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Susan McCord has more than twenty five years of experience in the design of safety-critical and high-reliability embedded systems. Often called upon to architect the software for FDA-approved medical devices, Susan has a long-demonstrated ability to bring greater maturity to the software development processes of teams and organizations.

Notable Projects

  • Designed and implemented software to simulate the hardware in Boeing 787 and Airbus A330/A340 aircraft.
  • Analyzed and enhanced the flight system control software for NASA's Deep Space 1.
  • Led and mentored the engineering team that designed the embedded software for a retinal prosthesis.
  • Raised the quality and traceability of the development process at a biomedical device maker to achieve FDA premarket approvals. Created and launched an agile, iterative development process based on 3-week iterations and the UML.
  • Designed, implemented and tested portions of the real-time operating system for running Java applications in embedded systems.
  • Led the effort to design the control software for the PowerDish™ product, a Stirling-based solar power generation system.
  • Designed the architecture--including the determination of tasks, task priorities, resource synchronization logic and routines guaranteed to be reentrant under hard real-time constraints--for an implantable defibrillator.

Skills Summary

  • Languages: C, C++, Java, assembly
  • Processors: ARM, TMS320x, PowerPC, Intel x86 and more
  • Operating Systems: VxWorks, TI-RTOS, VRTX, and RTOSes generally

Recent Publications

  • Best Practices for Programming with Real-Time Operating Systems

Patents Awarded

  • WIPO Patent No. WO/2008/013937: Visual Prosthesis
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,195,302: Video Processing Unit for Visual Prosthetic Apparatus
  • U.S. Patent No. 8.195,303: Video Processing Unit for Visual Prosthetic Apparatus