The book is a
substantially edited and augmented compilation of lessons learned
that I have had to resurrect on almost all my jobs. Now, you
will not have to re-learn these systems engineering and product
development lessons as painfully as did I.
My Blog:Check it out! I'm
particularly interested in your comments and feedback on my book.
My Work: I
am now settling in to retirement from Cubic Transportation Systems
where I had been their Sr. VP, Engineering and Program Management in
San Diego, CA. If you have ridden a subway in most metropolises
worldwide, you have probably used our fare collection systems. I
have been successfully developing large-scale systems for many years
in both commercial and aerospace environments. My resume' has the details, while a
photo gallery shows several of my projects nee challenging toys.
You are most likely
familiar with systems such as the DIRECTV Direct Broadcast Satellite
facilities and with the precision of Tomahawk cruise missiles of
Desert Storm fame, but I also created one of the first
"stealth" missile system projects and have spent much of
the last 25 years managing engineering development of software
intensive projects in "zero-CEP" precision missile
guidance, medical digital radiography, and MPEG-compressed
RAID-based broadcast video servers. I've always been a change
agent, and, in effect, a professional student of evolving
engineering technology. I've also served as a system engineering
and general management consultant, e.g., with Trex Medical
declassified after 45 years, I can now proudly report that I was
the original project engineer in the Air Force Plant Representative
Office for the Hexagon satellite program at Lockheed Missiles and Space
Company. I could not have asked for a better initial job. It
involved the most sophisticated technology of the day used by some
of the brightest and committed intellects to provide truly
critical intelligence for our nation's leadership. It also
enabled a young engineer to appreciate the nuances of the full
spectrum of business and production issues related to actually
making very complicated systems work when there was no chance to
do field repairs. You can find more details at the National
Reconnaissance Office (NRO) website, e.g., click
here for a KH-9 Hexagon fact sheet. (You also cannot
begin to understand how uncomfortable it is to publicly even say
"NRO", much less point you to their website).
I welcome the
chance to similarly help in your
area of need. In the meantime, I
have been active volunteering with the Service Corps of Retired
Executives (SCORE) where we offer free advice and assistance, as a
resource partner of the Small Business Administration (SBA),
helping people start up and operate small businesses. I
highly recommend it, so check out the national SCORE website or our local site.
My Play: Mostly
work associated, or that is at least the way I rationalize spending so
much time at my computers.
I've had motorcycles
ever since I got beyond my mother's reach. Currently, I own a 2004 Yamaha FZ6
and have put over 18,000 miles on it, mostly in twisties like the Tail of the
Dragon and the Pig
Trail. There is a very active FZ6 forum that I would
highly recommend at fz6-forum.com.
To my great but pleasant surprise, my wife, Alicia, recently rode
the Dragon with me.
I have begun to play
golf about once a week and have finally pulled my average down
below 100. While a 27 handicap is nothing to brag about,
I guess that I will anyway. I found a nice free website at www.oobgolf.com
for tracking your game statistics and handicaps.
My Family: My wife
Alicia is applying her special touches to our home in Weeki
Lisa, Our youngest, married Joel
Carey on June 7th, 2001 on beautiful St. Thomas, VI. The
families had a ball, and the bride and groom were radiantly
beautiful. They are now back in Madison, WI. She
graduated from MATC as a court reporter and has her own website www.krorp.com and is the Wisconsin
trainer for Stenograph's
Case CATalyst software. As scheduled and semantically
appropriate, Lisa had our first beautiful grandchild, Gwen Carey, on Labor Day,
2005. In February 2008, Lisa graced us with Jane.
The Carey genes must be strong, because somehow Jane is quite fair
with red hair, but a cutie nonetheless. Lisa still works
part-time captioning TV
shows for Caption
Colorado and was the official court reporter for Branch 13
of the Dane County court, supporting the honorable Julie Genovese.
In 2011, Lisa returned to MATC
as a full-time instructor in court reporting.
Chris is a Certified Information
Systems Security Professional (CISSP) working as the Manager of
Enterprise Risk Services for Deloitte.
He lives in the Northern Virginia area and got his bachelor's
degree from Western Governors' University in 2011. On April 19th, 2008, Chris finally talked the lovely Vanessa
Campet into becoming his wife. As seems to follow, in March
2012, another lovely granddaughter, Catherine
Lynne, has joined our family.
Dawn is still living near my
hometown of Little Rock, AR. On March 6, 2004, I had the
pleasure of giving Dawn away to become Mrs. Todd Irby at a lovely
ceremony there. Dawn graced us with an early
Christmas 2005 present, i.e., Clara
James Irby. Recently, Dawn has been a Store Manager at
Ann Taylor and a District Manager