After graduating Randolph Macon in 1990, I began a career in software development. I worked for TRW for five years. Next, I moved to Storm Control Systems, a satellite control system supplier where I stayed for seven years. After that, I had a brief stint at Applied Hydro-Acoustics Research (now Adaptive Methods), a supplier of software systems to the Navy. For the past 2 1/2 years, I have been employed by L-3 Communications, a major defense contractor; currently I am a software developer in an R&D laboratory. I am proud to be working in the defense establishment, helping to defend my country, particularly after the 9-11 attacks.
I've always thought my physics degree helped me to become a successful software developer. Developing software, especially from scratch, requires the ability to think logically and to solve problems. All those physics classes I took from Dr. Spagna and Dr. Franz certainly gave me plenty of problem solving experience! The optics class in January term was a killer!
My professional interests include the Java programming language, GUI development, multi-threaded programming, and the Solaris operating system. My non-professional interests include contemporary history, the space program, and astronomy.