In the beginning, we established criteria for people to become members of the Avaliant Team. Each person has demonstrated character, integrity and compassion and has achieved world class success in their field. The foundation of a high performance team is based upon the qualities of each team member.
Bob Bagshaw - President & Founder
Bob is accomplishment and team oriented. Areas of expertise include Business Management, Program Management, Technical Project Management, System Engineering, Network Engineering, and Software Development with a focus on complex integrated systems. His experienced tracked the advancement of technology from Mainframe, to Mini to Mac to Networking to Space. He continues to learn and apply knowledge and skills developed through the career path and with every Avaliant project and client., His recognized broad technical and leadership skills contributed to significant accomplishments for each organization and continues in support to our clients.
Previous: Teledesic, The Boeing Company, Apple Computer, Hewlett Packard, Mitre Corporation, US Army Field Station Augsburg
Education: State University of New York - BS Computer Science
Dave Morse is Vice President of Communication Systems with a broad range of expertise in systems engineering and the analysis and design of wireless and satellite communications systems. He has led engineering teams in the analysis and design of satellite payloads, RF communication systems, satellite system architectures, military training devices and wireless LANs.
Previous: Teledesic, Boeing, Lockheed Martin
Education: BS, MS and PhD degrees from the Colorado School of Mines.
Dave Patterson is Avaliant’s Vice President and Chief Scientist. He has over 40 years of management, system engineering and design experience in leading-edge wireless and satellite communications systems and networks. As first employee, Vice President and Chief Architect of Teledesic he led the initial architecture and design of the “Internet-in-the-Sky” system: a global broadband network employing a constellation of packet-switched satellites interconnected by inter-satellite links.
Previous: Teledesic, AutoPath Systems, American Telecorp, SPRINT, TRW, ITT, Le Matériel Téléphonique, and ATT Bell Labs
Education: BA in Mathematics from Hendrix College; BSEE from Columbia University; MSEE from University California at Berkeley
Paul Palmiter is Vice President of Systems Engineering with an extensive background in that field, as well as Engineering and Program Management. His specialty is satellites and communications systems. He has been responsible for design, implementation, and operations of space and terrestrial systems. Mr. Palmiter has considerable experience working with the Legal, Financial, and Marketing departments of companies to coordinate technical and business concerns.
Previous: Teledesic, Iridium, COMSAT, Advanced Radio Telecom
Education: BSEE from the University of Maryland
Mark Taylor is Vice President of Network Engineering with a background in telecommunications, network architecture, system design, modeling and development. He has led technical teams in the design and development of data networks, network management systems and wireless data technologies. He led the team that created the technical standards for Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD), the first widespread IP-based wireless WAN on behalf of the North American cellular industry. He also led the team that built AT&T’s first wireless data network and is the first person to have sent and received e-mail via a North American cellular-based network.
Previous: Teledesic, Motorola, McCaw Cellular, AT&T Bell Lab, United Airlines, AT&T Wireless
Education: B.A. in Mathematics and Physics from Augustana College, Illinois; M.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science.
Steve Bliesner is a Principal Software Engineer with broad expertise in both systems engineering and software development. He has developed software models for satellite capacity, coverage and traffic. He has extensive experience regarding service oriented architecture (SOA), enterprise service bus (ESB) and distributed system design.
Previous: Teledesic, Boeing
Education: BSEE from Washington State University; MBA from Seattle University; MSCSE from the University of Washington
Phil Horkin is a Principal Systems Engineer with a broad range of expertise in the analysis, design, and development of satellite payloads, communications systems, and system architectures. He has led product development teams for a variety of satellite payloads, and RF and Optical communication systems. Many orbiting satellites carry his designs.
Previous: Teledesic, Motorola, Hughes, Lockheed Martin
Education: BSEE from Drexel University in Philadelphia
Larry Shatos is a Principal Software Engineer whose background includes software development for applications, games, graphics, tools and large system simulations. He has developed software for simulating communications systems, satellite constellations, data networks and satellite resource management, and applications support software for games, graphics and debugging.
Previous: Teledesic, Microsoft, Mindsai Productions, Experience Music Project
Education: BS in Computer Science, Griffin College
John Blommers is a Senior Network Engineer with a broad experience in networking. He has worked on client/server network service installation, server performance tuning, network capacity planning using network model and simulation, LAN and WAN assessment and troubleshooting, multivendor network services, enterprise network backup solutions including deduplication and high-speed tape libraries, penetration testing, and security assessments for HIPAA and PCI compliance. He has written two books: “Practical Planning for Network Growth” and “OpenView Network Node Manager” both published by Prentice Hall, and has taught networking at the University of Washington Information School.
Previous: Hewlett Packard
Education: BSEE from University of British Columbia; MS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Victoria
Karl Griep is a Senior System Engineer with expertise in the design and simulation of satellite and terrestrial wireless communications, including link budgets, closed loop power control, modulation, coding, media access, and interference analysis.
Previous: Teledesic, National Semiconductor
Education: BSEE and MSEE are both from the University of Washington
Ken Grzemski is a Senior System Engineer with a wide range of expertise in aerospace and communication systems engineering and data analysis tool development. He has analyzed and modeled satellite communications systems, RF spectrum sharing schemes and command and control networks, and has developed expert systems application development tools.
Previous: Teledesic, ESL, Tera Research, SoftSell Technologies
Education: B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois
Duane Harkness is a Senior Network and Software Engineer with an uncommon range of both hands-on and design expertise in network routing, network management, network mobility and software development. He has led engineering teams in designing commercial network services, specifying management and operations tools and developing complex networked software systems.
Previous: Terabeam Networks, Boeing, Sperry Univac
Education: BS in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of South Dakota
Olga Larcencova is Avaliant's Business and Finance Manager with experience in working within cross-functional teams coordinating, managing and leading projects. She has experience supporting senior executives and teams internationally and domestically. Her skills and experience are in managing budgets, creating supplier agreements, managing corporate expenses, financial reporting, and managing corporate taxes. In her current role Olga manages and reviews contracts, issues statements of work, and creates project plans. She prepares status reports, charts, complex data, and delivers presentations for senior leadership.
Previous: Franz Chocolates, Starbucks
Education: University of Washington BA International Studies (m) Human Rights
Lisa Middlebrook is a Senior System Engineer with experience in satellite systems, modeling and analysis. Work includes constellation design and analysis for small and large satellite systems; satellite positioning; spacecraft power modeling; space radiation and debris analysis; orbit and coverage analysis using a mix of in-house tools and STK (Satellite/Systems Tool Kit).
Previous: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (QSS Group), Teledesic, Deskin Research Group
Education: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - B.S. in Enginering Physics
Samson is a Senior System Engineer with over twenty-three years experience designing and developing a wide range of solutions including: terrestrial and satellite wireless communication systems; modeling & simulation of complex systems; innovative software applications. Samson has three issued patents, conference and peer-reviewed publications, and is a senior member of IEEE.
Previous: NextComm, Teledesic, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Education: University of Southern California, Engineers Degree EE; Cornell University, Master in Engineering in EE; University of Virginia, BSEE
Steve Roediger is a Senior Systems and Network Engineer with 35 years of broad expertise in systems and network architecture, storage systems design, software engineering, telecommunications engineering, and IT design and implementation.
Previous: Network Appliance, Cisco Systems, The Boeing Company, Bell Laboratories
Education: BS in Computer Science from the University of Washington and MS Computer Science University of California at Berkeley.
Shiva Sarrafan is a Senior System Engineer with over fifteen years of expertise in performance analysis and architectural trade studies in satellite and terrestrial wireless communication systems. Her expertise is in devising custom simulation and analysis tools in various scripting and programming languages. Her experience comprises evaluation of physical layer components as well as analysis of end-to-end system performance accounting for waveform properties, environmental constraints, frequency plan, antenna characteristics, power control schemes, and all forms of interference.
Previous: Teledesic, The Boeing Company, PSHRO Consulting
Education: BSME and MSEE are from the University of Washington
Dave Troje is a Senior Software Developer with 30 years of experience. Dave was one of the primary architects/developers responsible for launching the Amazon mobile shopping app. In addition, he worked on a number of supply chain related tools and systems, occasionally fulfilled the role of software development manager for small teams and has worked on real-time data acquisition and analysis type systems.
Previous: Amazon, Boeing
Education: BS in Computer Science from University of Washington