David McDaniel

Senior Vice President, Technologies

Mr. McDaniel joined DRA in 2005 as part of the engineering staff and now serves as Vice President in charge of the Electrical Engineering group.  He continues to serve as the lead designer for electronic systems developed at DRA, ranging in applications from image processing to medical research.  These designs highlight the use of state-of-the-art Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technologies and Digital Signal Processing (DSP) techniques.

Adaptation of Matlab/C-code to the parallel processing architectures of FPGAs and attention to Size, Weight, and Power (SWAP) constraints are routinely implemented within designs.  Examples of technologies developed include an Electro Optical-based sense and avoid system for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) and a laser detection and identification system for ground-based applications.

He has over twenty-five years of experience in the design of high-speed analog/digital systems for both the commercial and government sectors. His responsibilities also include the management of sub-contractors in the manufacturing and fielding of developed equipment.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science from the Ohio State University.