Jocelyn Tait
  Electrical and Computer 
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Pittsburgh, PA
2001 - present creates custom designs, devices, and applications to implement the MIT Auto-ID concept using existing RFID products, while advising and assisting businesses in their development of related specialized equipment, systems, implementations, and software.   This work also involves preparing and presenting demonstrations, seeking funding for the applied research and development, and inventing unique products.
Interbink generates advances in RFID, robotics, materials research, logistics, and biotech.  The company serves customers who need medical, mining, agricultural, space, transportation, environmental, and supply chain applications.
Massachusetss Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
Research Engineer at the MIT Auto-ID Center
2000 - 2001 Duties included designing and building demonstrations of Auto-ID applications, establishing and managing the electronics development lab, purchasing materials, instruments, and technology for the lab, presenting demos, explaining the technology and proposed applications to sponsors, and developing testbeds for the research.
While creating the demos, devised additional configurations for the technology, discovered mutations for the RFID equipment, invented innovative applications and hardware, applied previously unnoticed effects, and researched applicable methods, implications, and techniques.
Also assisted with system administration and software development.
To achieve their mission "to merge the physical world with the information world," the MIT Auto-ID Center is developing 
         - the Electronic Product Code (ePC): a standard defining unique numeric keys for identifying physical objects,
         - the Product Markup Language (PML): a language for describing physical objects, and
         - the Object Naming Service (ONS): a method for locating data associated with a particular object, and implementing demonstrations of these techniques using existing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.
The ePC is intended to extend and replace the UPC (bar codes) now found on most products, PML will describe those products, and the ONS (similar to the Internet's Domain Name System) will direct computer systems to the information associated with ePC labeled items.
As Independent Contractor
Pittsburgh, PA
1998 - 2001 Customized usability and interaction testing, and advising, for specialized products and software.
Serving startups and small firms in the U.S. and Canada, I intend to continue this work as a consultant or on contract. 
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA
1996 Provided lab assistance and grading to students of an Electrical Engineering course, in which they built a programmable mobile robot.
1994 - 1995 Earned BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University
1984 - 1994 Career advancement suspended, temporarily, for full-time parenting.
Nepean, Ontario
1978 - 1984 Inventor of Fantasy (patents issued 1981) and UNREAL
Projects included design of a M68000 based board for multiprocessor applications, development of custom hardware for avionics data acquisition, and production of prototypes for the Poynton Vector real-time video frame store.
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Poynton Vector Corporation
Ottawa, Ontario 
1981 - 1982 Assisted in the development of a real-time video frame store to process signals from the Shuttle.
Duties included mechanical design, purchasing and inventory control, drafting, assembly, wire-listing and other support functions with occasional opportunities for analog and digital design and design review. 
Owner relocated to Houston to do on-sight debugging after delivery.
Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario
1981 Sessional lecturer responsible for instruction, further course development, and preparation of instructional materials for the one semester fourth year course, Microprocessor Systems.  Electrical Engineering, Physics, Math, and Computer Science students attended.
Tarot Electronics
Kanata, Ontario
1973 - 1983 As partner from 1973, I participated in the design and production of custom interfaces, scientific instrumentation, turnkey systems with embedded microprocessors, mapping equipment, avionics, and the like, and MIMIC (Mutable Integrated Memory, Interface, Controller), a microprocessor based, one board computer (1974). 
MIMIC,  the central module for much of the equipment we built, was also used as a bi-directional simulator for incompatible equipment, and was sold to hobbyists, in kit form, as a personal computer.
In addition to design and development, I was responsible for budgets, accounting, deadlines, employees, office support, and administrivia.
From time to time, I accepted employment on contract, most notably as the ground station manager at Communications Research Council, and as a consultant at Systemhouse Limited.
I concluded the business when my partner died.
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Systemhouse Limited (on contract)
Ottawa, Ontario
 1978 - 1979  Electronic Hardware and Documentation Specialist responsible for design, design evaluation, establishment of documentation standards and procedures, preparation of PCB artwork, prototype construction testing and debug, and pre-production documentation, for multiprocessor based automated mapping equipment. 
Electronics consultant responsible for co-ordinating all electronics activities for the Division.
Communications Research Council
Shirley's Bay, Ontario
1974 - 1975 Electronics Hardware Specialist responsible for the maintenance and further development of the prelaunch ground station hardware for Hermes. Supervised at the Ottawa facility  during clean room debug and rework, and preparation for shipment, and in Cleveland for environmental testing.
Since Project Green Maple, as it was called during the prelaunch period, was a joint Canada/US endeavor, I held both Canadian and US security clearances.
Bell Northern Research
Ottawa, Ontario
1971 - 1973 Member of Scientific and Technical Staff responsible for resource management, inventory control, production pricing, prototype construction, debug and testing of Subscriber Terminal Equipment and central office components for Digital Data Network.  Supervised assembly technicians and acquisition of production (quantity) materials.  BNR is now a division of Nortel.
National Research Council
Ottawa, Ontario
Summer 1969 Designed and built  a 30MHz gain-controlled stage for a radar receiver.  Researched an improved filing system. 
Evaluated the feasibility of a compact microfiche reader, and investigated the usefulness of Fourier transforms for OCR.
Assisted with computations for experiments in radar weather mapping.
Northern Radio
Ottawa, Ontario
Summer 1968 Quality assurance, board-level inspection and testing, line supervision, and wiring harness verification.
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