Carl Howard

745 E 100 S
Hyrum, UT 84319 435-757-8099

Engineer with more than a 15 years of professional experience in software design and implementation. Experience ranges from high level object oriented design and programming to embedded low level and assembly programming. Bachelor of Science degree with majors in computer science and mathematics and minors in physics and electronics.
Skilled in Java and C# development, designing modular object oriented architectures and data structures. Notable Java projects include custom GUI interface elements such as a feature rich time-line control and distribution flow controls, and network communication layers. Past C# projects include image enhancement software, LOD based map displays, and communications frameworks. While at Spillman, I was a primary architect for a Java based GUI client to replace a legacy terminal interface. This greatly extended the lifetime of our legacy UNIX server applications, while adding significant functionality to our flagship product.

Experienced in low level coding in C/C++ focusing on algorithms, clean design and efficient use of resources. Notable projects include embedded path planning algorithms for robotic vehicles, plug-in architecture for image manipulation and processing, and efficient vector algorithms for geometry and street segment mapping. While at Autonomous Solutions, I rewrote the low level communication layer for the company's flagship command and control product, achieving an order of magnitude reduction in both latency and CPU load and tremendously increasing the product's responsiveness.
Outside of work I'm an omnivorous reader who loves to learn, interested in fields ranging from molecular biology to cosmology. Frequents technical news sites as a jumping off point for further reading and research.
Some examples of personal projects include:
Additional skills
Computer Scientist
Space Dynamics Laboratory – Logan Utah 2009 – 2015
Primary designer/engineer for projects in the C4ISR branch.
  • Implemented image enhancement and processing tools for reconnaissance images.

  • Built both thick and thin clients for DHS exercises involving simulation of critical national infrastructure.

  • Designed and implemented web based collaborative tools and UI visualization elements.

  • Worked on an image processing plug-in architecture for automatic target recognition.

  • Worked primarily with Java, C#, C/C++, PHP, JavaScript, HTML5, and MySQL.

Software Engineer
Autonomous Solutions, Inc. - Petersboro, Utah 2006 – 2008 Robotics command and control software, network and serial communications and embedded programming for robotic vehicle systems.

  • Redesigned and implemented communication framework which greatly improved responsiveness and efficiency while reducing latency by an order of magnitude.

  • Primary architect for an on-board Vehicle Intelligence Component (VIC) which provided proximity monitoring, data collection, logging and fault monitoring.

  • Worked on algorithm design related to robotic vehicle path planning.

  • Involved in the DARPA Urban Challenge, implementing on-board path and command spooling components and developed a framework to simplify JAUS message construction and parsing, replacing the error-prone hand coding for serialization/deserialization of byte streams with modular objects that provided automatic conversions.

  • Designed custom software elements for GUI feedback of robotic implement position and status.

  • Design and programming in C/C++, C#, and some Java on Windows, Linux, and μC/OS platforms.

Software Engineer / Product Architect
Spillman Technologies Inc. - Salt Lake City, Utah, 1998 – 2006
Software design and development for client/server database products and support software.
  • Designed and implemented a fast and reliable UDP communication framework allowing dynamic virtual connections, while providing a persistent link for a stateful client/server application.

  • Worked on GIS applications and designed and implemented custom algorithms for efficiently retrieving map data elements for use in shortest route planning.

  • Was a primary architect for a Java based GUI client. This helped to extend the lifetime of their legacy UNIX server applications, while adding significant functionality to their flagship product.

  • Designed and implemented a framework for automating the work of a large scale database conversion and merging project, which required extensive data conversion and remapping.

  • Developed an automated testing environment to facilitate fast QA, while using extensively diverse system configurations.

  • Languages used routinely included Java, C#, C/C++ and Perl under UNIX, and Windows.

Teaching Assistant
Physics Department, Utah State University – Logan, Utah 1995 – 1998
  • Taught calculus based general physics lab and recitation courses.

  • Class instruction, development of exams and quizzes, grading, and personal tutoring.

UNIX System Administrator
Department of Mathematics, Utah State University – Logan, Utah 1994 – 1995

  • Responsible for department network of Sun workstations. Responsibilities included installing/updating software and hardware, networking, system programming and other system administration activities.

  • Managed departmental web server and department/staff web pages.

  • Developed scripts to automate frequent tasks such as automatically creating and configuring dozens of user accounts at once for department courses.

Scientific Programmer
Center for Atmospheric and Space Sciences, Utah State University – Logan, Utah 1994

  • Web server installation and maintenance. HTML / CGI programming for CASS projects.

  • Worked on atmospheric simulations.

UNIX System Administrator / Microcomputer Coordinator
College of Mines and Earth Sciences, University of Utah – Salt Lake City, Utah 1991 – 1994

  • Responsible for the college network of Sun workstations

  • Software and hardware maintenance

  • Fortran, C and UNIX-shell programming, creating / maintaining user accounts

  • Debugging and trouble-shooting hardware and software issues, and answering users' questions.

  • Maintained departmental Macintosh and Novell networks.

  • Commissioned scientific data visualization programming converting data sets into 3D models and images.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah, 1991
Double majored in mathematics and computer science.
Double minored in physics and electronics.

Grade Point Average 3.6, Dean's List
Awarded 4 year full tuition departmental scholarship in Physical Science
Won academic award as the Outstanding Student in Mathematics/Computer Science,

Graduate study in physics at Utah State University.

Awarded Teaching Assistantship in Physics, 1995 – 1998

Carl Howard

745 E 100 S
Hyrum, UT 84319 435-757-8099


Seth Putnam – Program Manager, Software Engineer
Space Dynamics Laboratory, Logan, Utah 435-713-3400

Kenneth Reese – Branch Head
Space Dynamics Laboratory, Logan Utah 435-713-3400

Brian Smith – Software Engineer
MDSC, North Logan, Utah 435-474-7429