Published on March 10, 2014
INSPIRING LEADER AND ACCOMPLISHED MANAGER Dennis McCain
EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS MS, Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M BS, Electrical Engineering, Louisiana State University Registered Professional Engineer
OVERVIEW OF EXPERIENCE 22 YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – 1992 TO 2014 2013 – 2014 General Manager, Comverge 2011 – 2012 VP of Operations, Aclara Technologies 2009 – 2011 Director of Marketing, Murata Electronics 2006 – 2009 Technology Manager, Nokia Siemens Networks 1998 – 2006 Senior Research Manager, Nokia 1996 – 1998 Senior Hardware Designer, Raytheon 1992 – 1996 Captain, U.S. Army Signal Corps
PUBLICATIONS Book Chapter OFDM Wireless LANs: A Theoretical and Practical Guide. Sams Publishing, 2002 Selected Papers Rapid Scheduling of Efficient FPGA Architectures for Next-Generation HSDPA Wireless System Using Precision C Synthesizer, IEEE International Workshop on Rapid Systems Prototyping (June 2003) Scalable FPGA Architectures for LMMSE-based SIMO Chip Equalizer in HSDPA Downlink, IEEE Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers (November 2003) Compact Hardware Accelerator for Functional Verification and Rapid Prototyping of 4G Wireless Communication Systems, IEEE the 38th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers (November 2004) Untimed-C based SoC Architecture Design Space Exploration for 3G and Beyond Wireless Systems, Design and Verification Conference (February 2005)
CAPTAIN, U.S. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS 1992 - 1996 LEADER RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TRAINING, DISCIPLINE, AND WELFARE OF 46 SOLDIERS IN A TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS UNIT Achieved a 100% communications readiness rate while providing critical radio links in one of the largest Army communication networks in support of a 70,000+ soldier Corps
SENIOR HARDWARE DESIGNER, RAYTHEON 1996 - 1998 • Developed and maintained VHDL code for a signal-processing design utilizing FPGAs, and successfully verified and tested board design prior to system integration • Developed the software (Korn Shell) for controlling the versioning of factory test-equipment software LEAD HARDWARE DESIGNER FOR THE DESIGN AND TESTING OF A PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD FOR A PROPRIETARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
SENIOR RESEARCH MANAGER, NOKIA 1998 - 2006 • Proposed and managed an annual research portfolio and established the rapid-prototyping center of excellence for Nokia Research Center • Designed, implemented, and demonstrated the world’s first end-to-end HSDPA system • Marketed HSDPA demonstrations for Nokia customers including AT&T and T-Mobile helping Nokia garner 50% of the HSDPA contracts in 2004 and 2005 • Designed, implemented, and demonstrated Nokia’s first IEEE 802.11a 5GHz prototype system supporting a peak data-rate of 54 Mbps • Led the research on various wireless standards including IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.16e, 3GPP(HSDPA), LTE, and UWB SENIOR RESEARCHER AND PROJECT MANAGER IN THE AREA OF PHYSICAL-LAYER HARDWARE ARCHITECTURE ANALYSIS AND IMPLEMENTATION FOR VARIOUS WIRELESS STANDARDS
TECHNOLOGY MANAGER, NSN 2006 - 2009 • Collaborated with customers, academia, and technology suppliers of next-generation signal processors in the wireless market • Drove and managed strategic partnerships with key U.S. universities to foster the development of new wireless technologies for future NSN businesses • Developed and demonstrated NSN’s first HSDPA femtocell access point establishing NSN’s leadership in the femtocell market • Developed the architecture for a femtocell baseband/MAC SoC and implemented a femtocell CPE on new multicore DSP and FPGA platforms DROVE THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW L1 WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES FOR FUTURE NOKIA SIEMENS NETWORK (NSN) BASESTATIONS
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, MURATA 2009 - 2011 • Drove the Smart Energy wireless market analysis, product concepts, design, and sales working with customers, engineering, operations, and management • Led the business development, marketing, and sales of wireless modules for the Smart Energy market enabling a new vertical business • Drove the engineering development of a ZigBee module for the smart energy/Advanced Meter Infrastructure market • Launched two ZigBee modules and developed all marketing material including presentations, product briefs, press releases, website, etc. DROVE THE WIRELESS MODULE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE SMART ENERGY/AMI MARKET COVERING ZIGBEE, WIFI, BLUETOOTH, AND CUSTOM SOLUTIONS.
VP OF OPERATIONS, ACLARA 2011 - 2012 • Supervised a record three-fold increase in year-over-year AMI sales volume • Drove the FCC, ZigBee, and Sprint certifications of Metrum AMI endpoint products • Drove the joint marketing with Verizon and Sprint on AMI opportunities CELLULAR-BASED, WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS AND ENDPOINT AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES FOR ENERGY/UTILITY ADVANCED METER INFRASTRUCTURE “AMI” AND SMART GRID APPLICATIONS
GENERAL MANAGER, COMVERGE 2013 - 2014 • Program manager on 3 utility programs responsible for P&L and all operational issues • Increased program gross margins by 20% • Improved customer satisfaction on all programs resolving critical reporting and communication issues • Drove contract extensions on key programs working with the sales teams RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL DEMAND-RESPONSE UTILITY PROGRAMS IN TEXAS AND ARIZONA INCLUDING INSTALLATIONS, SALES AND MARKETING, AND SERVICE THAT INCLUDES P&L RESPONSIBILITIES AND MANAGEMENT OF MULTIPLE CROSS-FUNCTIONAL TEAMS TO MEET CONTRACTUAL REQUIREMENTS AND DELIVERABLES
SUMMARY Proven leader with management experience covering research, engineering, marketing/sales, business development, and operations Broad and deep wireless background working with both standardized and proprietary systems for various vertical markets Extensive knowledge of the Smart Energy/AMI market from the Home Area Network (HAN) to the utility head-end systems Developed and marketed a broad portfolio of leading-edge wireless technologies
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