I'm a 55 year old Electrical Engineering graduate from Rice University in
I had anticipated becoming involved in the
electronics industry after graduating but quickly learned that most firms are
seeking much younger people. Those firms interested in hiring me were on
the west coast, an area that was not on my wife's list of places to move.
Thus, after graduating in May of 1997, I took a job with Key Maps, Inc. of
Houston, a privately held regional map publisher. This company provided me with
part time work while I attended school. Key Maps has been publishing the
most widely used book maps in the region since 1958, and has embarked upon a
project to move to electronic publication of their book map products; and to
create GPS accurate GIS files for use in routing, dispatching, demographic
analysis, and more. The work is interesting and allows me to draw upon
past experience, but I may consider something different once I fulfill my
commitments to the company. Update as Of November, 2004: I have moved to
My electrical engineering specialty at Rice was systems and controls. This is a fairly broad based "specialty", and includes topics in feedback control, communications theory, and digital signal processing. Interestingly enough, the methods and disciplines required in the engineering profession substantially enhanced both my project management skills and my analytical skills. Any engineering project is a compromise between cost, safety, "buildability", lifespan, and numerous other factors, much as what one might find in defining and executing a technical project; the tradeoffs between scope, cost, schedule, and quality.
I've also explored courses outside my specialty, including robot dynamics, machine vision, artificial intelligence and expert systems, a fascinating course in image processing, economics, and managerial accounting. Of all the courses I took, robotics and accounting were the most interesting course; robotics for teaching me that seemingly simple problems are actually very complex, and managerial accounting for teaching me how to evaluate investments and cash flows using the time value of money (another useful skill in project management). I have provided an informal college transcript for those of you who might want to know just what I took in the way of college courses.
Before attending college, I worked in the computer business in just about every job possible, ranging from data entry clerk to data processing manager and finally software consultant. I learned early on in my first large scale IT shop that simply being a good technician is insufficient; one must also know how to run a project in order to make it happen. I taught myself how to manage systems implementation, and as a result, I rose very rapidly within the organization. My technical specialties are geographic information systems (GIS), particularly as applied to police and fire dispatch, political redistricting, and demographic analysis; extensive experience in financial systems and governmental accounting systems; and many specialty systems. My strong points are project management, business process analysis, and system design. My resume is available for your inspection.
I was born in
My hobbies include wood working, tinkering,
taking things apart (and maybe getting them back together), photography, and
reading. I have been politically active in the past, including writing and
lobbying for legislation at the
I have a lovely wife of twenty six years who
graduated cum laude from the
My daughter is a graduate of
Please email me if you wish more information.
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