Principle Electrical Engineer
- Relevant Experience: 36 years
Bachelor of Science, Physics,
Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO
More than 30 years of professional engineering experience with specific medical device experience in the following areas:
In Vitro Diagnostic Fluorescence Microscope – Lead Electrical/Systems Engineer
Multi-gas blood noninvasive Patient Monitor – Lead Electrical Engineer
Multi-Parameter Patient Monitor (SpO2, NBP, Temp, ECG) – Digital/Software Engineer
Low-power portable Pulse Oximeter (designed system architecture) – System Engineer
Blood Clot Signature Analyzer (IR LED illumination to detect blood clotting rate) – Analog Engineer
DNA Assay Instrument (designed optical detector interfaces, motor control for multi-axis confocal microscope) – Analog/Software Engineer
Pulse Oximeter (designed interface to portable defibrillator) – Analog/Digital Engineer
Other Medical device related experience: Isolated medical communication interfaces and power supplies; Laser drivers and temperature stabilization circuits for tissue illumination; Thermo-electric cooler (TEC) design; Design for medical device safety requirements and electromagnetic compliance
What’s the most interesting Medical Device project you’ve worked on and why?
The DNA Assay instrument was my favorite project. This was my first project involving electro-optics, and I really liked the people working on the project. The engineering task was almost impossible, and I always like a challenge.
If you could work on any type of medical device project, what would it be and why would you want to work on it?
I like to work with opto-electronic systems, so any project that has light sources and detectors and has the possibility of helping people diagnose their conditions would be good. Regardless of the project, I always get to learn more about how things work, and that is the real satisfaction for me as an engineer.
What do you like about working at Tensentric?
I get to work on a variety of different projects, and the group as a whole is very talented.
What unique set of skills do you bring to Tensentric?
I have a very broad background in electronics, software, and electro-optics, so I can contribute at many different levels. Experience has made engineering tasks much easier. Understanding electrical systems comes very easy to me; I have an intuitive sense of how to approach a design.
What do you like most about living in Colorado?
Colorado has it all, except an ocean. All of my favorite activities are here, but I still need to travel to get an ocean fix.
If you couldn’t be an engineer what would you be?
Pumping diesel from a 55-gallon drum in a small tropical island sounds really relaxing.
What hobbies or non-work activities are you most passionate about?
Biking, hiking, yoga, playing guitar, traveling to places near the ocean to snorkel.
When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I don’t remember specifically thinking about that, but I took everything apart (not much went back together), drew concept cars, and built lots of models of cars and planes. So it seems that I naturally gravitated towards engineering.
If you could go back in time, where and what time would you travel to and why?
I would have enjoyed hanging out with Leonardo Da Vinci. Those were times that individual thinkers had an opportunity to make great advances in our understanding of natural systems.