WAYNE DAWSON - Engineer

"I don't make it look pretty, I make it work."

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I have a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. I pursued this degree because (1) electricity is so pervasive in our world, and (2) I wanted to understand computers from the ground up. My sister once commented that she thought I was going to "marry a computer and have little baby calculators". (My wife is very intelligent, but she is real flesh and blood. But our kids are good at math!)

NAVAL UNDERSEA WARFARE CENTER (Feb 1990 - Jan 1995)
Lead Electronic Engineer

Lead for Digital Audio Special Sounds Subsystem. Worked closely with two contractors (a computer programmer and computer hardware assembler), procured parts and equipment and coordinated documentation efforts. Also served as software maintenance expert for Weapon Launch System Operator Trainer (WLSOT). Examined Ada code, learned system, made software changes when needed by training sites.
  • Made and Implemented all decisions regarding selection of hardware, approval of documentation, and design of software for DASSS
  • Controlled design and wrote half the software code, including all Assembly Language, consisting of approximately 10,000 lines of Ada. System used commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware
  • Developed a terminal emulation program which communicated via NTDS interface to allow DASSS computer to be used while the trainer was in maintenance mode. Otherwise, DASSS would not have been utilized in this mode
  • Designed and Developed one DASSS Engineering Development Model and 12 delivered units for shore based training facilities. At an average cost of $23,500 per unit, replaced a $450,000 system with a plug compatible PC based system that stores the sound data on computer hard disk instead of a physical tape system. Saved taxpayers, government and the U.S. Navy over $5 million by lowering system, maintenance and power consumption costs
UTILITY TRANSLATION SERVICES, INC. (May 1987 - Aug 1988)
Associate Software Engineer

Designed and coded programs for the power industry, including mathematical graphing routine, interrupt driven communication port driver, software to communicate with eight different recorder devices and an unsupervised automatic file transfer system.
  • Translated routines of UTS' primary software product, which was originally written in Basic, to Fortran and Assembly to meet needs of next generation of the software product. Accomplished task in a timely fashion which resulted in added efficiency of system, as well as a personal pay raise of 50 percent from $10 to $15 per hour.
  • Wrote software to communicate in various protocols with different recorder devices that gather information. This allowed flexibility for Power companies and different software to communicate with all major vendors' recorders to bring the data onto one computer platform.
  • Created and Implemented a system that exchanged data at night when the computers were not normally used to ensure that customer, Duke Power, acquired accurate inventory information on a daily basis for their three labs.
MANPOWER/WALTER KIDDE (Summer 1986)
Electronics Inspector

Conducted 100% test and inspection of Gemini Fire Alarm & Suppression Control Systems. Doubled quantity of systems tested to twenty per day.
NORTHERN TELECOM (Summer 1985)
Student Engineer

Responsible for the installation and modification of DMS-100 telephone switching equipment in Reliability Test Module. Analyzed test results and recommended actions to improve equipment. Wrote memos recommending that an open relay be replaced with a hermetically sealed relay to reduce unsatisfactory failure rate.
EDUCATION
M.S. Electrical Engineering, 1990
North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC
Minor in Artificial Intelligence
Member of Eta Kappa Nu (EE honor society)
B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1986
North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC