Jeffrey Scott Blair

818 Sarah Lynn Court

Manitowoc, WI 54220

P: (843) 628-6795


Core Competencies

  • Project / Program Management
  • Wireless Network Design / Implementation
  • RFID Implementation
  •  Technology evaluation & development
  • Strategic & tactical planning
  •  CRADA management
  • Remote sensing & GIS
  •  GSM / CDMA Applications
  • Asset Tracking and Monitoring
  •  HF / VHF / UHF Radio Systems

Professional Experience

Senior Principal Engineer - Telematics, The Manitowoc Company, Inc. 2009 – Present

Key Responsibilities:

  • Senior member of the Global Engineering and Innovation Department for Manitowoc Cranes.

  • Lead technical resource for advanced Telematics, Wireless, and Data Processing products.
  • Technical resource for utilization and application of additional wireless technologies (RFID and Zigbee) on Manitowoc Cranes.
  • Manage cost center for development and installation of Telematics devices.
  • Responsbile for management of cost center related to Telematics related innovation.
  • Responsbile for suppler management and evaluation.
  • Promote use of 6Sigma (DFSS) and Reliability Testing during the innovation and development phases.

Director of Global Telematics, The Manitowoc Company, Inc. 2008 – 2009

Key Accomplishments:

  • Global lead for development, application, and introduction of Telematics, Wireless Sensors, and Remote Diagnostics capability on Manitowoc cranes (CraneSTAR).

  • Lead global IPD Teams to design telematics systems into all crane types and brands.
  • Technical resource for utilization and application of additional wireless technologies (RFID and Zigbee) on Manitowoc Cranes.
  • Manage cost center for development and installation of Telematics devices.
  • Member of the senior staff for Manitowoc Crane Care.
  • Participate and contribute to strategic and business planning.

Principal, Arêtec, Inc. 2006 – 2008

Key Accomplishments:

  • Technical and Management consultant for development and commercialization of innovative WiFi, WiMax, Active RFID (HSS / DSSS / Zigbee / Bluetooth), and Wireless Sensor technologies from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

  • Evaluation and testing of satellite and cellular communication technologies (GSM / CDMA / GPRS / Iridium SBD and LBT / GlobalStar / OrbComm) for tracking and monitoring of remote land and air based assets in desert and polar environments as well as software backend systems.
  • Identification, Testing, and Evaluation of terrestrial and satellite communication technologies for tracking and monitoring of sleds in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race and Trans-Pacific Gas Balloon flight.
  • Provide expert advice and guidance in implementing wireless and software technologies for specific projects (Total Asset Visibility, VoIP, 801.11x, 802.16x, Software Defined Radio, Wireless Product Enabling - ISO 14443 Contact-Less RF Interface).
  • Provide technical and cost proposals on behalf of clients.
  • Actively manage technical aspects of clients operations. 
  • Assist with client fund raising, operations, and strategic planning. 
  • Confer with board members, organization officials, and staff members to discuss issues, coordinate activities, and resolve problems.

Vice President and Program Manager, Navigational Sciences, Inc. 2002 - 2006

Key Accomplishments:

  • Manage $10+ Million CRADA (Cooperative Research And Development Agreement) at ORNL to develop advanced RF devices for tracking and monitoring in high multi-path environments.

  • Lead Engineer for development of GSM / GPRS / GPS Tracking devices and AMR product lines.

  • Developing GIS software backend for web-based asset tracking site.

  • Develop and implement methods and procedures for monitoring projects, such as preparation of records of expenditures and research findings, progress reports, and staff conferences, in order to inform other members of management and the Board of Directors of current status of each project. 

  • Establish departmental responsibilities, and coordinate functions among departments and sites. 

  • Implement corrective action plans to solve organizational or departmental problems. 

  • Coordinate on the negotiation and/or approval of contracts and agreements with suppliers, distributors, federal and state agencies, and other organizational entities. 

  • Plan and formulate aspects of research and development proposals, such as objective or purpose of project, applications that can be utilized from findings, costs of project, and equipment and manpower requirements.

Principal, STARSS, LLC, 1999-2002

Key Accomplishments:

  • Provided IT and Satellite Communication expertise to NBC and GE CRD as part of a project with WNI to provide weather data to all 13 owned and operated NBC stations.

  • Technical consultant to the Weather Department at WRC-TV (NBC4) in the areas of Remote Sensing, GIS, Image Processing, Computer Service / Repair, and Satellite Communications.

  • Development Engineer for Project EMPACT Watershed Project.

  • Installation and testing of prototype equipment in 5 NBC stations around the country to expand and enhance the station’s ability to gather and process data for weather segment production.

  • Engineer various systems to allow clients to transfer vital environmental data via satellite from any point on the Earth.

Design Engineer, SMARTech, Inc. 1998-1999

Key Accomplishments:

  • Satellite Downlink Telemetry system for Trans-Mars Insertion Stage of the Mars Climate Orbiter.

  • Construction of a system to optically align large diameter parabolic satellite receiving stations using stellar coordinates.

  • Design and implementation of network downlink, via satellite, to telemeter data for NASA’s Mars Climate Orbiter.

  • Conception, design, and construction of a system to optically align large diameter satellite receiving stations by utilizing astronomical positions. 

  • Designed and wrote computer models to test the properties of new parabolic and hyperbolic satellite dishes before construction. 

  • Assembly and testing of HRPT and SeaWifs positioners for POES receiving stations. 

  • Assembly and installation of GOES GVAR receiving stations.


College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

Bachelor of Science in Physics, 1998

US Particle Accelerator School

Stanford University, 1998


Marine Asset Security and Tracking (MAST), Granted July 2008, G.R. Hanson, M.R. Moore, S.F. Smith of ORNL and E.L. Dobson, J.S. Blair and C.A. Duncan of Navigational Sciences, Inc., and D. Maxwell of Tarallax Wireless, Inc.

Honors and Awards

  • Project of the Year” Award in the Federal Laboratory Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, National, May, 2004

  • Project of the Year” Award in the Federal Laboratory Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, Southeast Region, February, 2004

  • Gold Value Chain Award from M2M, June 2009.

Personal Achievements
  • Holder of FCC General Class Amateur Radio License.
  • FAA Licensed Private Pilot.


All references shall be furnished upon request.