The Fiber Optic Association
. Founder, President and technical person, responsible for
the FOA publications, online and print, curriculum,
newsletter, etc. working with the extensive FOA group of
High School, Madison, TN, 1957-63, Honors,
Forensics/Debating, learned computer programming in 1962
from IBM in a pilot program - with computers that had
University, Nashville, TN, B.A. 1967, Cum Laude, With
Honors in Physics-Astronomy, Minor in Math (and enough
hours for a minor in Philosophy.) While at Vandy, I
developed the first computerized data acquisition system
for astronomical photometry, writing all the software,
debugging hardware and creating data analysis
of California, Santa Cruz, Lick Observatory, 1967-8.
Worked on Ph.D. in Astronomy. Transferred much of my
computerized data reduction program to Lick before I
left for more lucrative commercial pursuits!
write and edit the website of The
Fiber Optic Association, including the Online
Reference Guide to Fiber Optics
VDV Works LLC,
technology support company for the voice-data-video
industry, founded in 2002 with my spouse/business
Fotec, Inc. Entrepreneur/Founder/President, fiber optic
test equipment. Venture funded, profitable, sold to
Fluke Networks (Danaher) in 2001.
Teradyne, Market Manager, ATE for telecom ICs (the
beginning of the digital phone system)
Analogic/Data Precision, Market Development Manager,
instrumentation (where I was introduced to fiber optics
by AT&T Bell Labs)
Panametrics, Marketing Manager, ultrasonic
Analog Devices, Marketing Manager, modular
instrumentation (while at ADI, worked on project for
first monolithic A/D converter) and Advertising Manager
Tennelec, sales/marketing, nuclear instrumentation
EG&G, sales/marketing, nuclear and analytical
instrumentation (developed techniques for scanning ICs
for elements in structure, authenticating artwork)
of magazine articles-maybe thousands! I have written
technical articles for Fiberoptic Product News,
Lightwave, Cabling Installation and Maintenance,
Electronic Products, Test and Measurement World,
Communications News, Roundel, etc.
am a contributing editor currently for Electrical
Contractor, IMSA Journal, and formerly for TED,
with monthly columns on voice-data-video.
or co-author of several textbooks, Fiber Optic Testing
(out of print), The
FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics, The
FOA Reference Guide to Premises Cabling, The
FOA Reference Guide to Outside Plant Fiber Optics,
FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optic Network Design,
FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optic Testing
The Fiber Optic Technicians
Manual and Data,
Voice and Video Cabling. Contributor to several
other books including The Handbook of Fiber Optic Data
Fotec website in 1994, one of the first commercial
websites, managed the site and wrote most of the
material on it, including crating Fiber U, a web-based
training site in 1997.
for numerous organizations and meetings, e.g. IEEE,
SPIE, OSA, NAED, NECA, NCTA, IBEW, IEC, SCTE, United
Nations. Conducted webinars.
training the first fiber optic training programs
starting in 1982 and taught about 10,000 students about
fiber optics and communications cabling.
"Fiber U" and "Cable U" conference formats and ran them
for Fotec, NECA and other organizations.
"train-the-trainer" programs in fiber and cabling and
taught many instructors (maybe a thousand.)
with high school teacher interns, created self-study WBT
(web-based training) programs used by tens of thousands
of people monthly.
new instructor kits for VDV cabling training and
self-study programs sold through VDV
and Member of Board of Directors of The
Fiber Optic Association (of which I was a
on boards of several companies in fiber optics and
intellectual property management.
advisory boards of several universities and vocational
(Founder, President), TIA, ANSI
car racing, both as a driver and mechanic, vintage
racing 1989-2001, retired from active racing and
instructing for track events (BMWCCA, AROC, NASA, etc.),
collector of books and literature on racing. Member
and/or participant in SCCA, VSCCA, VARAC events.
Art and Artifacts
- high tech gadgets