Like many kids growing up in the 1960's, my interest in science and astronomy started at an early age as the NASA space program captured my imagination.
(apparently, a common "inspiration story" among baby boomers, perhaps a statement about the benefits of an adventurous national space program?)
This fascination with space and science launched my return to school in the early 1980's earning a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State.
During my 30 year engineering career, from which I recently retired, I worked developing software in areas of aircraft flight controls, satellite orbital dynamics and industrial machine control.
Karl with TOV projection - June 2012
These days, astronomically speaking, I enjoy visual observing and occasionally trying my hand at astro-photography.
When the Sun is busy, this part of New York has surprisingly good displays of aurora which are fun to photograph.
It's also far enough away from large metro-areas to keep light pollution to a minimum.
In my non-astronomy life, I enjoy tending to our rural home in Upstate NY, playing tennis, riding bicycle, and vacationing/hiking in the Adirondacks every few years.
Hope you enjoy visiting my web site.
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Favorite Quotes (more to come):
"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd." - Voltaire
"The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." - Lily Tomlin
"If you don't leave your past in the past it will destroy your future. Live for what today has to offer not for what yesterday has taken away." - Eckhart Tolle
"It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring." - Carl Sagan
"There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened." - Douglas Adams
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein
"There are no answers, only choices." - Gibarian, from the movie Solaris
"Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream." - 1800's Nursery Rhyme