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					Michael Richardson 5461 Borgase Ln. Clay, NY 13041 (315) 569-8101

Michael Richardson
Objective: Seeking a position to actively participate in the design and production of complex digital systems, including FPGA/CPLD design and integration, microprocessor and microcontroller firmware development, system level design and specification, system testing, and production. Sustaining Engineering Hardware Lead: July 2002 – present InfiMed, Inc., Liverpool, NY
  Currently designing 2nd generation 12-bit large format sensor board based on a CCD device. Assisted in the system level design of a flat-panel imaging system that integrated with a customer’s proprietary sensing system. Helped define specifications and refine requirements. Designed a PCI acquisition board based on a Xilinx FPGA and an I/O daughterboard to interface to the imaging system. Hardware lead for on-site system integration and testing at the OEM’s facility in Japan. Assisted in the documentation and release of the system and supported manufacturing after release. Selected and integrated the hardware for Infimed’s best-selling Cardiac system including a highspeed RAID system that was less than half the budgeted cost. Worked with embedded software engineering to develop and implement a test plan and improve performance and reliability of the system. The resulting platform is capable of streaming 30 12-bit 1 megapixel images per second to disk for over 2 hours and is highly fault tolerant. Participated in the testing and release of 2 digital cameras. Extensively supported digital cameras to improve manufacturability, image quality, and reliability of cameras often involving VHDL development and testing for Xilinx FPGA and CPLD devices. Improved the signal to noise ratio in both cameras, diagnosed and fixed timing issues, improved resolution, and improved iris control system. Developed a test plan to isolate a highly intermittent issue that caused a failure of a Xilinx FPGA on a printer interface board. After determine the root cause, I created, tested, and implemented a solution. Extensively supported manufacturing, purchasing, and service departments in diagnosing field problems, replacing obsolete components, resolving production issues, and enhancing internal process. Assisted in developing improvements to the camera to better meet electromagnetic compliance regulations. Developed and documented processes for testing and repair of digital cameras and other hardware, and trained manufacturing personnel in their use. Developed, tested, and implemented many time-critical firmware updates to resolve customer and manufacturing issues. Recently received commendation from the president of Infimed for saving the 2nd quarter of 2005.






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Michael Richardson
Engineer: January 2001 – July 2002 Opsci, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO
  Digital engineering lead for the development of a digital camera system capable of imaging at rates of 100 million frames per second. Developed, tested, and delivered a test station implementing image capture and processing, motion control, custom lighting using Xilinx CPLDs and PIC microcontrollers, database I/O, multiple user access levels, and report generation that reduced customer test time from over 1 hour to 6 minutes. Developed and installed a machine vision system to provide realtime data analysis and feedback to operators forging seamless steel pipe for high-pressure gas lines from hot steel ingots. The results from each pipe were collected in a database for statistical process control. Implementing this system required working with an initially hostile operator workforce and convincing them of the value of the system as well as ruggedizing the system to deal with an adverse physical environment. Assisted in development of machine vision system for testing the tolerances on bone screws with allowable error rate of less than one false reading in 1 million. Assisted in setup and triggering of camera systems to capture images of hypervelocity impacts exceeding 6 km/s. Presented at National Instruments seminars on machine vision concepts and image processing algorithm development in LabView. Traveled to customer locations for system installation, testing, and integration and trained the operators in their use.


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Engineering Intern: Summer 2000 – January 2001 Opsci, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO
     Responsible for development of LabView based program for machine vision. Performed selection and integration of cameras, framegrabbers, and custom software to meet customer’s needs. Designed, developed, documented, and delivered a semiconductor wafer scanning program which interfaced to customer’s existing code. Designed and assembled custom computer systems to meet real-time image processing requirements. Represented Opsci at various trade shows and technical seminars.


MSEE Coursework  Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 2003-2004
Completed 9 units towards MSEE including a Satellite Communications Course.

BSEE  Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH 1997-2001
Completed more than 100 units of BSEE coursework beyond degree requirements resulting in a broad background in EE.  

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO 1995-1997
Began full-time study of Electrical Engineering while concurrently enrolled in high school.

Falcon High School, Falcon, CO
National Merit Scholar.

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