digital signal-processing techniques.
- Presented several training seminars that introduced new measurement techniques and product features to company field engineers.
- Wrote white papers to describe the above product .
- Designed a 900,000-gate custom signal-processing integrated circuit that was key to the next-generation digital modulation generator.
- Wrote a C program to thoroughly test the above-mentioned ASIC design. This software was later merged into instrument firmware.
- Analyzed and solved many technical problems that crossed organizational boundaries on projects where no official systems engineer was assigned.
- The "go to" technical expert on radio propagation and digital modulation.
- Provided instruction to managers, firmware engineers, marketing engineers, and technicians.
1979-1999 HEWLETT PACKARD
Co., Santa Rosa, California
Premier computer and (at that time) test and measurement company
1984-1999: Design/Development Engineer
- Designed microwave and RF
signal generators and
- Designed a digital modulation generator, including a 240,000-gate custom integrated circuit.
- Mentored two junior engineers.
- Designed the microprocessor controller board for a new sweep oscillator "in my spare time" (while managers were agonizing over lack of resources to do the job).
- Handled project communications with colleagues in five divisions on three continents.
- Presented training seminars to field engineers, technicians, and customers.
1979-1984: Materials Engineer
Technical specialist in electronic components.
- Presented training seminars to the Research and Development department on topics such as "Designing for Reliability", "Reliability Statistics for Engineers, Parts I and II", and "Quartz Crystals".
- Designed an automated system to test quartz crystals in Incoming Inspection.
1977-1979 R. L. DRAKE
Co., Miamisburg, Ohio
Manufacturer of commercial and (at that time) amateur radio equipment
Designed two-way radio equipment,
Last update November 22, 2021