Mission

Physicians have the Hippocratic oath. The Enterprise has the Prime Directive. While the patients we operate on are generally mechanical, and we don’t mind interfering with civilizations so long as we are doing something positive, Quantum Signal’s mission is to research, develop, and deliver key enabling technology solutions and products to our customers and partners. We are a customer centric, solution focused technology developer:

  • QS is customer centric – we work to help our customer’s pain go away
  • QS is solution focused – we focus on creating solutions that solve problems
  • QS is a technology developer – we create and leverage technology as part of our solutions

This mission keeps us focused on what is most important: building solutions that meet the real-world needs of our customers. Our technologies and products work, and work well – which is why QS’ solutions are used all over the world in offices, labs, retail, roadways, game-rooms, and more. We do not stop until the job is done and our customer is highly satisfied.

In 2019, QS was acquired by Ford Autonomous Vehicles, LLC, and now follow this mission in supporting the Ford family of companies’ vision of creating a newer, brighter mobility landscape! For more information, see this recent release.

QS’ Innovative HQ and Culture

Great ideas and innovation lay at the heart of everything we do, and creating and nourishing a culture that supports creativity has been a bedrock principle of the organization since day one. In 2010, we took the opportunity to acquire historic Union School in Saline, Michigan, which had been in operation as a school since it was launched in 1930. QS invested to transform it from educational facility to high-tech workspace. Classrooms became offices, storage space became an autonomous vehicle garage, art rooms became mechanical and electrical labs, and the three-acre plot transformed into testing for surveillance and robots systems as well as staff picnicking. The 42,000 square-foot facility reflects the creative, inquisitive, learning-based that exists at QS each and every day. It contains all the tools and resources necessary to address the wide array of systems engineering and technology development that goes into and facilitates the development of next-gen solutions rain or shine, day and night, 365 per year. Unique features abound:

  • Game Lounge: this fun area helps staff feed their minds and "explore" current and historic gaming technologies, crash when tired from late-night coding, go head-to-head with their colleagues in hard-core strategy adventures on game night, or drop their kids when school is cancelled and they need to be local to mom/dad.
  • Gymnasium: the old-school wood plank floor gym provides an active place for the team to blow off steam; from running laps, to shooting hoops, to climbing ropes, to twice-per-week lunchtime volleyball – it’s always open 24/7, complete with fully restored men’s and women’s locker rooms to get rid of the sweat! Oh, and the gym also serves as our indoor robot testing facility...
  • "Space Invaders" Break Room: team members can store, heat, or eat their lunch here, get a coffee or pop, grab a snack, check out the announcements board, or see how they stack up in one of our old-school arcade game tourneys. Did we mention the crazy-good doughnuts or BBQs?
  • Performance Stage: If you’re ready to show your co-workers your crazy-great karaoke skills, show off your banjo skills, or finally get to premiere that one-man/woman show you’ve been working on, we’ve got the venue for you!
  • Nuke Shelter: originally intended to protect students in case of attack, this 80’x15’ room has super-thick walls and a bunkerish, other-worldly feel. We are dedicated to the safety and security of our staff, before AND after the apocalypse hits.
  • Dungeon: the QS dungeon was originally a coal room, but now serves as an "inspiration" chamber for team members. More bugs, more inspiration time – that’s the rule.
  • The bottom line is: if you’re looking for an engineering company whose defines "serious" by the number of neckties worn, ISO certificates, or corporate monoculture, you’ve come to the wrong place. If, however, the serious you are looking for is the creativity and quality of the solution, we’re here and ready to help you build the future!

    Management

    QS has built an outstanding management team, with a plethora of skills, a unique background, and a driving desire to make customers happy through award winning solutions. Management team members include:

    Mitchell M. Rohde, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer

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    Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering University of Michigan
    M.S. Electrical Engineering Systems University of Michigan
    M.S. Biomedical Engineering University of Michigan
    B.S. Electrical Engineering University of Michigan

    Mitch co-founded Quantum Signal following his graduation from the University of Michigan in 1999. Since that time, he has grown the company from a tiny startup into a powerful engineering research and development organization, building solutions that are in use across many fields and around the world. Mitch lives and breathes engineering, and has designed, built, and tested such diverse devices as biomedical instruments, autonomous vehicles, forensic appliances, surveillance systems, and more. Over the past twenty years, he has spearheaded and directed dozens of advanced research and development projects and product development efforts for clients in the public and private sectors. Mitch has specific expertise in signal and image processing, robotics, real-time instrumentation, neural interfaces, and measurement systems, and has a wide variety of patents and publications. He also is an avid collector and restorer of arcade games, with over 150 pieces in his unique collection. Mitch is a member of Sigma Xi, NDIA, AUSA, IEEE, Eta Kappa Nu, and Tau Beta Pi.

    Robert M. Lupa, Chief Technology Officer

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    B.S. Computer Science, Oakland University

    Mr. Lupa is the Chief Technology Officer at Quantum Signal. He oversees all technical programs and direction, including efforts in mobile robotics, data mining, simulation, and more. Rob holds a BS in Computer Science from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and has over 25 years of professional software development experience. Amongst a number of positions, he was formerly Chief Architect for the multimedia collaboration client (CUseeMe) at White Pine Software, where he developed video processing, encoding, and multimedia communication technology. Rob has also previously worked at Sprint PCS, and has experience designing, programming, and deploying scalable software applications. Rob specializes in software development related to high performance networking, real-time media and scalable architecture. He is also an experienced restauranteur, and previously created and operated a highly successful eatery in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

    Ms. Disa Webb, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

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    BBA Eastern Michigan University

    Ms. Webb serves as QS’ Chief Financial Officer. In her role, she provides oversight in accounting, financial reporting, and assorted business operations. Disa spent over 20 years in public accounting where she formed a team of consultants who provided small to medium size businesses with accounting, tax, and consulting services. Her wealth of experience and attention to detail ensures the company stays in compliance and in a position to grow and thrive. In her non-existent spare time, Disa likes to hike the volcanoes and glaciers of Iceland, from where her family originally hails. She is a member of MACPA and AICPA.

    Careers

    At QS, we work with clients to build new products and technologies based on state-of-the-art algorithms and software. Many of our projects, programs, and products revolve around intelligent ground vehicles and mobile robotics. Markets include homeland security, defense, automotive, consumer products, and anything else where there’s a client with a requirement and the need for a smart, driven engineering team. If you have what it takes (US citizenship, motivation, and enjoy vintage arcade games), look through our job postings and send us your resume!

    Join Our Team

    WE WORK THE FUTURE, BUT PLAY OLD-SCHOOL

    Our game lounge and hallways are stocked with plenty of unique, fun arcade goodness from the 1930s through the 1990s. They don’t always work, but when they do it’s absolutely Back to the Future. Getting’ it on like Donkey Kong...

    A HIDDEN GEM, A SECRET FACT

    Salt Springs Brewery in Saline is a favorite amongst our staff, and located in an antique church. Few know that QS actually considered purchasing the building long before it was renovated into the awesome brewpub it is today. We are very happy things turned out the way they did – they make the beer at the Church of Hops, we do the engineering at the School of Code!

    MAIZE AND BLUE

    QS is a 1999 spin-off of the University of Michigan College of Engineering. Don’t worry, though – there’s no rivalry at Quantum. MSU fans and graduates are welcome, and we mostly try not to put their desks in the basement torture chamber. Mostly.

    WE ARE ALWAYS UP FOR A CHALLENGE

    QS fielded two outstanding teams at the most recent Saline Celtic Festival Mastodon Challenge! Is there’s any question as to whether we’re hard-core or not, consider this: Bill Meabrod, one of our esteemed coders, did it barefoot using his self-described “Hobbit Feet” on the entire mission.

    GETTING IN THE SPIRIT

    Each year QS hosts a Halloween costume contest, and few can resist to throw in their hat. At a recent one, CEO Mitch Rohde rocked his Tron costume – showing both his dorkiness and vintage all in one disturbing swoop! End of line.

    CTRL + ALT + DELETE

    Working out the kinks in vehicle teleoperation can be fun; from a safe distance of course!

    BUMP. SET. SPIKE!

    Weekly volleyball matches get pretty intense at Quantum Signal. The gym is regulation, the players not-so-much. It’s like the volleyball scene from Top Gun, minus the sand and plus the C++ experience level...

    SAVING LIVES. SAVING FRIES.

    QS doesn’t just keep soldiers safe – we’re also single-handedly responsible for the return of waffle fries at Dan's Downtown Tavern, one of our favorite lunch spots. Now, about those curly fries...

    WE CELEBRATE THE VICTORIES

    Sometimes it's a trip to Cedar Point, other times a t-shirt and BBQ lunch, and still other times an engineering-grade sheetcake. Don't worry, we make management eat the non-chocolate parts.

    IT'S TIME FOR A DOUBLE BILL...

    QS' co-founder, Dr. William J. Williams, is named after a famous figure in Scottish history. He is also a distant cousin of Bob Evans, of restaurant fame!

    GOAT, MOOSE, SHEEP – INDIVIDUALS OR FLOCKS – WHATEVER YOU NEED...

    QS has built a variety of virtual animals for M&S environments, including a friendly goat with an accurate gate and simulated hoof forces. Yes, we were contracted to do it. Yes, we will tell you the story if you buy us a beer...

    A MASTER OF HIS CRAFT...

    "What are you milling Kevin?" - "A girlfriend. She'll be perfect."

    AND WE SMILE A LOT MORE, TOO!

    Back in 1931, this facility housed the finest Saline athletes. Today, it houses the finest Saline MATHLETES!

    SEEING OBSTACLES, AND EATING THEM

    James Walker, our in-house Robot Whisperer, once emerged victorious from a Wendy’s "Meat Cube" challenge. Hard-core coding, hard core burger consumption – that’s the QS way.

    OUR QA THINKS, AND THUS IS...

    Dan Rice, QS Quality Assurance Maestro and all around cool dude, majored in philosophy and once wrote a paper on Aristotle's Philosophy of Mind! His tickets are more Socrates than Nietzsche, though.

    QS: WHERE ROBOTS ARE LIKE FAMILY

    We figure being nice to the 'bots now will help ingratiate us with our future robot overlords.

    ALWAYS READY TO RUMBLE

    In 2014/2015 QS built and released a little game called "Rustbucket Rumble" – a casual multi-robot mash-em-up craze-fest. It had a fanbase, but didn’t make it big enough to warrant a sequel. Still, we miss those little critters...

    SOMETIMES, YOU GET TAGGED

    We'll assume this was a comment on the political situation and not our codebase….