BERNARD JACK GERSHEN (Inactive Professional Engineer)
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Offering consulting services in circuit design by an electronics engineer. Instructions can also be provided at your facility to give your personnel instructions in aspects of electronics engineering which might not have been taught in the modern undergraduate curriculum. I may be contacted at email@example.com
My experience will be of help to you when you want to use your software to control a function that must interface with the AC power line, or a DC source (as in an automobile, for example).
Software development is a specialized discipline. Software engineers unfortunately do not have the training to bring the software to a full product. The Electrical Engineering curriculum over the past 15 years has had to reduce the number of course hours devoted to the non-software aspects of Electrical Engineering. The result is that although the newly minted Electrical Engineer may have been exposed to courses other than software-oriented ones, there is very little depth and there is uncertainty as to how to design the entire product.
It’s about time that I introduced myself.
I’m an Electrical Engineer with over 45 years of experience. I am retired from a career that netted me a Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering as well an undergraduate concentration in Communications and Circuit Design. I am an inactive Professional Engineer (Pennsylvania PE license).
5. What are the areas of expertise?
My expertise lies in interfacing to the AC power line. For the last 25 years of my career I worked for a company which manufactured electrical wiring devices, and was involved with the electronic products that were part of their catalog. Other jobs included interfacing to frequencies other than 60 or 50 Hz, as well as various DC systems. My particular strengths are in analog and power interface for high volume, reliable, low cost products. An important part of my contribution to the work of the engineering department was working with the Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL).
I have also taught undergraduate courses in circuit design at City College of New York, Farmingdale State University of New York, New York Institute of Technology.
6. How would a professional arrangement work?
One method is to work as a traditional consultant, e. g. hire for a particular project with stated goals, timetable, pay, report requirements and all the other aspects of this type of business arrangement. Initially we would conduct telephone conversations and/or meetings to determine the exact parameters of the job.
The other way would be to be conduct in-house seminar or course. I would teach your present personnel aspects of Electrical Engineering which they would need in order to complete the engineering task of bringing the software concept to a finished product. This would be a product that would perform some kind of mechanical or visual function. Here is a copy of the first lesson of such a course or seminar.
The goal is not to make the listener an expert in these fields. However ”buzz words” and concepts that would enable the engineer to design simple interface circuits, and to intelligently specify the necessary product or other consulting service would be taught.
Finally, since I have attended many of these types of seminars, experience has shown that the information gained at the time it was taught was not immediately utilized. When I eventually could make use of it, the concepts were not readily recalled. In order to solve this problem, I would offer ongoing help via E-mail or phone contacts for as long as necessary. This could be at a flat fee (retainer), or fee for time spent in additional consultation.
7. Are there any samples?
You can see my resume here.
I wrote an an unpublished paper concerning the changes in the educational curriculum of the Electrical Engineer over the years.
Here is another article I wrote – The Transformerless Series Circuit, Appliance Magazine, April, 2002: Click here to view this article.
For more information, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org