I am passionate about teaching and sharing my love of the many subjects that interest me (and there are very few subjects that don’t!)  Having myself been a first generation college graduate, I have a special respect for students attempting to be first in their families to complete a degree, and I can think of no better place for them to be than UWB!

Although my graduate degrees are in the fields of comparative politics and political economy, I started my professional life as a chemical engineer at Eastman Kodak and Philip Morris (now Altria), and I am a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Washington.  Engineering was my first love, going back to my days as a teenager playing with my ’68 Chevy while aspiring to follow in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong, the first human to set foot on the moon.  Motivated by my high school teacher, I developed a special interest in chemistry, which later led me to major in chemical engineering as a college student.  For me, engineering not only was intrinsically interesting, it was my ticket to a solidly secure middle class life that had eluded me in my youth.

I joined the Science and Technology faculty at its creation in 2010 because of my conviction that engineering captures the spirit of the liberal arts in a 21st century context, while giving students the best possible preparation for meaningful employment and an exciting career.  Engineering builds on science and math, for sure, but it is so much more.  To me, great engineering is one part science, one part math, one part intuition gained through experience making and fooling around with things, and two parts heart.  And though universities are great at supplying the first two components, these last two pose more difficult challenges; for they extend the mind into realms of art, philosophy, ethics, poetry, and music, while also engaging it with real-world applications.  My hope, and personal goal as a faculty member, is to create an educational experience that draws from the  wellsprings of knowledge about nature, beauty, science, and the human condition.  We will graduate engineers and scientists who are not only technically competent but also mindful of their responsibilities to humanity and the natural world.

On a personal note, my hobbies include amateur radio (call sign KG7EDQ) and reading history and political philosophy.  Among my sources for ideas and inspiration are Thomas Jefferson, David Hume, Hannah Arendt, 20th century Japanese philosopher Nishida Kitaro, and the 14th century Hesychast monk Gregory Palamas.  As an Orthodox Christian, I struggle to lead a Godly life; I too often fall short.  I am greatly blessed to have a wonderful wife and three lovely daughters.  I speak and read Japanese.  I can often be found on the airwaves checking into daily VHF “nets” hosted by the Puget Sound Repeater Group (PSRG), and the “noontime net” on HF.