Antenna System Engineering
The Antenna System Engineering team designs and develops advanced antenna systems for use with HTL’s state of the art software defined radios (SDRs). Our in-house high-performance computing cluster and advanced electromagnetic simulation software tools provide significant antenna design and platform integration capabilities to create unique solutions for a wide variety of applications and concept of operations (CONOPS).
- On the Move (OTM)
- At the Halt (ATH)
- Body worn
- Low Size Weight and Power (SWaP) platforms
- Special purpose and unconventional
At HTL, the Digital Design Team creates exciting new products using cutting-edge technology and techniques. Their scope encompasses the entire product lifecycle and involves continuous collaboration with all engineering disciplines. Digital Engineers drive product development from early conception and design through fabrication and production. Throughout a product’s lifecycle, the HTL Digital Design Team constantly iterates, continuously translating customer needs and environmental challenges into innovative solutions and improvements. New products are designed in collaboration with the Mechanical Design group and the Digital Signal Processing (DSP) team.
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Engineers at Herrick are designing the next generation of Software Defined Radio (SDR) applications. DSP Engineers are involved in the full design cycle of DSP development, from modeling advanced signal processing algorithms and communication systems in Matlab, implementation on modern SoCs using VHDL, C++, or OpenCL, to integration and testing on Herrick’s SDR platforms. Typical developments include communications systems, signal detection and classification, and geolocation. Ultimately, signal processing serves as the heart of a radio. Thus, the DSP team works closely with the entire engineering team, tying together all disciplines, to produce advanced SDRs.
Mechanical Engineers and Designers perform system integrations and design complex electronics systems and sub-components by working in cross-functional teams to solve challenging problems in each part of the product life-cycle. Our holistic product design process capitalizes on expertise across engineering disciplines to field high-quality, reliable solutions to solve customer problems.
The Mechanical Engineering team performs all design and analysis in-house. ME responsibilities include all aspects of fluid dynamics, heat transfer, mechanics, and dynamics to design complex electronics systems to reliably operate to withstand water immersion, shock/vibration, altitude, and other environmental conditions. They work alongside Electrical and Systems Engineers to solve multi-faceted electronics packaging challenges, under the lenses of tolerance, ergonomics, and structural integrity.
In addition to conceptual and detailed design work, Mechanical Engineers can also expect to fabricate and assemble prototypes, develop test plans, generate assembly instructions, and optimize fabrication and assembly processes. We work with our internal Manufacturing Team as well as our vendors to ensure every product meets quality, reliability, manufacturability, and our customer’s requirements.
The RF Engineering team designs state-of-the-art radios using leading-edge technology and innovative approaches. Their scope encompasses the entire product lifecycle and involves continuous collaboration with all engineering disciplines. RF Engineers drive product development from early conception and design through fabrication and production. The team incorporates customer needs into product architectures followed by detailed design, including simulation using tools such as Genesys, breadboarding to de-risk novel circuit designs, schematic entry and detailed layout. Once full circuit boards are received, the team works in the lab to test and optimize the performance, ultimately transitioning the testing over to the production team. Working in conjunction with the Manufacturing team, HTL's RF Engineers continue to incorporate technological advances into products while boosting efficiency and yield over the products over their life cycle.
Research and Development
HTL’s advanced Research and Development group develops experimental, innovative techniques for progressing the future of SDR and intelligence missions. Using cutting-edge technology to capitalize on algorithmic, antenna, and hardware developments, the team collaboratively advances the art, realizing their research in developed and fielded products. HTL Scientists utilize a variety of software analysis tools and commonly employ limited-release hardware prototypes to develop communication, detection, synthesis, and control techniques.
HTL’s Software Engineering team uses their expertise to design next-generation software for the defense industry. The team uses a variety of languages and tools while working in a fast-paced, Agile environment that encourages collaboration, creativity, and teamwork. Software deliverables range from full-stack Web development all the way down to kernel-level C drivers. The Software Engineering team prides itself on delivering high-quality, well-tested, timely solutions to our customers to satisfy a challenging and dynamic problem space. The environment allows engineers to broaden their knowledge by using multiple technologies and languages, as well as to dig in to become an expert in any given technology. Typical responsibilities at HTL span the product lifecycle from prototype and software concept, to customer delivery, and to product maintenance. Software Engineers work with other engineering disciplines and our customers to define, prototype, introduce new products, develop test plans, and optimize the software release cycle.
System Engineering/Project Engineering
Our System Engineering team is responsible for architecting next-generation high-technology systems and realizing new, disruptive capabilities for use in the signals intelligence, geolocation, and electronic warfare sectors.
The System Team responsibilities are multi-disciplinary. Responsibilities include:
- Developing product requirements based on customer inputs and internal product roadmaps
- Develop concepts of operation and use cases for new products
- Leading a cross-functional team in developing product concepts and proposing those concepts to management and customers
- System design, including deriving and allocating requirements to sub systems and components
Project Engineering responsibilities include:
- Technical leadership of cross-functional project team in developing products
- Working directly with Program Management and external customers to develop cost and schedule estimates, staffing plans, status reports, etc.
- Developing system diagrams, system data sheets, component specifications, test plans, and providing input to user’s manuals
- Support for building and testing prototype systems, HW and SW integration, and field testing.
- Support transition to production including generation of module and system test procedures.