Working together with people of all ages is a great source of my vitality and conviviality.
I hope to add substantially to yours - student and parent.
I have supervised, coached, and tutored professionally for 18 of my 48 professional years.
In addition to subject matter, my expertise is a discerning eye and ear, variety in style and approach, and a singular ability to elicit courage, confidence, and initiative from students.
My style is very direct and upbeat.
I look forward to meeting you, and having you experience the success you set out to achieve and are capable of.
My very personal teacher-tutor philosophy
is that a student's learning struggle is as critical to lasting results and accomplishment as rehearsal and practice!
To communicate the extensive variety and high quality of my many professional relationships and career experiences.
My hope is to give you the best possible picture of my professional interests, capabilities, and my enthusiasm to work with you and your son or daughter - whether they are:
a student in the 2nd grade
, a college prep high school, or the university;
major, a budding scientist, engineer, a researcher in the physical sciences, or;
a liberal arts and humanities student.
Of my 48 professional years in the sciences, humanities, and research, I have:
worked in the petroleum industry for 11 years, the electronics industry for 13 years, and as a small business
entrepreneur since 1995;
traveled on business to the Hawaiian Islands, the Alaskan Bering Sea, Montreal, Sweden, Norway, Amsterdam, London, Cairo, Beijing, several cities in Japan, and the continental United States;
published in The Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) Journal, Transactions of the IEEE, and in the former Alaska Wellness Magazine;
won an Amoco Vice Presidential Research Award with a colleague;
received two research and writing
awards - one from the IEEE, one from The University of Michigan;
held the position, for one year, of industry chairman for the original design team to modernize the computer
publishing system at SPE HQ in Richardson, TX;
together with Patricia, been a select member of a corporate Presidential Advisory Team for 3 years.
During my 4th year at The University of Michigan, I began conducting project research as an undergraduate that eventually led to my PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering
While completing my MS EE, coursework, and qualifying as a PhD Candidate, I continued conducting university research.
In two years, after work-hours in industry, I completed my independent, unsupervised research for, and wrote my PhD dissertation under the Chairmanship of Ted Birdsall, PhD Mathematics, The University of Michigan.
Ted is internationally recognized for advanced theoretical and highly practical scientific contributions beginning in the 1960s. He retired as a Professor Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University, was elected a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), and was the 2nd Recipient of The ASA Silver Award for Signal Processing.
Of my 200-plus U of M credit hours, 19 are in theoretical mathematics-calculus
and analytic geometry
to differential equations
, and real analysis, and 43 are in applied mathematics and science
- physics, circuits, physical electronics, machinery, field theory, computing, and mechanical statics, dynamics, and fluids courses.
I began my career as a private, full-time coach and tutor in June 2010. Since that time, I've mentored students from 1st grade
to college seniors and adults, been a day camp counselor of 6-12 year olds, and instructed two semesters of science, technology, math
, and reading
to first, third, and fourth graders in Austin ISD's 21st Century Community Learning Center program.
Previously, I was a collaborative researcher, an author, and a designer in the fields of petroleum engineering, electronics, personal productivity, the humanities, small business, applied mathematics, and computing.
I earned my PhD in 1974 already well into a 30 year career as a research scientist.
In industry, from 1969 to 1994, I have taken post-graduate classes and received professional training in geology
, geophysics, wireline and data logging, stratigraphy, drilling engineering, well control, drilling operations, and reservoir engineering.
From 1995 to 2002, I was a licensed and nationally certified massage therapist specializing in modalities for relieving injury, emotions, and moods with over 7,000 client-hours.
From 2001 to 2010, I co-owned a business marketing
and selling health foods and essential oils with my wife, Patricia. We built a team of over 2,000 distributors.
My humanities career is more private yet no less distinguished. I have been a published author since 1967. A student of Evolutionary Biology
, Human History
, Mythology and Religions, since 1979.
A research scientist becomes a professional humanities major by asking, grappling with, and discoursing the questions of life, being human, and being a professional that science alone badly stumbles with and often happily ignores. I officially launched my career in the humanities, in 1987, with three years of private, self-supervised training in independent research and writing in the sciences and humanities.
I designed, and over a period of 7 years, built my own home by hand with my wife, Patricia, family, and a few friends.
It is a beautiful 3-story log house 70 miles drive from Anchorage, Alaska. It is my permanent residence, though I am in Texas at this time.
My daughter, Anne, is a fifth year, award winning, elementary teacher.
To close - it was my mother and father who got me started - what they did and how they did it by inspiring, engaging, pushing and shoving me with the inspiration always first.