Resume of Jim Price
I am an experienced realtime software/firmware design engineer and team
leader with a special interest in wireless technologies. I have a
background in data communications and strong experience in system
integration and in troubleshooting complex systems under field conditions.
- Strong team-building and organizational skills, excellent mentor.
- Excellent methodical troubleshooting skills, very strong as a HW/SW system integrator.
- Very competent C programmer, experienced in C++, interest in OO technologies.
- Experience programming in a variety of environments, including embedded systems, DOS, Unix, QNX,
OSE, pSOS, Microsoft Windows.
- Core competency in realtime system design and data communications.
- Experienced with 8051, 68302, 68020, PowerPC, Coldfire 5272/5282 microprocessors, Rabbit RCM 3000/3700, TI 430, microcontrollers, as well as PC architecture.
- Special interests in data communications and in wireless technologies.
- Wavetrix, Richardson,
- Director, Software Engineering - August 2002 - Present.
Responsible for oversight of all software/firmware activities at Wavetrix. Implemented
revision control system, and set policies for configuration management. Created
proposals for customer projects, and managed schedules, ensuring on-time and
under-budget delivery of a variety of systems. Developed real-time communication
systems using TI MSP430, Motorola ColdFire, Rabbit RCM3000/3700. Developed software
for Linux-based home network appliance, including browser-based configuration UI.
Developed firmware for low-cost large-format LED display system. Project lead
for stoplight vehicle detection system. System architect for Wavetrix’s family
of Traversix connectivity products, and developed embedded product firmware, as
well as Windows applications and utilities.
- Uniden, Ft. Worth,
- Software Development Manager / Director of Engineering -
September 2001 - August 2002.
Responsible for directing the transition of the software development effort from
Broadband Gateways to Uniden after Uniden's purchase of Broadband Gateways' intellectual
property. Managed a team of eight software engineers implementing both voice and data
features of the EVOLO product. Product feature set included voice and data over ADSL,
SNMP management, PPPoA, PPPoE, NAT, stateful-inspection firewall, DHCP client and server,
web browser based local configuration and server-based firmware upgrades and management.
Responsible for determining software requirements of the product, creating development
schedules, assigning tasks to individuals. Contributed to team effort by finding/fixing
bugs in the IP stack and internal web server. Also personally developed user interface
environment utilities using C and C++. Primary development for OSE (RTOS) on Motorola
PowerPC in the GreenHills Multi environment, with tools development in Microsoft
Visual C++ and Borland C++ on Windows 2000, NT and '98.
- Broadband Gateways, Inc., Plano,
- Data Systems Software Manager-
July 2000 - July 2001.
Responsible for managing a team of developers implementing data and user interface
features in Broadband Gateways' residential broadband gateway product (EVOLO).
Product feature set included voice and data over ADSL, SNMP management, PPPoA,
PPPoE, NAT, stateful-inspection firewall, DHCP client and server, web browser
based local configuration and server-based firmware upgrades and management.
Responsible for optimizing product for data throughput and balancing CPU loading
between voice and data services. Responsible for scheduling development activities
for added feature sets and for support of cost-reduced platforms. Personally
testing between purchased firewall software and applications such as FTP,
NetMeeting (H.232), LimeWire (Gnutella). Personally developed diagnostic
utilities and build environment utilities using C and C++. Primary development
for OSE (RTOS) on Motorola PowerPC in the GreenHills Multi environment, with
tools development in Microsoft Visual C++ and Borland C++ on Windows 2000, NT, and '98.
- Stick Networks, Dallas,
- Embedded system and wireless protocol software architect -
February 2000 - July 2000.
for software design for embedded systems and proprietary communication protocols
for Stick Networks' next-generation connectivity products. Produced protocol
prototypes using Microsoft Visual C++ under Microsoft Windows, selected
embedded development tools for
the StrongArm SA1110 processor, decomposed work into manageable tasks,
and assigned to developers.
- Intermec Technologies, Amtech Systems Division
, Dallas, TX
Manager of Toll System Software
Development, November 1998 - February 2000.
Responsible for managing team of fifteen developers (twelve permanent
employees, three contractors), currently developing lane controller
systems, plaza computer systems and RFID-related subsystems for
electronic toll collection. In addition to contract-funded projects,
responsible for an extensive R&D budget for new toll-related products
for preparing proposals for new contracts.
In addition to performing administrative responsibilities, worked with
development team at technical level to make system architecture
decisions and to design interfaces. Personally developed
communication protocol libraries and associated tools in C under
Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT.
Represented Amtech to industry standards groups, and acted as
principal author and editor of the device-driver API portion of
a forthcoming ANSI standard for non-contact information systems
(i.e., RFID tags and tag reader systems).
Senior Design Engineer (group lead), June 1997 - October 1998.
Responsible for design and implementation of a lane controller
for the SunPass electronic toll collection on Florida's Turnpike.
Worked with customer to determine requirements and with key team
members to develop an architecture that would satisfy those
requirements. Assigned components of the system to team members
(four permanent employees, two contractors) for development under
QNX (a realtime Unix-like operating system). After system was
lab-tested, performed further system integration and tests at
Amtech's test track in North Richland Hills. Product successfully
passed field test at customer's site in Florida, and is currently
in operation. Throughout the development and testing process,
maintained close communication with customer through daily/weekly
status reports, teleconferences, in-person meetings, and by
developing a status-reporting web site (still in use).
Also developed protocol analyzers and realtime simulation tools
under Windows 95 and DOS for lab testing. Design of simulation
tools was organized to permit development of common, reusable
software, including portable software modules for implementing
the proprietary data communication protocol used on Florida's Turnpike.
- Senior Design Engineer, September 1996 - June 1997.
Responsibilities included developing proposals for new automated
toll-collection and automated vehicle identification systems. Also
worked with subcontractors to ensure on-time delivery of in-work
contracts on a variety of systems, including a real-time data
and video storage systems.
Ancillary responsibilities at Amtech include acting as part-time
Unix system administrator, and extending network infrastructure
to remote locations. Also helped set up the company's Internet
firewall and have worked IP routing issues on an as-needed basis,
as well as setting up FTP and web sites for internal use and customer
communication. Also established procedures and tools for
monitoring network devices and notifying engineers in event of
Communications, Dallas, TX
- Lead, Application Development, February 1996 - August 1996.
Responsible for leading a team that developed custom mapping and
data communication applications under Microsoft Windows 3.1 and
Windows '95 for the Pinpoint vehicle location and wireless data
network. Also responsible for maintaining relationships with
third-party application developers, and for productizing Pinpoint's
Software Developer's Kit. In addition, created web-enabled applications
that monitored system performance through the company's intranet,
company's LAN and developed the company's external web site.
- Senior Software Engineer, January 1995 - January 1996.
Designed protocols for Pinpoint's second-generation wireless data and
vehicle location network, and high-level architecture of the firmware
for the second-generation base station and mobile radio. Developed
protocol simulation software for the network under Windows and DOS.
Developed firmware for the mobile radio's interface to the mobile data
terminal operating on the 68302 microprocessor. Assisted in the
integration of the base station and mobile radio firmware with other
components of the network.
Represented Pinpoint with the PCCA
(Portable Computer and Communications Association) Modem Standards Committee.
Contributed to PCCA standards STD-101 and STD-201. Principle
author and editor of Annex D to PCCA STD-101. Also represented
Pinpoint with TIA TR-30.
- Software Engineer - January 1992 - December 1994.
Designed communications protocols for the infrastructure (both
wireless and wireline) of Pinpoint's first-generation mobile data
and vehicle location network. Developed simulation tools under
MS-DOS for protocol testing. Also developed protocol engine
software for the base stations and mobile radio portions of the
network. Integrated the protocol engines with prototype hardware,
helped debug prototype hardware, and assisted with installation and
field-testing of a demonstration network in Washington D.C. in the
summer of 1993. Developed sample applications, and demonstrated
operation of the network to members of the news media during press
Computer Corp. Dallas Engineering, Plano TX
- Firmware Engineer, December 1989 - January 1992.
Developed firmware for Compaq's first V.32/V.42/V.42bis modem,
using C and assembly language for the 68302 processor.
Specified firmware development tools, developed embedded
debugger firmware and I/O drivers for this product, and
was a key contributor in hardware/software integration.
Responsible for specification of the DTE interface for
the product, and worked with sub-contractors on the
compression and error-correction engine. Also developed
firmware to emulate the Hayes AutoSync feature, which
permitted emulation of synchronous protocols (such as HDLC)
over an asynchronous interface.
In addition, developed MS-DOS software for testing legacy modem
product lines, performed software- and hardware-compatibility
testing, and worked as a liaison between product development,
customer support and factory test groups.
- Texas Instruments DSEG,
- Software Engineer, January 1988 - November 1989.
Developed a realtime operating environment under pSOS for
VMEbus systems in a software test and simulation facility.
Responsibilities included hardware/software integration and
testing with symbolic debuggers and in-circuit emulation.
In addition, contributed to user interface development under
UNIX using X-Windows.
- Software Engineer, August 1987 - December 1987.
reduction / data analysis software for
the HARM missile
program, using Pascal under DEC VMS.
- Mississippi State University
- Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant, M.S.U. Computing Center,
September 1986 - June 1987.
Taught LISP programming language labs, and
developed data communications software for M.S.U.'s Sperry 1100 mainframe
- Graduate Teaching Assistant, M.S.U. Computer Science Department, May 1986 - Aug.
Assisted in the instruction of introductory-level computer courses.
- Lab Technician, M.S.U. Computer Science
Department, May 1984 - August 1984.
Assisted with the instruction of
operating systems courses, maintained a computer lab, and administered a
Sperry/Varian V 77 mini- computer.
- M.S., Computer Science, Mississippi State
University, August 1987, G.P.A. 4.0/4.0.
- Research Topic: Feasibility of a connection between the mainframes at
M.S.U. and the educational network, BITNET.
- Courses included: Advanced Systems Programming, Software Engineering,
Teleprocessing, Compiler Design, Advanced Database Systems, Knowledge
Representation and Knowledge Bases, and special topics in Robotics and
in Data Communications.
- B.S., Computer Science, M.S.U., Dec. 1984.
In my free time, I enjoy cycling, walking and jogging. I also do LAN
consulting, as well as graphic arts and web-page design on a contract
basis. For almost a decade, I've hosted multiple Internet domains
from my home, including
JimPrice.Com. I have produced
several shareware/freeware utilities for
Microsoft Windows (both 3.x and 95/98/NT/2000/XP). I'm also
interested in sound and digital music.
Examples of my web design work include:
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