Large Scale Automated Test System Reconfiguration
While working at the Integrated Airplane Systems Lab at Boeing I worked with Boeing's Intellectual Property Management group to submit one of our designs to be patented. The full filing can be found here in plain text and here in pdf. I received awards from the IPM group at Boeing for this relay system and a power verifier that I filed as an invention but was deemed not patentable. The USPTO awarded this patent in January of 2017 and I'm now a patented inventor!
The labs that we built supported multiple different airplane configurations and our invention used custom built modular relay cards to automate the switch between configurations. Numerous of the other labs at Boeing would be reconfigured by having a lab technician physically move cables from one part of the system to another. This resulted in a bunch of bent pins, the system being accidentally mis-configured and lots of wasted test time. Our invention automated this process and made the switch over in seconds versus hours. When I left Boeing I had laid the groundwork for further improvements and other applications of this system. According to the friends that I still have at Boeing all of my more concrete ideas were implemented and they are building even more variations off of the system!