My Education


Ada Ohio from the air. I graduated from Eastlake North High School in Eastlake, Ohio. In high school, I was involved in the NHS Marching Ranger Band. I served as Field Commander for the marching band during my senior year and also co-directed the North High School Pep Band during basketball season. I was Senior editor of the North High School Lens, which is the school's yearbook. I was on the newspaper staff as a layout worker, photographer, and staff writer. Honors which I achieved at North included membership in the National Honor Society, scores of  I at Ohio Music Educators Association Solo 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 of Findlay, Ohio.

At ONU, I was active in Sigma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, I.E.E.E., Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Brass Enaemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Mortar Board. I also sang with the Ada First United Methodist Church choir for the four years I was on campus.

Following my graduation from ONU, I started graduate work at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Graduate work was conducted in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I was a member 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 returned to graduate school to work on my PhD. I was awarded the Ohio Space Grant Consortium Doctoral Fellowship, allowing me to return to study full time. My area of research focused on software reliability and software quality. My work was highly influenced by the work of Les Hatton and Jack Ganssle.  As part of my doctoral work, I spent a summer at NASA Glenn Research Center working in the area of software reliability.