I completed my Ph.D. in physics at the University of Missouri in August of 1978 and came to the University of Dayton's Physics Department that same month. Because of great colleagues and students, I cannot imagine a better place to have a career.
My professional career has been guided by the introduction of microcomputer technology in the late 70's. Since 1980 I have been working on how to use the microcomputer in the undergraduate laboratory. Over 600 college and university professors from all over the United States have attended short courses offered by me on microcomputer interfacing through the NSF sponsored Chautauqua short course program. The development of microcomputer hardware and software in the 26 years since 1980 is incredible. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with many students on interfacing projects, and to be involved with other programs needing interfacing expertise, such as the Two Year College Chemistry Conference's Summer Instrumentation Institutes.
I spent the 1987-88 academic year as a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Liberia in Monrovia, Liberia. My role was to set up an analog and digital electronics laboratory and microcomputer facility at the Fendell Science Campus. Tragically, Liberia has suffered through a civil war since December 1989. On a positive note, I met Karen Tompkins, a community health educator working in Liberia, and we were married in June 1989.
My sabbatical year (1991-92) was spent in Malaysia teaching in the ITM/MUCIA Cooperative Program administered by Indiana University. It was a wonderful year. The students I worked with were great, as was the chance to discover Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, and China.
From June 1997 to August 1999 I was a visiting lecturer at the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea This appointment was through the University of Minnesota MUCIA program. It was again a wonderful opportunity to live and work in another fascinating part of the world.
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