Software: MATLAB, Python, Assembly, IDL, C, OrCAD, Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, MS Office, Adobe Suite

Hardware: PCB Soldering, Wire Wrap Boards, VHDL FPGA/CPLD design, Oscilloscopes, Function Generators, Logic Analyzers, Spectrum Analyzers

Languages: English-native, Spanish-limited working proficiency, Mandarin-elementary


University Degrees

MA, Harding University, 2011-2014

BE Magna Cum Laude, Electrical Engineering, Auburn University, 2002 – 2006

Voted best student in graduating class by College of Engineering faculty.

Led College of Engineering in graduation procession as Graduation Marshall (Auburn’s equiv. to Valedictorian)

BS Magna Cum Laude, Physics, Auburn University, 2002 – 2006

Special Training

Electro-Optical/Infrared Technologies and Phenomena, Dynetics University, fall 2010

Introduction to RADAR, Dynetics University, summer 2009

Department of Defense 101, Dynetics University, summer 2009

Introduction to PERL, Dynetics University, spring 2009

Private Tutelage studying Chinese language at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan, Hubei Province, China), 8/2007-3/2008

Auburn’s Birdsong Study Abroad Scholarship (receiving one of four awarded per year), studied two-dimensional art (painting, drawing, illustration) at SACI (Florence, Italy), 7/2004-12/2004


4/2014 – Present Self (Memphis, TN) Tutoring Business, Real Estate Renovation

Currently on the lookout for an interesting position in the Memphis area or by telecommute where I can engage in creative problem solving and analysis. In the mean time I am keeping my skills sharp by tutoring science and math through Wyzant.com (please check out: http://www.wyzant.com/Tutors/Russ where you can read unbiased reviews by some of my current and former students to get a sense of my communication and interpersonal skills), and reminding myself why I became an engineer in the first place as I am renovating an old house to flip and doing (almost) all the work myself.

10/2011 – 2/2014 Hopeworks Inc. (Memphis, TN) Program Efficacy Analyst

• Analyzed student outcomes for Hopeworks’ personal career development and GED programs to determine ROI and efficiency of donor dollars.
• Developed measurements and metrics comparing outcomes to rest of industry.
• Created forecasts based on above analysis and recommended modifications to intake procedures, programming, wrap-around followup, and staff training and technology use to increase effectiveness.

12/2008 – 8/2011 Dynetics, Inc. (Huntsville, AL) Engineer III

  • Site Test Director at the UEWR (Upgraded Early Warning RADAR), Thule Air Base, Greenland for the MDA’s (Missile Defense Agency) GTD-04b ground test event January-March 2011.
  • Developed Quality Control tool GUI to streamline analysis for STC (Satellite Test Campaign).
  • Performed Targets and Counter-Measures (TCM) Signature Analysis.
  • Continued development of Boeing’s DEOS (Discrimination and Electro-Optical Simulator, exo-atmospheric kill vehicle simulation software) and performed quality assurance assessment to confirm realism of the simulation.
  • Taught Introduction to Python Programming, Dynetics University, Fall 2009, Summer 2011
  • Conceived and led team in the development of REO (RCS [RADAR Cross Section] Estimation Optimizer), software tool to generate RCS distributions of debris. REO predicts the RCS of debris much faster than Method of Moments/Physical Optics codes and much more accurately than empirical curve models.  It is an ~80% improvement in fidelity over the industry standard empirical tool while maintaining similar speed.  This has now replaced the non-Dynetics empirical tool in Dynetics’ RTIKAT (Range Time Intensity Kill Assessment Tool) radar modeling software.
  • Contributed to the analysis of truth data and preparation of Post Flight Reconstruction Validation and Verification Report for FTG-05 flight test.
  • Updated Hit Point Aim Point conversion tool for FTG-06 pre flight simulation and post flight analysis.  Added functionality for new targets.
  • Developed positional phase determination for RTIKAT so that coherent summation of RCS returns is accurate.
  • Optimized RTIKAT Build 2 software resulting in a speed increase of one to two orders of magnitude.
  • Developed Range Walking simulation Code and determined that Range Walking did not add worthwhile fidelity to the RTIKAT model.
  • Developed code to generate ersatz range profiles of post intercept event debris rather than point returns, in wide band model, to improve realism of RTIKAT when Method of Moments/Physical Optics range profiles were not available.
  • Developed new Quality Assurance codes for modifying facet files (3D models of impact debris) to guarantee they are topologically reasonable and will not cause errors in analysis codes.

04/2008 – 10/2008 Self employed (Huntsville, AL) Trader/Quant ForEx spot market

  • Managed client accounts.
  • Developed and deployed quantitate models to capitalize on short term arbitrage opportunities.
  • Forced to stop due to regulatory rule change in the wake of economic downturn.

02/2007 – 08/2007 Wuhan Institute of Technology (Wuhan, Hubei, PRC) Foreign Language Instructor

  • Taught Conversational English in the Chinese University System.

08/2006 – 12/2006 Auburn University Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Auburn, AL) Undergraduate Research Fellow

  • Awarded one of twenty-five annual fellowships.
  • Researched robotic control mechanisms for a 3 DOF multi-body inverted pendulum. Developed a sixth order differential equation to characterize the problem.  Linearized and solved equation near equilibrium and created a computer simulation of a control loop to show the solution was stable.

01/2006 – 12/2006 AubieSat, Student Satellite Program (Auburn, AL)  ADC Team Leader

  • Designed a permanent magnet plus hysteresis loop damper ADC (attitude determination and control) system to provide flight stability passively with small mass for Auburn’s student satellite program. This design optimized for the mission’s cost/power/mass budget to guaranteeing the design met mission parameters while freeing as many resources as possible for other systems.

06/2005 – 07/2005 Boeing, Inc. (HWIL AMRDEC Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville AL) Intern

06/2006 – 07/2006 Boeing, Inc. (HWIL AMRDEC Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville AL) Intern

  • Phase matched and installed wave guide for the antenna array of a missile guidance system test facility.
  • Designed and built a card cage controller card for the daisy chain data bus of the facility using PLDs and VHDL.
  • Designed and built a software/hardware interface controller for the hard reset and interrupt of the guidance system, to interface with the simulator software.

01/2005 – 05/2006 Auburn University (Auburn, AL) Tutor

  • Tutored: Calculus I II III, Physics I II, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Circuits, Digital Logic, Linear Signals and Systems, Digital Electronics, Analog Electronics, Fundamentals of Electromagnetics, Random Signals and Systems, Power Engineering, Control Systems, and Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering.

01/2003 – 05/2004 Auburn University Materials Processing Center (Auburn, AL) Research Assistant

  • Designed and built a prototype robotic platform for a DARPA competition.
  • Managed changes to the schematics for a zero gravity metal casting experiment that flew on the international space station.
  • Created a computer model of ion formation and corrosion in the water cooling system of the experiment.

08/2002 – 05/2003 Auburn Solar Car Team (Auburn, AL) Power Management System Lead

  • Managed changes to the schematic to keep track of versioning as design matured.
  • Led team development of the power management subsystem and integration of that control system with the other subsystems.
  • Laid out, soldered and installed solar array. Performed wire routing, installation and troubleshooting of all electrical subsystems.
  • Managed telemetry system for remote monitoring and data gathering during race.


  • Boeing letter of commendation for leadership during GTD-04b test event in Thule Greenland
  • Auburn University College of Engineering Fall 2006 Graduation Marshall (Most Outstanding Graduate-
    selected by the College of Engineering Faculty to represent the college at graduation, this is Auburn’s equivalent to a valedictorian)
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu
  • Full academic scholarship plus stipend for all four years at Auburn University.
  • Eagle Scout