H. Bryan Riley, Ph.D.

H. Bryan Riley H. Bryan Riley, Ph.D, PMP, is the founder of Provectus Technical Solutions, LLC, a company with a core value of “Partnering Innovation and Profitability”. Dr. Riley’s vision is to guide a team of experienced engineers in becoming premier partners to various customers for the design, development, and flawless launch of products and technologies. Our driving force “Partnering Innovation and Profitability” creates positive results for our customers. Dr. Riley has over 20 years of engineering experience across several industries and has worked in roles of increasing responsibility at Sandia National Laboratories, AT&T Technologies, Magnavox Industrial and Electronics Systems, GM / Delphi, and Honeywell International. Most recently he guided a cross-functional global team, as a start-up business within Honeywell Aerospace, which provided Advanced Vehicle Electronics services to Automotive OEMs and generated more than $2.8M in revenue over a 20 month period. The major area of focus included the integration of forward-looking RADAR, vision-based lane tracking, map-based road geometry and advanced algorithms in prototype hardware to prove active safety technology readiness for public customers. Other experiences include working as a Manager of Collision Avoidance Technologies, where he was responsible for intelligent brake controls on a 5 year, $35M Intelligent Vehicle Initiative (IVI) research project with the US Department of Transportation (DoT). A limited fleet of 24 vehicles with an adaptive cruise control / forward-collision-warning system were developed and built for lay drivers to evaluate the technology and data acquisition. Dr. Riley holds several patents, serves on several IEEE Commissions, including an ABET Program Evaluator, and community oriented committees. His career has produced a series of profitable products, innovative solutions, and cost saving initiatives for customers. He earned the BSEE and MSEE from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Dr. Riley has the proven ability to define and guide the implementation of win-win solutions to both technical and commercial issues.

Michael Fahie, MSEE,PMP

Michael Fahie Michael Fahie has more than 18 years of experience in Electronics Product Development and Manufacturing. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University, a Masters Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oakland University and is certified in project management from the Project Management Institute (PMI). Early in his career, Mike worked in Automotive Manufacturing as a General Motors co-op for the Orion Assembly facility. In this role, he worked on various projects including body, trim, and paint shops and final process facility. Mike has also worked as co-op for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where he worked on projects related to emission certification. Upon graduation from Kettering University, Mike was employed as an Embedded Software Developer and developed the body electronics software for the 2001 Jeep Liberty. Mike then moved to Delphi Automotive Systems where he worked as a resident engineer and developed and validated requirements for the radio used on the GMT-900 platform, one of the largest radio programs used by General Motors. Most recently Mike worked on various projects: Embedded HW and IT software projects for OnStar Corporation. Mike brings a positive and energetic work approach and an exemplary blend of talents in the areas of project management, system engineering, software engineering, embedded software development, communication, and staff coaching and mentoring. He has held progressively more responsible positions based on a demonstrated ability to exceed established goals and manage diverse priorities in a highly competitive sector.As a proactive contributor to your organization, you will find him to be a self-motivated professional and leader committed to supporting you in achieving your objectives through dedication, diligence, and exemplary performance.

Peter Seiler, Ph.D.

Peter Seiler Peter Seiler, PhD, received Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. He received the B.T. Chao Award for the outstanding senior in Mechanical Engineering and the Thiokol Award for excellence in engineering design.  Dr. Seiler also received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in the fall of 2001. While at Berkeley, Dr. Seiler worked on estimation and control algorithms for automotive active safety systems. He developed a collision avoidance system for Kia Motors and a stop and go adaptive cruise control system for BMW. Dr. Seiler also researched the use of inter-vehicle communications for cooperative control applications. One outcome of this work was an investigation of fundamental control issues that arise in large platoons of vehicles that use forward-looking radars for adaptive cruise control. This work won the O. Hugo Shuck award for the best paper out of 888 submissions to the 2002 American Control Conference. Dr. Seiler then worked as a Principal Scientist R&D in the Guidance, Navigation and Control group at the Honeywell Research Labs. At Honeywell, he managed a joint project between the Honeywell Labs and the Air Transport business unit to develop the redundancy management architecture for the Boeing 787 flight control electronics. The flight control electronics is a safety critical system and this system must operate with very high levels of reliability and integrity. Many of the monitoring and fault detection techniques used in aerospace can be applied to other domains. Dr. Seiler also worked on sensor fusion algorithms for navigation and automotive active safety system applications. The navigation applications used combinations of cameras, spinning and Flash LIDARS, radars, and inertial sensors to estimate position in a GPS-denied situation. The automotive applications involved fusing measurements from short-range radars, long-range radars, and cameras to obtain accurate estimates of targets surrounding the host vehicle. Computation and memory constraints on the production processor were important factors in the development of the fusion algorithm.

Eric J. Whitaker

Eric Whitaker Eric’s career with General Motors spans over 30 years beginning as a Tool & Die maker progressing through Manufacturing Engineering and more recently, Advanced Engineering. His succession of assignments have included promotions from Supervisor to Team Leader to Manager and then to Group Manager. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Michigan. Eric has solid experience with managing interfaces to multiple suppliers, continuous process improvement, developing budgets and timing schedules, working with purchasing and supplier quality interface, launch of new facilities, tools, and parts, as well as, engineering from vehicle concept through final launch. While managing a group of 8-10 engineers in the advanced engineering department, Eric assumed responsibility for engineering coordination and implementation of (11) Cognitens robotic optic scanning systems within GM Metal Fabricating Division. His responsibility included delivery of complete logic programming for each check fixture within those systems, thereby saving $2M in check fixture tooling costs. Eric’s GM career included direct assignments and interface with Saturn, GM Research, GM Design Group, GM Product Engineering, GM Opel, and a multitude of Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers. He has successfully worked on the development and continuous improvement of various new technological content. These have included hybrid, hydrogen, and electrical vehicle components using scan data to generate or compare solid math models. As a member of the engineering technical leadership, Eric was responsible for defining, and implementing scanning hardware (laser, optic, and positioning systems), and software (specific for each type of scanning system and also interfacing software), capable of generating solid modeling data with the correct solutions for GM and their supplier network. Eric now looks forward to energetically working with various global customers, developing engineering solutions to meet their immenient needs.

John J. Wyatt, PMP

John J. Wyatt John J. Wyatt has a Bachelor of Technology with a major in Electronic Engineering Technology from the University of Dayton and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). John has over 20 years of combined experience in quality and manufacturing engineering in the automotive and electronic industries. He has extensive experience in the development and implementation of Quality Systems, the management of Value Engineering/Value Analysis projects and the management of mechanical, electrical and software design risk analysis projects. John’s quality management experience includes directing activities for successful implementation of ISO 9000, including leading the management team, authoring the quality manual, writing operation procedures and work instructions, and developing employee auditing skills in support of the quality system. He has also led many successful quality improvement projects in the areas of design, procurement, fabrication, inspection, and assembly. John’s VA/VE experience includes implementing a VA/VE training program and developing, managing and conducting cost reduction workshops for major automotive suppliers. His workshops have identified millions of dollars of potential savings in HVAC units, air conditioner clutches, die cut foam components, motors, solenoids, instrument panels, machined parts, rubber hoses, metallic tubing, cockpits and electrical harnesses.In the area of design risk analysis, John has led many cross functional teams in identifying and resolving mechanical, electrical and software design risk early in the development cycle where it is the most economical to address. He has managed design risk analysis projects (DFMEA) for General Motors Powertrain and the Chrysler Advanced Hybrid Center from initiation through closing.  At the Chrysler Advanced Hybrid Center, John managed and facilitated 90% of the electrical and mechanical DFMEA projects on a two-mode hybrid transmission to identify and address design weakness, improve the quality of designs and mitigate warranty costs. John’s awards and articles of recognition include:

  • Quest for Quality Award for 2 consecutive quarters of DFMEA project management improvement, General Motors Corporation.
  • Three articles of recognition for achievements in VA/VE Cost Engineering at Delphi Corporation.
  • Achievement Award for outstanding performance in coordinating the successful transfer of products from Design Engineering to the manufacturing floor, Unisys Corporation.

Linda S. White, CAPM

Linda S. White Linda S. White holds a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies from California State University East Bay, and is a Certified Assistant Project Manager (CAPM) through the Project Management Institute. Linda’s capabilities include Technical Writing for Quality Management System documentation, brochure and print advertisement creation, photographic restoration and instructional design. She has a wide scope of industry background and extensive experience in automotive and industrial settings including General Motors, Ford Motor, TRW Safety Restraints, Chrysler Corporation, and Autoliv North America.  Linda has successfully worked in the Information Technology departments of Electronic Data Systems, Beaumont Hospitals and the Veterans’ Administration – National Center for Patient Safety. Within these positions Linda combined her Technical Writing, IT, customer support and photographic talents to author QMS documentation, HTML documents and instructional support design.As a proactive member of the Provectus team Linda brings a positive and energetic work approach to your organization.  You will find her to be a self-motivated professional interested supporting your objectives.

Venkat Venigalla

Venkat holds a Masters Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology, certified software Test Professional from University of Washington and currently preparing for certification in System Engineering – ASEP from the International Council on System Engineering. Venkat has over 6 years of extensive experience in Safety Critical Systems Validation & Verification in compliance with DO-178B standards, Automated Test Software Development, Automated Test Equipment Integration, Test and Measurement tools, Test systems commissioning in the shop floor. Venkat has written white papers on software configuration management best practices, DO-178B standards and process and presently writing a white paper on Automated Test architecture. Venkat worked on validation and verification of several safety critical systems and a few of them are V&V of Horizontal Stabilizer- Ace Control Electronics of Fly-BY-Wire ARJ-21 (Chinese) aircraft, V&V of Elevator and Rudder software for Embraer-170 aircraft using Real time system bench. Venkat also worked on integration of hardware and software for Automated Test Equipment which will be used in the factory floor to perform Acceptance Testing of the Line Replaceable Units (LRU’s) before they get shipped out to End customers.

Venkat has received several partner awards from Honeywell in recognition of his dedicated effort including:

  • Partner Award – Note worthy contribution in meeting the pressing demands on the Honeywell Flight Data Recorders Test Application Software development and timely delivery with good metrics mechanism in place.
  • Partner Award – In recognition of meticulous project planning and management activities leading up to approval of $6.3 Million Approval Request for Flight Data Recorder Project from VP of Engineering.
  • Partner Award – In recognition of outstanding and dedicated efforts towards Flight Recorders product line Validation and Verification, ATP Development activities.