Getting Started in Consulting

On Thursday, January 12th, 2017 the IEEE Consultants’ Network of Northern NJ ( will host a panel discussion on getting started as an independent consultant. 

About the Topic

  • How do I get started as a consultant?
  • What are the benefits and what are the downsides?
  • How can I maximize my chances of professional survival in these trying times?
  • Is it the right choice for me?

The panelists, long-term Network members, will describe what motivated them to become consultants and how they accomplished it. They will address basics such as forming a business and finding clients, as well as offer insights on their approaches to keeping their practices afloat. Audience participation and questions will be welcome. 

About the Panelists

Jim Boyd specializes in custom hardware and software design of PIC microcontroller based products for consumer and industrial applications. Since forming XL Research in 1978, he has delivered real-time controller designs used in such products as cordless telephones, experimental solar homes, high-speed printing machinery, fire alarm systems and a multiple processor control system for a US prison. Jim can be reached at, 973-584-0329. 

Steven Garfinkel received his B.Sc. and M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He has designed autopilots, flight control actuators, rescue hoists, cargo winches and industrial tools over his career of more the twenty five years. His customers span the sectors of defense, aviation and oil industry. His company, Ellipsah LLC, provides electronic design and analysis services. Steven can be reached at or at (973) 432-7401. 

Peter Schutz has been developing new products since 1985, specializing in instrumentation, medical and laboratory equipment. His expertise includes: mechanical components and systems, plastics, pneumatic and fluid systems, thermal design and analysis, packaging of electronics, enclosures, process control systems, CAD and prototypes. Contact Peter at Schutz Engineering Corp.,, 908-463-7343. 

Robert Walker, until recently, has been offering analog and digital circuit design services through RD Walker Engineering, started in 1987. His expertise includes communication, sensing, conditioning and control equipment, utilizing discrete design as well as embedded controllers and FPGA’s. Robert specializes in communication systems and develops equipment for telemetry and power line teleprotection; and he offered product development, debugging, as well as hardware/firmware integration. Contact him at, 973-728-0344. 

CNNNJ Invites You to Join the Network

Founded in 1992, the IEEE Consultants Network of Northern New Jersey (CNNNJ) encourages and promotes the use of independent technical consultants by business and industry. The CNNNJ invites all engineers engaged in independent practice to join its ranks. For more details on member benefits and admission requirements, please visit our website at


Thursday January 12, 2017 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Morris County Library, 30 East Hanover Avenue, Whippany, NJ

Contact Robert Walker at (973) 728-0344 or

Non-members welcome!