Summit Scientific, Inc. was founded on the principal of providing high quality multi-discipline engineering services at a low cost
We are very proud that we have continued to meet or exceeded our clients expectations for the past 10 years. Our background includes decades of real world software, hardware, mechanical and research engineering experience across a broad range of products and industries. We also have a strong academic foundation upon which to leverage leading-edge modern engineering concepts. This allows us to work smarter rather than harder, which results in a better design and lower cost for the client.
“Lisa is a dynamic entrepreneur with great energy and passion for her work. Just talking with her will get you inspired.”
– MARLENE LOCKWOOD, LIFE COACH
“Rob is a talented multi-displined engineer with an easy going disposition. Rob assisted me on several projects, formalizing and analyzing hardware designs, analyzing circuit characteristics, and performing code reviews. He was thorough and precise in all efforts. Rob’s foundation in electrical, mechanical, and software engineering makes him a valuable asset and resource. Given the chance, I would enjoy working with Rob again in the future.”
– MICHAEL WILK, EMBEDDED SYSTEMS CONSULTANT
“Rob is a talented engineer who approaches each project with a significant degree of rigor and discipline. I’ve worked with Rob on several projects, always with aggressive deadlines and numerous technical challenges, and he has always delivered excellent work while maintaining a friendly, cooperative and helpful disposition. Rob has an extremely wide range of skills, from analog electronics up through application-level firmware development. Furthermore, his project management and organizational skills are top-notch. Rob is also an excellent communicator, both as speaker and writer. Regardless of whether it’s for a one-stop turnkey solution or as a member of a larger team, I recommend Rob highly.”
– DAN SMITH, EMBEDDED SYSTEMS CONSULTANT
“Robert Van Rooyen is a rare breed of engineer: a top-notch hardware and software engineer with the unique ability to communicate technical ideas in a concise and clear manner, even to non-technical people. I have collaborated with Rob on multiple projects and not only is he technically superb he is a great team player. This last attribute makes it fun to work with him, but also, it can spell the difference between a successful project and one that fails. I highly recommend him to any team looking for technical expertise, leadership or both”
– SUSAN MCCORD, SOFTWARE ENGINEER
“Rob is one of those really impressive, multi-disciplined engineers you meet only a few times in the course of a career. He is a really sharp thinker solidly grounded in diverse engineering areas. He is at ease on electrical, mechanical, or software projects. Rob is very thorough in his approach to engineering projects, but also very productive. His work product is of high quality and high value. Besides being an excellent engineer, Rob is an outstanding communicator. He explains technical issues well, is a good listener, and always maintains a positive professional demeanor. He is a real pleasure to work with.”
– JOE PERRET, PROJECT MANAGER, NETRINO
“I’ve interacted with Robert on multiple occaisions and at different companies. He has a very low key yet extremely positive and matter of fact style and approach. I have always enjoyed working with him regardless of whether he and his team selected my product or not (I’ve had both occaisions). I always felt that while considering better ways to approach problems he had an eye for the realistic and practical. I make it a point to discuss with him his thoughts, concerns and understanding of his organizations goals. I would highly recommend him to any company seeking a talented engineer and am certain he would be a pivotal part of any team. I would recommend and actively seek to hire him at any company I worked at as well.”
– ANDREW NOWELL, GLOBAL ACCOUNT MANAGER, WIND RIVER
“Robert is a hard worker and he was an invaluable asset to our software engineering team. He is conscientious, diligent, detail oriented, and a team player. He designs and implements at the highest level of expertise, producing software that is both functional and reliable. He is also likeable and gets along well with others. Robert is a must-have for any software development group!”
– SCOTT MCMILLIN, SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER, OPTIVISION, INC.
“To live, learn and inspire others is a dream for most. Lisa put this dream into action and provided a forum for other women to connect, collaborate and cooperate. Thank you Lisa for all you do to help other women. You are an inspiration”
– SHARON LECHTER, BUSINESS STRATEGIST
Robert Van Rooyen, PhD
(CEO, Senior Engineer, Scientist)
Robert holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Victoria along with a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. Robert has over three decades of engineering experience across a wide range of products and industries. He has served as the principal or key contributor to several large and small technology companies over his career thus far, which in addition to technical depth, affords him a strong background in business and project management. Robert holds several patents and has published both academic works and industry whitepapers. Aside from his professional and academic pursuits, he is also an avid motorcycle rider and musician.
Lisa Marston, BBM
Lisa is a graduate of Sacramento State with a BA, in Business Management and Administration. She is an experienced business owner with a background in accounting and business management. Lisa has owned several businesses over her career and though her background is in real estate she has taken what she has learned from her formal education, experience as a business owner and mentorship from many people in a variety of vocations to learn the many aspects of business. Lisa also feels strongly about giving back and started and organization to help women, Women on The Move with the motto of “Live, Learn, Inspire”, to provide guidance and offer women practical, useful information to assist them in being self-reliant and successful in their lives.
Eric LaForest, PhD
Eric holds a PhD and MASc in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Independent Studies (BIS) from the University of Waterloo, and a Diploma in Computer Engineering Technology from Algonquin College. He has published multiple papers and journal articles on soft-processor architecture for FPGAs, including one of the top 25 papers in the first 20 years of the ACM FPGA Symposium. Eric has a decade of experience in high-speed logic design for FPGAs, and developed techniques for early timing closure, parallel scaling, multi-ported memories, and highly modular Verilog design. He has over 20 years of experience working in Linux environments, including system administration, application development, embedded and real-time programming, and kernel module development.
Max Rukosuyev, PhD
Max holds a PhD and BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria along with a BSc in Radio-physics/Electronics from Taurida State University. He has several years of teaching experience in Machining of Advanced Materials and has published multiple journal articles on topics such as Nanoparticle Coating Systems and Synthesis of Polymer Composites. Max has over a decade of research engineering experience in the field of manufacturing and design with deep knowledge in laser micro-manufacturing, computer aided manufacturing/design, scanning electron microscopy, and compound optical microscopy.
Steve Patterson, BSEE
Steve holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with an EIT professional designation. He has over three decades of electronic engineering and management experience with telecom equipment, medical devices, biotech, imaging, battery powered devices, and a variety of other products in both large companies, and small start-ups. Steve has extensive board design experience that includes FPGA and ASIC designs. His deep management experience and communications skills continue to enhance his ability to understand the big picture and identify issues early in the development process towards the benefit of his clients and colleagues. In his spare time, he mentors students in the world championship Vex Robotics competition, participates in local high schools as a STEM tutor, and continues to be an active member of the education community.
Louis Guérin, C.I.D.+
(Senior PCB Layout Engineer)
During his studies in electronic technology with a specialization in communications at Cégep de St-Laurent, in Montreal, Louis developed a passion for the design or printed circuits. Since then, he has worked for several high tech companies, most of them working more specifically in the field of non-destructive test equipments. Used to work on projects requiring high volume, from a few thousand units per month to 5 million units per year, Louis also likes to participate in the development of prototypes as well as proof on concept. Sole proprietor since 2013, he deals with all aspects of board realization, taking care of the needs of PCB manufacturers through assembly and test perspective. He also deals with all the requirements from design intent to final product at lowest cost. With 33 years of experience, he’s always looking for new ways to improve product performance.
This surgical procedure device uses an autocalibrated A/D converter to monitor thermocouple temperatures asynchronously during the delivery of treatment energy to tissue.
Technologies: PIC, OneWire Flash, A/D, Precision Volage Reference, LDO, Tag-Connect JTAG
Tools: DipTrace, Digital Storage ScopeNIST Traceable RTD Sensor, DVM, Logic Analyzer, JTAG Debug/Programmer Probe
This sensor was based on Ultra Wideband (UWB) radar and displayed real time cardiopulmonary data.
Technologies: Blackfin DSP, SDRAM, Flash, FPGA, UWB, Opamp, Filters, A/D, LDO, JTag
Tools: Lightwave 3D, Visual DSP++, Xilinx Webpack, Orcad, Spice, expressPCB, Sepctrum Analyzer, Digital Storage Scope, DVM, Logic Analyzer, JTAG Probe, Flash Programmer
Quantum Random Number Generator
The entropy engine employs quantum mechanics to generate an inexhaustible supply of pure random numbers at high speed.
Technologies: Xilinx Zynq 7000 FPGA, ARM, AXI, PCLe, DRAM, PLL, SHA-512, A/D converter, DAC, Thermistor, Peltier Cooling
Tools: Vivado, Xilinx SDK, CentOS (Linux), OscilliscopeDVM, logic analyzer, Bench Power Supply