Dr. Henry Richter brings an unusual depth of experience and expertise to projects across the voice, data, and wireless communications fields, with over 50 years’ experience in these disciplines.
Henry’s communications expertise is quite broad, having operated his own telecommunications consulting practice for over 20 years. In his practice he has served such clients as the federal Government, the States of Arizona, California, Nevada, and Oklahoma; the Counties of Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, and Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands; and the California Counties of Marin, Riverside, San Diego, San Joaquin, Sonoma, Ventura and Yolo; over 60 cities in eight states, including Boston, Fairbanks, Honolulu, Kodiak, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and San Diego; numerous special districts, including the Coachella Valley Water District, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the South Bay Regional Public Communications Authority; several school districts including the Los Angeles Unified and the San Diego Unified; a number of universities including the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, and Azusa Pacific University; and over a couple dozen private sector clients as well.
These projects have included information technology strategic planning, telephone system needs analyses, telephone system specification development acquisition and implementation management; computer-assisted dispatch (CAD) system and console studies, specifications development, and acquisition; design, acquisition and implementation of CCTV and paging systems; needs analyses, specifications development and implementation of microwave networks; and needs studies, master plan development, specifications creation, and implementation management of public safety conventional and trunked mobile radio systems.
Prior to beginning his consulting career, Dr. Richter served as a Section Chief at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where he headed development of the free world’s first satellite -- Explorer I. Dr. Richter also had responsibility for all scientific instruments for the Ranger, Surveyor, and Mariner programs and spacecraft, and helped develop the world-wide DOD/NASA spacecraft tracking and communications network. He was honored in 2008 with the present and three former Directors of JPL by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Annual Achievement Award as a Spaceflight Pioneer.
Henry was then named Vice President and Technical Director of Xerox Electro-Optical Systems, Inc. (now Loral Corporation) in Pasadena, where he supervised a wide variety of scientific research, engineering development and hardware production in the fields of communications, upper atmosphere rocketry, tracking and telemetry, space power systems, exotic space propulsion systems, scientific instruments, semiconductor devices, computer applications, biosciences, and military hardware.
He then took up a challenge to serve as the Communications Engineer for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s extensive microwave and mobile radio networks, which ultimately led to the development of his consulting practice.
Dr. Richter received his Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, and Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, as well as his Bachelor of Science from the same institution. He was the first Newmont Fellow of the California Institute of Technology, is a Senior Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, a Senior Member Emeritus of the American Chemical Society, a Senior Member of the American Geophysical Union, a Life Member of the Association of Public Safety Communication Officials, and was elected a member of the New York Academy of Sciences. He is a recipient of the Otto Schmidt Medal awarded by the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. In 2019 he was awarded the Life Achievement Award by the Radio Club of America. Dr. Richter has served on the National Industrial Advisory Committee to the Federal Communications Commission, and the Evaluation and Advisory Panel on Time and Frequency of the National Bureau of Standards. He holds a First Class Radio-telephone License and an Amateur Extra Class Amateur Radio License issued by the Federal Communications Commission. He is a retired California Professional Engineer (QU5567).