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,
helped build and debug the 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!
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. Here is a short story about Fotec.
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)
manage, write and edit the website of The
Fiber Optic Association, including the Online
Reference Guide to Fiber Optics and Fiber
U, their online training site.
latest book - Delusional
Management - a combination
business management book and memoir.
After 50 years in high tech, mostly as an entrepreneur,
I've got lots of stories, mostly amusing, but also
instructive on what NOT to do when running high tech
Available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions.
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,
am a contributing editor currently for Electrical
Contractor and IMSA Journal.
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.
and develop curriculum for training and certification
The Fiber Optic
Association that is used by more
than 200 schools in 40 countries around the world to
certify over 73,000 fiber techs (August 2018.)
for numerous organizations and meetings, e.g. IEEE,
SPIE, OSA, NAED, NECA, NCTA, IBEW, IEC, SCTE, United
Nations. Conducted many webinars.
training the first fiber optic training programs
starting in 1982 and taught about 20,000 students about
fiber optics and communications cabling. Created "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 >1000 instructors.
with high school teacher intern in 1997, created one of
the earliest self-study WBT (web-based training)
programs now used by tens of thousands of people
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
Art and Artifacts
- high tech gadgets
car racing as a driver, racing instructor 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. Former member and/or participant
in SCCA, VSCCA, VARAC and SVRA events.