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Team FishEye Newsletter – Vol. 1, No. 4 – October, 2018

Team FishEye Newsletter – Vol. 1, No. 4 – October, 2018
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FishEye and Aviation Safety

Source: NOAA

 

In This Issue

The Best Team
FishEye & Aviation Safety
Site News
Team Member Benefits
Software Engineer Jobs
Your Opinion
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The Best Team

 

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Matt T. (Huntsville), axe-throwing post-staff meeting.

 

Celebrate FishEye Anniversaries

 

John Griffin – Started August, 13, 1998
– Peter M. – Started September 7, 1999
– Tim C. – Started September 13, 1999
– Elaine G. – Started August 29, 2005
– Ray R. – Started August 7, 2012
– Mark H. – Started August 3, 2015
– Sam R. – Started September 27, 2017

 

Welcome New Team Members

 

– Zach D. – Started September 17, 2018 in Huntsville, AL
– Nicholas D. – Started September 17, 2018 in Huntsville, AL
– Andrea M. – Started September 24, 2018 in Huntsville, AL
– Robin C. – Started September 24, 2018 in Huntsville, AL

 


 

A Profile on Ray R.

 

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– Started with FishEye in 2012 as a Software Engineer.
– Location – Marlborough, MA.
– I transitioned in August from being the FishEye site lead in Woburn and working on the AN/TPY-2 program to working on the AMDR program in Marlboro. I am working on closing out A-Spec requirements as part of proving the performance of the AMDR system.
– We are employing a new automated test tool to verify that those above requirements meet the specified parameters.
– I’m thankful to be working closer to home and looking forward to meeting Skip Feeble one day.

 


 

A Profile on Erik S., Systems Engineer and Woburn Site Manager

 

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April trip to Clear, AK. Snowshoeing at Denali National Park, and pix of the old BMEWS radar (I couldn’t take pictures of the new UEWR)

 

 

I started with FishEye in Aug 2000, quite by fortunate accident. Chris and Bob found me in a lab in Bedford, and offered me Thai food. As a young, poor engineer, I happily agreed to their invitation. Little did I know I’d be here 18 years later.

Initially, I worked on the UEWR project, as I had almost 9 years of experience with CONOPS development and Simulation and Modeling of the planned upgrades while I was working at the MITRE Corporation. After UEWR, I joined the JADGE program as a systems engineer and later as a test engineer. For the past 10 years, I have been working on the COBRA DANE Radar as a systems engineer and for the most recent 5 years as the in-plant Test Director.

For most of my time with FishEye, I have not needed to travel. Most recently, I have been asked to help train site personnel in the use of new UEWR scenario generation tools, and have been able to travel to Colorado Springs, and Clear, Alaska. Hopefully, they’ll consider me for more exotic travel destinations like Thule, Greenland or Shemya, AK.

I am now several weeks into a new project, as I have joined the effort to build a new radar. Again, I am working as a systems and test engineer while using my knowledge of simulation and modeling to support the project team.

On the surface, it may seem as if I have done the same thing for 18 years, but each year brings new challenges and opportunities. Being embedded long-term on customer projects allows for growth in knowledge, experience, and responsibility.

Outside of work, I spend all of my time chasing two teenagers around. I’m waiting anxiously for the day when the oldest gets to start doing the driving for all of their activities. Of course, then I get to worry about her driving. When I’m not enjoying sleep, I like to eat large amounts of food, and run many miles in sun, sleet, snow, and dark of night. I’m not yet considering joining the Postal Service.

FishEye continues to offer me the opportunity to learn and excel while providing mission-focused , targeted expertise to our customers. I hope to find the new experiences as rewarding as all the rest.

 


 

FishEye and Aviation Safety

 

elaine map 400FishEye team member Elaine is currently working on the Weather Systems Processor (WSP) technology refresh for the Airport Surveillance Radar (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASR-9). The ASR-9 was originally designed to display air traffic and weather conditions simultaneously. An increase in computational capability allows for an upgrade in the processing algorithms, which will lead to data quality improvements and better wind-shear detection performance. Low-altitude wind shear, especially a microburst, is hazardous to aircraft departing or approaching an airport.

Download the paper that was presented at the American Meteorology Society 37th Conference on Radar Meteorology https://ams.confex.com/ams/37RADAR/webprogram/Paper275341.html and click on “Manuscript”.

Thirty years ago, Elaine worked on the prototype NEXRAD (NEXt-GENeration Radar) weather polarimetric radar, a joint effort involving the Department of Commerce, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Defense. In her current position, she’s helped meteorology researchers with data analytics for the NEXRAD Hydrometeor Classification Algorithm (HCA) to improve aviation weather radar products for the NEXRAD radar.

See SAE published paper “Aircraft In Situ Validation of Hydrometeors and Icing Conditions Inferred by Ground-based NEXRAD Polarimetric Radar 2015-01-2152” here: https://www.sae.org/publications/technical-papers/content/2015-01-2152 for details.

 


 

Site News

 

Site Managers

– Emre T., Site Manager, Marlborough
– Joe D., Site Manager, Tewksbury
– Erik S., Site Manager, Woburn
– Matt W., Site Manager, Huntsville
Bob Chisholm, CE0, Multi-sites
Ted Selig, COO, Maynard

 

Marlborough

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Emre T., Site Manager, Marlborough

 

– Two recent additions to our Marlborough family: Ray Rahmberg and Paul Briskie. Taking into account our customer’s high expectations during the recent hiring process, they have been big wins for us.
– Trailblazing into the Systems Engineering world. All Fisheye employees here in Marlborough were software engineers. With Ray Rahmberg, that has changed. He is our first systems engineer here in Marlborough.

 

– Successful DSS Security Assessment in Marlborough for our customer. Last week was DSS inspection week here in Marlborough. Typically, Fisheye employees, being in the unique position they are, will be interviewed and that did happen. The feedback received from DSS and our customer has been superior.

 

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We’re approaching the finish line of office renovations. Ongoing construction while keeping the office running has caused the renovation to take longer than planned. Recently, carpet and cabinets were installed and we hope to be serving coffee next week.

 


 

Team Member Benefits

 

Build your Network and Stay in Touch

 

Order FishEye Biz Cards

 

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If you would like business cards to help with your job and business networking we are happy to get them. Please email Kathy H. with a request.

 

Get a Phone Extension

 

FishEye has a voice over IP (VOIP) phone system. You can have your own FishEye extension by sending a request to Kathy H.

 

A FishEye VOIP extension provides you:

– Voicemail (emailed to you)
– Call forwarding (to your cell phone or desk phone)
– Faxing
– And more features

 

New Timecard Site and FishEye Starting Two-Factor Authentication

By Dan S.

 

Good news – a new timecard site is available. The new timecard’s main functionality has been updated to be mobile friendly. Now, you might be asking yourself “Why do I need a new timecard? I like the timecard that I’ve used for years…” Well, I’ll tell you why. Not only is the new timecard mobile friendly for all time entries, it also helps us meet our Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) compliance by implementing Two-factor Authentication (2FA). As you may already know, FishEye is required to be CUI compliant because we provide solutions to the DOD as a subcontractor.

Over the next few months these changes will grow to include 2FA for VPN, access to internal web applications (Issue tracking and Internal Wiki – issues.fisheye.net), and for Office 365 (including email). We are integrating a third-party system called DUO (now part of Cisco) to provide 2FA capabilities. We suspect very few of you enjoy 2FA so we’ve spent some time trying to make it easy. We selected DUO because it is streamlined and provides several authentication methods (via mobile phone, a fob, text, voice call, web site, password) while supporting the access we required (around the world, at sea, in a classified lab, on an island, at the beach, in the Arctic).

Next time you are entering your time, try https://RealTime.FishEye.net (and wiki link on getting FishEye’s 2FA setup). Please allow a little time to get 2FA setup. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

Thanks,
Dan S. email

 

Some additional information in case you’re interested:

 

Now a little background on “Two-factor Authentication” in case you have heard the term, but have been too embarrassed to ask what it is. It is a two-step process to sign into an account. You’ll have a username/password as well as access to a physical device to validate your identity. This is similar to if registering your phone number with Google or iCloud. When you sign in with your username and password, they immediately send a text message with a passcode that is required to complete the login process.

There have been several users on the new site entering their time since late May. These users are comprised of individuals working both inside and outside of classified labs. Here is a 2FA wiki link just in case you want to look at what’s involved with the 2FA setup before you jump right in. For users that are usually working within a classified lab, here is a 2FA closed area wiki to help you understand how to use 2FA from a secure area.

Once you sign in using your FishEye account, you will be redirected to a second page that will guide you through the steps to register a device to your account. The process is relatively straightforward. You can register multiple devices to your profile including cell phones or landlines. It’s recommended that your first time through you register a device that you will have access to on a regular basis (e.g., a cellphone) in case you attempt to sign in to the timecard system from a different location. There is a smart phone application by our provider that makes 2FA as simple as accepting a notification on your phone. The links to the mobile applications are listed below:

DUO Mobile for iOS
DUO Mobile for android

 

Hardware tokens
We are getting a few hardware tokens. If your religion or work environment prevents you from using your phone, call back, or text you can use a hardware token. https://guide.duo.com/tokens

 

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Skip Feeble mentioned an EXPLOSION would make this exciting.

 

Referral Bonus

 

You can receive a $3,000/$5,000 referral bonus after the new hire has worked 6 months. All positions require an active secret clearance. If you have want to refer someone, please contact Bob Chisholm.

 

FishEye Employee Referral Form

 

Team Member Benefits

 


 

Software Engineer Jobs

 

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Looking for Site Support Volunteers

 

FishEye is looking for people to support site testing starting in March of 2019 and December 2019. We are looking for volunteers interested in a short site project at locations in California, Alaska, Massachusetts, UK, and Greenland. The project provides per-diem, overtime pay, and an exciting adventure. If you have an interest or can recommend someone please contact Bob Chisholm.

 

Software Engineer Jobs

 


 

Your Opinion

 

In this newsletter we’ve shared what is happening at FishEye.

Now it’s your turn.

Email Us:
Bob Chisholm
Ted Selig

 


 

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