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
Technical studies for transportation industries of the world, including development of regulations,
HILL, San Francisco, CA
Morrison Knudsen Corporation, Advanced
Systems (ASD), Boise, ID
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Member IEEE = IRE + AIEE,
Author (9 books), Private Pilot, Public Speaking, Antique Bicycles (private museum).
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