Rhodes Hileman

voice: 206-328-8364 . email: rhodes@smsys.com . web: www.smsys.com


I take responsibility for a coherent range of operations, manufacturing, and engineering services, working directly on design, technical documentation, hands-on production, and enterprise-wide engineering database development tasks, as well as team leadership. I have been recognised by my co-workers as broadly skilled, thorough, hard-working, organized, and collaborative. My usual roles have included:

Professional Experience

SMALL SYSTEMS Co. - Berkeley - 1997-present
Designer/Producer/Owner

Providing PCB design, kitting, fab, assembly, and engineering documentation services to an international list of clients.

ULTRACAD DESIGN Inc. - Bellevue - 1998
PCB Designer

UltraCAD Design is a PCB design house offering fast turn, high density designs with attention to high performance signal integrity. Designed PCBs and documented their post-production process.

GIGAOPERATIONS Corp. - Berkeley - 1991-1997
Director of Operations, Director of Manufacturing

This company produces advanced high speed parallel processing hardware and software using field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) as reconfigurable computing engines. Recognized as the pioneering development platform for reconfigurable computing.

ARRAY TECHNOLOGIES Inc. - Oakland - 1986-91
Dir. of Operations, Dir. of Engineering, Mfg. Engineer.

This team developed a high fidelity color image scanner for both IBM and Mac platforms. The camera uses piezoelectric transducers to microposition an inexpensive 2D color image sensor. I built this company's infrastructure from scratch, and helped develop the design team.

GENIGRAPHICS GP Inc. - Berkeley - 1984-1986
Engineering Operations Manager, Project Manager

Using no exotic components, this group created an advanced (for the time) hierarchical object-based graphic arts system featuring 3 pipelined 68020 CPU cards, a family of 26 PCBs, and "paint" software providing resolution independent output to all media.

SMALL SYSTEMS Co. - San Francisco - 1983
Project Manager, Buyer, Technician, Founder

With two partners, produced a multi-tasking Z80-based computer which provided A/D conversion, data storage, and device control for a novel gas chromatograph, used for cardio-pulmonary diagnosis and anaesthesia monitoring.


Technical Summary:

CAD tools for electronic, PCB, mechanical, and architectural design. Enterprise database design, MRP systems design, and components purchasing. 'Timeline' project management software. Computer systems integration, network installation, and systems administration. WinNT4, OS/2warp4, Linux, Interactive Unix, DOS. Internet site design. Assembly language programming. Electronic fabrication, assembly, and testing. Experience in heavy industry. See list for software knowledge.

Education:
Antioch College , Yellow Springs, Ohio. B.A., Bioregional Design.
Studied social sciences, education, architecture, ecosystems, design.
Published Material:
Choosing a Display Card for OS/2 and Linux, Extended Attributes, the magazine of the OS/2 community. Published in the February 1999 issue.
Prior to 1983:
Prior experience in heavy industry, graphic arts, environmental education, and watershed restoration.
Objective:
Engineering team leadership for a startup technology company. I produce leading edge designs by developing a collaborative design team.
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