I am currently working on a number of exciting projects in medical devices, power generation, and magnetic technologies. Most recently, I was employed as the Director of Research and Development for a start-up medical device company in St. Louis, Missouri where I had been since 2009. Prior to that I was involved in two other medical device companies; Stereotaxis, Inc and Cardilen, Inc. Throughout this period I filled a number of roles including test apparatus developer, preclinical studies manager, customer support representative, program manager, grant writer and administrator.

I graduated from Hudson High School, Florida in 1984 and entered the Navy Delayed Entry Program (DEP) under the Navy Nuclear Field (NF) Program. In January of 1985 I reported to Recruit Training Command (RTC) – Great Lakes. I was selected to become an Electrician’s Mate (EM) and completed A School in Great Lakes as well. I reported to Naval Nuclear Power School (NNPS) in Orlando in August of 1985 and classed up with 8601. Due to a medical hold, following completion of the program I was temporarily assigned (TAD) to NNPS Staff Admin until class 8603 completed. From there I reported to Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) – Idaho Falls where I qualified before reporting to the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in March of 1987. I made two WESTPACs and one RIMPAC while aboard the Vinson and left active duty in January of 1991. I remained affiliated with the Navy through June of 2002 as a reservist in both Selected Reserve (SELRES) and Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) capacities. When drilling under SELRES I had billets with the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), Ships Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA) Mayport, and Naval Reserve Center (NAVRESCEN) Tallahassee.

After leaving active duty in 1991, I enrolled as a part-time college student while continuing to work full time. I earned an Associates in Arts with Honors from Tallahassee Community College and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. I matriculated to Florida State University as a Physics Major, however I soon discovered that the program was not appropriate to pursue as a part-time student. I changed majors and graduated in 1999 with a Bachelors in Environmental Studies and a Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning.

While working through college, I was fortunate to be recruited by an NNPS Alumnus who was looking to build an operations department for the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) which was under construction. I joined NHMFL in August of 1993 and stayed there until October of 1999. This included Phase 3 construction, commissioning, and regular operations. Being on the commissioning staff of a national laboratory offered great opportunities. The operations group developed the operating, maintenance, and safety procedures for the central utility plant, magnet operations systems, and cyrogenic helium liquifaction apparatus. Being the first new construction national laboratory, I was able to work with scientist from around the globe who were using these world-class magnets. There was also opportunities to develop solutions to new problems, more specifically I was able to develop a temperature control solution for a magnet funded by the Keck Foundation. This work would ultimately be published in a peer-reviewed journal and has been cited several times by other groups. I presented these results before the Engineering section of the Florida Academy of Sciences.

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