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Young Engineers

As VITA grows in innovations and ideas, we look to those participants actively engaged in our organization to provide insights and feedback on how to best shape our standards into the future.  Our Young Engineers segment highlights engineers that are a bit newer to the industry, but who have already made contributions to our community, and have helped shape today’s VITA standards.

This critical aspect of our ecosystem is what keeps our organization vibrant and our standards relevant. If you know someone with up to five years of embedded experience who may want to share their view on being a part of VITA, drop us a note at

  • Monday, September 24, 2018 9:06 AM | VITA Marketing (Administrator)

    Steven Devore, Senior Electrical Engineer, Leonardo DRS Signal Solutions

    Steve received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2012 from the Pennsylvania State University. His undergraduate studies focused on research programs within the Student Space Programs Laboratory (SSPL) along with initiating a collaborative project with MIT Lincoln Laboratory, using his satellite radio design for first responders. His time at TE Connectivity culminated with a patent for a novel RF interconnect design before joining Leonardo DRS Signal Solutions in 2012. Steve has been an instrumental architect of the system design for the DRS VPX product line and building trusted relationships with customers.

    Work with VITA

    1.  Explain some of the work you’re doing with VITA & its related standards.

    I initiated the VITA 67.3 standard effort in 2012 with a focus in resolving the blind mate coax issues that were forthcoming. After chairing that standard for several years, I shifted my attention to integrating these modules with the VITA 65 standard. After that began successful adoptions, I started a new standard, VITA 66.5, to address the same concerns DRS had with coax, but now in the optical interface space, five years later.

    2.  How has being involved in an effort like the CMOSS initiative affected your view of the embedded computing industry?

    The CMOSS, SOSA, and HOST standards initiative are the extensions of VITA standards that VSO members had anticipated. Government customers are collecting information throughout industry that is the result of past and present collaboration efforts, and applying it to solve recent needs. I’m encouraged by their openness to industry suggestions, and the willingness of competitors to compromise. It’s been very rewarding to see the standards that I have contributed to, VITA 65, 66.5, and 67.3, being adopted in the next generation of embedded systems.

    Why Engineering?

    1.  Did you always want to be an engineer? If so, why?  If not, how’d you wind up here?

    Yes, since early childhood.

    2.  What has surprised you the most about the work you do with embedded computing? (or engineering in general)

    The biggest surprise is how many niches exist within the MIL AERO marketspace. Within these niche markets, there’s a strong community where knowledge is shared, but once you go beyond those bounds, everything can change. From the terminology used, to the design process itself, it can be difficult to communicate and effectively collaborate as programs incorporate a wider variance of target applications.

    3.  What is one of the biggest issue currently facing engineers?

    The largest issue RF engineers are facing today is the consolidation of component vendors. This has forced large obsolescence efforts and limited the breadth of available components for new designs. The positive outlook is that this process creates an opportunity for new, small companies to fill the void with innovative offerings.

    4.  What advice would you give to someone looking into this field of engineering?

    Don’t be afraid to try multiple specialties early in your schooling and career. It’s key to success in any career choice to determine what you’re passionate about and focus your career to support those passions.

    Off the cuff: Tell us your favorite joke.

    If God isn't a Penn State Fan, why is the sky blue and white?

  • Monday, June 04, 2018 9:24 AM | VITA Marketing (Administrator)

    Dylan Lang, Standards Development Manager, Samtec Inc.

    I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.  I first became interested in electronics in my high-school physics classes and in working with my dad on restoring vintage audio gear.   These motivated me to choose a career based around the subject.  After getting my Associate’s in Electrical Engineering Technology, I lived in Brooklyn, NY for three years doing some volunteer work.  Upon moving back to Pittsburgh, I joined Samtec and have been here ever since.

    Work With VITA

    1.  Explain some of the work you’re doing with VITA & the upcoming FMC+ standard?

    Recently, I have been participating in several VITA marketing efforts as well as putting embedded systems in front of our customers.  In addition, I serve as Editor on several working groups (VITA 57 and VITA 74) and am Chairman of the VNX (VITA 74) Marketing Alliance.

    2.  The VITA 57.1 FMC specification defines two connectors: High Pin Count (HPC) and Low Pin Count (LPC). What purpose does each serve in a FMC-based system?

    The (LPC) connectors provide 68 user-defined, single-ended signals (or 34 user-defined, differential pairs); (HPC) connectors provide 160 user-defined, single-ended signals (or 80 user-defined, differential pairs), 10 serial transceiver pairs and additional clock.

    These prove to be extremely useful when developing on FPGA-based platforms.  Both the LPC and HPC connectors allow for flexibility by providing user-defined pins while maintaining high data rates.

     Why Engineering?

    1.  Did you always want to be an engineer? If so, why?  If not, how’d you wind up here?

    Originally, I wanted to be a Calculus teacher.  I loved the way mathematics just made sense and the process of logical thinking.  However, I wanted to balance that with my love for electronics, so engineering seemed like a happy medium.

    2.  What has surprised you the most about the work you do with embedded computing? (or engineering in general)

    I would say the impact of embedded computing on almost everything around us proved to be a wake-up call for me.  From your smart phone to space, embedded computing is everywhere.

    3.  What is one of the biggest issues currently facing engineers?

    One of the biggest challenges in the embedded realm is designing a solution to please everyone.  With Standards families like VITA, there are so many companies and interested parties that can participate, it can be a challenge to think from so many different angles at once.

    4.  What advice would you give to someone looking into this field of engineering?

    I would say go for it!  While it can be technically intense and at times seem overwhelming, the results are well worth it in knowing how far-reaching the effects of your efforts are.  So many companies like Facebook, Apple, Intel, and Google thrive on the latest in embedded technologies, so it’s great to be a part of that.

    Off the cuff: What’s the most recent show you’ve binge watched?

    Not necessarily binge watching, but have been following the NHL playoffs very closely.

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