LabVIEW Champions Member Profile - Richard Sorrells
Safety Harbor, Florida
Senior Member of Technical Staff: Draper Laboratory. St. Petersburg Florida.
LabVIEW, TestStand, Basic, and many years ago C, Vee
Used LabVIEW Since:
Aerospace Flight Instrumentation
GPS (NI VST)
Commercial & Heavy-Industry Control
A few of my favorite LabVIEW projects:
Chemiluminescent Sensor Array
GPS Satellite Signal Quality Analyzer
Portable Chemical Threat Detector
Gyroscope Assembly and Performance Verification
Continuous Drinking Water Sampler for Pathogens
Silicon Wafer Robotic Handling & Etching
Renal System Monitor
Educational Platform Development for MicroChip
24-7 Environmental Sensor Life-Test
Auto-Regulating Steam Loop Controller
Navy Ship Valve Testing Platform
And many more I'm not allowed to talk about!
My start in electronics was in the mid-1980's as an audio engineer and performance modification technician. Later that decade and into the next, I held positions of PCB Designer and Electrical Engineer. Starting in the 2000's, my focus shifted more toward Test Engineering and software development.
I have been involved in the development of commercial products from dog training collars to biological threat detectors. In the military and aerospace fields, I have been involved with critical testing platforms for valves used on aircraft carriers, guidance systems, sensors used on jet fighters, and display units for bombers.
I picked up a shrink-wrapped copy of LabVIEW 5.1 around 2001, because someone told me I could "control things with it". Since then, I have made it a mission and a passion to ensure that LabVIEW Is Everywhere!
LabVIEW, a top-contributor to the LabVIEW Idea Exchange with many ideas implemented.
LabVIEW code (written by R. Sorrells) was used during the development of the following Patents, papers, and thesis:
Automated Concentration System (Patent Pending water sampling system)
Development of a semi-dead end filtration system for concentration of bacterial spores from drinking water. (Kearns, E.A., S. Magaña, B. Dodge, A. Levine, R. Sorrells, and D.V. Lim.)
Design of a chemical agent detector based on polymer coated surface acoustic wave (SAW) resonator technology. (Graduate school thesis by Dr. L. Manoosinhg)