Thursday, December 15, 2005

New Job

New Job:

I start a new position with the Ohio State University Department of Astronomy in the Imaging Sciences Laboratory on Monday December the 19th. This marks the end of my 5 year stint as a factory automation consultant. I learned a lot in those five years, but I am glad to be moving to something new, interesting, and challenging.

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 PEI a few former employees and I started a company called Technitron Labs, Inc. TL's main product was specialized instrumentation for paper mills, municipal waste and drinking water treatment plants, and industrial water treatment plants. TL was sold after a few years (along with my designs); I moved on to doing Controls Engineering at a company called Zed Industries, Inc. Zed made packaging machinery and thermo-formers. I spent 6 years at Zed bringing their equipment control systems up to modern standards before moving on to a purely software engineering job.

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 USA. I returned to the US in June of 2004.

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.


Al KC2ORW said...

Ah good for you looks like an interesting position.
Just crusing through to see what was new on the FPGA project.
73 de KC2ORW

Anonymous said...

Uh...can you see the stars on the other side of the sun?