I have an MS EE degree
[thesis option] from
Wichita State University (1977) and
am a sometime member of both the|
of Electrical & Electronic Engineers and
The American Physical Society.
Getting my signature from me still requires communication, meeting, or an Act of God.
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After a semester
of make-up courses for my
electrical engineering courses
in the Fall of 1975 and another semester of
EE graduate work
the following Spring, I took a graduate course in
at WSU in the Summer of 1976.
We studied the 8080 microprocessor
and proposed some designs for a wide range of products, including an intelligent sewing machine!
I became a member of the IEEE as a student, and delivered an after-dinner paper on
adaptive phased-array radars with
to null out N-1 jammers with an
N-element dipole array.
My MSEE thesis was on Optimal Edge Detection & Digital Picture Processing,
which cost me $50 to have bound in black with a gilt-edged title on the spine in December of 1977.
I also studied control systems,
and remember reading a book on
applied to the control system of the
Lunar Excursion Module,
which stimulated my interest in space travel.
I have a vivid memory of Professor Fred Dicke, our professor for
and laser technology,
announcing in the hallway in 1977 that
Viking had landed on Mars!
The school of electrical engineering
was located on the third floor of the
school of engineering,
just above the school of
which was atop the school of mechanical and
Later, I would sneak myself a few books on aeronautical and mechanical or manufacturing engineering
from time to time, since as an EE I often had to deal with interdisciplinary applications
such as motion control.
Also, I never lost my appetite for physics,
and continued to read in it:
many engineering courses seemed to be an
application of physics to me,
and engineering was the most practical thing I could think of to do with it.
The WSU School of Engineering from in front of Ablah Library. My office in
graduate school was on the 3rd floor toward the NorthWest with a West window.
I was admitted to the graduate school in the Spring of 1976 after a semester of EE make-up.
The importance of computer science was evident in graduate school, and I took courses in microprogramming for computer architecture and minicomputer programming in addition to courses in higher-level languages. We had implemented Fast Fourier Transforms in the microprogramming language available from Hewlett-Packard to implement fast functions on the HP minicomputer. I used this package to implement 2-dimensional picture processing using techniques pioneered as spacial filtering, which was previously done with lasers and filters in a focal place containing a 2-dimensional Fourier Transform of the original image in space. After graduation I read more books on software development with structured design, algorithms, computer graphics, and numerical methods to adapt to our industrial requirements, which demanded more and more software expertise. Industry-standard Bibles on managing software development were passed around between companies like NCR and Mycro-Tek. We engineers sometimes became advanced
design specialists in both the software and hardware domains,
but with more and more of us becoming
While cheerful souls were taking it all in,
we were developing eyeglasses and big noses.
Impressum: A Signature of the Almighty.
According to Galileo, the Moon is made of a "diaphanous substance". This also applies to Mars.
Coursework (For GPA scores, see below. For grade certification, request transcript.)
USF Courses - University of South Florida
Post-MSEE courses I took at USF in Florida in 1988 included:
CAP 6675 901 ROBOT-INTE & VISION(3)(B) -
A computer science course in
and robotic vision systems
with a laboratory in which we programmed
lab robots in C
under UNIX to simulate industrial manipulations with
robotic arms and
Humorously, we used Bell Labs 3B2 UNIX computers.
EEL 5534 901 COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS I(3)(B) - An advanced course from the department of Electrical Engineering
at USF in communications systems
WSU Courses - Wichita State University
In Fall 1967- Spring 1968 I was at WSU prior to transferring to KU.
During the first semester I took some basic college courses:
ANTHR 124 GENERAL ANTHROPOLOGY(3)(A)
ART 141 BASIC ART 1(3)(B) - Graphics, pencil, charcoal.
ENGL 111 - COLLEGE ENGLISH(3)(B)
HIST 101 - HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION(4)(A) - Fine lectures on Western Civilization delivered by Dr. Sowers.
PHIL 150 - PHILOSOPHY IN THE 20TH CENTURY(3)(A) - Lectures on the History of Western Philosophy in the 20th Century.
2nd semester courses in 1967-68 included:
BIOL 100 - PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY(4)(A)
GERM 111 - ELEMENTARY GERMAN(5)(B)
HIST 102 - HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION(4)(A)
P.E. - BOWLING I - Withdrew.
POL.S. 100 - PATTERNS IN POLITICS(3)(C)
After graduation from the University of Kansas in 1974,
but before being admitted to the graduate school in Spring of 1976,
I took Summer Session courses and a Fall Semester of EE undergrad work for make up:
SUMMER SESSION 1975:
CS 195 COBOL PROGRAMMING(3)(C) - Met 1st wife Susan Hull in COBOL class.
We got married later that year in the Campus Chapel in front of all our relatives. I guess our Summer romance must have depressed my grades a bit at the time.
CS 228 COMPUTER OPG PROG(3)(C)
FALL SEMESTER 1975 - EE Makeup work for undergrad requirements.
EE 382 ELECTRICAL DYNAMICS(4)(A) - This was a class in circuit theory similar to the Schaums Outline Series on electric circuits. I seem to recall that it was taught by Dr.Ford, the chairman of the department. It had a lab, and we did experiments on transients in circuits.
EE 492 ELECTRONIC CIRCUITS(4)(A) - This was an exciting course in microelectronics including transistors, op amps, and digital circuitry taught by Dr. Roy Norris, which included a 1-hour lab.
EE 580 TRANSIENT FREQUENCY ANALYSIS(4)(B) - This was a circuit analysis course emphasizing Laplace transforms and Fourier Methods. I believe it also included a lab with exposure to frequency-domain spectrometry and spectrum analyzers.
EE 594 LOGIC DESIGN AND SWITCHING THEORY(3)(C) - This was a stimulating course in logic design taught by Dr. Hoyer, from whom I later took a course in minicomputer programming. To make a C in this was a bitter pill, of course. I knew the material, but I was not fast enough at the time for Hoyer's tests. Later, when I took lasers, it was after having read numerous books on lasers independently, and I was really very fast, always the first one out of the room after a test. Nothing like more practice beforehand to build speed.
PHYS 400 SPECIAL STUDIES IN PHYSICS I(1)(A) - I had spent a couple of months off reviewing tensor calculus and classical General Relativity, which as a physics student I always had desired to understand. Dr. Joseph Strecker listened to me lecture on General Relativity for two semesters, during which we reviewed the foundations of GR.
After being admitted to the graduate school for the Spring Semester 1976:
CS 498 - INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS(2)(A) - Business computing problems in COBOL, JCL.
EE 488 - ELECTRO-MECHANICAL ENERGY CONVERSION(4)(B) - A great course taught by Dr. Robert Shrag on electrical machines, including motors and generators with a fine textbook and lab.
EE 681 - PULSE ELECTRONICS(4)(B) - Digital and analog pulse electronics with integrated circuits, including analog devices, MSI logic, digital-to-analog converters, taught by Dr. Roy Norris. I believe all the 4-hour courses had a lab.
PHYS 400 - SPECIAL STUDIES IN PHYSICS(1)(A) - The 2nd semester on classical General Relativity, with derivation of the field equations and advanced problems.
SUMMER SESSION - 1976
EE 877 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN MICROPROCESSORS(3)(A) - This course was focused on the Intel 8080 microprocessor architecture, peripheral chips available for the 8080, and system design using the 8080 including glue logic, programming, and interfacing. Everyone developed a system design for a specific application, such as an intelligent sewing machine. Taught by Dr. Everett Johnson.
FALL SEMESTER 1976
EE 677 - SELECTED TOPICS ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING(3)(A)- Digital filtering, digital filter simulation, theory of the DFT and Fast Fourier Transform theory from a fine textbook by Stearns, taught by Dr. Mark Jong.
EE 682 - ENERGY INFORMATION TRANSMISSION(4)(A) - This was a course in microwave energy transmission, including lines, waves, and antennas that was taught by Dr. Ford. It had a lab in which we used RF and microwave equipment, including transmission line gear, standing-wave resonant cavities, microwave horns, and so forth. I got permission to do some additional microwave optics experiments in the lab later, using microwave horns to create interference and diffraction patterns, redoing experiments originally done by Heinrich Hertz with superior equipment. Subsequently, Dr.Ford sent me to Boeing to look over the radar range in connection with preparing an anechoic chamber in the basement of the engineering building, a project which I left for a power systems study.
EE 686 - INFORMATION PROCESSING(4)(A) - This was probably the course in minicomputer programming for the HP minicomputers taught by Dr.Elmer Hoyer, which included a lab. I remember programming an HP minicomputer to interface to external hardware in this course through an I/O port in the front. We had one micro-programmable HP minicomputer and another, older HP minicomputer in a lab alongside it at the time. Both machines were programmable in assembler and FORTRAN, but one had a micro-programmable control store for creation of fast instruction applications such as FFT and DFT transforms.
EE 694 - DIGITAL COMPUTER DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS(3)(A) - This was a course on the fundamentals of computer design, computer architecture, and computer systems design which I seem to remember was taught by Dr. Everett Johnson.
EE 782 - METHODS OF SYSTEMS ANALYSIS(3)(A) - - This was actually on RF techniques, including single-sideband transmission, AM, FM, PAM, and so forth. As I recall, it was taught by Dr. Lal.
SPRING SEMESTER, 1977
EE 783 - ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD THEORY(3)(A) - Maxwellian electrodynamics with applications to radiation, antennas, arrays, microwave devices, taught by Dr.Thoman.
EE 786 - DIGITAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS(3)(Withdrew) -
EE 877 - SPECIAL TOPICS, MICROPROGRAMMING(3)(A) - Microprogramming for computer design. Microprogrammed architectures. Taught by Dr. Everett Johnson.
EE 890 - TOPICS IN CONTROL SYSTEMS(3)(B) - Non-linear control systems, taught by Dr. Lal.
PHYS 812 - QUANTUM MECHANICS II(3)(A) - The 2nd graduate course in quantum mechanics, including the Dirac equation, Foldy-Wouthysin transformation, and advanced topics in relativitistic wave mechanics, taught by Dr. Joseph Strecker.
FALL SEMESTER, 1977
EE 677 SPECIAL TOPICS IN LASER ENGINEERING(3)(A) - Laser dynamics, Fabry-Perot cavity design for lasers, laser safety, varieties of lasers, laser speckle, holography, laser light modulation devices, Pockel cells, dye lasers, gas lasers, eximer lasers, taught by Dr.Fred Dicke of Boeing, with classes at WSU and Boeing. Dr. Dicke showed us though his Boeing lab for holography, had us inspect his argon laser there, and showed us how the big Boeing CO2 laser could quickly perforate metals. I read several books on lasers before the course, and was always the first to finish up on tests.
EE 876 THESIS(4)(A) - Digital picture processing thesis, optimal edge detection. This was based on work done earlier by Dr. Dicke and Dr. Shanmugam in the continuous domain with lasers and conventional spacial filtering. I developed the analogous optimal filter using discrete prolate functions for 2-dimensional digital signal processing, modeled the effect of noise and blurred edges, and prepared comparisons with other popular edge-detection filters.
EE 892 ST VAR TECH SYSTEMS(3)(A) - State variables in control systems theory. I was later able to apply this to practical servos used in typesetters.
PHYS 881 SOLID STATE PHYSICS(3)(A) - A graduate course in solid state physics taught by Dr. Henry Unruh.
* Master of Science granted December 23, 1977.
* 56 graduate hours after admission to the graduate school,
* Grade point average 3.8 in graduate school out of 4.0.
* If I compute the GPA including my undergrad EE makeup work,
* from Fall 1975, I find 72 EE & CS hours and a GPA of 3.7.
* If I compute the GPA including my summer continuing ed courses
* in 1975, I get a total of 78 EE & CS hours since graduation, and GPA 3.57.
* Including my Post-MSEE hours at USF in 1988, I have 84 EE & CS hours.
KU Courses - University of Kansas - undergrad work.
From the Fall of 1968 until Fall 1971 I took liberal arts courses at KU, then changed over in the Fall of 1971 to a double major in physics and mathematics, graduating in the Spring of 1974. I was on a Junior year abroad program from the Fall of 1971 through the Spring of 1972 in Bonn, Germany.
ENGL 2 - COMPOSITION AND LITERATURE(3)(A)
GERM 2 - ELEMENTARY GERMAN II(5)(PASS) - Taught on pass or fail basis.
HIST 114 - EARLY MEDIEVAL CULTURE(3)(B) - An entertaining course on medieval history taught by Dr. Byron Tsongodas, who was filling in for Dr. Richard Kay while he was on sabbatical.
HIST 125A - THE AGE OF LOUIS XIV(3)(B) - What could anyone get out of it? I got a wonderful girlfriend out of it. Nearly got married. She cooked French dinners for us that might have pleased Louis XIV himself, including steak marinated in wine.
HIST 141B - STATE AND RELIGION IN ENGLAND(3)(A) - History of the state and religion in England, which made me grateful for the separation of church and state in the USA.
PECB 2 - PRINCIPLES OF PHYSIOLOGY(3)(W) - withdrew.
HIST 107 - ROMAN DECLINE AND MEDIEVAL ORIGINS(3)(A) - Dr. James Seaver re-delivered The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbon, adding Medieval Origins to Charlemagne and Einhard.
HIST 115 - LATER MEDIEVAL CULTURE(3)(A) - The later middle ages according to Dr. Richard Kay. Dr. Kay had a home office in a loft atop a garage in back of his place, and became a good friend of mine, discussing philosophy and playing chess with me in the Summer of 1971.
HIST 142 - ENGLAND UNDER THE TUDORS(3)(A)
W.C. - WESTERN CIVILIZATION(2)(A)
LAT a - LATIN READING COURSE(4)(A)
ENGL 3 - COMPOSITION & LITERATURE(3)(CREDIT) - Taught on pass-fail basis.
HIST 91 - READINGS IN HISTORY(3)(A)
HIST 108 - TOPICS IN MEDIEVAL CITIES(3)(A) - As I recall, this one was taught by Dr. Richard Ring, who hailed from Chicago. Dr. Kay and I went to a conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan with Dr.Ring that year. It focused on Italian city-states, like Padua in Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew.
LAT b - LATIN READING COURSE(3)(A)
HIST 113 - THE MEDIEVAL EMPIRE(3)(A)
HIST 296 - PROBS IN CAROLINGIAN HISTORY(3)(A) - Dr. Kay was a sort of Sherlock Holmes for problems in medieval history, and pointed out some mysteries connected with the biography of Charlemagne written by Einhard around the year 800 A.D. He was working on a book devoted to analysis of one canto of The Divine Comedy of Dante.
HDFL 152 - SPC PRBS CHILD DEV.
MATH 2 - INTERMEDIATE MATHEMATICS(3)(B) - Mathematics was required for graduation, so I took this algebra course, finding it far more interesting and agreeable to me as a student at the university than I had found it at Wichita High School West years earlier under Beulah Strickler. I decided I had a mathematical head after all! I studied physics the next Summer privately and decided to go
Back to the Future!
FALL 1971 - Junior Year Abroad_
I read both volumes of Serge Lang on Calculus, Alonso-Finn on College Physics, and a number of textbooks in German on Linear Algebra, the theory of functions, analytical geometry, and differential equations. Serge Lang was even flown in from New York to give a few lectures in German. Physics was taught by several men that year, including Dr. Rollnik and another nuclear physicist. I was very elevated by the course.
GERM 3 - Intermediate German(3)(CREDIT) - Taught on pass-fail basis.
MATH 21 - Calculus I(5)(B) - Calculus of a single variable.
MATH 22 - Calculus II(5)(B) - Multivariable calculus, vector calculus.
MATH 23 - Linear Algebra and Multivariable C.(5)(B) - Linear Algebra with Analytical Geometry.
MATH 55 - Elementary Differential Equations(3)(B)
PHSX 2 - Introductory Physics II(5)(B)
SPRING 1972 - Junior Year Abroad, 2nd Semester.
I remember reading textbooks on real analysis, and a number of Dover paperbacks on advanced calculus, vector analysis, and linear algebra the 2nd semester, in addition to further readings in physics. I managed to find the time to read textbooks from the many bookstores around the area, including one on the method of mathematical induction.
GERM 4 - Modern German Writers(3)(CREDIT) - Taught on pass-fail basis.
MATH 142 - Vector Analysis(2)(A)
MATH 165 - Introduction to the Theory of Functions(3)(A)
MATH 190 - Linear Algebra(3)(A)
PHSX 14 - Intermediate Physics I(4)(B)
PHSX 15 - Intermediate Physics II(4)(B)
The courses in complex variables and partial differential equations I took this semester were perfect background for wave mechanics in modern physics and prepared me well for my senior course in electromagnetics the following semester.
MATH 146 - Complex Variables and Applications(3)(B) - Complex variable theory, including complex numbers, Cauchy-Riemann conditions for an analytic function, integrals in the complex plane, the residue theorem, and conformal mapping.
MATH 147 - Applied Partial Differential Equations(3)(B) - Sturm-Louiville problems and other advanced problems in partial differential equations with applications to heat flow, wave propagation, field theory, and the theory of standing waves.
PHSX 114 - Mechanics(3)(B) - Advanced Newtonian mechanics, taught by Dr. Bierce.
PHSX 135 - Modern Physics(3)(B) - Maxwellian statistical physics, special relativity and quantum mechanics, taught by Dr. Goldhammer. We went through the Rutherford scattering calculations, relived the discoveries of Niels Bohr and Louis De Broglie, derived specific heats by the methods of Einstein and Debye, then covered the atom by the method of Erwin Schrodinger, finally building up the periodic table using the Pauli exclusion principle. In addition, we reviewed the nuclear atom and elementary particle physics. I was excited by it.
PHSX 235 - Quantum Mechanics I(3)(B) - A graduate course on quantum mechanics including an advanced treatment of barrier penetration, the hydrogen atom, and perturbation theory, including time-dependent perturbation theory. This was a very sophisticated course in non-relativistic wave mechanics.
PHSX 115 - ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY(3)(B) - Dr. Ling taught this great course, including the London equations for superconductors in addition to Maxwell's equations and the microscopic theory of the action of the electromagnetic field inside solids. The next semester I graded papers for this course, and so I became very sharp in it.
PHSX 121 - Atomic and Nuclear Physics Lab(2)(B) - In this one I measured the Mossbauer Effect, which can be used to measure the gravitational red-shift predicted by Einstein's principle of equivalence. Other classmates shared with us the re-doing of the Franck-Hertz experiment, the Millikan oil-drop experiment, and positron-annihilation experiments with coincidence detectors. I used a gamma ray spectrum analyzer in my Mossbauer Effect studies.
PHSX 155 - Optics(3)(C) - This was a course in physical optics that was very exciting to me at the time. It was taught by Dr.Kwak.
PHSX 170 - Special Problems(1)(A) - Dr. Ling reviewed my investigations of special relativity, which I wanted to understand with perfect, diamond clarity. I read a book emphasizing relativistic electrodynamics by Rosser in connection with this course, and since then I believe my understanding of special relativity has been perfect. My insight into how the magnetic field is produced via Lorentz transformations influenced my later work on unified field theory, in which I pursued a suggestion by Einstein that the true way forward in unified field theory lay in the local invariance properties of the Lorentz Group. Humorously, Dr. Ling was also my landlord. He resembled Dr.Carver Mead.
PHSX 240 - Nuclear Physics I(3)(B) - This was a great graduate course given by Dr.Prosser on the foundations of nuclear physics using a textbook by Bernard Cohen, Concepts of Nuclear Physics. We went through the shell model of the nucleus, gamma decays, beta decay theory, and alternative nuclear models, phonon excitations of the nucleus, and many other exciting details. I suggested a method for constructing a gamma ray laser using certain nuclear states in class, and was told that such work is unhealthy. At the time, we had a good nuclear physics lab in the basement of Malott Hall, our science building, complete with a 10 to 20 MeV proton accelerator used to study light nuclei and the details of the nuclear force. Later, I worked out a theory of the nuclear force in connection with my work on unified field theory, as described in Gravitation & the Electroform Model, The Electroform Unified Field Theory, and Papers on Unified Field Theory from Greenwood Research.
CHEM 184 - Foundations of Chemistry I(5)(C) - I later read a number of chemistry textbooks independently, including ones that parents used in school. This course introduced me to chemical kinetics, which was an advance in my knowledge of chemical equations based on valence.
C.S. 200 - Introduction to Computing(4)(C) - A course in FORTRAN.
M.E. 212 - Basic Engineering Thermodynamics(3)(B) - A course from the mechanical engineers, including basic applications to engines, the Carnot cycle, and so forth.
PHSX 516 - Advanced Laboratory(2)(B)
PHSX 600 - COLLOQUIUM(1)(B)
W.C. - COMPREHENSIVE EXAM in Western Civilization(2)(A)
* - Bachelor's Degree, Mathematics & Physics, May 20, 1974
* I had 177 credit hours with a cumulative undergrad GPA of 3.29.
My overall grade point average was high enough to get me into
Pi Mu Epsilon - Honor society in mathematics, and
Sigma Pi Sigma - Honor society in physics.
Wichita High School North, graduated 1967.
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