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 Senior Allegro Printed Circuit Designer and Technical Leader 

Last post Mon, Jun 7 2010 9:06 AM by RobBlomstrom. 0 replies.
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    • RobBlomstrom
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    • Clifton, NJ
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    Senior Allegro Printed Circuit Designer and Technical Leader Reply
     Robert M. Blomstrom2 Charmer CourtMiddletown, NJ 07748

    H:(732) 706-5548 ¨ C:(732)673-4265




    I am an experienced and proven design expert offering insight and passion for delivering solutions to difficult PCB design challenges. I am driven by an attitude to “do-it-right the first time”. When you coupled that with experience in service-bureau, commercial OEM, MIL subcontractors, bare-board fabrication and contract assembly manufacturing floor environments the result is a very rich cross section of understanding and approaches to the PCB design process that range from low-cost/high volume products to high-reliability/low volume ones.

     My goal is to partner my design skills with a company of vision in order to lead the development and evolution of products that define and shape our world.
     Areas of Expertise


    Cadence Allegro PWB Design Cadence Concept HDL SchematicHigh Density Interconnect (HDI)RF/Analog, Digital, High-speed, Multilayer,Rigid, Rigid-Flex and Flex DesignsSchematic and Footprint Library SymbolsOEM Consumer Electronics DesignHigh-Reliability MIL Avionic/Space DesignCost ReductionsDocumentation and Deliverables
    LeadershipStrong Problem-Solving SkillsStartup CAD Design and Team BuildingProcess and Procedure DevelopmentDfx Definition and DevelopmentManaging Design ServicesSchedule ManagementSupporting Full Product Life CycleInteracting  And Qualifying SuppliersOperating P & L Center System, Network and Software Administration
     Accomplishment Highlights


    ·                     Developed  “4G” CF-card format and handset wireless devices·                     Developed and cost reduced dozens of consumer electronic product lines·                     Produced designs for 48-layer backplane and 30-layer rigid-flex products·                     Personally shipped 56 designs in one year for OEM R&D activity of multiple product lines·                     Built three successful startup design groups·                     Authored DFx Guidelines and PWB Fabrication Specifications and Statements of Work·                     Managed a 6 person design team that produced $200K per month revenue·                     Built department websites to organize and publish documents, schedules and projects·                     Improved time-to-market by creating a process flow to reduce errors and re-spins·                     Defined and developed environment with multiple schematic and footprint libraries·                     Provided system and network administration tasks to address problems, streamline upgrades             and reduce downtime during corporate transition periods
     Professional Experience ITT, Geospatial Systems - Clifton, NJ               ______________               2007-PresentECAD COORDINATOR

    Joined this team to build an in-house ECAD function for this engineering group.

    My tasks included the following:
    • Define design standards to meet space project requirements
    • Develop process and procedures to follow during designs
    • Develop multiple schematic and footprint libraries for Cadence products
    • Configure software environments
    • Design PWB, capture schematics
    • Request and approve stackups for proper materials and requirements
    • Lead by illustrating design requirements, strategies and techniques in order interface with MCAD and hardware design teams to evaluate ideas and suggest alternatives.
    • Recruit, interview and manage staff
     Qualcomm Flarion Technologies, Inc. - Bridgewater, NJ         _______                __2003-2007SENIOR PCB DESIGN ENGINEER

    Joined this team first as a contractor and then became direct in January 2004. Continue to use an extensive amount of HDI techniques to deliver dense and cutting edge designs in the best time possible.  Multitask on multiple designs at a time, based on priority, to ensure that schedules are met. Involved with all product lines and support as required. Interact with R&D and manufacturing to solve problems.

     Northrop Grumman – Rolling Meadows, IL                                                                       2002SENIOR PCB DESIGN ENGINEER – CONTRACTOR

    Contract position using Cadence Allegro for high density designs. Refreshed skills needed to design in a military subcontractor environment.

     Manufactures’ Services Ltd. (MSL) – Mount Prospect, IL                                          2000-2001DESIGN SERVICES MANAGER

    Joined this company to build a design service bureau.

    • Identified roles for PCB and Mechanical Design CAD and Assembly CAM functions.
    • Researched and drafted ROIC requests.
    • Ordered, setup and administered hardware and software.
    • Interviewed staff.
    • Produced quotes for customers
    • Managed schedules and customer requirements.
    • Authored ISO documents for design process, DFM, DFA and DFT.
    U.S. Robotics  / 3Com -  Rolling Meadows, IL                                                                     1997-2000SENIOR PCB DESIGN ENGINEER, TECHNICAL LEADER and MANAGER

    Recruited by U.S. Robotics, later bought by 3Com, to build and lead a standalone CAD group for the startup Cable Modem division. Promoted to PCB Design Manager in October 1999 following a consolidation of several PCB Design groups within 3Com and supported a variety of OEM product lines.

     Hitachi Chemical / Advanced Interconnection Technologies (AIT) – Tucker, GA      1993-1997DESIGN SUPERVISOR / PCB DESIGN ENGINEER

    Recruited to this company as a PCB Designer and advanced in 1996 to supervise the design team. Very fast-paced service bureau environment that designed solutions for many high-end leading-edge customers in the commercial, military and aerospace markets. Captive manufacturing floor offered valuable insights for design.

    Circuitech, Inc.  – Eatontown, NJ                                                                             1989-1992

    Joined this company while still completing my degree at college.  Service bureau environment and manufacturing floor specializing in products for commercial, military and aerospace markets.

    PCB Skills

                            Cadence Allegro  /  Concept HDL  /  Specctra

    • Versions 5.0 through 16.2
    • Used continuously since 1993
    • Layout, Route and Library Development
    • Constraint management


    • Drafting of Fabrication and Assembly Drawings and Mechanical Components

                            Mentor Graphics Boardstation and Pads

    • Used to support customer translations and legacy data


    • Data checked for accuracy using GCPreview, CadCam, Valor ODB++

                            Design Elements

    • Single, double, and multilayer constructions
    • Rigid, Rigid-Flex and Flex constructions
    • Thru-hole, blind and buried vias, microvias, HDI
    • Standard and exotic materials
    • Buried Ohmega resistors / buried capacitance
    • High I/O count devices
    • Differential pairs, controlled impedance, R/F shielding, high speeds, EMI control
    • Mixed signal designs: Digital, Analog, R/F
    • Use of form factor standards - PCI, ISA, VME, Compact Flash and company defined
    • Best Practices using IPC standards and fabrication feedback - DFM, DFT, DFA
    • Understanding of industry specifications such as IPC and MIL, ITAR controlled projects
     Additional Skills

                            Computer related background

    • Scripting - Awk, Nawk, SED, Perl
    • System Administration – Microsoft Windows (‘9x, 2K, NT, XP, Vista, 7), Unix
    • Network Administration – Setup, management and troubleshooting LAN’s, Firewall setup
    • Graphic Editing – Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Fireworks
    • Web Design – MS FrontPage and Macromedia Dreamweaver
    • Office tools – MS Word, Excel, Access and Publisher; Adobe FrameMaker and Acrobat
    Education and Training

    High Speed Design Seminar taught by Dr. Howard Johnson

    Cadence CCT Specctra TrainingIPC DFM seminar          Mentor Graphics Boardstation Training PCB Design Conference / Instructional SeminarCadence Allegro Interactive TrainingMonmouth University - B.S. Mathematics
    • Post Points: 5
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