Particulars

In describing what I do, the overarching question I ask myself is: how do I explain it to my 18 year old nephew?

Surprisingly, that's not as easy as it might sound - and not just because my nephew is a really smart kid.

Fixer

Most projects start from a need or a desire - for operational reasons, financial reasons, reasons of safety or health or even ego - to make something different, to correct something perceived as a problem.  So when I distill a 33-year career as an engineer  working on these problems down to its essential state, the one common theme I can find is that I fix things. 

Brief Bio

I am a native of Seattle, Washington. My professional career began with illustrating artifacts and making maps for local archaeologists studying the pre-contact Coast Salish Native American community. After that, I worked as a draftsman for a local cable TV company, which in turn led to an interest in electrical engineering and - eventually - a university degree.

I took my degree in electronic engineering technology (with side trips into graphic design, cultural and physical anthropology, and linguistics), and have worked in the design, engineering, construction and consulting industry for over 30 years. My areas of technical expertise are telecommunications, technology, and security and safety systems.  My emphasis through all of this is people. 

The projects I have done range from as straight-forward as developing a new security system for an airport to as mind-bending as tracking wild dogs in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

I am also the author of nine books, one or two of which actually sold moderately well, as well as numerous articles. I speak a little Arabic, French, Swahili, and Mandarin Chinese, all at the fluency level of a rather dull-witted two year old.

I was active with the American Red Cross of King and Kitsap County, for five years as a member of the Board of Directors, and the chair of the Service Delivery Committee. I was also a trained field volunteer, and member of Disaster Assistance Team 4 (DAT 4).  .

Finally, I am a student of metal and wood working, and I spent a year as an apprentice to Brian Gilman, master smith. I design and build furniture, fabricating custom work from metal, hard woods and recycled and found materials.  That, too, is part of what Arts & Engineering is.

Detailed resume available upon request.  Just say the magic word.