Photography is simultaneously an art and a science: Without science, the art of photography could not be created.
My degrees are in Imaging Science and Optical Engineering, and I have certifications in Program Management and Intellectual Property.
I enjoy combining my three favorite activities of Traveling to new places (including Off Road explorations in my Jeep), Hiking where I can no longer drive, and Photographing the beauty I discover. Historic Restoration has also been an interest of mine.
My career path began as an optical engineer, transitioned into systems engineering and eventually program management. My employers included Eastman Kodak Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Two-Six Incorporated, Agilent Technologies Incorporated, and the U.S. Government.
A selection of products on which I worked are highlighted below.
Kodak made optical products for consumer, professional, commercial and Government markets. Consumer sales exceeded 69 million cameras a year, which used roughly 1 billion optics a year. Some cameras I worked on included 110-format film cameras and Kodak’s Instant camera.
Kodak invented the first digital camera in the world in 1975. Their cameras ranged from point-and-shoot consumer cameras to specialized digital cameras for news services and the U.S. Government.
Kodak was a major producer of image sensors (detectors) for digital cameras. Innovations included megapixel sensor arrays and color filter arrays. One program I managed p a 40,000 frame-per-second sensor for space applications.
Spacecraft and Aerospace Systems
Optical and RF systems for space, aircraft, ground and maritime applications include cameras, telescopes, sensors, and communication systems. Two examples include Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and the Defense Support Program (DSP).
Satellites for communications, weather and scientific research include the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) which has a 6.5m faceted primary mirror , and the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) weather satellite system.
Research and Commercial Systems
U.S. Government research programs such as Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE UR), National Ignition Facility (NIF LLNL) apply massive laser systems in search for alternatives to nuclear and traditional power generation. Commercial optical systems utilize high power lasers for manufacturing, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) systems are used for medical imaging and pharmaceutical research.
Many programs required the development of software for system operations, and I managed Kodak’s first Internet application for image manipulation, sales and production.
Commercial Photographic Equipment
I also developed a variety of equipment for thermal and inkjet digital printers, lighting and display systems, optical laboratories, scanners, and large copier systems