6/30/2010 YEARBOOK PHOTOS in profiles - are now complete!!!!
We have uploaded the senior class yearbook photos to classmate profiles. For those of you who didn't have your photo in the year book we found you in the 1974 CKHS or 1972 CKJH yearbooks.
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6/14/2010 How can I add a Facebook link to my Profile?
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The day after graduation I went to Alaska; where I spent the next three summers working in a cannery on Kodiak Island to pay my way through college. I attended Olympic College and graduated with an AS degree in Engineering in 1977. I then attended the University of Washington; graduating with a BS degree in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering in 1979. While I was at the UW, I conceived and developed the concept for a liquid droplet radiator for spacecraft. The US Government spent $10 million dollars developing and testing the concept in the early 1980’s and a prototype flew on Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-66) in 1994.
Upon graduating from the UW, I had numerous job offers and one of them was from Rocketdyne; the only company I really wanted to work for since I was 12. Rocketdyne builds liquid rocket engines and they have been used to launch every Mercury, Apollo, and Space Shuttle Astronaut into space. I have spent my entire 31 year career there. Along the way, I received my first US Patent (#4,380,978) in 1983 for an Electrostatic Diesel Fuel Injection System. I met my wife there in 1985 and we were married in 1986. I developed an advanced fuel flow control algorithm for the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) in the 1990’s. Its first use in flight was STS-95 in 1998. The algorithm significantly improved mixture ratio control; which improved flight safety and increased the amount of payload that could be launched into orbit. I was awarded one of NASA’s highest honors; the Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award in 2000 for that work. The award included a trip to Florida to see a shuttle launch. My family and I saw STS-100 launch in 2001. However, of all the awards I have received over the years, I am most fond of the one I received in 2009. I got to spend half a day on a modified Boeing 727, taking zero-g Astronaut training.
I am currently the Senior Engineer responsible for SSME performance analysis and anomaly resolution. I am also assisting the SSME Transition and Retirement team in closing out the program. My wife is currently the Senior Finance Manager at J. D. Power. She is in charge of special projects and strategic planning and works directly for the CFO. Our son is a senior at California State University Northridge. He is majoring in Jazz Music and maintains a 3.75 GPA. In his spare time he enjoys doing gigs, teaching Saxophone, and designing/developing websites. My hobbies include traveling (leisure and expedition), running (~2,200 miles per year), mountain climbing, backpacking, hiking, camping, gold mining, collecting fossils (dinosaurs from China and fish from Wyoming), building wooden model ships, and collecting fine wines.
My near term plans include attending our 35th reunion and taking a two week cruise around the Tahitian and Hawaiian Islands in 2011 to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We honeymooned in Tahiti in 1986. I currently plan to retire in July of 2012 and then enjoy life more than I already have. My ultimate goal is to take a suborbital space flight once Virgin Galactic becomes operational. My wife says I can go, but I have to have my life insurance policy paid up before she will let me get in the rocket; just in case I don’t come back. :)
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