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Consultant Panel Discussion Everything you always wanted to know about consulting but were afraid to ask.

  • 26 Apr 2012
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Microsoft Corp, 201 Jones Road, 6th Floor MPR-A, Waltham, MA


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Larry Nelson,  Nelson Resarch,

Michael Stiefel, Reliable Software, Inc,

Jim Ussailis, National Wireless, Inc,,

Ronald Goodstein, First Shot Logic Simulation and Design,

Craig E Goldman, CoAutomation Inc.,

The IEEE Consultants Network will have a panel discussion consisting of 5 consultants who will share their experiences and tips on how to best consult.  Topics that maybe covered could be:
Specialization vs generalization
On site vs off site
Your tools vs Clients tools
Corp, Sole Prop, partnership
1099, Corp to Corp, W2
Consulting, contracting and employees
Pitfalls and traps to avoid

The session will be an open discussion and questions are encouraged.

Larry G Nelson Sr is President of Nelson Research and has been in business since 1980.  He specialized in embedded microprocessor design using the Microchip tfamily of PIC microprocessors and is a Gold Level Master Consultant listed with Microchip.

Inhis consulting practice he also does analog, digital and power supply designs as well as custom training and design reviews.

For more information go to

Jim Ussailis is a microwave, RF, and antenna engineer. He specializes in the RF portion of wireless system design, RF power amplifier design, and antenna design. He has a complete lab, with spectrum analyzers, network analyzer and sources to design & test circuits from just above audio frequencies to 21 GHz. Both in-house and outside facilities are used for antenna testing. His business, National Wireless, Inc., does small production runs (up to about 5 K pcs) of RF / wireless circuit boards. National Wireless also manufactures antennas.

Ronald Goodstein has 20 years of experience in Designing and debugging Digital Hardware, He has extensive experience in many aspects of ASIC/FPGA development from 3K to 12 Million gates. Experience includes Specification Documentation, Digital Hardware design, Behavioral coding using Verilog, VHDL, C/C++, PLI simulation, Design verification, synthesis and test plan documentation, test vector generation and lab debug. Experience includes computer graphics, Data Communications switching, PCI bus, ATM, 10 gigabyte Ethernet, SCSI, LAN. EDA tools included Modelsim, Cadence Verilog NC, Visual C++, UNIX, Linux. BSEE and MSCS.  For more information, go to

Michael Stiefel, principal of Reliable Software, Inc.,  is a consultant on software architecture and development, and the alignment of information technology with business goals. His current work involves:

  • Training in distributed applications development, software best practices, in .NET, C#, Web services, C++, and SQL Server.
  • Advising on IT strategy and planning, including budgeting, hiring, and growth management.
  • Design and implementation service based applications including Web services.
  • Requirements analysis, project plan development, and design document development.
  • Expert Witness for intellectual property cases.
Craig Goldman has over 25 years experience in 
designing hardware and firmware for embedded
microprocessor and microcontroller-based
systems. He has SB and SM degrees from the
Massachusetts of Technology and an MBA from
Nichols College. Mr. Goldman has an extensive
track-record of successful projects with
TI MSP430, Microchip PIC and various
8051 microcontrollers. He has designed products
for dozens of companies in the consumer,
industrial and medical markets. He is frequently
sought after for his expertise in creating low-power
devices. For more details please go to

The meeting is open to the public.  No charge for Consultants Network members.  There is a $5 entrance fee for non-members.

The Consultants Network meeting starts at 6:30 PM.  The meeting location is at Microsoft Corp, 201 Jones Road, 6th Floor MPR-A, Winter Street, Waltham, MA. From Route 128 take Exit 26 (Route 20 East or Weston Street).  Turn left onto Stow Street and then left again onto Route 117 or Main Street.  Drive back over route 128, and Jones Road is the second left.,+Waltham,+MA&hl=en&geocode=&mra=ls&sll=42.37596,-71.26972&sspn=0.012206,0.027895&ie=UTF8&z=16

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