Brett Heliker

Orange County, CA 90740 ·

Career Summary

I am a systems architect with product design experience in companies ranging from Unicorns to Defense. My designs have been in space, military training and combat, and have been manufactured in six-figure production runs. I've lead small, focused teams and larger cross-disciplinary teams. I have architected Big Data plaforms, lead R&D efforts, authored whitepapers and evangelized product to clients and investors.


System and IoT Architect,
Senior Solutions Architect

Leadership and oversight of team to develop, produce and maintain IoT hardware and sensor integration; delivering real world, client-driven solutions from whiteboard to production.
Lead R&D and special projects teams to rapidly ingest, transform, engineer, and visualize data, completing both prototype and product-level implementations across many verticals.
Personally drove effort to create 2 new business units, adding dozens of new clients, opportunities and creating tens of millions in additional revenue.

Accolades:"Best-In-Class" award (6/17), "Uptake Ambassador" (6/2016), "Conscious Leader" (8/2017).

February 2015 - Current

Director of Technology Insertion, Hardware ; TS clearance

Leadership of the Instrumentation and Simulation Research and Technology Insertion team resulting in multiple successful multi-million dollar programs including:
  • JTEP geospatial technologies, virtual terrain generation, neogeography
  • FlexTrain hardware design, embedded systems design, GPS-denied tracking, data analytics
  • XCTC field application engineering, RF system design
  • Fracture Surface Topography Analysis simulation and visualization
  • BRIGHT Human-machine interaction research
2004 - 2014

Engineering Consultation

Hypothesis-driven consulting on prototype hardware design, manufacturability and ruggedization.
2011 – 2014

Application Strategist

Directed software engineering teams for native mobile and web application development, collaborated on technology strategy, and recruited technology talent. Additional help in social media strategy.
2011 – 2015


California Polytechnic State University

M.S. in Aerospace Engineering
Thesis topic includes Kalman filtering and control theory

Focus in Systems Engineering

2003 - 2004

California Polytechnic State University

B.S. in Aerospace Engineering
Spacecraft concentration with emphasis on control theory and communications
1999 - 2003

Pleasant Valley High School

AP/IB Honors distinction

GPA: 4.3


Patents, papers & publications

  • Patent: Mesh Network Routing Based on Availability of Assets
    Determining that a given asset of a plurality of assets in a mesh network is likely to be unavailable within a given period of time in the future and in response to the determining, causing a routing configuration for at least one other asset in the mesh network to be updated.
  • Patent: Local Analytics Device
    An improved local analytics device that includes a single-board computer with a high-capacity processing unit, configured to detect abnormal-condition indicators, enabling the asset (as opposed to a remote computing system) to execute a predictive model and corresponding workflow which may enable a user to take preventative and/or remedial action at the asset.
  • Patent: Provisioning a Local Analytics Device
    Methods for provisioning a local analytics device to interact with a remote computing system on behalf of an asset that is coupled to the local analytics device.
  • Self-Aware Virtual Environment (SAVE)
    The design for a next-generation learning system requiring an interactive, adaptive and discoverable virtual environment based on an ontology-driven geographic information system – 29 May 2012
  • Human-Collective Training For Tactical Operations
    A learning-theory-based program to enable repeatable, scripted and unscripted training situations aimed at improving team/crew tactical operations in the Army's standard crawl-walk-run development approach – 1 June 2012