About W2RU

Education and Career

My interest in radio and electronics dates from when I was 13 years old. I remember spending my 9th grade study hall periods drawing ARRL Handbook transmitter circuits from memory. Amateur radio and ARRL’s Technical Department (especially George Grammer, Byron Goodman, and Ed Tilton) were responsible for my choice of college program and subsequent career in electronics.

I earned a BSEE at MIT, where I also took graduate courses in solid-state electronics while working for a computer manufacturer in the Boston suburbs, designing peripheral control units for commercial mainframe computers. While there I received a patent (and a $50 savings bond!) for my design of a custom integrated circuit that allowed our newest mainframe CPU to more easily meet its speed target. After relocating to central NY, I completed a series of MBA core courses at Syracuse University while working for an aerospace arm of large defense contractor, where I led multi-disciplinary engineering teams in the design of custom signal- and data-processing computers for shipboard sonar systems.

Following a 3-year stint in microprocessor marketing with a strong strategic planning element, I entered the ranks of corporate management, initially as division General Manager at a manufacturer of industrial and aerospace controls, where my team doubled annual sales in a 4-year period, and subsequently as Chief Operating Officer for a CATV equipment manufacturer in what is commonly known as a “work-out situation”. Over the course of the next five years we went from losing seven figures a year to posting a comparable annual net profit. I then served as Executive Director for a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit technology transfer organization, which led to my forming a related 501(c)(6) statewide industry association, where I served as founding Director, Corporation Secretary, and Executive Director. I have also provided strategic planning consulting services to small technology companies. In all, I have spent more than a quarter-century in a mix of strategic planning, corporate profit and loss (P&L) responsibility, and not-for-profit board-level governance.

Some of the good people who engaged in a lively Q&A session with me following my talk at W4CA, the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club, on 9/28/2018. Photo courtesy of NZ6T.