Michael C. Romeo

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Michael has 45 years experience in research and development. His background includes, designing destruct systems for the solid rocket boosters for NASA during the Apollo Space Program, designing lasers and optical targeting systems for Aberdeen Proving Grounds, and 20 years experience designing and manufacturing NoteTakers, Printers, and Computers for the blind for Blazie Engineering, Inc. While at Blazie, he designed the first palmtop for the blind, and the first commercial portable Braille printer for the blind, recognized world wide as the “Romeo Brailler”. His design talents encompass electronic circuitry, mechanical design, hydraulic systems, and the field of optics.

He is self taught in all these disciplines and has received several awards for his accomplishments, including the “Golden Key Award” from the National Federation of the Blind. Michael has also conducted advanced level medical research at Johns Hopkins University and Cellco, Inc.

Career highlights include:
  • Invention of a Cellular Bioreactor (used to Incubate T Lymphocytes extracted from cancer patients).
  • Invented Braille-cell technology (used worldwide in the blindness industry).
  • Pioneered computer hardware/software to digitize and record patient and procedural data during open heart surgery.
  • Developed hardware to collect data from an array of solid state alpha particle detectors (detectors surgically implanted around patients stomach to measure blood flow).
  • Pioneered development of hardware and computer software to analyze data from cellular mitochondria experiments.
  • Bendix Aerospace / NASA (Technician) Complex 39 Kennedy Space Center Launch Control Center building.
    ο Electronic Technician and Draftsman for the APOLLO Space program.
  • United States Army, USA. (Fixed Station Technical Controller)
    ο 18 months training in Electronic Communication technology at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey
    ο 1 month training in VF Multiplex repair at

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    ο 2 years as Fixed Station Communication Controller at Bang Pla, Thailand.

  • Edgewood Arsenal, Edgewood, Maryland. (Engineering Consultant) Tandem Linear Accelerator facility.
    ο Designed Solid State control for Particle Beam Steering system.
  • Edgewood Arsenal, Edgewood, Maryland. (Engineering Consultant) Tandem Linear Accelerator facility.
    ο Designed Solid State control for Particle Beam Steering system.
  • ElectroRent, Rockville, Maryland. (Calibration Technician)
    ο Repair and Calibration of Electronic and Physical Laboratory Instruments.
  • Edgewood Arsenal, Edgewood, Maryland. (Software Consultant) Chemical systems division
    ο Designed Computer Software to analyze data from Hydrogen Flame Emission Spectrometers.
  • Thiokol Corporation, Elkton, Maryland. (Software Consultant)
    ο Designed test system for Self Destruct mechanism used on the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster.
  • Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Maryland. (Engineering Consultant)
    ο Designed Laser Targeting system for Mobile 155mm Howitzer.
  • Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC. (Software Consultant)
    ο Designed Computer Software to analyze Micrometeorology data from San Nicholas Island Experiments.
  • Cellco, Inc., Kensington, Maryland. (Engineering Consultant)
    ο Designed special Cellular Bioreactor used to Incubate T Lymphocytes extracted from Cancer Patients.
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. (Consulting Engineer for various research projects over 4 year period).
    ο Pilot project for department of Anesthesiology. Computer hardware and Software to Digitize and record Patient and Procedural data during Open Heart Surgery.
  • Department of Gastroenterology. Designed hardware to collect data from an array of solid state Alpha Particle Detectors. Detectors surgically implanted around patient’s stomach to measure blood flow.
    ο Department of Biochemistry. Designed hardware and computer software to analyze data from Cellular Mitochondria experiments.
  • Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Baltimore, Maryland. (Consulting Engineer)
    ο Designed computer software to analyze data from Marine Thermal sensors.
  • Maryland Computer Services, Belair, Maryland. (Design Engineer)
    ο Hardware design of talking desk top Computer for the Blind.
    ο Designed portable talking keyboard for the Speech Impaired.
    ο Production of first Computer driven Braille Printing Machine “The Cranmer modified Perkins Brailler”. Original design by Dr. Tim Cranmer National Federation of the Blind.
  • Enabling Technology, Stuart, Florida. (Design Engineer)
    ο Designed Worlds first commercial portable Braille printing machine for the Blind “The Romeo Brailler”.
    ο Electronic design of portable high production Braille printer “The Book Maker”.
  • Blazie Engineering, Forest Hill, Maryland. (Chief Scientist)
    ο Design of “The Braille Blazer”. A More affordable personal Braille printer for the Blind.
    ο Design of second generation “The Braille and Speak”. A palm top Computer for the Blind. This product has Braille keyboard input and speech output.
    ο Designed “The Type and Speak”. A lap top computer for the blind with full “qwerty” keyboard input and speech output.
    ο Designed “The Braille Lite”. A palm top computer for the blind with Braille keyboard input and both speech and 18 character refreshable Braille display output.
    ο Designed “The Braille Lite 40”. A palmtop Computer with Braille keyboard input and both speech and 40 character refreshable Braille display output.
    ο 6 months researching the properties and application of nickel-titanium shape memory alloy. In pursuit of actuator for refreshable Braille display.
  • National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, Maryland. ο Awarded “Golden Key Award” in 1999 for my achievements in the Blindness industry.
  • Advanced Science and Technology, Stuart, Florida. (Chief Scientist)
    ο Hardware design of portable GPS based aid for Golfers.
    ο Mechanical and Electronic design of Orthopedic CPM Therapy machine.
    ο Mechanical and Electronic design of specialized automatic assembly machine.
    ο Electronic design of Solar powered CCFL lamp controller.
    · Features; (PWM charger, Constant light output, HV GFIC circuit).
    ο Electronic design of Solar powered High Pressure Sodium lamp controller.
    · Features; (PWM charger, constant power to lamp, instant re-strike).
    ο Mechanical design of robotic undercarriage for Home Land Security.
    · Features; (RF remote control, selection of Tracks or Omni Wheels).
    ο Electronic design of Solid State Bilge Pump controller.
    · Features; (Detects oil and will not pump it overboard).
    ο Electronic and Mechanical design of solid state Anemometer / Wind direction indicator. Features; (No moving parts).
    ο Design a line of custom multiple drill heads for use in the Aluminum fabrication industry.
    ο Design custom optics for high intensity white LED area light.
    ο Design custom electronic driver for solar powered LED area light.
    ο Design Grid powered driver for LED area light.
    · Features; (80VAC to 270VAC, PFC corrected).