A Space Odyssey: Ten tours of duty at eight companies:
Mycro-Tek | Kreonite | AlphaType/Berthold | ABA
Honeywell DCPD | Compro at Fotomat | Watkins | Telos
with pure and applied science at Greenwood Research.
Left: James A. Green over 64 in October 2013
could still do a set > 100 pushups in July 2013.
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I am browsing for engineering R&D, applied physical science laboratory work, or technical business opportunities. My work at Greenwood Research continues. I am also interested in further academic and applied research.
|University of South Florida (USF Map)||EE & CS||1988|
|Wichita State University (WSU Map)||MSEE [thesis]||1977|
|University of Kansas (KU Map)||Math & Physics||1974|
|Friedrich Wilhelms Universität (Map)||Bonn,Physics||71-72_JrYr|
|ATE - Design for Fault Detection - Honeywell Defense Communications||-||1988|
|ADA & Object-Oriented Design - Telos Federal Systems||-||1990|
|Grad work,physics - Quantum I & II, Solid State (WSU), Nuclear (KU).|
|Wichita High School North [photos, Map]||graduated||1967.|
|Wichita High School West [photos, Map]||touch-typing||1966.|
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Computer Software, Languages:
Microprocessor Systems Hardware Design:
See High-Speed Digital Design by Dr. Howard Johnson and other great new books on high-speed digital design, modern analog design, and the new multi-gigahertz test instruments and scopes, which are about to crack the terrahertz barrier. My venerable oldentime computer systems hardware design experience includes the 80X86 INTEL microprocessors (μPs), specifically applied to personal computer or graphical workstation CPU cards, Multibus system designs, VME system designs, smart peripherals, and in-house proprietary systems on custom and standard bus backplanes. My designs included applications of the 8088 done with 80X86 series microprocessors and INTEL peripheral chips. In addition, I employed 680X0 Motorola processors, specifically the 68020, to develop custom VME designs for interactive graphic workstations, now replaced by todays high-grade personal computers and laptops with application-specific software. My applications experience from 20 years ago and more included using the 6809 Motorola 8 bit microprocessor in test instrument applications and for video missile tracking at ABA and General Defense, which became Radiation Systems. Another 8-bit microprocessor I employed was the Zilog Z80 microprocessor, for designs involving intelligent peripherals and a disk controller. Recently, I have studied new and old microprocessors and microprocessors in historic perspective [Links].
Design & Proposal Management for New Products:
As a project engineer I have prepared planning and a fair number of top-down specifications for new products following market research at trade shows and interviews with customers of equipment similar to the gear we proposed to develop. This includes my work on portable military computers for military communications and artillery fire control systems applications, which included specification work and manual writing. In particular, I was instrumental in the development of portable military communications computers at Honeywell Defense Communications in 1987-88, for which I prepared an architecture handbook, RAM timing & logic, bus interface logic and timing, and other supporting documentation, doing 80x86 processor integration and preparing CPU card test code in 80x86 assembler. I also proposed the initial systems architecture for the 1986 Mycro-Tek AIM interactive graphics terminal with double-buffered animation graphics hardware and grey-scale palette, a 68020 application. Earlier, I wrote the top-down specification for the ADCOMP display ad make-up terminal marketed by Mycro-Tek in 1981, a 80x86 application with a custom video card featuring electronic area and cross-hair cursors out of olden time. In addition I prepared speculative UNIX 68000 system schematic designs and proposals for Mycro-Tek in 1981.
Servo Mechanism Research:
As a microprocessor-based system design engineer, I designed and debugged CPU cards, video memory systems, peripheral controllers, memory systems, DC motion control servos, servo angular frequency multiplier hardware for very high-resolution positioning, portable computer systems, system controllers and interactive workstations for both military and commercial applications. I made extensive use of programmable logic, general logic design, conservative second-sourced component selection practices, and prepared timing analysis for designs while providing with support for debugging and easing new designs into production with adequate testing and safeguards.
My analog designs supporting microprocessor-based systems applications included sophisticated motion control servo loops with computer interfaces, standard operational amplifier and comparator circuit applications, switching power supply design for military power supplies, electro-optical measurement systems for mechanical motions, and laser-based measurement applications.
Mathematical Analysis in Practice:
As an analyst I addressed servo system modeling and applications, cubic spline techniques in computer graphics systems, digital picture processing, and image reconstruction theory. I cultivated and became generally familiar with numerical analysis and algorithm design. I have applied Laplace transform methods and Fourier techniques with DFT and FFT techniques to system designs in actual practice.
My advanced research has included mode-switched servo design for ultimate performance in different phases of a controlled motion, robot manipulator theory and robot vision graduate work at USF in Tampa, Florida. I have prepared medical imaging in proposals and book projects with software. My background includes advanced field theory with applications to power supply design, adaptive array antennas, and to books on advanced themes in physics and engineering. I continue updates to my comprehensive library of silicon chips for supporting state-of-the-art hardware design. Recently (2009) I have been researching advanced telecommunications systems and 4G IP systems.
Current Research Interests in CS and Business Communications.
Greenwood Research - Manager of R&D.
Clearwater, FL. Nov/1990-1991, Wichita, KS. 1991-Present.
(1) Worked out a unified quantum field theory based on classical vector boson field theory for long- and short-range forces to replace classical General Relativity.
(2) Derived the phase transition theory of galaxy formation based on the He++ to He+ transition in the cooling Big Bang fireball.
(3) Reviewed the theory of stellar structure and thermonuclear processes and devised software in C/C++ for stellar astrophysics capable of computing the age of the Sun.
(4) Derived the Big Bang helium abundance and developed a visionary cosmology with a cosmic cycle time. In addition, I calculated the limit of telescopic vision in the expanding universe based on observational time delay.
(1) Concentrated on medical image processing research and developed an algorithm and architecture for a 90-degree CT scan device, improved algorithms for positron emission tomography, and devised a superior cone beam image reconstruction technique.
(2) Developed software for the effects of thermonuclear weapons, including software for the asteroid and comet destruction problems.
(3) Did research on electromagnetic field theory and microwave applications, with applications to topics such as cellular telephone systems engineering and remote sensing.
(4) In addition, I have been doing integrated circuit IC research and system design research in connection with the most recent advances in microelectronic technology and software development.
Telos Federal Systems - Systems Engineer.
Lawton, OK. June/1990-Nov/1990.
At Telos I did systems engineering and ADA software studies to support portable military computers for artillery fire control applications, as a follow-on to my work at Honeywell Defense Communications on portable military computers. I used PC workstations, MSDOS, and HP9000 UP-UX (UNIX) environments to manage specification support and prepare software manuals for ADA and manuals for addressing ADA multitasking issues. (This is how I was mysteriously similar to the HAL 9000 working for Stanley Kubrick. I also used an HP 9000 microprogrammable minicomputer in the WSU EE Department that was optimized for fast image processing using FFT techniques). Telos trained me in ADA, advanced ADA, and object-oriented software design methodology, finishing up with object-oriented design exercises in ADA for detecting nuclear explosions.
Watkins, Inc. - Manager of System Design.
Wichita, KS. Sept/1989-Jan/1990.
At Watkins I developed software for a company business system based on multiple IBM PCs, specifically an order entry system written in MicroSoft COBOL. I managed myself and 2 other programmers in the development effort.
Compro Corporation at Fotomat - Software Engineer.
Tampa and St. Petersburg, Jan/1989-May/1989.
Fotomat had me prepare software in 8088 assembler for a distributed point-of-sale terminal system, after which I developed a new credit-checking system in a VAX\VMS environment for their network of film-handling Fotomat Kiosks.
Honeywell DCPD - Principal Design Engineer & Senior Systems Engineer.
Tampa, FL. July/1987-Sept/1988.
Honeywell Defense Communications assigned me to design engineering for the SST portable military computer CPU card and their line of military printers. We employed the 80X86 series of microprocessors from INTEL, supported by programmable logic design with standard PALS and ALTERA logic devices. The CPU card debugging of this system was done with 80X86 emulators and custom assembly language code. Subsequently I developed a military switching power supply for the ANDVT system, and devised electro-optics for micro-mechanical measurements to diagnose problems in military printer print-heads.
Mycro-Tek, Inc. - Project Engineer.
Wichita, KS. Aug/1985-Nov/1986, Jan/1978-April/1982.
Over two periods of employment I developed designs for two interactive display ad terminals, their supporting Multibus or VME cards, and peripheral controllers for Mycro-Tek proprietary, Multibus, and VME buses. I wrote the primary software for the AdComp display ad terminal, and developed hardware for its 4 INTEL Multibus cards. On my second stint with Mycro-Tek, I developed test software for the AIM interactive graphics terminal in 68020 assembly language and designed VME hardware for its initial 68020 CPU card and for its graphics card, which was double-buffered to support animation. Overall, my work focused on 80x86 and 680x0 designs, supporting card designs, PAL design, and test and application software written in primarily in assembly languages. I was introduced to C and UNIX at Mycro-Tek and developed proposals for products including an early UNIX-based 680x0 system. In addition, I prepared diverse research reports for R&D managers on available technologies and developed a software system for commercial typography including software for hyphenation and justification, counting keyboard, and vertical copy fitting.
AlphaType/Berthold - Chief Engineer.
Tampa, FL. Aug/1984-July/1985.
Group Leader for Systems Architecture,Tampa,FL. Sept/1982-Sept/1983.
As a systems architecture specialist, I developed designs for servo controls, sub-systems for the video graphics engine, and cards and peripheral controllers to support photo typesetter designs. Dr. Peter Krumhaur and I did spline graphics research to implement fast high-resolution typeface for new lines of phototypesetters. In addition, I developed a graphical database editing software system for installation at Berthold in Berlin and did Software development in C on UNIX. I prepared servo simulations in C to support my hardware development effort for fast lens and paper positioning. Most designs required INTEL Multibus cards with proprietary interfaces to special cards supporting servo amplifiers, servo controllers, position sensors, frequency multipliers, and other special-purpose hardware.
ABA Electromechanical Systems,
subsequently General Defense (later Radiation Systems) - Engineer.
Pinellas Park FL. near Largo and Treasure Island, Nov/1983-Aug/1984.
At ABA I provided software and hardware support for a missile tracking system based on 3 pedestal-mounted servo-controlled optical telescopes equipped with smart digitizing video trackers for servo feedback and control. The tracking system employed 6809 hardware, using a mode-switched servo with programmable rate and position loops for control of pedestal position, and recorded position data on auxiliary video tape recorder tracks along with telescope boresight views of the missile. I did a complete analysis of the servo system using modern Laplacian methods. Also, I provided mathematical analysis to support exotic radar scanning geometries and helped to devise a weather radar motion control system using a phase-locked loop. 6809 assembly language was used throughout to control system hardware. The initial system design was done by Joe Winner and Bruce Sobut.
Kreonite - Project Engineer.
Wichita, KS. April/1982-July/1982.
At Kreonite I developed a color scanner interface to a HELL scanner and was involved in studies for developing scanners of alternate architecture to be supported by color graphic workstations.
Wichita State University - EE Research.
Wichita, KS. 1975 - Dec/1977.
As a research assistant I prepared data analysis software and developed computer graphics to analyze data taken from a power system data collection unit developed by our sub-contractor Mycro-Tek. In addition, I did research in digital picture processing and optimal edge detection using Fast Fourier Transform techniques to support spacial filtering done with prolate spheroidal wave function filters for my (MSEE Thesis). I wrote the software for both in FORTRAN and HP assembler language.
Wichita, KS. & Lawrence, KS., April/1965-July/1977.
- Iron Worker, Wing Builder, Computer Operator, Projectionist, Grader, Lab Worker.
As a high school student I worked one summer in a foundry producing steel alloy sandcastings for automobile engines. I started every morning by loading a blast furnace. Later, I worked my way through college by working summers at Cessna, first as an assembler for small parts, then on a 4-man team building wings for light aircraft. At the University of Kansas I worked for a time in the KU Campus Film Service, showing movies to classes as a projectionist and splicing films. Another year at KU I took care of laboratory animals for the department of psychology, after taking a formal short course on lab instrumentation in psychology. I worked for two semesters in the Department of Physics at KU as a grader for student papers in the senior course in electromagnetic theory, working for Dr. Daniel Ling, who taught it. My verve for electromagnetic field theory finally led me to electrical engineering. After graduation in 1974 I worked briefly at Lear Jet, then went to Computer Inc., where I was a third shift computer operator working with a large IBM mainframe. I read an article on microprocessors late one night in 1974, and decided to apply to the WSU graduate school in Electrical Engineering. During summer school in 1975, I took a WSU Computer Science Department course in COBOL to move up from my computer operator position. I married Susan Hull (who was also studying COBOL) that Summer of 1975, and in the Summer of 1976 I enrolled EE 877 in a microprocessor system design course taught by Dr. Everitt Johnson focusing on the Intel 8080 microprocessor, and in addition took courses in digital logic design and other basic EE coursework before getting on to more advanced graduate work in the field. See Degree Cards for the transcript involved.
I speak, read, and write technical and scientific German, and a little Spanish. I studied physics and mathematics in Bonn, Germany, worked for a while in Berlin at Berthold, and used to read Elektronik magazine. I won a Spanish-speaking poetry-reading contest in high school, read the New Testament in Spanish. My German is much better, however. I can turn it on hard by first reading a book like Shritte Uber Grenzen by Werner Heisenberg out loud.
The Allied Chemical lawyers involved in the acquisition of Mycro-Tek helped me acquire a patent in my name for a high-speed character generation technique that I developed for interactive graphics workstations. It was the only patent Mycro-Tek possessed when Allied Chemical acquired Mycro-Tek for Linotype/Paul for ten million dollars. They had just lost a multi-million dollar lawsuit with Rockwell International over a character generation scheme Linotype/Paul used in its typesetters. When the firm was sold, I got a nice bonus, although I did not become a millionaire, since I was not a Mycro-Tek stockholder. I was also involved in patentable proprietary work on character generation schemes for high-speed phototypesetters at AlphaType/Berthold, which dug up my old Mycro-Tek patent through the patent office and presented me with a copy of it one fine day. It reminds me of Subterranean Homesick Blues.
Birth Date: May 13, 1949.
Physical: Athletic, non-smoker. See Photo Gallery.
5'10.5" tall in stocking feet, 5'11" street shoes, 6' in cowboy boots or in my new Wal-Mart Track Shoes.
Drives: Honda Civic 2000 Coupe.
Hobbies: Astronomy, astrophysics, bodybuilding, PC and Internet skills, writing & bookbinding, theatre, longevity and anti-aging medicine, movie making, satellite photo studies.
Societies: Present, recent, or past member of the WSU Alumni Association,
IEEE Society of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, The American Physical Society (Am.Inst.Physics), Sigma Pi Sigma (SPS) honor society in physics, Pi Mu Epsilon (PME) honor society in mathematics, and The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
Subscriptions: I continue to stay current in technology via subscriptions to engineering magazines and resources like EDN, Electronic Design, EE Times, Electronic Component News, EPN, Microwaves & RF, Photonics Spectra, Photonics, Laser Focus World, Machine Design, Medical Design, Vision Systems Design, Electronic Publishing, Bioscience Technology, Laboratory Equipment, SMM Sales & Marketing Management, Test and Measurement World, and other technical journals.
Continuing Education: Still wolfing down books and journals in electrical engineering, electronic and computer engineering, physics, computer science, business, and most recently medical bioscience in connection with my study of life extension. There is nothing like finding the Portrait of Dorian Grey in the mirror to improve concentration on dentistry, the molecular biology of the aging cell and engineering negligible senescence.
Optimal Edge Dectection & Digital Picture Processing,
Medical Image Processing: The Mathematics of Medical Imaging,
Electromagnetic Radiation: Fundamentals and Applications,
The Effects of Thermonuclear Weapons
Calculus for the Systems Architect
Gravitation & the Electroform Model: From General Relativity to Unified Field Theory,
Thermonuclear Fusion in Stars,
and other volumes in science, engineering and literature from
Greenwood Research Books & Software:.
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Buck Rogers in the 21st Century: "Isaac Asimov" TriStar Pokerchips.
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C'est Moi from Camelot - The angels have chose.
Drift Away by Dobie Grey.
Magical Mystery Tour - Paul McCartney.
Knight Moves & The Squeeze-Boom Cosmology
June 26, 2013.
Son of Movie Stone
Years ago in 1990 or 1991, I was called into a conference in Tampa Bay to discuss the development of digital cameras [Wiki] for the consumer marketplace by another electrical engineer, who was excited about the possibilities of this emerging product. However, not much came of it. Years later I got my own personal Kodak Easy Share mini digital camera for about $100.00, which included some camcorder capability. Now the Vivitar DVR 410 digital camera plus camcorder I use cost just $25.00, minus SD memory card.
"In 1990, Kodak developed the Photo CD system and proposed "the first worldwide standard for defining color in the digital environment of computers and computer peripherals." In 1991, Kodak released the first professional digital camera system (DCS), aimed at photojournalists. It was a Nikon F-3 camera equipped by Kodak with a 1.3 megapixel sensor." - after About.com
I interviewed at Kodak in Boston in 1982.