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  • Field Application Engineer, Milpower Source

    Q: How long have you been involved with The Open Group?

    A: Milpower Source, after engaging with The Open Group SOSA™ Consortium through our engineering and design departments, became a member in 2018. 

    Q. What do you do, and how long have you been doing it? 

    A: For over 40 years, Milpower Source has been designing and manufacturing military qualified power conversion solutions which may be modified, or customized for any application requirements. We support prime contractors, system integrators and all branches of the military, leveraging an extensive product catalog of Modified-Off-The-Shelf (MOTS) and Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) options. For specialized requirements, I frequently work with the engineering team to apply the in-house deep design expertise to develop fully custom power conversion solutions. Our military power supply designs set the standard for thermal, EMI and shock/vibe management, are compliant with MIL-Standards, and are field proven in the most demanding application environments known. When requirements call for a low risk, true military qualified power conversion solution the defense community turns to Milpower Source. 

    Q: Why did your organization become a member of The Open Group SOSA™ Consortium and what does your involvement look like?  

    A: As a supplier with industry leading design capabilities, Milpower Source maintains an awareness of the technical requirements and standards our customers may need addressed. For this reason, as well as to share insights gained from over 40 years of design experience, we felt it was important to be an active participant in The Open Group SOSA™ Consortium. 

    Q: How has membership in The Open Group benefited you, your organization and the industry at large?  

    A: The exchange of ideas is a critical mechanism to continue to advance the design and manufacture of components used in the support of the defense community, in particular the warfighters relying on consistent performance. Milpower Source recognizes this responsibility, at all levels of the organization, and is pleased to be part of discussions designed to benefit this community.       

    Q: What contributions do you hope to bring to The Open Group?  

    A: We appreciate the opportunity to share engineering experience gained from the design of power conversion solutions in use across literally hundreds of defense applications.   

    Q: Why is it important for other organizations to join The Open Group? 

    A:  The defense community deserves nothing short of the most reliable, obsolescence averse solutions achievable.  The aggregation of numerous open systems architecture efforts under SOSA supports this mission.  


    Q: What are your hobbies?  

    A: In my leisure time, I enjoy competitive racquetball and time with my family. 

    Q: What book are you currently reading? 

    A: Beyond Blessed, by Robert Morris

    Q.  What social networks do you belong to?

    A: Milpower Source is active on LinkedIn. Please visit the company page for the latest updates.


    Q: Any last thoughts?
    A: I am pleased to offer power supply design expertise to discussions across The Open Group and its other members.  Power supplies, a critical component, are routinely considered late in the system design process. The Open Group is an excellent forum to invite discussion of the power component at an earlier stage. I’m committed to supporting this objective and excited to help advance this objective. 


    Robert Power


    A successful professional with strong technical skills and more than 20 years of experience as a technical sales manager and field applications engineer in power electronics, power management, analog design. I achieve value for my clients by observing deeper customer needs, finding sensible solutions, then presenting solutions with clarity. 

    Robert has a power supply design background, with a focus on analog, at several equipment companies in computing, oil exploration, and defense electronics. He is deeply familiar with all aspects of DC/DC, AC/DC conversion, magnetics design, and analog signal paths.


    Technical Specialties include: Design and layout of DC/DC- and AC/DC converters, LED drivers, WLED drivers, electronic fuse, class-D audio, DC motor control, notebook POL and core power supply, battery chargers, MOSFET selection, IGBT, USB-PD, USB-C, Power over Ethernet, RF ISM-band, IoT, automotive, rep management, FAE management, technology evangelism, website, business development.


    March 2019