I'm originally from a suburb of Philadelphia. In middle school our family relocated to a small town outside of Woodstock Vermont where I attended a one room schoolhouse that contained two grades. A big change from a thousand plus student elementary school near Philadelphia.
During high school and college, I worked summers and vacations in a maintenance department for a local resort in Woodstock Vermont. I started on the grounds crew and ended up working on pneumatic controls and helping other tradesman.
After college, I relocated to Burlington Vermont. I started working as a part time draftsman for a thirty-employee electrical contracting firm. There I was taught "cost effective design" and cost estimating. I later wrote and implemented software for bulk purchases, cost estimating and project cost analysis on an IBM XT (A long time ago).
I was hired by a small consulting engineering firm and mentored by an electrical engineer who helped mold my skills and constantly reminded me that "the lowest cost design isn't always the best design".
I have now been at Hallam-ICS for over 25 years. I have been the lead electrical engineer on projects ranging from large SEMI conductor fabs, pharmaceutical facilities, college laboratories, talc mills, data centers and luxury condominium projects.
I'm married, have a son attending the University of Vermont, and a crazy yellow Labrador Retriever. Our family enjoys skiing, golf and hiking.