Who I Am
I am a driven individual who thrives on challenges and complex instrumentation. In all of the positions I have held since graduating with an MS in Physics, I have lived by a philosophy of hard-work, learning, and fun. These principles have allowed me to produce ground-breaking academic instruments and industry products. My management philosophy is to be collaborative and hands-on while utilizing each member's expertise. I encourage people working under me to be creative in their solutions and to take ownership of their accomplishments.
Purpose
The basis for this website is to show potential employers not just my value-add but the person beyond resume. This page shows products I have contributed to from conception to release-to-market as well as projects and products which I have developed during personal time. The images and text below are meant as a quick overview of my work. I would be happy to discuss individual projects or my portfolio as a whole.



Products Brought to Market

  • Systems architecture & integration planning
  • Spectral core optical & mechanical design
  • Scan module optical & mecahnical design
  • Embedded OS optimization

  • Astrophysical Research Constorium Telescope Imaging Camera (ARCTIC)
  • High performance multispectral imaging camera
  • Instrument Documentation

  • Capable of reaching photometric precision previously un-attanable from ground based telescopes as shown by (204) 905-4020

  • Prototype optical & mechanical design
  • Data reduction & analysis algorithm
  • Systems Integration oversight
  • Product Data Sheet



Products Entering Pilot

Skyball (All-Sky Weather Monitoring Instrument)


Telescope



  • Sloan Digital Sky Survey 2.5m Telescope
  • Lead Infrastructure Engineer for the SDSSIV Sruvey
  • Primary Responsibilities
    • 24/7/365 on-call for immediate triage & repair
    • Lead any telescope related upgrades
    • Train incoming engineers, technicians, & scientist on SDSS specific instrumentation & operation.
    • less than 1% downtime during my tenure as Lead Engineer



  • Sloan Digital Sky Survey 2.5m Telescope Instrumentation
  • Lead yearly maintenance of telescope (including primary mirror removal)
  • Utilize a large work crew (skilled & un-skilled) to perform precision work in limited amount of time.
  • Failure was NOT an option.




  • Large optical element handling & care
  • Training of entry-level engineers & technicians
  • Hands-on managment style fostering positive teamwork environment




  • Astrophysical Research Constorium Telescope Imaging Camera (ARCTIC)
  • Instrument shown on telescope for night-time operation
  • Primary Responsibilities
    • Complete custom mechanical design
    • complete custom optical design
    • Creation of innovative pnuematically powered, high precision shutter for operation in harsh environment.
    • Creation of highly stable CCD vaccum dewar.





  • Astrophysical Research Constorium Telescope Imaging Camera (ARCTIC)
  • Custom designed & built dewar for high performance CCD.
  • Image is showing dewar, in the clean room, after installation of CCD

  • Faculty Founder: Astronomy Uundergraduate Engineering Group (AUEG)
  • Teach up & coming scientist how to implement theoretical skills learned in classes into fully functional instrumentation.
  • Found funding, although limited, for hands-on experience for group of 21 students, over two years, to participate in projects ranging from building instrumentation to green facilities upgrades.
  • Pictured is a telescope autoguider & science camera upgrade. All of the components in the picture were either machined by my students or myself.
  • Majority of students who graduated from my program went on to Graduate school ranging from data science to physcs. They credit this group/experience with providing them an edge over their colleagues.


  • Teach up & coming scientist how to implement theoretical skills learned in classes into fully functional instrumentation
  • Found funding, although limited, for hands-on experience for group of 21 students, over two years, to participate in projects ranging from building instrumentation to green facilities upgrades
  • Image shown is a picture of a facilities upgrade to the Manastash Ridge Observatory where the AUEG retro-fit a what catchment system (now supplying year-round water), high efficiency living facility, & solar generation.
  • During this project I laid out a plan by which the students could perform much of the work.


Projects - Personal



  • When showing a potential employer a resume I believe it is critical to show the person behind the resume. The following images show the depth of my capabilities even if they are not directly related to the Tech field.
  • Coffee table built using recycled SDSS fiber plates
  • Directional LED's mounted on underside to appear as if light is shining through fiber ports
  • Two produce: (1) in used as my side table, (2) donated to Manastash Ridge Observatory







  • Offset, reverse flow, smoker designed for whide range of smoking, bbq, & grilling applications.
  • Rendering of initial design shown




  • Image shows completed smoker just before first smoke
  • Smoker works as designed allowing for low temperature cheese smoking to whole hog low and slow to high-temp pizza making
  • Final product was trailer mounted and is currently used by customer on a regular basis for a wide range of applications





  • Rebuild of Ford 460cid for install into restoration of 1977 F150
  • Engine build focused on low-end torque for off-road effectiveness
  • Port & polish heads
  • Upgraded fuel delivery & ignition




  • Frame-up restoration of 1977 F150.
  • Sand blasted frame to bare metal.
  • Coated with ceramic paint for long term protection.
  • Image shows frame after ceramic coating applied


Photography



Contact Information

Joseph Huehnerhoff

P: 425.293.4328
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