Career: The majority of my career has been in industry, although I did teach for several years as an Assistant Professor at the University of New Orleans and as Adjunct Faculty at UNO and Tulane University. Employers included WWL-AM/FM/TV, Litton Data Systems (twice), and the Naval Research Laboratory. I was also a co-founder of Omni Technologies, Inc., an advanced technology/R&D consulting engineering firm. Our clients included Federal and local government agencies, primarily the Navy and NASA, as well as commercial clients and we usually built the custom instrumentation, SONAR and acoustic, fiber optic and communications systems we designed.
Education: I have a B.S in Physics, a B.S. in Engineering Sciences, and an M.S. in Engineering, all from Louisiana State University in New Orleans (now the University of New Orleans). I also hold a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am an Eta Kappa Nu member and a registered Professional Engineer and I served on two NCEES committees.
Personal: I am retired from full-time employment, although I occasionally do some consulting. I read extensively in a wide variety of areas, including technology, history, biography, and science fiction. Like most of us, I work around the house and I grow roses. My principal hobby is designing and building custom electronics for my interests, which in particular include high-precision time and frequency sources. I am an Extra class Amateur Radio Operator callsign K5FBG. I also have a General Radiotelephone Operator license (formerly First-Class license) with Ship Radar endorsement and between degrees was a broadcast engineer for WWL-AM/FM/TV in New Orleans. In 2001 I was recognized by the University of New Orleans as an Outstanding Engineering Alumnus. I hold two U.S. Patents and received a NASA Spact Act Award. And I volunteer with IEEE.