I was born in San Fransico, 1941; raised in the Bay Area (San Mateo). Captain of high school swim team; set league records in butterfly and individual medley, 1958-59. Graduated UC Berkeley, 1964 and worked as research assistant at Lawrence Berkeley Labs (high temperature deformation of MgO single crystals). Attended Northwestern University graduate school in materials science; performed M.S. thesis on grain growth in NaCl, 1966; Ph.D. thesis on fracture mechanics of composite materials, 1973. Fellow of American Ceramic Society and Institute for the Advancement of Engineering. See details on professional expertise in private industry. Ran three marathons (Boston and NY included), 1980-81. Obtained advanced training in design of experiments, 1974 and 1992, and molecular biology, 2005.
Developed advanced ceramic and composite materials for electronics and aerospace industries; worked as principal investigator, expert witness, project engineer and project manager. Worked for: Fairchild Semiconductor, 1966-68. Bell System's Engineering Research Center, 1973-75. Metco, 1975-77. Pratt & Whitney, 1977-88. Rockwell International, 1989-94. Joined Loyola Marymount University in 1994 as assoc. professor of mechanical engineering and graduate director of engineering management; became tenured in 2000 and full professor in 2002. Taught core courses in biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology; taught engineering courses in statics, statistics, materials science, micro/nanotechnology, and laboratories.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Correlating micro/nano-structure of materials with their physical properties. Characterizing and analyzing materials using electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Consulted in failure analysis and statistically designed experiments. Have published over 80 papers in materials science, nanotechnology and engineering education. Obtained one patent on Si3N4 turbine blades. My current research involves using design of experiments (DOE) to solve problems in engineering.
Cal football (Go Bears). San Francisco 49ers. Skiing. Health and physical fitness (yoga, aerobics). Enjoy most sports.