I became fascinated by engineering research in my early teens. At the time, I put together a magnetic propulsion experiment using a piece of Styrofoam that I found on the beach and wire from an old transformer. As I plugged my device into the wall electrical outlet, my engineering career began with a spark!!
I am a Big Ten fan, having attended Northwestern University (NU) in Chicago and Penn State University (PSU). Although I attended NU for the first two years of my PhD, our entire team transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Cedars) in West-Hollywood, California, and I completed my degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). While at Cedars, I conducted my graduate research in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for breast & prostate cancer, imaging at the molecular level, with focus in hardware and software development. I received my master's in Electrical Engineering (EE) at PSU, with focus in electronic and piezoelectric material linear motors (PZT motors). I obtained a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) Engineering Certificate from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and the most fun course work I ever had in Radio Frequency (RF) Communications. I obtained my bachelor's in EE at San Diego State University (RF), with a focus in electronic circuit applications in electrophysiology and finger force measurements.
My first job as a teenager was working at Electromar
as an electronic technician. I started out sweeping the shop, then moved on
to programming in Basic and repairing Echo Sounders, Sonars, and Radars. It was the greatest job for
an eager-to-learn engineering teenager like myself. My next jobs were with
Ectron Corp, Air Force Space Surveillance System,
(AFSSS) San Diego station (contractor),
Cadence Designs Systems
(Cadence), and Testedge Inc
As a technician at Helle Engineering, I learned to build and repair piezoelectric pingers for underwater detection and communication.
Then, at Ectron, I became experienced in diagnosing, troubleshooting, and calibrating electronic circuits in
Thermocouple simulators/calibrators. I also became skilled in Data Collection and Automation using
HP Basic and GPIB. In my next position at the AFSSS, I learned the
ins and outs of large scale remote sensing and satellite detection. I also began producing quality circuit
designs, C/C++, and LabView
software programs. Later, as a senior engineer at Cadence and Testedge,
I became adept at Test Engineering with mixed signal circuit designs, high speed data collection,
automation, and C/C++ programming.
Currently, I am a product development engineer at Intel working on the quantification of physiological phenomena, hold five patents and
in hardware and software with a biomedical devices focus. In my spare time, I volunteer for
Pot Luck in The Park
feeding the homeless, and serve on the board of directors for the Community Partners for Affordable Housing
a non-profit organization providing affordable housing
for low income families and individuals in the Portland metro area.