|The short story...
Ph.D., Systems Engineering, University of Virginia
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
B.S., Electrical Engineering, West Virginia Tech
10+ years as engineer in various technical positions
3+ years as a consultant, specializing in statistical analysis, datamining, and systems analysis
Systems Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization
Datamining and Classical Statistical Analysis
Matlab (General Analysis, Statistics, Simulation)
SPSS, S-Plus (Statistics)
IBM DB2, MS-Access (Databases)
... plus many others
The long story.....
I am from a small West Virginia town named Fayetteville, once a thriving coal mining center but now known for Bridge Day, white water rafting, mountain biking, and other extreme sports.
I earned my Bachelors Degree from West Virginia Institute of Technology where I majored in Electrical Engineering. After graduating in 1985, I headed west to California to start my career with GTE as a communication systems engineer.
While at GTE, I studied at Stanford University part-time as an honors co-op student, earning my Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1989.
I moved over to Acuson Corporation to work for three years as a product development engineer. My group worked as a liaison between engineers designing ultrasound transducers and manufacturing engineers and techs tasked with building and testing the product.
At first, my focus at Acuson narrowed to the technology and art of designing a high-tech product. About one year into this job, I began to realize that the most challenging problems to be solved invariably involved the systems established to design, build, and sell the products. The technical design challenges often seemed easy to solve relative to the system problems.
At Acuson, I began to take an ever broader systems view in all aspects of my work. I became a dedicated student of quality expert Dr. Deming and worked on teams to introduce modern quality control techniques throughout manufacturing.
I left Acuson in 1993 and worked my way back (the long way through New Zealand and Germany) to the east coast, where I began studying for the Ph.D. in the Department of Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia.
I completed my Ph.D. studies in 1998 and started my consulting practice.