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Systems engineer, adjunct professor, author with project and product development experience in government, aerospace, defense, non-profit, and commercial settings for both large and small-scale systems. Applications include air traffic control air defense, simulators trainers, and secure communications using computers, software, displays, and secure non-secure communications. Advised Undergraduate University of Pennsylvania students, developed graduate level systems engineering class for Drexel engineering management program, adjunct professor. Several published papers, one patent, and author of two systems engineering books, one is a textbook. Current interests are applying systems engineering to sustainability and other new areas.
EDUCATION - Drexel University BS - Electrical Engineering (BSEE) 1979
Advanced Sciences and Technologies (AS&T), Moorestown, New Jersey 11/2014 to Present
L-3 Communications-East, Camden, New Jersey 1995 - 1999, 2000 - 2012
(Formerly Lockheed Martin, Martin Marietta, GE Aerospace and RCA) Lead Member Engineering Staff
MITRE, Atlantic City, New Jersey - Member of the Technical Staff 1999 - 2000
Supported next generation air traffic control systems, URET and NEXCOM, primarily testing.
Nielsen Media Research, Dunedin, Florida - Consultant 1994 - 1995
Consultant - starting engineering company. Developed signal-processing application using audio video signature capture and correlation to determine television channel selection in a home.
Contraves USA, Tampa, Florida - Product Development Engineer 1991
(Now L-3 Communications Pittsburg, PA)
Product line development, assessments, future direction planning, architecture, specifications, training material, white papers, manuals, new business support, domestic, and international briefings. Air traffic control and air defense simulators and trainers used speaker dependent voice recognition, voice synthesis, and high fidelity out the window projection displays.
E-Systems, St. Petersburg, Florida - Senior Principle Engineer
1987 - 1991
Systems engineering and new business development. Developed air defense air traffic control prototypes. Presented ATC air ground communications architecture concepts for FAA became Aeronautical Telecommunications Network (ATN). Published at technical conferences: Air Traffic Controllers Association (ATCA), Interservice / Industry Training Systems Conference (ITSC), IEEE, National Conference on Ada.
Hughes Aircraft Company, Fullerton, California - Senior Systems
Engineer Level 5 1981 - 1987
Developed next generation air traffic control and air defense system architecture using massively distributed computer processing (LANs and workstations replaced mainframes). Immersed in large number of systems engineering analysis practices while becoming proficient with air traffic control and air defense. Recognized as a systems engineer and an architect.
FAA Technical Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey - Electronics Engineer 1977, 1979 - 1981
Supported upgrade of an ATC simulation lab with focus on display and computer hardware.
CassBeth.com, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 1997 - Present
Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Adjunct Professor 2011 - Present
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Student Advisor 2008 - Present
Technical Papers, Patents and Other Activities
TECHNOLOGIES AND PRACTICES
1. Sobkiw, W. "Systems Practices for Sustainability." The 21st Annual INCOSE International Symposium, Jun 2011. Peer-Reviewed (Published).
2. Sobkiw, W. "Automated Specification Analysis." The International Council on Systems Engineering Region V Spring 09 Conference, April 2009. Peer-Reviewed (Published).
3. Sobkiw, W; Chen, TL. "Design For Fault Tolerance And Performance In A DOD-STD-2167 Ada Project." Proceedings of The Sixth National Conference On Ada Technology March 14-18, 1988. (Mar 1998). Peer-Reviewed (Published).
4. Sobkiw, W. "Approaches To Air Traffic Control/Air Defense Workstation Simulation And Training." Thirteenth Interservice / Industry Training Systems Conference (ITSC) Fall 1991. Peer-Reviewed (Published).
5. Sobkiw, W. "Prototyping Air Surveillance Displays (Three Prototyping Display Activities)." 36th Annual Air Traffic Control Association Conference Proceedings Sepetmber 29 - October 3, 1991. Peer-Reviewed (Published).
6. Sobkiw, W. "The Potential Use Of Over-The-Horizon (OTH) Sensors For Oceanic Air Traffic Control." 35th Annual Air Traffic Control Association Conference Proceedings Sepetmber 16-20, 1990. Peer-Reviewed (Published).
7. Sobkiw,W; Payne,P,R. "Integration Of Air Ground Data Links." 40th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference May 6-9, 1990. Peer-Reviewed (Published).
8. Sobkiw, W; Chen, T,L. "Binding As A Mechanism To Support Reusability In A Distributed Ada Communications System." Proceedings of the Sixth Washington Ada Symposium June 26 - 29, 1989. Peer-Reviewed (Published).
9. Sobkiw, W; Chen, T,L. "Reusable Subsystems From A High Performance Ada Communication System." Proceedings of The Seventh Annual National Conference On Ada Technology March 13 -16 1989. Peer-Reviewed (Published).
10. Sobkiw,W; Payne,P,R. "Integration Of Air Ground Data Links." 34th Annual Air Traffic Control Association Conference Proceedings ATCA October 30 - November 2, 1989. Peer-Reviewed (Published).
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