Founding Director of Bridgiot, Internet of Things

Stellenbosch (South Africa), 2015 – Present

  • Spinoff from University
  • Developed the Geasy
  • Developed the Dropula
  • SmartWaterMeterChallenge to save water at schools

Senior Systems Engineer at Pi Shurlok, Automotive

Cambridge (UK), August 2008 – May 2009

Audio platform and infotainment system for the BMW K26MUE

  • System requirements definition
  • System test plan definition
  • Customers (BMW and Alpine) technical liaison and relationship management, site visits.
  • Hardware and software teams liaison
  • System integration and related problem solving

Neural network terrain recognition system for Land Rover

  • Customer presentation
  • Integration and debugging on target platform
  • Image processing
  • Neural network training

Body control integration and optimisation for Jaguar and Land Rover

  • Project definition
  • Information gather and processing
  • System evaluation
  • Customer (JLR) relationship management, site visits.

Lead Electrical Engineer at Rolls-Royce plc, Civil Aerospace

Derby (UK), 2006 – August 2008

Engine Electronic Controller for the Trent 1000, Boeing 787 Dreamliner

  • Managing a team of eight Engineers
  • Successful and on time engine certification for flight
  • Supplier (Goodrich) technical liaison and relationship management
  • Customer (Boeing) liaison and relationship management
  • Definition of unit requirements
  • Gated design reviews  (PDR/CDR)
  • Declaration of design and performance (DDP) acceptance
  • Electrical design review and evaluation
  • Qualification testing (DO-160)
  • Evaluation and agreement of various test plans (DAT, PAT, EMC)
  • Configuration management (PCB/ERB change control process)
  • Resource and activity planning and allocation
  • Macros for process automation
  • Fault insertion testing in a closed loop system

Electronic engineer at SunSpace, Micro-satellite Aerospace

Stellenbosch (South Africa), 2001 – 2005

  • Integration of multi-spectral and hyper-spectral imaging satellite
  • Ground station set-up, testing and commissioning in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Training and information transfer concerning flight software
  • Development, qualification and delivery of
    • graphical user interface for PC to electronic component communication
    • attitude determination sensors for use in satellite attitude control
    • propulsion control system for use in satellite attitude control
    • electronic interface system to a hyper-spectral camera
    • satellite flight software for on board computer
    • satellite functional test system
    • inter-component interface support
    • boot loader
    • Environmental testing (temperature, vacuum and vibration) of integrated satellite and individual components
    • Represent company at research conferences and trade shows
      • AfricaGIS, Geo-information working for Africa, 31 October 2005 – 2November 2005, CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa
      • Africa Aerospace & Defence Trade Show, 18 – 22 September 2002, Waterkloof, Pretoria, South Africa.

    Engineer-in-training at South African electricity supplier, Eskom

    Johannesburg, December 2000 – August 2001

    Fibre optic links, power line carriers and radio frequency communications.

    Holiday work at Deltaplan Consulting Engineers

    Klerksdorp, 1997 – 2000

    Worked on solar powered systems for rural electrification and strategies to supply electrical networks to previously disadvantaged local communities.