Job Title: Technical Director
Company: Active Transducer Research Ltd
A broad-based and experienced engineer and engineering manager, I began my career with BBC Radio before moving into industrial electronics, developing high performance motors, controls and servo systems with Switched Reluctance Drives Ltd (SRDL) - then a university spin-off.
I remained with SRDL through acquisition by Emerson Electric & subsequently Nidec Motor Corp, and for many years was UK Technical Director, latterly responsible for engineering in both R&D and manufacturing in a 70+ UK team and a sister business unit in China.
Now running my own business as a consulting engineer, I offer a diverse portfolio of experience including power electronics and systems, energy management, motor design and control, active loudspeakers & analogue electronics. With 35 years of professional experience in both technical and business-related disciplines, I'm equally comfortable in the R&D lab, boardroom, with customers or on the shop floor, and have experience of working in both established and entrepreneurial environments,
Today I'm privileged to work with industry-leading clients such as Nidec ACIM Division, Tenneco Controlled Power, a world leading [confidential] loudspeaker manufacturer, a top-flight manufacturer of high-power Class D audio amplifiers for the professional market... ...how might I help you?
I retain a life-long passion for music, sound recording and reproduction, and am increasingly busy in active loudspeakers as well as consulting in power electronics, control & general electronic engineering.
For those who want to know such things, I've a Ph.D in electronics and 21 patent applications/grants. I'm a U.K. Chartered Engineer and member of the IET, IEEE and AES. Specialties and interests (in no particular rank) include:
Creative and holistic design of circuits & systems
Simplifying difficult/complex problems
Problem & failure analysis, root cause etc.
Product and technology strategy
Electronically controlled motors
Power electronics & switched mode power conversion
Analogue and digital electronics, signal processing
System modelling and dynamics
Active loudspeakers, loudspeaker nonlinearities
Design with vacuum tubes (valves)
Control systems - classical, state-space and non-linear
Product design, agency approvals & manufacturing
Basic mechanical engineering and acoustics
History of electronics, audio & broadcasting
Business management & entrepreneurship
Manufacturing systems & quality control
Transcription and restoration of vintage and historic recordings
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