I am a retired program manager from Westinghouse Electric Corporation where I worked from 1957 to 1991. After retiring, I volunteered at the BWI Airport Tourist and Information Desks, the National Air and Space Museum and the the National Electronic Museum.
Westinghouse Electric Corporation
At Westinghouse, I was associated with programs which included the BOMARC target seeking radar, the Gemini Rendezvous Radar, the B-57G night attack aircraft, the DMSP weather sensor, SEASAT-A synthetic aperture radar, and several space senor projects and studies.
In 2007, we moved into the Charlestown Community. My activities here include helping to organizing and teaching in the lifelong learning activity. I am also a past president of the Residents' Council, and chair a fund raising committee for our Staff Appreciation Fund. Charlestown Community Ltd. is a continuing care enterprise, one of about 20 communities around the country which is managed by Erickson Living. The community is home ot about 2000 retired residents and operates according to laws set up for CCRC's in Maryland.
Subjects I have taught include the "Scotch Irish", "How to Detect Voodoo Science (junk science)", "Astronomy", "History of Ohio", "Henry Knox", "The James Webb Telescope", "The Golden Ratio", and "French Indian War". Future plans are for the subjects "History of Time" and The "25 Years of Hubble".
After college, my first job was at Republic Steel Corporation in Youngstown, Ohio. Four of us were hired to set up a system to measure the temperature of the of the steel in the open hearth furnaces to determine if they were at the correct temperature before tapping the furnaces. The object was to see if the system functioned, show the production people that it did function and then pursuade the production people to use the system. In the 9 months that I worked there, we met those objectives fairly well. Measurements were made with platinum, platinum-iridium thermocouples at the end of a 14 foot pole, all of which was well insulated by a quartz tube that protected the thermocouple, a carbon of chrome ore head, and asbestos covering the steel conduit. The open hearth had water cooled doors with a 6 inch hole in them where we could insert the poles. Tehy had to dip through the 18 inch molten slag to reach the steel. The temperature of the steel was about 2850 degrees F.
Battelle Memorial Institute
After the experience at Republic Steel, I joined Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH. There, I worked in the foundry developing alloys of titanium. We were exploring the binary and tertiary alloys of titanium with any alloys less expensive than platinum. We melted titanium and alloying material in an arc furnace to obtain small ingots. The material was contained in an inert atmosphere (argon) because titanium is very active when molten. The small ingots were tested for corrosion, hardness, tensile strength and other peramiters. We also made molybdenum ingots in an arc melting vacuum furnace to obtain very pure samples.
U.S. Air Force
From Battelle, I went to the Wright Patterson Airforce Base to work at the Communications and Radiation Laboratories. There our unit monitored the installation of electronic equipment on the aircraft used during the Korean War. I assisted in local aircraft modifications and participated in monitoring several aircraft procurement activities. At the time, our lab was in the process of modernizing the electronic equipment in WW II aircraft to Korean War needs.
After the Korean War was over, there were no essential jobs. So, I received a draft notice. My U.S. Army experience included basic training at Fort Chaffee, a 33 Week Radar Repair School and instructors training at Fort Momouth, NJ, and about a year teaching at the Ordnance School at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland where we taught the M-38 Sky Sweeper.