I am Associate Teaching Professor Emeritus in the Allen School where I have taught CSE/ECE 474, Introduction to Embedded Systems; CSE 466, Software for Embedded Systems; CSE 481i, Audio & Media Capstone; CSE 490s, Digital Sound Engineering; CSE 370, Introduction to Digital Design; CSE 467, Advanced Digital Design; CSE/ECE 475, Embedded Systems Capstone; and CSE 131, The Science and Art of Digital Photography.
I also supported digital design and embedded systems courses in CSE. These courses cover a wide range of integrated system design topics and include the use of hardware design and test equipment, computer-aided design (CAD) tools, and embedded systems development tools.
My current interests include:
--Exploring the relationship between audio and visual composition as a combined means of creative expression.
--The development of autonomous computer-music generators that will sense my mood from physiological indicators and produce music that I increasingly like.
My formal training was in music and philosophy, after which, as a lecturer and conductor at a midwestern university, I mystified undergraduates in music history, electronic music, and orchestra. After discovering that computers in the context of music performance don't play out of tune unless programmed to do so, I soon realized that computer programming and design was not only fun but could be made to pay. So, I left the hallowed halls of academe for a position with a consulting engineering firm, where I gained valuable experience on projects such as: a giant digital squirt gun used for injecting tenderizing enzymes into sides of beef; a digital flow-meter for the sewage-treatment industry, and a computerized poultry feeder designed to produce plump birds without feeding them to death.
Marriage and a migration to Seattle brought a position as Director of Research for a telecommunications firm, where I was responsible for the design of a computerized voice-recognition-based automatic telephone dialer for telemarketing use, thereby creating an unprecedented number of junk phone calls -- precisely timed to arrive during the evening meal. (There is no truth in the rumor that this was merely to create demand for my invention, heretofore undeveloped, of a device to block junk telemarketing calls.)
Realizing that the above telecommunications firm now needed blue-suited types instead of my type, I quit -- dumping my stock options -- and once again became a consultant. After a series of digital signal processing projects for various audio companies, I decided that the world really did need yet another audio company, so I co-founded a Seattle high-end digital audio firm in 1993. After pushing digital audio bits through DSPs for nine years and manufacturing audio gear for Hollywood, I decided enough really was enough and left to pursue other interests. That brought me back to mystifying undergraduates again.