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My Background





Education: I received my BSEE degree from Southern Methodist University, and my MSEE and Ph.D. EE degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

Professional Career: I spent the majority of my professional career in industry. I spent brief periods with Bell Helicopter and General Dynamics, before joining Texas Instruments. The majority of my working career was spent at TI, from 1973 through 1998, with a brief 19-month hiatus in the middle to work for a startup that was partially owned by TI (1983 to 1985). On retirement from TI in 1998, I joined the University of Texas at Dallas as a Senior Lecturer, and have been a member of the faculty since that time. Although I received my Ph. D. fusion plasma heating, I immediately entered into a position as a digital design engineer upon graduation, and have spent most of my career in designing or supervising the design of digital and computer systems, or in related staff positions.

UTD Background: At UTD, I have taught a number of courses, including courses in DC and AC circuit analysis, digital systems, and electromagnetic theory. I currently teach ECS 1200, Introduction to Engineering and Computer Science, EE 1202, Introduction to Electrical Engineering, and EE 2310, Introduction to Digital Systems.  I developed the laboratory material for EE 2310, and developed and taught EE 1102 (Introduction to Laboratory Techniques) until it was replaced in Fall, 2010 by EE 1202.  I have developed both ECS 1200 and EE 1202 course material and also authored the EE 1202 laboratory manual.

 I was the manager of undergraduate teaching laboratory facilities in the UTD electrical engineering department from 2004 until 2010. 

I am a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas (now on the inactive roll). 


8/98 – Present: University of Texas at Dallas. Senior Instructor III. Major responsibilities have been teaching and managing undergraduate laboratories.

10/95 – 8/98: Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX: Director, University Research. Responsible for strategy development related to university research investments at the corporate level.

1/92 – 9/95: Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX: Manager, Operations Support, CRL. Included responsibility for strategic planning support, R&D Quality Program, Site management of Research East and West Buildings, various administrative programs, and the IDEA (“Intrapreneuring”) Program.

8/86 – 12/91: Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX: Manager of Strategic Development for Computer Science Center, TI Corporate Research. Director of strategic planning.

4/85 – 7/86: Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX: Manager, FRESH Program. Program manager of AI Naval resource planning system for CINCPACFLT (Hawaii).

11/83 – 3/85: LISP Machine. Inc., Cambridge, MA. Vice-President and Manager of East Coast Operations (engineering, manufacturing, field service) for artificial intelligence startup in Cambridge, MA.

2/73 – 10-83: Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX: (2/73-12/75). Project Manager, CAD workstation hardware development. (12/75-12/81) Manager of TI Digital Systems Group operations in Dallas. (1/82-10/83) Department Manager in Engineering Services Division. Managed development of special-purpose computer systems for business automation.

6/69 – 1/73: General Dynamics, Fort Worth, TX: Project Aerosystems Engineer, GD Aerosystems Laboratory. Duties included concept formulation, design, and development of digital systems and subsystems such as peripheral and display interfaces, digital communications units, and special-purpose military computer systems.

9/64-5/69: The University of Texas at Austin. Research assistant. Fall, l965-Spring, 1969, Teaching assistant, Fall, 1967 – Spring, 1969.

6/63-9/64: Bell Helicopter – Instrumentation Engineer, helicopter flight test.

9/59 – 5/63: Bell Helicopter – Co-op student Technician/Engineer.

EDUCATION: BSEE, 1963, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. Received Lawrence Bell Scholarship. Graduated with Honors. MSEE, 1966 and Ph.D., 1969, The University of Texas at Austin, (NSF Traineeship). Research area: Fusion plasma heating using rf energy. Other: Former member of the Executive Board of the SMU School of Engineering and Applied Science. Former member of the USC School of Engineering Board of Councilors. Former member of the Advisory Board of The University of Washington Human Interface Technology Laboratory.

Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.


ECS 1200 - Introduction to Engineering and Computer Science
EE 1202 - Introduction to Electrical Engineering
EE 2310 - Introduction to Digital Systems


Email: [email protected]
Phone:(972) 883-2951 [voice]
Fax:(972) 883-2710 [fax]
Mail:Department of Electrical Engineering
Engineering and Computer Science North, 4.916
The University of Texas at Dallas
P.O. Box 830688, EC 33
Richardson, TX 75083-0688, USA