Engineer’s Qualifications and Profile

Engineer’s Qualifications and Profile

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Tom Minnis, EE Cal Poly

Tom Minnis has worked in Silicon Valley since the early 1970s and has extensive experience in a variety of electronic disciplines, including analog and digital circuit design, mixed signal, RF/Microwave, medical instrumentation, Ham radio, Blue Tooth and other wireless designs. Tom has worked for small and large companies, startups, product development companies, and has designed products and systems from concept to shelf. He is in high demand, and it is difficult to find an engineer with such diverse experience. He has designed some of the most complicated, state of the art PC boards imaginable. While working as a senior design engineer at Agilent Technologies he designed some of the most complicated stuff imaginable for the Department of Defense. Tom is a hands-on engineer, designing, assembling, and testing his designs. There is nothing he can’t do and you will find him easy to talk to, and full of creative ideas to help you solve any problem you might have. He thinks out-of-the-box, and will have some creative solutions.

EDUCATION

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

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BS Electronic Engineering
1968 – 1971

Activities and Societies:
Ham Radio Club, FM Radio Broadcast station, Outings Club, IEEE

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Ham Radio Magazine communications technology.

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Recommendations:

I’ve known Tom Minnis for more than 10 years and have worked for him, and he’s worked for me. He’s an expert circuit designer, fast, and accurate. His designs work the first time. He comes up with creative and cost effective solutions, and is easy to work with. I’d recommend Tom to help anyone with their product development project.

Tom is a methodical and astute engineer. He’s demonstrated a system level understanding of complex systems. A great team member.

Tom was one of the top engineers at E/O Networks. His projects were always technically up-to-date, flawless, and completed on time. A true team player, he was respected and consulted by other engineers and members of other departments.

Honors & Awards

Additional Honors & Awards

PUBLISHED PAPERS:

  • “Reflections on EMC Measurements,” RF DESIGN (October, 1988)
  • “Roof Mounted VHF Whips, Phacts and Phallacies” 73 Magazine (May 1973)

PATENT:
Patent #4, 114, 115 “Split band program compandor” September 12, 1978. This design completely eliminates the problem with crossover distortion caused by filters in the transmission path.

Amateur Extra Class License since 1966

History (brief)

Agilent Technologies:

I started out doing R&D for the DOD and then moved into designing support electronics used in NMR measurements.

Product Requirement & Engineering Requirement specification writing, System Architecture & design, Board design FPGA design, Component selection, Purchasing, Board Bring-up & test, Test fixture design, Pick and manage consultants, Design review

Product Requirement & Engineering Requirement specification writing, System Architecture & design, Board design FPGA design, Component selection

System Architecture & design, Board design FPGA design, Component selection, Purchasing, Board Bring-up & test, Test fixture design, Pick and manage consultants, Design review, Chassis, Backplane, Power and Clock distribution, Blower control

Board Bring-up & test, Test fixture design