For over 25 years, Mr. Carpenter has been engineering systems for high-value and life-critical, real-time, fault-tolerant, and secure applications in domains including medical, defense and commercial avionics, space, and petrochemicals. His focus has covered detailed hardware and software design, architecture development, systems design and specification, and tools, standards, and processes for enhancing the design flow. Earlier work included technology transfer programs to productize innovations, including critical infrastructure protection for industrial applications, automating task-specific, user and device interactions, and commercial integrated, highly reliable avionics systems for defense and space markets.
While at Adventium, Mr. Carpenter has developed technology for life- and mission-critical applications, including real-time, trusted computing, mixed criticality systems, risk assessment, verification and validation techniques, and highly scalable systems. A DARPA-funded effort produced automation techniques to identify and rank mixed-mode threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences for infrastructure and force protection. Those results have since been extended and applied to embedded control systems for critical infrastructure and anti-tamper analysis of avionics systems. A NASA-funded effort integrated constraint and math programming techniques to analyze the behavior of complex, reconfigurable autonomous systems. An NRL-funded effort developed a real-time, mixed criticality hypervisor scheduler for open-source, multi-core systems. An AFRL effort developed techniques to scale highly connected mission-critical applications to huge networks while maintaining specified performance characteristics. Ongoing work is developing techniques to leverage trusted computing and remote management to provide mission-assurance. He has also supported critical programs in the manufacturing and defense industrial base, including red-teaming, proposal development, and identifying critical issues in next-generation avionics data and control networks. He is engaged in systems, architecture, dependability, and security developments in the medical device industry.
Mr. Carpenter has maintained collaborative ties with industry, university and government researchers, including joint proposals with the University of Minnesota, colloquium presentations at Sandia Red Team workshops, involvement with InfraGard, and sponsoring graduate and undergraduate interns.
Earlier, while employed at Guidant Corporation (now Boston Scientific), Mr. Carpenter's role as a systems engineer for Guidant's LATITUDE Patient Management System was to design, define, and implement system requirements, system specifications, input/output processes, system partitioning, and total system integration by applying experiments, simulations, mathematical analysis and system interaction analysis. This system is now monitoring over 50,000 individual's health and implantable devices. He mentored engineers and analysts in the engineering culture, engineering and project management techniques, career management, and change management, including providing positive perspective on significant merger issues. He also facilitated reconstitution of a collaborative security team providing structured analysis and focused risk mitigations. In addition, he applied Six Sigma techniques to tailor a transparent feature selection and prioritization process to evaluate specific market growth opportunities and to facilitate new market strategic planning.
While at Honeywell, Mr. Carpenter led Honeywell Laboratory's Critical Infrastructure Protection thrust, including industrial security against mixed terrorist threats. He developed a business plan, market study, and threat analysis based on defense, insurance, and industry surveys, identifying key risks, which ultimately led to development of a comprehensive macroscopic vulnerability analysis process to identify, evaluate, and rank broad area system vulnerabilities, and the successful creation of significant new business relationships. Mr. Carpenter also designed ASICs for high integrity systems, developed system and architecture trade-off and analysis tools for high-value systems. He managed the development of a constraint-based static scheduler for flight critical avionics for the Airplane Information Management System, the integrated modular avionics system for the Boeing 777. This successful multi-year, internally funded multi-million dollar effort involved multiple geographically distributed teams, including the research organization and the Honeywell product division. The tool was delivered on-time to the product division, and the subsequent technology transfer has enabled the division to actively use, maintain, and adapt the tool to continue to support the Boeing 777, 717, and C5-AMP fleets. His leadership of this successful program earned Mr. Carpenter the H.W. Sweatt Award, Honeywell’s highest technical achievement award.