Today we’d like to introduce you to Theresa Brunasso.
Theresa, Founder and President of D&S Microwave, is a 30-year veteran in the field of Electrical Engineering. Prior to starting D&S Microwave, she spent more than 20 years at EMS Technologies, Defense and Space Division. At EMS, Theresa served as Microwave Engineering Manager, Director of Technology Development, and provided innovative design and development expertise for numerous programs, including JSTARS, TDRS, XM Radio, DarkStar, NSTAR, Milstar, Advanced EHF, IntelSat and the Mars Science Lab. Since starting D&S Microwave she has worked with clients including LTC Engineering Associates, General Dynamics SATCOM, Sierra Microwave Technology, Flight Display Systems, Cobham, Georgia Tech Research Institute, and COM DEV USA.
Theresa began her career in the U.S. Navy as an Instructor at the Consolidated Naval Electronic Warfare School in Pensacola, FL. She was awarded a graduate fellowship through the Air Force Thermionic Engineering Research Program.
She holds an Engineer’s Degree and M.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah, and a B.S. in Physics from the University of West Florida. She is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, the National Physics Honor Society, and a Senior Member of the IEEE. Theresa is the chair of the IEEE Atlanta Section and serves as an officer for the Board of Directors of the Georgia Engineering Foundation. In March of 2015 she received the IEEE-USA Region 3 Professional Leadership Award. In 2008, she was one of three Georgia area women honored by Women in Technology (WIT) as a winner in the ninth annual Women of the Year in Technology Awards. She is a contributing author to “Climb: Leading Women in Technology Share Their Journeys to Success.” Theresa lives outside Atlanta with her husband, Brian Boe.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I started D&S Microwave because I was laid off from EMS in 2010, when they were cutting back on highly paid employees. I planned to look for another job, but within a few weeks of being let go, I was approached by people who wanted me to consult for them. I was pleasantly surprised, and told my husband, “I guess I’m a consultant now.”
Like many other small businesses, my work is either feast or famine. In 2015, I didn’t have any work, after four successful years. The follow year was my best ever, and this year is even better than that. So, it’s been a roller coaster, but I’m enjoying the ride!
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the D&S Microwave story. Tell us more about the business.
D&S Microwave is a microwave consulting company serving the Defense and Space industry. Most of my career was spent designing hardware for satellite applications. I worked on DirecTV, XM-Radio, INTELSAT IX, MILSTAR II, NSTAR, and military programs such as DarkStar and JSTARS. My favorite project was working on the 35 GHz radar antenna used to safely land Curiosity on Mars.
Now I help companies and research labs to design microwave hardware for multiple applications.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I think luck plays a role in everyone’s life and business. I was lucky to get consulting work within weeks of losing my job, and I am lucky to have a husband who’s a tenured professor at UGA. Having that gave me the security to start my own business.
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