: Australian
 : Sydney, Australia
 : Masters of Electrical Engineering at The University of Newcastle
 : Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Commercialisation, Uni. of Newcastle
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) (Hons I), Uni. of Syd.
Bachelor of Science (Physics and Computer Science), Uni. of Syd.
 :  A mm-wave High Speed Wireless LAN for Mobile Computing -- Architecture and Prototype Modem/Codec Implementation
D J Skellern, T M P Percival, C Lee, P J Ryan, T McDermott, N H E Weste, J W Dalton, J A Graham, T F Wong, A F Myles.
Hot Interconnects, 1996.
Reprinted in IEEE Micro, Jan/Feb 1997
A 50MHz 16-point FFT Processor for WLAN Applications
N Weste, M Bickerstaff, T Arivoli, P J Ryan, J Dalton, D J Skellern, T M Percival.
IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference 1997.
EMPLOYMENT HISTORY: March 2005 - Present
Continuing consulting work on a casual basis in parallel with full time postgraduate study on an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship.
Feb 2002 - March 2005
Contract with The University of Newcastle for the design and implementation of a system to test space-time codes. The project covered the entire system, from the antenna to the application software. Skills used included RF design, mixed signal design, FPGA design, VHDL, PCB layout, device driver and Matlab/C/C++ software.
Oct 1998 - Feb 2002
Technical lead of wireless modem development for Southern Poro Communications, directing a group to develop modems for 3G, 4G and 802.11. These modems used advanced multiuser detection and coding techniques, targeting both ASICs and FPGAs. The project covered all aspects of wireless modems from ASIC design to RF systems and MAC software.
Aug 1997 - Oct 1998
I was employed by Harrison Electrical to design a building control system. Communication was by carrier over power lines.
Jan 1995 - Aug 1997
I was employed by Macquarie Research Limited to develop a broadband wireless access system. This project involved high speed digital logic, FPGAs, ASICs, antenna systems, mixed signal electronics and SMT PCBs. The system was designed to operate at frequencies ranging from 2.4GHz to 60GHz. This work led to the foundation of Radiata Communications, eventually bought by Cisco Systems for $600 million, and to the writing of the IEEE 802.11a standard.
Dec 1991 - Jan 1995
I was employed by DSTO, to do research and development of high frequency radar. Tasks carried out included construction of a direct digital synthesiser, based on SMT GaAs and ECL technology, RF amplifier design, equipment testing, antenna characterisation, field trips, experimental work, hardware installation and software projects. This was a Designated Security Assessment Position.
Nov 1989 - Oct 1984
A continuous record of casual/part time employment.
  • Project management
  • Experience in the use of EDA tools including Mentor, Synopsis, Cadence, Altera, Actel and Xilinx EPLD/FPGA software, SPICE, Protel, AutoCad, CUPL and Magic.
  • Knowledge of the following programming languages: C++, C, Java, Pascal, Fortran, Prolog, Lisp, PERL, BASIC, TMS320 (DSP) assembler, 6502/6800/68000/Z80/PDP11/80x86 assembler, HTML, XML.
  • Familiar with following operating systems: Unix, VMS, MS-DOS, Windows, Macintosh
  • Writing WWW content since 1993.
  • Practical aptitude including fine soldering, operating test equipment, operating machine tools, reading technical drawings and trouble shooting complex systems.
  • Able to specify complex systems in writing.
  • GSM Test and Measurement by Hewlett Packard
  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing (by Prof. fred harris)
  • Digital Signal Processing (by Prof. fred harris)
  • Advanced Engineering Electromagnetics.
  • High-Resolution and Higher-Order Spectral Analysis.
  • Design of PCB Interconnections for High Speed Digital Systems
  • Defence Familiarisation Course 1992.
  • Java Programming Language
  • Signal processing.
  • Active filters.
  • Network and spectrum measurements.
  • VMEbus systems.
  • Digital hardware testing and fault modelling.
  • Microsoft Windows, Linux and GNOME programming.
  • Linux administration.
  • First in year for course number 4.540 Electronics 2 with a mark of 97%. This course covered both analytical and computer aided design of analogue electronic circuits, including mixers, filters, amplifiers, D/A and A/D converters.
  • First in year for machine principles and operating systems component of 2.048 Computer Science II.
  • First in year for circuit theory component of course number 2.511 Electrical Engineering II.
  • High Distinction in Microwave Engineering
  • Dux of College at school (Saint Patrick's College, Strathfield)
OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS:Danced in both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sydney Olympic games. Commitment and confidence were required for the long process of auditions, numerous rehearsals and the final performance in front of 110,000 people plus global television.
INTERESTS:Restoration of Engineering Heritage (member of MV Cape Don Society), Dancing, Bushwalking, Mountain biking