Certified LabVIEW Architect, Certified Professional Instructor
Used LabVIEW Since:
Automation and Test, Control Systems, Real-time/FPGA, Electrical Power
Selected projects using LabVIEW:
Control System for Grid Forming Inverter used in off-grid power systems integrating wind, diesel, and battery backup
Set Top box testing using OCR, image analysis, video frame grabbing, IR remote control, ZigBee remote control, and test script generation
Nuclear Power Plant - monitored structure for cause of sonic anomaly during reheat cycle, measured the propagation of a vibration wavefront through the support structure of the reactor to determine cause of event.
Telescope Control Systems - Tracking system motion control for observatory class telescopes. Including correction for atmospheric refraction, relativistic effects, and earth motion.
Wind Turbine Monitoring - long term, high channel count, wind turbulence and meteorlogical data with millisecond accuracy GPS timestamping to determine effects of turbulence on large wind turbines.
Power Monitoring - projects include award winning networked power monitoring for a major telecom data center, power monitoring studies at locations such as theaters, manufacturing lines, water/wastewater treatment plants, office buildings, analytical labs, UPS installations, turbine generators, aircraft power systems and others.
Simian Time Motion Study - Synchronize primate EMG signals with high speed video for extended periods of time.
Prototype Air Purifier for the International Space Station - Programmed control/data acquisition system for long-term testing of prototype air purifier.
Amusement Park Ride Strain Tester - portable system designed to measure strain on amusement park rides for design and analysis.
Many other interesting and unique projects.
I graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. My career in petroleum lasted a whole year and a quarter before becoming unemployed in during a major downturn in the petroleum industry. My first introduction to LabVIEW was working for a consulting engineering firm doing power monitoring and the first project was a networked system using 14 networked PC’s performing power monitoring, breaker monitoring, alarms and a central database for logging data. The project started under LabVIEW 2.52. Since that time I have improved my programming skills and tried to stay on top of the new features added with each version which can be a challenge to say the least. I have worked on a very wide variety of projects with a number of different companies which has been very rewarding. As an ironic twist I was asked if I wanted to teach as an adjunct at the Colorado School of Mines because I knew LabVIEW and that was what they were using in their Multidisciplinary Engineering Labs. The person who hired me did not know that I was a Mines graduate when he asked. I have the pleasure of teaching LabVIEW to students and helping set new engineers on the right path.
I enjoy working on my old car and pickup, running, scuba diving, fishing, hunting and reading science fiction.