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I received my BSEE from The Ohio State University in 1979. I hold 10 U.S. Patents and over 40 International Patents in the fields of Television and Optical design. I retired from Texas Instruments as a Member of the Technical Staff. I am a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.


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  • 10.17.2012
  • 5 tech points the presidential debate missed
  • One of my friends is a counsellor at a college. She sees alot of Engineers that get their BS Degree, send out resumes, get no response, stay in college for an MS Degree, send out resumes, get no response, get another MS Degree...and the cycle continues. One student now has 3 different MS Degrees in various fields of Engineering. He is now over qualified for any job opening. Solution...stay in for a PhD Degree and the cycle starts all over again. Just another one of those Over-Qualified Jack-of-all-Trades and Master-of-None.
  • 10.05.2012
  • What question would you like to ask?
  • I suppose the question should be rephrased as "What will Engineers do when they retire?" I already volunteer in my spare time at a Train Museum with plans to volunteer there full time after I retire in a few years. Being an Electrical Engineer and now moving into the realm of Mechanical Engineering working with those magnificent steam engines from the days of old is still a learning experience. I actually look forward to retirement since I now have something exciting to retire to.
  • 09.21.2012
  • 5 Engineers: What makes someone an engineer?
  • The definition has already been given by law in many states. Only a Registered Professional Engineer can use the term Engineer in their tiitle and on their business card.
  • 08.24.2012
  • For sale: Vintage Heathkits
  • Many years ago I got to work for an Engineer that used to work at Heathkit as a Repair Technician. All of the non-working units that came in for repair ended up on his bench. He saw kits put together with liquid solder, acid core solder, and even one with little bits of black electrical tape over each connection instead of solder. If he could not repair a unit he would go to the stockroom and rebuild a brand new kit as a replacement...never a charge to the customer. Yes, this too exceeded all expectations. The original Heathkit factory in Benton Harbor, Michigan, is now a Whirlpool washer and dryer factory...or so I have been told.
  • 08.09.2013
  • What advice do you have for freshman engineering students?
  • In no particular order. 1). Do not be afraid to interface with the graduate level students, make friends quickly. You will quickly learn the ropes; i.e., what are the good classes, good professors, etc. 2). Stick with the smarter students...it rubs off. 3). Never be afraid to ask questions. 4). Quickly find a group of fellow students and study together. 5). Ask several professors which employeers are hiring part-time students. 6). Always find part-time work in a career related field (no flipping burgers). 7). Make good use of the career advisors and student counsellors at your college. 8). Get started right away on your math classes. 9). Schedule your classes in the early morning as they do not fill up as fast. 10). Don't be in such a hurry to complete your degree in 4 years, most people take 5 years. 11). Get to know a professor very well, he will be your ticket to a good reference some day. 12). The world of Engineering will be very rewarding to you.
  • 07.20.2012
  • 5 Engineers: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  • When I was 12 years old my sister was getting married. While all the guests were at our house for the Wedding, my older cousin saw a Ham Radio antenna nearby. He asked if I knew who that neighbor was? I did not know, so we walked over there together and knocked on the door. My new found neighbor became my mentor in electronics from that day forward. I wanted to be a Ham Radio operator, but at that time I didn't realize it was a hobby, not a profession. Every job since then dealt with electronics in one form or another. It took me another 17 years before I got my EE Degree and never once regretted that decision. My sister just celebrated her 50th Wedding Anniversary.
  • 07.12.2012
  • Engineering disasters
  • I was once interviewing a new EE at our company. The interview was almost over and as I walked him back to Personnel we stopped by the Engineering Lab to show him around. I told him to keep his hands in his pockets as we had lethal voltages out in the open. He asked what I meant by lethal voltages? I walked over to one of our products that was under development and pointed to the large buss bars saying "Touch this and you Die!" He retreated immediately from the Lab and walked out of the building never to be heard from again. Up to this point I had thought he was a bright Engineer worthy of a very good job offer. Boy, was I wrong...and he had a degree in Power Engineering!
  • 01.17.2008
  • Overengineering: How much is too much?
  • Many years ago I designed a telephone modem that worked great. The Marketing Department decided on their own to throw a small screwdriver in the box that had the company name on it. I guess they were left over from a trade show. Our UL Safety Inspector saw that screwdriver and quickly realized that it could open all the screws on the case and allow anyone access to the high voltages. According to UL it takes a "tool" to get access to high voltage areas. Here, we were giving the "tool" to everybody. UL made us stop this freebie. This product was not really over Engineered, but it is an example of how Marketing can shut down a production line.