Paul Niquette has more than 50 years of technical and management experience, including 25 years in the transportation industry, beginning in the earliest days of automobile crash injury research, in air traffic control as a consultant to the FAA, and most recently in contract management oversight for passenger transit agencies, with responsibilities for identifying cost drivers and resolving technical issues in both hardware and software disciplines, advising clients on design criteria that assure safety and reliability while maximizing performance and assuring quality. .


LocalExpress, Jugon-les-Lacs, FRANCE
2012 – Present, Technical Consultant to Management

Technical studies for transportation industries of the world, including development of regulations, 
formal design reviews, evaluation of proposals, project overview to assure quality and compliance.

CH2M HILL, San Francisco, CA
2011 – 2012 (acquisition of BAH)…
Booz Allen Hamilton, San Francisco, CA
1997 – 2011, Associate

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Project (SVRT) a $5 billion design-build project for a 16-mile extension of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) with six stations; the initial phase,  SVBX, comprises 10 miles of double-track alignment and two stations, scheduled to open in 2018 .  Since 2004, Mr. Niquette has been a task leader in Design Integration, with project-wide responsibilities for interface coordingation, design reviews of hardware and software systems, automatic train control, communications, and traction power.

Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), San Francisco Airport Extension Project (SFOX) – the five-mile extension of BART with four stations, a $2 billion design-build project.  Mr. Niquette completed the five-year assignment providing contract management oversight for automatic train control hardware, which applied an advanced software architecture.

Morrison Knudsen Corporation, Advanced Systems (ASD), Boise, ID
1993 – 1997, Technical Consultant to Management


Mr. Niquette led a management team that founded the Advanced Systems Division (ASD), the electronics arm of MK.  From its inception, ASD made contributions to real-time information and control-systems projects in the railroad industry, both freight and transit. Embedded systems for vehicle health monitoring and for the Advanced Automatic Train Control (AATC) program at BART, funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), applying aerospace hardware and support software in an ensemble of technologies that has become known as Communications Based Train Control (CBTC).


Spur Products, Boise, ID
1990 – 1992, Chief Engineer


Mr. Niquette led a team of hardware and software engineers in the development of 18 microprocessor-based high-speed protocol converters for the computer industry.


American Automation, Tustin, CA
1983 – 1989, Vice President, Marketing


Mr. Niquette’s responsibilities included the introduction of a comprehensive line of more than 100 hardware and software products that are marketed worldwide to engineers for the development of widely diverse microprocessor-based systems.


Computer Automation, Irvine, CA
1982 – 1983, Vice President of Engineering


Mr. Niquette managed an engineering organization employing more than 130 professionals engaged in the development of a comprehensive line of hardware and software products for a full range of commercial and governmental applications.


Advanced Patent Technologies, Las Vegas, NV
1978 – 1981, Consultant, Business Development


Mr. Niquette marketed a patent portfolio and managed the launching of startups in diverse industries, including video animation and special effects, dental instruments, and advanced engine designs for public transportation vehicles and farm machinery.


Xerox Corporation, Stamford, CT
1963 – 1978, Corporate Director, Product Planning


Mr. Niquette was responsible for staff overview and program management of the company’s diversification into a range of information-intensive products and services, including the founding of the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) known worldwide for development of the earliest personal computers, local area networks, laser-printers, and graphical user interfaces.  Earlier, as Director of Advanced Development at Xerox Data Systems, he was responsible for forming five departments and the development of real-time computer products for commercial applications and custom systems for NASA and JPL in support of the Apollo Space Program and many other scientific projects.


Quotron Corp. , Los Angeles, CA
1960 – 1963, Project Engineer


Mr. Niquette was responsible for development of the earliest stock quotation systems for brokers, exchanges, and newspapers, including customized desk-top terminals, telecommunications and advanced computer-driven electromechanical display boards. 


TRW Inc., Los Angeles, CA
1958 – 1960, Member of the Technical Staff


Mr. Niquette consulted for the Federal Aviation Administration  (FAA) at the National Aviation Facilities Experimental Center (NAFEC) on the earliest computer applications in air traffic control systems, developing, among other things, the earliest altitude reporting transponder, mandated for all aircraft and now serving as the foundation for the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).


Hughes Aircraft, Los Angeles, CA
1955 – 1958, Member of the Technical Staff


Mr. Niquette was responsible for developing training courses on a full range of airborne fire control systems and missile guidance systems for the Air Defense Command and the first frequency-scan radars for the Navy. 


UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
1953 – 1955, Research Associate


While still an undergraduate, Mr. Niquette participated in the earliest automobile crash injury research and vehicular flow studies at UCLA’s Institute of Transportation and Traffic Engineering.  His work led to the development of such familiar devices as vehicle metering, cable barrier, radar-based speed-enforcement instruments, padded dashboards, and seat-belt interlocks.   A most significant achievement was Mr. Niquette’s development of the HIRL, High Intensity Runway Lighting system, which is deployed at major airports all over the world.

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 1955

Teaching Assignments: 
      UCLA: Logical Design of Digital Computers . . . . . . . . . 1964 – 1970 
      Xerox Corp.: Financial Planning and Control . . . . . . . . .  1971 – 1973  
      Harvard, U of CT: (guest) Diversification & Growth  . . . 1974 – 1977 

Member IEEE = IRE + AIEE, 

Author (9 books), Private Pilot, Public Speaking, Antique Bicycles (private museum). 

Selected Books and Articles by Paul Niquette:
Portfolio of Inventions and Projects



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