BiographyI am a full-time professor at Niagara College, in Ontario, Canada. A physicist and professional engineer, I have taught for over 20 years at levels ranging from two-year technician to four-year undergraduate. In the past, I have taught courses including digital signal processing (DSP) techniques and high vacuum technology (including thin-film deposition) however my current course load consists exclusively of photonics courses with the topics of the fundamentals of lasers, laser systems, and advanced laser theory. I am fortunate to find myself at Niagara College, which features an array of dedicated laboratories hosting a variety of laser systems (including several Q-switched laser systems, many custom-built for laboratory experiments, and a femtosecond laser system). With an emphasis on teaching practical skills, our labs feature essentially every type of commercial laser.
I have authored a previous book on fundamental laser concepts as well as several articles in magazines (including two employing DSP technology in Circuit Cellar) and trade encyclopedias (including the Kirk-Othmer).
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Fundamentals of lasers, Laser Systems, Practical models for real laser systems, and High Vacuum and Thin-Film Technology
Microcontroller programming (including DSP processors), Electronics (including maintaining a few old pinball machines and a small collection of vintage computers), History of Technology (including military history and historical power generation), Woodworking (including cabinet making), and Camping (if you consider a 29-foot RV as "camping").