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Gromittoo@gmail.com
Abington, PA 19001
Embedded Software Development Engineer
25 years experience W2
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Embedded Software Development Engineer, with a strong focus on simple, logical design. Practical experience with CATV headend components. Experienced debugger who can fault isolate and solve problems, including triage of multivendor problems in the field. Creative thinker who has a pending US patent for Switched Digital Video. Practical thinker who can solve problems quickly and with a minimum of risk, while ensuring backward compatibility and preserving future flexibility.

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • VOD
  • Broadband networks
  • MPEG2
  • Cable TV
  • MPEG4
  • Auto-Discovery of network location
  • Set Top Box
  • Motorola / Arris Hardware
  • Software Development Life Cycle
  • Embedded Software
  • C and C++
  • Systems Integration
  • Vrtx / VxWorks
  • Field Triage

Experience
Senior Software Engineer / Triage Engineer
Manufacturing
Nov 2012 - May 2013

Ported updated Concurrent VOD application to the Pace embedded Linux settop platform. At customer’s test labs, troubleshooted integration issues in new features in a critical software release. Applied knowledge of Cable systems to communicate information required to the engineers in the home office for problem resolution using both technical and inter-organization people skills.

Accomplishments Included

  • Triaged Several problems that engineers in home office could not reproduce. Some problems had been outstanding for multiple years.
Linux Embedded Software SDLC Systems Integration Software Engineer
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Senior Software Engineer (DTA)
Telecommunications
Jul 2012 - Sep 2012

Embedded C Programming on Digital Terminal Adapter (DTA). Used Tools such as Cygwin; GNU Cross Compiler for MIPS; gdb and cgdb via JTAG.

C Embedded Software SDLC Broadband Software Engineer
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Senior Product Engineer (VOD)
Telecommunications
Feb 2011 - Feb 2012

Managed vendor of VOD clients and VOD client interfaces. Developed enhancements by VOD vendor. Made significant contributions to triage efforts for problems that involved the legacy VOD client.

Accomplishments Included

  • Found root cause of serious vendor firmware bug- now fixed and is saving Comcast $150K per year in Customer Service Calls
Firmware SDLC Broadband
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Senior Software Engineer (Settop)
Telecommunications
Nov 2006 - Feb 2011

Designed, wrote, and merged the Switched Digital Client embedded in the Motorola Settop Platform code. Worked for six months with the Conditional Access team (MCARD. Transitioned to the Service Acquisition team (tuning) for Advanced Digital Settops.

Accomplishments Included

  • Co-designed SDV client product
  • SDV Patent
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Senior Software Engineer (Settop)
Telecommunications
Nov 1999 - Oct 2006

Self taught Motorola Settop Software development and Motorola Headend architecture via the “braille” method. Supported complete integration and triage with VOD settop client with multiple Interactive Program Guide Vendors (TvGuide / Guideworks, Pioneer / Aptive, TvGateway, Starsite). Managed the testing of multiple vendor integrations through the Acadia Test Process

Accomplishments Included

  • Developed and Maintained All Motorola VOD Client software with multiple Program guide partners
  • Traveled to Field locations to triage tough multi vendor problems
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Senior Software Engineer
Information Technology
Apr 1996 - Oct 1999

One of the first hired employees in a Video On Demand Startup Company. Did everything from server assembly to shipping to writing services and software tools for WindowsNT based VOD server. Provided 90% of all the work involved, including design, coding, specifying and ordering hardware, and building and installing units at customer sites.

Accomplishments Included

  • 90% of the effort to create Broadcast Server Product
  • Created new tools
  • Several successful installations in remote labs
  • Created a side product called a “Broadcast Server”, of which about a dozen were sold to Comcast to provide customer education videos on how to used their digital cable.
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Education
Bachelor's in Applied Physics
University of Delaware
Skills
Software Engineer
2013
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SDLC
2013
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C
2012
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Embedded Software
2013
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Database Design
2011
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C++
2006
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Linux
2013
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Broadband
2012
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Firmware
2012
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Systems Integration
2013
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Windows
1999
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Circuit Design
2014
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VxWorks
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