Dave Pechner has over 35 years of experience developing and delivering complex communications and sensing systems for both commercial and military markets. His background includes system architecture and system engineering, DSP algorithm design, high speed FPGA and digital hardware design, and project management. Mr. Pechner was Chief Technology Officer at SA Photonics for 12 years before they were acquired by CACI Inc at the end of 2021. In this role, Dave drove the system level design of SA Photonics’ free-space optical communication systems for terrestrial, airborne and space applications.
Prior to joining SA Photonics, Mr. Pechner held positions at ArrayComm, where he developed smart antenna MIMO and Beamforming solutions for 4G wireless systems, at Terayon where he worked on cable modem head end equipment, at Kestrel Solutions where he matured optical communication systems, at Applied Signal Technology where he developed signal collection and analysis systems, and Lockheed Martin, where he worked on optical systems. Mr. Pechner received an MSEE from Stanford University with a focus on digital communications and signal processing and a BSEE from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo.