After my return to Tampa in 1987, I immediately began dating to find a new wife.
Honeywell Defense Communications
The firm was located in Tampa, Florida. It subsequently became "Group Technologies", then "Sybex",
most recently Sypris Electronics LLC, 10901 N Mckinley Dr, Tampa, FL.

Honeywell DCPD - Principal Design Engineer & Senior Systems Engineer.
Tampa, FL. Florida July/1987-Sept/1988. Really a Honeymoon job.

Jim Green in the 20th Century, photo 1990 (age 41). 
Press for Jim Green's Honeywell Honeymoon Adventure.
MSEE Jim Green (~age 38),
Principal Design Engineer
at Honeywell DCPD.

While at Honeywell DCPD near The University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa on Malcolm McKinley Boulevard, I did design engineering for the SST portable military computer CPU card and the Honeywell DCPD line of military printers. I showed up looking a bit like "Brother Malcolm" in the movie Jurassic Park, a lean but bespectacled mathematics professor fit to lecture on "strange attractors" in the theory of fractals pioneered by Benoit Mandelbrot, who wrote The Fractal Geometry of Nature, which I had somehow found time to read and play with, along with many books on more relevant engineering topics. However, the theory of fractal antennas was just developing to support wide-bandwidth antenna architecture. I worked with the Intel 80X86 microprocessor series to develop an SST CPU card. My immediate manager was Jerry Strehl, an older Rough Rider sort of engineer with a mustache resembling Teddy Roosevelt with experience in designing electronics for tanks who had headed up a company to develop and market magnetic disk drives. I also developed programmable logic design with PALS and ALTERA logic devices for the CPU card and other equipment. In addition, I designed, constructed, and debugged a military switching power supply design for the ANDVT with some advice from Strehl and help from the nearby USF library and our company library for design engineering.

Technician Steve Friedman, who resembled the mythical man in Mare Imbrium, the Sea of Storms on the Moon, wound the transformers for it. I think he was for hiring me when I applied looking like a clean-shaven GI dog, hoping I would join him in a bearded Ray Harry-How-Zen style as a new leader properly styled for the hairy business of hardware development.

Jim Green in 1988, from my USF ID at the University of South Florida. Press for more photos of the period.
Jim Green (39) in 1988
from my USF student ID.

Furthermore, I designed electro-optics for micro-mechanical measurements of military printer impact print-heads using infrared diodes and laser technology. The CPU card debugging was done with sophisticated microprocessor emulators and custom assembly language code written in 80x86 assembler. While at Honeywell DCPD I took a company course in designing electronics for easy testability, and also took courses at USF in robotics and satellite communications. I also enrolled in CMOS IC design, but had to withdraw for some reason, although I retained and read the excellent textbook. The robotics course featured a lab in which we programed UNIX 3B2 computers in the C programming language to control robot arms.

Our manager Norm Pittman had the presence of mind to make awards for outstanding achievement at high tide, as we achieved our goals, so that we at least had a slip of paper after all to prove that we were heroes who probably deserved a raise. About the time I arrived, the radio was playing Got My Mind Set on You (video).


Press for Military Communications Systems links.
After the CPU card was successfully debugged and the SST
Portable Military Computer was Functional,
Manager Norm Pittman handed out awards for Outstanding Achievement.


It was difficult to get enough margin into the ANDVT switching power supply I developed, which needed to exceed its official specifications somewhat, instead of falling just short of them. Hysteresis power losses in its transformer seemed to be culprit that caused it to fall just short of the predictions of my on-target analytical design, which worked fine on paper. It had an obvious textbook architecture for a switching power supply, and my design notes included hysteresis losses for the transformer, but those losses were perhaps underestimated in the analytical design, for which we used transformer design software developed by another firm including heat losses from both the core (eddy current losses and hysteresis losses) and the winding. Perhaps it would been efficient enough if the transformer had been wound with low-resistance gold wire or wire with a larger cross-section. See Daycounter, Inc's table of wire resistance as a function of guage.

IEEE Member at work. Right: Jim Green's Home Office in 1987, as a Principal Systems Engineer at Honeywell Defense Communications. An EE Grad's Cards
It was a good idea to collect your old business cards and organization memberships along with copies of old paychecks.
Press for US Army Bugle Calls.
Reveille: IEEE.
Taps: American Physical Society.

Jim Green's Home Office Engineering Bookcase in 1987.



The DC Comic Book Character The Flash appears in a photo of unusual lights playing over my portfolio of electronic
design ideas in 1987.
An Engineer's Portfolio of Design Ideas
Before I went to Honeywell Defense Communications in Tampa I was careful to keep many schematics of electronic design ideas that I had in an artist's portfolio. I exhibited them proudly at my Honeywell interview along with my resume Profile. Later, I was told that they were glad I had bothered to show them some actual schematics, drawings, and similar results. That is what they were hiring me to produce, along with working equipment and product documentation. Otherwise, they probably would not have hired me as a Principal Design Engineer on the strength of my resume, experience, and educational credentials alone. One day I caught the sunlight playing through the palm trees outside my apartment around the portfolio, seeming to create an image of The Flash, a comic book hero from DC comics, admiring a point of light floating above the drawings and schematics.
Tampa Home Office during the Honeywell DCPD period. Press for more photos from 1987-1989.
My desk at the apartment office in 1987. I acquired the IBM PC clone in 1986 at Mycro-Tek.
The PC featured MSDOS with a C compiler and an assembler.
By 1992 it acquired Windows and a C++ compiler, later Internet.

Hubble Visions Resume PROFILE - Tales of Brave Ulysses - May 1987, Age 38. The SoulSide of the Force: Photo Gallery II
An Odyssey of Ulysses: Adventures in Tampa Bay 1983-86, 1987-89, 1990-91.
The Alkaid (1st), Mizar & Alcor (2nd), and Alioth (3rd) Expeditions to Tampa (Mira in Cetus).

Music[2]: Classical Gas by Mason Williams with Wipeout by the Surfaris.


DOD [Links] | United States Military Standards [Links] | MIL-STD-810 | MIL-STD-188
The History of Personal Computers | History of Computers | History of Microprocessors | ICs
Military Satellite Communications | Military Communications Electronics
Jobs in Military Communications | Military & Aerospace Electronics | IEEE Standards
Science and Technology Timelines

Home | Profile
1st Wichita Period (1978-1982)Mycro-Tek | Kreonite
1st Tampa Expedition (1983-1986)AlphaType/Berthold | ABA
2nd Tampa Expedition (1987-1989)Honeywell DCPD | Compro at Fotomat
2nd Wichita Period (1990)Watkins
3rd Tampa Expedition (1990-1991)Telos | Greenwood Research
Systems Architect Workstation

Yahoo | Google || Music[2].