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Written by John J. Vencill   
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 14:00

Principal Software Engineer


Part time consulting or web page development projects from home or on travel to customer sites. No permanent relocation.

Improve software quality and development efficiency through modern practices and procedures, especially in the areas of configuration management and release management. I am dedicated to producing quality products with quality tools and processes.

I have been a practicing system and software engineer for three of the country's premier aerospace corporations for over 38 years. My experience includes analysis, development and group leadership for all phases of large programs. I have had project supervisory responsibility for 25 people and functional responsibility for 50. Analytically, I have designed, simulated and evaluated radio communication systems.

My web development experience includes page sets for two churches, an evangelist, and two recreational organizations. I strive to organize information to serve specific audiences, concentrating on clean presentation of meaningful content. Unique Perl, PHP, Javascript and mySQL utilities are developed as needed.

I retired in 2004.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering - 1965
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - 1965
Thesis: A Reciprocal Transducer for Calibrating Vibration Pickups, June 1965
Cooperative Student - General Radio Company - 1962-1964
Teaching Assistant - 1964-1965

Professional Training
Professional training courses taken at The MITRE Institute, at the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, and at St. Louis Community College.

ClearCase Classes - 1997
Fundamentals, Using ClearCase Meta-Data, Planning, Implementation and Administration


Raytheon Systems Company - (Warner Robins, GA) 1995-2004
Principal Software Engineer

Extensive use of ClearCase as configuration manager and user of radar analysis and evaluation tools.

Group leader for on site installation of a Software Development System for the AN/APG-70 Radar Set.

Certified Raytheon Six Sigma Specialist, F-15 Radar OFP Team Award, LINUX Upgrade Team Award.

The MITRE Corporation - (Bedford, MA) 1991-1995
Member of the Technical Staff

Configuration Management and Software Quality Assurance specialist in a group developing laboratory software to validate radar performance for the Radar System Improvement Program of the Airborne Warning and Control System.

Software engineering and contractor document review.

McDonnell Douglas Corporation (Now part of The Boeing Company) - (St. Louis, MO) 1965-1991
Senior Technical Specialist

Specialist in software development tools and processes and integrated software engineering environments.

Avionics software group leader during the proposal phase of the Advanced Tactical Aircraft program.

Avionics software development engineer for the Air-to-Ground Module of the F/A-18 Mission Computer.

Communication system designer and analyst during proposal and study phases of a number of military and deep space systems.


Software configuration management processes and tools, including ClearCase, RCS, and SCCS.
Software development in C/C++, Ada, FORTRAN, Tcl/Tk and several assembly languages,
HTML, Javascript, PERL, PHP and Dreamweaver/Fireworks web development,
UNIX shell languages and most UNIX utilities,
Supervisory experience with X/Motif, UIM/X and UNIX system administration.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 March 2011 12:23