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Physicist. Engineer. Teacher.


El Rancho High School, Pico Rivera, California ---- Fall 2008-Present
Taught 9th grade Earth Science, 10th grade Chemistry and 11th/12th grade Physics, Honors Physics.

Senior Scientist
Promethean Devices, LLC, Fort Mill, South Carolina ---- 2005-Present
Invented new technology for increasing the amount of power that can be safely shipped over high-voltage transmission lines. U.S. Patent WO 2008031029 A2, “Sensor, Method, and System of Monitoring Transmission Lines.”

Senior Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California ---- 1997-2007
Developed new technology for NASA missions. Examples include laser tools to measure distance changes to an accuracy of 10 trillionths of a meter for the Space Interferometry Mission (for finding extra-solar planets) and electronics for measuring radio frequency phases to one millionth of a cycle for the LISA mission (for detecting gravitational waves). U.S. Patent 7,511,469, “Phase measurement device using in-phase and quadrature components for phase estimation.” Responsibilities also included mentoring students and fresh talent.

Research Physicist
University of California at Irvine, Irvine, California ---- 1989-1997
Designed and built portions of the Super-Kamiokande neutrino observatory. Analyzed physics results from the IMB proton-decay and neutrino observatory. Supervised graduate students working for the neutrino observatories.

University of California at Irvine, Irvine, California ---- Summer, 1994
Taught course covering material properties, fluids, wave mechanics, optics, relativity, and modern physics.

Research Associate
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona ---- 1984-1989
(Ph.D. thesis work.) Created atmospheric fluorescence sensor for observing ultra-high energy cosmic rays. (UHE cosmic rays are particles produced in violent shocks in space, such as those produced by supernovae.) Helped design and build the first large-scale muonium production apparatus. (Muonium is similar to hydrogen, however the nuclear proton is replaced by a muon.)

Bell Technical Operations (Textron Corporation), Tucson, Arizona ---- 1983
Analyzed military radio vulnerabilities in war scenarios. Constructed an enemy radio jamming simulator.

Research Assistant
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona ---- 1981-1982
(Medical physics.) Created data collection system for ultrasonic thermo-accoustic imaging of cancers.


Cal Poly Pomona
Pomona, California — Single-subject teaching credential in physics & chemistry ---- 2009

University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona — Ph.D. in Physics ---- 1989

New York University
New York, New York — B.A. in Physics with minor in Art History ---- 1980


Available upon request.


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Electrical engineering: Circuit design, analog and digital. Multisim. FPGA design with LabView FPGA and Verilog HDL. Digital Signal Processing (DSP). High voltage systems. Opto-electronic sensor systems.

Software engineering: LabView, Labview RT, C, Pascal, ADA, FORTRAN, assembly, MATLAB.

Optics: Laser and fiber optic system design and prototyping.

Fluent in French.


June, 2014


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