Rochester Institute of Technology (Electrical Engineer)
Rochester Insitute of Technology (Master's)
I am a retired engineer from Eastman Kodak who has worked with digital imaging and computer connectivity. I am co-developer of the USB interface that connects digital still cameras to the PC. Currently I am an adjunct instructor of Software Engineering at RIT and an adjunct instructor of Computer Technology at ITT.
Throughout my career I have used mathematics and principles of physics to develop solutions to real world problems. I would like to help others understand how basic principles of math and science can be applied in such circumstances. To apply ideas of math and science you must first understand them. The best way to develop understanding is to examine real applications.
I believe the best way to teach relies on structured learning. A concept is first described followed by examples that provide insight to the ideas behind the concept. After the introduction of a concept, several worked examples can show how the concept can be applied to a real problem.
Geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and physics are especially appropriate for such an approach.
I have used this approach to successfully tutor students in geometry and college physics. Additionally, the one-on-one environment of tutoring can provide an interactive environment in which a student can freely ask questions to clarify understanding. I am a retired engineer from Eastman Kodak who has worked with digital imaging and computer connectivity. I am co-developer of the USB interface that connects digital still cameras to the PC. Currently I am an adjunct instructor of Software Engineering at RIT and an adjunct instructor of Computer Technology at ITT.
Throughout my career
Tim is very quick to respond to questions or suggestions. Genuinely has the best interest of the student in mind and is open to parent input.
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I am a hearing impaired individual. I received my Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering through the National Technical Institute of the Deaf. I also have a Masters in Computer Engineering. I was main-streamed in my primary and secondary education years and I learned many techniques to compensate for my disability. Sitting in the front of the room to best lipread the teacher became the norm throughout my educational years. Since note taking was difficult, it was imperative to read textbooks and any supplementary material available. I am familiar with the use of T-coils, personal FM systems, Bluetooth loops for telephones, and other hearing devices. I am also familiar with their pitfalls and inconveniences. Cellphones have brought a new set of difficulties for hearing impaired individuals and I am discovering ways to deal with those as well.
I have developed skills for determining the best place to sit in a room where there is likely to be conversation among several individuals. This provided to be important in my professional life as a standards developer as it was necessary to travel internationally to many meetings.
I have also developed effective methods to get people with normal hearing to develop habits that facilitate my own ability to function. I would welcome the opportunity to share my experiences and help others who are hearing-impaired.
I have taught Digital Electronics at ITT Technical Institute and I have been an Electrical Engineer for 34 years. I am thoroughly familiar with the use of logic in digital state machines, software, and automatons. I have also utilized Boolean ladder logic in programmable controllers used for real-time machine control. I feel more than capable in tutoring students in logic.
I have both technical and artistic skill in photography. I worked as an Engineer at Eastman Kodak Company for 34 years and I have exposure to photography and imaging systems in many different areas.
From a technical perspective I have knowledge of basic color science. I am familiar with different color spaces, their transformation, and representation. I can speak to various systems such as Munsell Color Chart. I worked with digital cameras and consequently I am familiar with image sensors, pixels, interpolation algorithms, color filters, and digital image file formats. I can speak to how the eye perceives color.
From an artistic perspective, the composition of a photograph involves placement of the subject, warm or cool illumination, back lighting, foreground lighting, and perspective. I know how to set up flash for certain effects. Exposure time not only affects contrast, saturation, and brightness, but it also can freeze motion or make it apparent. I understand all the trade offs. With the digital tools available today, sophisticated post image acquisition processing is possible, however, the original composition is still very important. I would enjoy helping an individual get started in this enjoyable pursuit.