Divya Patel

  • Avionics Engineer (Manager) or Systems Engineer (Manager)
  • San Francisco, CA, US
  • Jun 01, 2020
Full time Engineer Program and Project Management Robotics Other

Personal Summary

Driven avionics systems engineer with experience in electrical systems, software integration, program management, and business development. Strong team builder with innovative management techniques, the ability to organize and motivate people, and build successful customer relationships.

Work Experience

Robotics Advisor/Software Engineer
Jan 2018 - Self

Robotics advisor for AP Racing, which provides students a league to race robotic
RC cars. Designed and implemented electrical system architecture for product sales
• Robotics advisor to Farmstead (AI powered grocery delivery, Series A $7.1M)
• Host of SF Autonomous Robotics Meetup: Developed software for quadcopter to respond to voiced commands.
• NASA/Amazon Challenges: Used localization and mapping to identify samples with
over 80% fidelity. Successful Pick & Place objects-to-bins: collision mapping in cluttered environment with perception control

Sr. Avionics Systems Engineer
Apr 2019 - Uber Elevate

Integrated multiple devices with ground and flight tests on a UAS to pursue an
aviation operation certificate for drone delivery
• Headed parachute integration and autonomy design and development initiatives for
Uber's purpose-built drone program for food delivery. Designed avionics, built
custom harnessing and mechanical mounts on drones to test novel autonomy system
• Managed aircraft avionics requirements development of Next Generation eVTOLs
• Responsible for design and development of Flight Tech Systems for Uber Copter
cockpit hardware and software to meet operational, regulatory, and safety

Avionics Lead
Sep 2018 - Feb 2019 Skyryse, Inc

• Led team to design certifiable avionics platform for autonomous VTOL aircraft
• Designed and integrated HW and SW architecture to prove perception control
capabilities (LIDAR, RGB & IR cameras, navigation sensors, and computing)
• Designed and built a systems integration lab integrating all autonomy systems for
high-integrity HW/SW in-the-loop testing

Sr. Electrical Engineer
Mar 2011 - Jun 2014 TE Connectivity

  1. Designed, prototyped, tested, and launched new product line: specialized high-speed cable assemblies to support wide range of protocols for data networks and displays for aerospace, defense, and marine customers. Product portfolio growth $0 to $25M (2014)

  • Led a team of nine engineers, product managers, and technicians to design and develop new products from concept to customer delivery

  • Created a coalition with marketing, product management, and engineering teams across the division to increase market and regulatory presence

  • Developed new manufacturing processes at factories and created new tooling equipment to advance successful prototypes to production to customer delivery

Sr. Systems Engineer
Jun 2003 - Mar 2010 The Boeing Company

Sr. Systems Engineer, The Boeing Co. Huntington Beach, CA
Brigade Combat Team Modernization (BCTM) Increment 1 (May 2009 – March 2011)

  • Spearheaded the creation and implementation of communication network performance requirements and verification metrics for entire program

  • Designed and orchestrated field tests to analyze software defined waveforms for soldier wearable systems, small-unmanned ground vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and unattended ground sensors

  • Developed tactical communication network solutions for various Army Con-ops

    Global Positioning System Satellites III (February 2006-July 2006, January 2007 September 2007)

  • Led the payload team of six to develop technical and cost analysis for a $3.5B Air

    Force proposal to develop next-generation satellite architecture for GPS III

  • Maximized productivity of a team of 25 using Tiger Team principles to streamline

    deliverable processes and turn around RFP within two weeks

    787 Electrical Systems - Everett, WA (July 2006 December 2006)

  • Led team of three engineers to optimize lightning shielding and shield termination

    techniques for cable harnesses in aircraft doors, underbelly, and cockpit for Boeing

    787 models in order to reduce airplane weight

  • Collaborated with various teams to resolve electromagnetic interference issues

    (EMI) and developed new grounding strategies now used in composite planes

    Phantom Works (June 2003 February 2006)

  • Reduced small satellite constellation launch costs and system complexity by 20%

    by modeling efficient launch methods (MATLAB/STK)

  • Designed spacecraft harness definition for computing-to-sensor integration in

    multiple government satellites

  • Designed and created a Systems Integration Lab for customer demonstrations to

    show risk reduction capability on new satellite technology

  • Improved power usage and battery configurations, which reduced the number of

    solar panels on small satellites by 10%, and increased lifetime of satellite power system by 5-10 years


MEng - Electrical
Sep 2007 - Mar 2009 University of Calif
BS - Electrical Engineering
Jun 2003 - Jun 2005 University of Calif