John Ness helped found EM Solutions in 1998, and currently leads the Corporate Technology Group. His responsibility is to help solve the most difficult technical challenges that are presented to EM Solutions, and to ensure the company’s knowledge base is ever evolving and on top of latest research, breakthroughs and challenges.
John has a B.E. (Electrical), PhD and a BA from the University of Queensland and has been involved in the telecommunications industry since the 1970s. At EM Solutions his specialist expertise is in electromagnetic analysis applied to products such as high power amplifiers, antennas, filters and feed networks. John helped set up Mitec as a public company in 1987, which became the basis for the RF/microwave industry in Queensland, Australia.
Prior to that John had worked in Sydney on the Interscan microwave landing system for the Australian aviation industry, which brought together the expertise of CSIRO, the Australian government and industry to create new technology and eventually companies. From Interscan through to EM Solutions he has developed products for radar, telecommunications and radioastronomy satellites, ground station equipment for miniature to large-scale earth stations, remote sensing equipment and microwave links. John has taken out patents in antennas and microwave heating applications.
In 2010 John was awarded the prestigious Clunies Ross Award by the Academy of Technological Scientists and Engineers for excellence in innovation.
Georgios is responsible for the manufacturing, testing and maintenance of EM Solutions products. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for quality he manages the expert team of engineers and technicians who carry out complex assembly and testing of equipment to ensure it complies with strict specifications and standards. Georgios works closely with EM Solutions’ Corporate Technology and Engineering groups to develop prototype systems and to ensure compliance with the company’s manufacturing ISO9001:2008 quality system.
After graduating in Electronic Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University, Georgios' career started at Airtech as an R.F. Engineer designing TMAs and RF Conditioning systems for the cellular market. He then joined ComDev’s New Business Development team establishing new customers in Europe and Far East. Georgios provided technical support and trained new employees within multidisciplinary teams on NPI for various products in high volume manufacturing environments and established a new state-of-the-art facility in China. In addition, Georgios was the technical lead on projects for customers such as Alcatel, Nortel, Ericsson, Nokia, Motorola, Orange, NEC, Huawei and ZTE.
Gary Shmith joined EM Solutions as a Director of Global Sales in 2014 His role is to lead the development of markets for EM Solutions products globally through a mix of direct and channel partner sales.
Gary’s previous experience includes General Manager, Satellite Communications at Codan where he was instrumental in the introduction of new products to market and the development and growth of a global business over a 20-year period.
Gary has a Bachelor of Communications and Electronic Engineering from RMIT in Melbourne and over 30 years experience in the global satellite communications industry.