Greg Carson


Engineering Manager, Hardware

Minneapolis, MN

Greg Carson
Engineering Management – Technical, Systems and Product Development Programs & Applications
Electronic Hardware Platform Engineering Leader and Project Manager for development and integration of
products and systems. Utilizing processes, technologies and business analysis from fortune 500, start-ups
and Management of Technology training. Experienced at establishing structure in new ventures, developing
agile processes and integrating industrial security in organizations. Focus on business objectives to achieve
performance goals and increase business value through strategic application of technology. Strong analytical
skills, creative engineering solutions and attention to detail. Readily pursues “stretch goals”, takes prudent
management risks and is grounded in a strong teamwork approach. CORE STRENGTHS & SKILLS: •
Project Management – coordinated tasks thru multi-year developments • Program Management – intelligent
components thru complex autonomous systems • Proposal Development – incremental improvements and
entirely new systems • Manufacturing Readiness Analysis – concepts thru detail design and production •
Business Case Analysis – providing clear evaluation criteria for multiple options • Earned Value Management
– cost and schedule performance against plan • Risk Management – reducing the potential negative impact
from uncertainty • System Engineering – providing higher level orchestration for seamless integration • Team
Development – building, developing then enabling interactive teams Updated November 2014 More info at gmcarson at live dot com
Field Application Engineer at Arrow Electronics
December 2014 – Present (1 year 4 months)
Responsible for identifying and driving demand creation on designs. Develop and maintain a broad
understanding of the customer needs and creatively leverage engineering and design services resources to
identify & facilitate solutions for customers. Partner with the sales teams on account strategies by providing
deep technical support and consulting to promote design wins. Build and further develop relationships with
customer engineers and engineering management at Sr. levels; as well as supplier reps. Champion return on
engineering investment, design win priorities, initiatives, and promotions by obtaining buy-in and support
from sales. A deep and broad understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of supplier technologies and
how those technologies relate to market needs, including vertical segmentation. Drive product demand.
Develop and drive strategic technical plans. Provide advanced technical support and consulting. Maintain an
understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of supplier technologies and how those technologies relate to
market needs. Manage supplier and customer expectations by building and developing relationships, keeping
stakeholders up-to-date on activities, plans, and progressing towards initiatives. Requires handling tough
challenges involving complex and challenging designs, high visibility customers, and adversarial situations.
Presentations, public speaking, and written communication. Customer service.
Hardware Engineering Manager at Image Sensing Systems
September 2013 – September 2014 (1 year 1 month)
Managing resources and projects concurrently. Resource management consisting of local and international
direct staff along with internal and external contractors. Projects encompass a range of complexities from
new product development to product lifetime support including part replacement, technology refresh,
feature expansion and product technology merge all founded on business case based on market analysis.
Responsibilities for embedded processor, power conversion, video image integrity, mechanical solution,
cross functional coordination and transition to production as program manager and lead engineer.
Career Development at In Transition – Pursuing New Opportunities
January 2013 – August 2013 (8 months)
I spent the better half of 2013 developing myself for a new opportunity. My plan was three fold: -Network
to let people know what I could do and learn of potential opportunities; -Research and apply at companies
that matched my areas of interest; -Educate myself by obtaining professional certification in Project
Management, learning Business Analytics and developing software programs My intent was to remain in
the Twin Cities area. I was focused on technical management with a balance between process control and
creativity utilizing cross-functional collaboration to effectively incorporate new technologies.
Product Integration at Lockheed Martin
January 2003 – December 2012 (10 years)
I joined Lockheed Martin’s Product Integration group to fill the technical knowledge gap between design
and production. Product Integration was a proactive role to ensure the incorporation of new technology
in components and systems was matched with production technology. Production in this case refers to all
efforts required to convert customer requirements into delivered products. I ensured success by managing
projects from first concept through full rate production. All delivery commitments were met by managing
the multiple threads of process, quality, personnel, facilities, cost, materials, technology, industrial base and
design. To ensure I was utilizing the latest business techniques, I completed graduate studies in marketing,
finance, accounting and management. While managing programs and engaging in continuous learning, I
developed tools, tailored processes and taught Product Integration techniques to new team members.
Senior Technical Lead at Optical Solutions
2000 – 2002 (2 years)
Experience designing fiber optic interface systems allowed me to join a top talent team selected to convert an
$80 million infusion of capital into a line of Optic Network Terminals (ONT). I led the team that developed
a multi-dwelling unit, which converts a fiber optic signal to phone, cable and Ethernet for a townhouse or
small business. Recurring cost was a critical objective of development to an extent I hadn’t previously
considered. Every penny was scrutinized and squeezed with no relief in function, performance or quality.
My team completed the effort coincident with the burst of the high tech bubble. Optical Solutions was soon
sold to Calix who continues to offer the multi-dwelling unit as a part of their P-Series of ONTs.
Staff Engineer, Electrical at QLogic
1994 – 2000 (6 years)
Ancor was a drastic change from government contracting. There was a strong sense of entrepreneurialism
with passionate leadership toward focused goals. Missing was formal configuration management. Focus was
on development of an optic communications standard. Attempting to keep up with evolving requirements
and new technologies to win customers while maintaining configuration control demanded high energy and
strong collaboration. My responsibilities designing Ancor’s Fibre Channel switch product included design,
entry, production interface, test and compliance. The signal integrity required to sustain 1 Gbit rates was
cutting edge. Ancor’s Fibre Channel switch products now complement QLogic’s network interface adapters
to create a single company that continues to prosper.
Electrical Engineer at Control Data Corporation
1988 – 1994 (6 years)
Control Data was the start of my career where I was able to work with some of the most brilliant minds
in the industry. My expertise quickly grew with early projects building trackballs and interface panels,
creating electronic schematics, etching circuit boards and testing for compliance standards. My enthusiasm,
ingenuity and resourcefulness were rewarded by selection to a four person ASIC development team. The
team’s dedication to comprehensive simulation resulted in a fully functional product on our first attempt. The
product continues to see operation in field after more than twenty years.
Volunteer Experience
Safety Instructor at Boy Scouts of America
April 2007 – Present (9 years)
Coordinate and lead team of four instructors to provide combination of annual classroom and field training.
PMP – Project Management Professional
PMI – Project Management Institute License 1595848 April 2013
Skills & Expertise
Systems Engineering
Embedded Systems
Engineering Management
Product Management
System Design
System Architecture
Software Engineering
Program Management
Software Development
Requirements Management
Agile Methodology
Earned Value Management
Proposal Writing
Product Development
Configuration Management
Project Management
Agile Methodologies
Telelogic DOORS
Cross-functional Team Leadership
Requirements Analysis
Process Improvement
Embedded Software
Technical Leadership
Security Clearance
PCB design
System Requirements
MS Project
Six Sigma
Technology Management
Electrical Engineering
University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management
Management of Technology, 2004 – 2006
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.), Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 1983 – 1988
Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Lego Robotics Mindstorm NXT, C++, Boy Scouts, DNR Training Instructor, New
Technology, Space Exploration, Medical Devices, Smart Grid, Running, Hiking, Travel, Lacrosse;
Strengthfinder 2.0 Futuristic, Learner, Activator, Achiever, Focus; Agile, SCRUM, Team Collaboration
Greg Carson
Engineering Management – Technical, Systems and Product Development Programs & Applications
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