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I am a music lover, and an engineer. I have played the piano since age 5 and at one point seriously considered a career as a pianist. My grandfather played clarinet in the Philadelphia Philharmonic Orchestra, my father played the piano, and my mother played the violin. I grew up with a lot of music, and it is one of the major loves in my life.
In my engineering persona I have a BS from Caltech, masters degrees in Mathematics and EE from USC, and a Ph.D. in engineering from USC. I was named a Fellow of the IEEE in 1992 (I am no longer a member). Now retired, I have had a very enjoyable 35-year career working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (during the Apollo era), as a visiting professor at the Technical University of Denmark, and with a great group of engineers at Toyon, a small research firm in Santa Barbara. My specialties are electromagnetics, signal processing, and systems engineering. This is a near-ideal background for sound system design. The mathematics of sound and electromagnetic waves are closely related, and it has been great fun to translate my knowledge of one into the other.
My wife Cynthia Brown is a Professor of French at UCSB. My "need" to play music at ear-splitting volume levels occasionally conflicts with her need for a quiet place to study, which was a causative factor in my decision to construct a soundproof music room. I am also indebted to Cynthia for reading through virtually all of this cyberbook, and correcting an embarrassing number of mistakes. My son Art Jr., founder of Oasis Design, is an ecological consultant, and lives nearby in Santa Barbara. Art read much of the material here, and made many good suggestions for clarifying murky sections. My daughter Laura lives in Port Townsend, WA. Art and Laura both help keep me up to date on the best new music groups. I am blessed with 6 grandchildren, who I hope will continue to keep my musical tastes current.
I have recently taken courses on statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics (see Quantum Mechanical Particles), and general relativity at UCSB. I consider myself a "born again physicist" (I started as a physics major at Caltech). However my most recent course was in evolutionary psychology. This is part of my attempt to stave off Alzheimer's by keeping my brain well exercised (a joke, or at least I hope it is).
Feedback is welcome; you can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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