Joe Hwang

  • SW Engineering Director at Panasonic Avionics
  • Lake Forest, California, United States
  • Computer Software

Previous positions

  • SW Engineering Manager at Panasonic Avionics
  • VP of Engineering at Samsung Electronics


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MS, Computer Engineering



Experienced Engineering leader with a demonstrated track record of developing and delivering software for the Avionics, Telecommunications and consumer device industry. Skilled in Engineering Management, Embedded Software Development, and best practices for building up, coaching and engaging teams to produce quality software efficiently. Have practical experience in applying agile principles and utilizing latest in continuous integration and delivery methods. Extensive experience in collaborating with technology partners and customers to deliver timely solutions to meet their needs.


  • Engineering Director, Core Software

    Panasonic Avionics Corporation

    August 2016 – Present(3 years 2 months)Lake Forest CA

    Leading development organization for Foundation Software for the flagship In Flight Entertainment and Communications (IFEC) product line. Responsible to lead teams for producing embedded and support system software that delivers the latest passenger experience to the aircraft environment. Set organization goals, objectives, and technology direction and strategy. Empower and hold high standards of excellence to build teams that are self organizing and accountable, and constantly improving. Streamline process and align teams to bring about necessary change to move organization forward to adapt to dynamics of the industry including latest in CI/CD. Taking the teams through agile transformation to change we operate and deliver value to the customers.

  • SW Engineering Manager

    Panasonic Avionics

    September 2006 – July 2016(9 years 10 months)Lake Forest CA

    Engineering Manager for Core SW for the flagship In Flight Entertainment (IFE) product line, X Series, a market leader. Responsible to lead teams for producing infrastructure software on custom developed hardware that brings the latest mobile and tablet experience to the hardened aircraft environment. Initiated organization wide efforts on software quality and lifecycle/process improvements to meet the increasing customer demands and deployment of latest technologies. – Managed development and roll out the next generation IFE system eX3, working closely with chip vendors to bring in new SoC technologies, and creating hardware abstraction SW layers with modular architecture for easier applicationsoftware development. – Managed development efforts for the vision of seamless monthly media processing and deployment with tools, processes and workflow enhancements, that can handle the voluminous media that must be processed each month for every customer. – Improved productivity and efficiency of the staff by streaming software development process, and deploying automated tools for integrating, testing and releasing software. – Responsible for coaching, developing and furthering of group members’ careers, helping to set near and long term career goals and follow up to help achieve the goals.

  • VP of Engineering

    Samsung Electronics

    September 2002 – August 2006(3 years 11 months)Suwon, Korea

    Led a global R&D team responsible for HW and SW for Networking and Multimedia Services Systems development. The solutions delivered include IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) Application Servers, VoIP Session Controller, Media Gateway, and 3G wireless packet solutions. – Drove Product definition and strategy including road map and product introduction for Next Generation VoIP/Multimedia Application Services and Core network elements. – Managed Product development and system architecture definition, with detailed development plans including outsourcing, risk strategies and technology selection. – Oversaw Technology jump start of projects with emerging vendors for collaboration and technology transfer. – Managed Customer interface for product introduction and deployment, oversaw RFP responses for Next Generation Networks and Application solutions. – Incorporated best practices in large scale embedded software developments to the organization

  • Senior Manager

    Lucent Technologies

    September 1998 – August 2002(3 years 11 months)Naperville, Illinois

    Platform core infrastructure software development for family of Optical Networking Network Elements. Led a multi-disciplinary team of engineers for system engineering, architecture, development and system verification of the Lucent Wavestar BandwidthManager, a large-scale Optical Cross Connect with Add/Drop Multiplexing interface, and the next generation very-large-scale Optical Cross Connect system. Development involved Object Oriented Embedded Software, Rational RoseRT, Clearcase tools and RTOS. – Interfaced with customer teams to define requirements and propose architectures for deploying the product into their networks. – Developed communication software for use in the Data Communications Network using OSI and IP protocols running in multi platform including embedded, WindowsNT, and Solaris. – Developed next generation Intelligent Optical Networking protocols using IP, OSPF, MPLS, and GMPLS. – Collaborated with third party vendors to integrate off the shelf software into the product. – Built up and managed a System Test organization that verified the System level and Network level functionality of the products.

  • Distinguished Member Of Technical Staff

    Lucent Technologies

    September 1996 – October 1998(2 years 1 month)Naperville, Illinois

    SW architect and project manager for the Optical Networking product Wavestar BandwidthManager. – Led infrastructure SW architecture team for Wavestar Bandwidth Manager product. Defined infrastructure domains, and interfaces. Led prototyping activites later utilized in six different Lucent Optical Networking products. Development involved C++, Object Oriented Analysis/Design using UML, and Use Case based SW process. – Provided overall infrastructure SW project management function for departments across multiple locations and countries. Interfaced with the application SW development groups for SW releases.

  • Member Of Technical Staff

    Lucent Technologies

    1990 – September 1996Naperville, Illinois

    Software engineer for central office switching product 5ESS to deliver fault tolerant maintenance software. – Led a team of engineers to develop a new peripheral for the 5ESS switch to provide SONET interface. Worked with architecture team and the customer to come up with software design and implementation. Involved Embedded SW, C, Unix, Real Time OS. – Defined the requirements, developed the RTOS and the operational software for a new peripheral to provide BELCORE TR008 and TR303 standard interfaces. – Designed and wrote all operational software to perform call processing, involving Embedded SW, C, Unix, Real Time OS.


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    MS, Computer Engineering

    Activities and Societies

    Teaching Assistant for Digital Systems Laboratories

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    BS, Electrical Engineering

    Activities and Societies

    Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu

  • Wheaton Central

Skills & Expertise

  • Integration
  • Device Drivers
  • Firmware
  • In Flight Entertainment Systems
  • Digital Signal Processors
  • Embedded Software
  • Embedded Linux
  • 3G
  • Linux
  • Engineering Management
  • Embedded Systems
  • Core Network
  • C
  • Debugging
  • C++
  • Software Engineering