Ada Ohio from the air. I graduated from Eastlake North High School in Eastlake, Ohio. In high school, I was involved inthe NHS Marching Ranger Band. I served as Field Commander for the marching bandduring my senior year and also co-directed the North High School Pep Band duringbasketball season. I was Senior editor of the North HighSchool Lens, which is the school's yearbook. I was on the newspaper staff as alayout worker, photographer, and staff writer. Honors which I achieved atNorth included membership in the National Honor Society, scores of  I at Ohio Music Educators AssociationSolo and Ensemble Contest, being selected as a featured senior soloist at  Spring Band Concert, and the John Philip Sousa Award.

I graduated with Honors from the Smull College of Engineering at Ohio Northern University  in Ada, Ohio. My Major was Electrical Engineering, and I had a minor in Computer Science. My Senior design project was title Development of a Crack Propagation Measurement System, and was sponsored by Cooper Tire ofFindlay, Ohio.

At ONU, I was active in Sigma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, I.E.E.E., MarchingBand, Wind Ensemble, Brass Enaemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Mortar Board. I alsosang with the Ada First United Methodist Church choir for the fouryears I was on campus.

Following my graduation from ONU, I started graduate work atthe University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Graduate work was conducted inthe Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I was amember of the Advanced Computational Systems group, and my focus area was in Memory Systems Architecture. Coursework included Real Time Systems, Embedded Systems, Advanced Computer Architecture, Digital Control Systems Theory, Software Specification and Design, Computer Systems Performance and Reliability Modeling, Fuzzy Logic, and Probability and Statistics. I graduated from UT with a Master of Science in Engineering Science.

After working in industry for Ford Motor Company and Visteon Corporation, I returnedto graduate school to work on my PhD. I wasawarded the Ohio Space Grant Consortium Doctoral Fellowship, allowing meto return to study full time. My area of research focused on softwarereliability and software quality. My work was highlyinfluenced by the work of Les Hattonand Jack Ganssle.  As part of my doctoral work, I spent a summer at NASA Glenn Research Center working in the area of software reliability.