I start a new position with the
Before going out on my own as a consultant, I worked as an Electrical Engineer with a Department of Defense contractor in the 1980s and early 90s. The company was Piqua Engineering, Inc. - I worked there for 10 years. After
Finally, in 2001 I started vHMI Automation, Inc. The main product when I first started was a Visual Basic based Human Machine Interface (HMI) package that I wrote and various C++ based Programmable Logic Controller communication drivers. I expanded into both hardware and software system consulting in factory automation and control systems. I also did instrumentation, automated test system, and microcontroller based system design. Because I was an independent consultant, it enabled me to live outside of the USA for a while (where I learned a lot about how other countries view the US - which is not as bad as you hear from the news). I also realized how much we take for granted the life we have in the
I am very happy about leaving the stressful and uncertain side of consulting behind. I am looking forward to working in OSU's Astronomy Department where they design and build extremely interesting instruments for ground-based optical and infrared astronomy.