Life

ShimmeryPineLake_940x192I’m an engineer and product developer with broad interests in technology and design. Collaborative centers, immersive environments and display systems are the focus of my work in academic research. Recently I have been redeveloping lab and classroom spaces, including a MakerSpace for the College of Engineering as well as programming and design development for two new COE buildings on the UIC campus. I have also contributed several years to industry building global markets with scientific instrumentation and standards for biomedical, materials testing and process monitoring applications. Some highlights below.

Jobs

  • Senior Research Scientist. Electronic Visualization Laboratory. University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Technical Research and Science Leader. Transportation Research and Analysis Computing Center (TRACC). Argonne National Laboratory.
  • Research Scientist. Technology Research, Education and Commercialization Center (TRECC). National Center for Supercomputing Applications. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • General Manager. Atlas Fire Science Products.
  • Senior Project Engineer. MDA Scientific.
  • Principal Engineer. Medico Electronic.

Works

COE Facilities Development. 26,000+ Square Feet of reimagined lab, office and research space for the College of Engineering as well as groundwork for a 55,000 SF Modular Engineering Building breaking ground in 2018 and a 165,000 SF new home for Computer Science, the Computing Design Research and Learning Center (CDRLC) slated in 2020.

CAVE2 Hybrid-Reality Environment. A room-sized cylinder of virtuality created by 72 off-axis-optimized 3D displays, powered by a 36-node high-performance compute cluster, 22-channel surround audio, 10-camera optical tracking and 100 Gigabit networking.

3D Cyber-Commons. Cinematic passive-stereo 2D/3D multi-touch display wall (6.2m x 1.7m).

TRACC – Repurposing of the former UIUC/TRECC collaborative facility to the needs of Argonne National Laboratory’s distributed high-performance computing center for transportation research. Established a 3km, 1Gb wireless link from TRACC to FermiLab fiber to manage our remote cluster and connect to Argonne networks.

LambdaVision2 – Design and build of a 46” x 18-tile ultra-thin bezel 2D display system serving as the continuing development platform for SAGEWall and Cyber-Commons.

SAGEWall Multi-Touch – Specification and deployment of a 32-touch IR overlay for the 6.2m wide x 1.8m tall LambdaVision2 display system.

OmegaDesk – Design and build of an evolving 2 x 65” 3D active-stereo workstation with IR motion capture for gesture recognition and multi-touch control overlay.

TRECC – Technical architect and co-founding developer of a global distributed technology center implementing a $30M+ DoD research program sponsoring and showcasing the most advanced applications of high-performance cyber-infrastructure.

CONE2 – The world’s first automated cone calorimeter system for determination of heat and smoke release of combusting materials to international fire test standards.

CTAFourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR) real-time analysis of combustion toxicity products.

TLDToxic gas monitoring system spawning a complete series of products used internationally in the process and chemical industries.

MEPA2Colorimetric blood chemistry analysis for the physician’s office and small clinic.

Pubs
CAVE2: A Hybrid Reality Environment for Immersive Simulation and Information Analysis. The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2013. Proceedings of SPIE Volume 8649. IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging. San Francisco, CA. Feb 2013.

Scalable Resolution Display Walls. Proceedings of the IEEE. Vol. 101, No. 1, Jan 2013.

A Simultaneous 2D/3D Autostereo Workstation. Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XXIII. Proceedings of SPIE Volume 8288. IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging. San Francisco, CA. Jan 2012.

The Global Lambda Visualization Facility: An International Ultra-High-Definition Wide-Area Visualization Collaboratory. Future Generation Computer Systems 22 (2006). Elsevier B.V.

Building a Collaborative Bridge. Emerging and Future Computing Paradigms and Their Impact on the Research, Training and Design Environments of the Aerospace Workforce, NASA/CP-2003-212436. Hampton, VA. Mar 2004.

AGAVE: Access Grid Augmented Virtual Environment. Proceedings of the Access Grid Retreat, Argonne, IL. Jan 2001.

Fire Testing of Automotive Interior Trim Materials. Automotive & Transportation Interiors Expo, Detroit, MI. June 1999.

Fire Regulations and Testing of Building Materials, Status and World-Wide Perspectives. Sunspots, Volume 28, Issue 58, 1998. Atlas MTS.

Automotive Fire Testing – Status and Perspectives. Textiles in Automotive Conference. Greenville, SC. June 1998.

Combustion Toxicity Analysis: Advances Using a Specialized Sampling Technique for Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Analysis. International Symposium on Fire Science and Technology. Seoul, Korea. Nov 1997.

Detection and Quantification of Cone Calorimeter Combustion Gases and the Uses of Resulting Data. Tomorrow’s Trends in Fire Retardant Regulations, Testing, Applications and Current Technologies; FRCA. Naples, FL. Oct 1996.

A New Generation Cone Calorimeter: An Improved Tool for the Testing of Materials. Fire Safety Advances in High Performance Plastic Products; FRCA. San Antonio, TX. Mar 1994.

Other
M.S. Bioengineering. University of Wyoming
B.A. Biology. University of Colorado

I live and work in Chicagoland with my wife Dana and our three sons. Occasionally I find big bass in my front yard on Pine Lake in Wisconsin.

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