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B.S. in Electrical Engineering

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA  (1987)


June 2000 -           Aeroflex Test Solutions, (Formerly Goodrich JcAIR Test Systems), New Century, KS

Present                       (July 2006-Present) Business Team Manager

Selected development of new products to meet strategic goals.  Set goals for bookings and sales and directed activity of Engineering, Field Service, and Marketing teams to meet those goals.  Created bids and quotes for products and services.  Sold product to customers in N&S America.  Developed strategic OEM relationships and agreements.  Planned product production mix.  Created department budgets, analyzed project profit & loss, and made revenue recognition decisions per Sarbanes-Oxley requirements. 


Teamed with the Director of Business Development, established a joint venture with the French Airbus division EADS Test and Services, resulting in the design and marketing of a RF Automatic Test System for the Boeing 787 and other new generation aircraft.


                                    (2003-2006) Engineering Manager

Directed new product development, sustaining engineering, and customer support for all avionics automatic test products.  Planned and managed engineering and operations activities related to design and manufacture of custom test products.  Created bids and quotes for custom products, product enhancements, and engineering services.  Assured on-time delivery of products to meet revenue goals.  Assisted Business Team Manager with budgets, profit & loss analysis, and revenue recognition decisions per Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.  Developed and maintained strategic OEM relationships.


Through cost reduction, improved industry reputation, and marketing efforts, transformed the Software Revision Service program from a $1M sustaining cost to a profit center. Directed transition of department from a vertically aligned Engineering / Manufacturing  group to an Engineering team utilizing existing operations facilities, resulting in reduced costs and staff.  Revamped design process for custom CE-marked automatic test systems, resulting in reduction of a two-week design cycle to ½ day with improved quality.


                                    (2001-2003) Engineering Group Leader

Managed product development, sustaining engineering, and customer support for automatic test stations used in RF, analog, and digital testing of avionics.  Directed activity of a team of 20 hardware/software engineers, field engineers, and technicians supporting these products.


Created and implemented improved ISO9000 development processes, resulting in enhanced product quality and faster development cycles.  Acquired management of Field Engineering group, and established commitment to excellence in customer support, reducing customer support open incident count from over 400 to fewer than 20.  Backlog of non-revenue producing projects was reduced from over 15 man-years to six man-months.  Turn time of program revision services was reduced from three years to four months.  As measured by challenges at a yearly industry forum, lagging industry confidence in the product was re-established.  Results were achieved despite staff reductions of nearly 50%.


                                   (2000-2001) Senior Project Engineer

Developed C language software used in an automated test system for military avionic pressure transducers.  This included applications software as well as software drivers for a wide variety of IEEE-488 based instruments and MIL-STD-1553 communications.


February 1990 -   Harold Beck and Sons, Newtown, PA

May 2000                 Project Engineer

Designed and maintained a line of position control products, including fixed and variable frequency AC motor drives, and rotary position sensors.  Tasks included analog and digital hardware design, as well as C, assembler, and Visual Basic software development for PC and embedded applications.  Developed embedded C software for a new “smart” control drive using the HART bus protocol.  Created debugger/emulator tools to support HART development, and a HART “Device Description” for control via handheld instruments.

Championed and implemented a company wide transition to automated product testing.  Designed analog/digital test hardware and software for product test, burn-in, and calibration.  Implemented transition to PC-based engineering operations, including purchase of CAD and design of engineering productivity tools.  Served as liaison to Underwriter’s Laboratories and Canadian Standards Association and maintained all agency projects and reports, as well as supervising plant inspections.


September 1988 -    Fischer and Porter, Horsham, PA

February 1990         Project Engineer

Redesigned analog and digital electronics for a Coriolis-effect mass flowmeter, improving the stability and temperature performance by an order of magnitude.  Introduced new analytical techniques resulting in redesign of the device’s mechanical system.  Improved the design of  flow measurement products including magnetic flowmeters and ultrasonic level detectors.


June 1985 -           Integrated Electronic Technologies, Bensalem, PA

September 1988      Chief Engineer

Developed and patented a series of low-cost contactless linear and rotary position sensors for the automotive market, including a custom analog/digital IC.  Developed and patented a unique FM detector, a rugged digital encoder, and a high sensitivity low-cost accelerometer.  Directed all development activities.  Appointed to the Board of Directors of Sensor Technologies, Inc., a joint venture with Schaevitz Engineering, which was then purchased by Lucas Instruments.


January 1979 -     Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Horsham, PA

November 1984       (1982-1984) Assistant Group Leader

Group Leader for 15 Electrical Engineers, Software Engineers, and Technicians.  Developed the system level hardware and software design of multi-microprocessor electronic controls for a high-speed integrated circuit die bonder.  Designed all digital electronics to component level.

                                    (1980-1982) Associate Electrical Engineer

Designed a family of microprocessor, memory, and I/O cards used for control of integrated circuit wire bonders.  Developed a control system for a high-speed wire bonder using these cards.  Supervised technicians and student co-op engineers.

                                    (1979-1980) Electronics Technician

Optimized the hardware design of temperature control equipment used in semiconductor manufacturing.  Wrote assembly language routines to control a high speed I.C. wire bonder.



FCC First Class Radiotelephone license.  (1974)

Amateur Radio Extra Class license.  (1975)


Graduate of and Graduate Assistant for The Dale Carnegie Course in Human Relations.


Drew W. Vonada-Smith
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Topeka, KS 66617
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