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Written by John J. Vencill   
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 13:59

System and Software Engineer

I hold BSEE and MSEE degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and have been taking classes and learning new techniques and computer languages ever since graduation.

  • Over 38 years experience.
  • Employed by three of the country's premier aerospace companies as a:
    • communication system analyst,
    • embedded avionic system software developer,
    • software configuration manager, and
    • project software builder and distributor.
  • Full life cycle experience on major projects in the roles of:
    • technical analyst,
    • software developer,
    • supervisor,
    • manager, and
    • technology study leader.
  • Functional responsibility for 50 people; project responsibility for 25.
  • Excellent technical writer and editor.

During my career, I

  • created analysis and simulation programs for communications systems,
  • developed software for various time-sharing computer operating systems, VAX and UNIX,
  • wrote programs in FORTRAN, C/C++, several assembly languages, UNIX shell languages and Tcl/Tk,
  • developed real-time, embedded, flight software for military aircraft,
  • formulated software development plans for major new aircraft projects,
  • headed a group investigating integrated software development tools and processes,
  • oversaw and coordinated computer system administrators, and
  • performed project software builds and configuration management on UNIX systems, first with RCS and then with ClearCase.

I first saw a ClearCase demonstration as part of a Silicon Graphics, Incorporated, presentation in early 1994 and have used ClearCase daily for 7 years, merging concurrent development branches into configured ones and performing configured software builds.

I also develop and maintain web pages for several organizations using Dreamweaver and Fireworks on Windows computers. These applications incorporate HTML, JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2011 11:31