Electronics Renaissance Man

Boy in Pile of WiresEven when I was a young boy, it was evident that I was a bit different. It is not every 10-year-old boy who locks himself away in his room to carefully disassemble the newest electronic gadget just to see how it works. Many a birthday gift has been sacrificed to curiosity.

I could also be found scavenging components—a 12-volt automotive battery and charger, car stereo, amplifier, and a bunch of old speakers—to assemble and install them into a suitcase for hours of listening pleasure. Yes, I was likely the inventor of the first suitcase stereo system.

I am also the guy who everyone asks for electronics help: “Hey, will you fix my computer / MP3 player / TV / stereo / gaming console / printer / wireless network?” This query was most often followed with: “Oh, after that, can you assemble this do-it-yourself system that came with 100-step instructions?” or “Hey, you’re good with electronic gizmos. Will you videotape this five-hour presentation, as well as edit it and post it as a Webcast and Podcast?”

From a very young age, I knew I was destined to be an electronics renaissance man. It is a moniker I sport proudly. Heck, I might even add that title to my business card.

I am certain I am not alone, and I look forward to interacting with other electronics renaissance geeks in this blog. (May I call you geek? It’s another pseudonym I brandish proudly, by the way.)

Today and for the past decade, I have been a mil-aero geek, surrounding myself with all things electronic in military and aerospace environments. After graduating summa cum laude with presidential honors in information systems, I worked in varied fields—ranging from the gallium-arsenide semiconductor industry to the military/avionics market working on vetronics (vehicle-based electronics systems), avionics (airborne electronics), and thermal design, including computational fluid dynamics and mechanical engineering analysis.

Specifically, I worked for TriQuint Semiconductor running a division of its test floor and managing HP 84000 series RFIC test systems using good old HP-UX. I spent the next several years of my career working for Isothermal Systems Research (ISR)/SprayCool (which was recently acquired by Parker Hannifin) designing, building, and testing liquid-cooled computer systems for myriad military and aerospace platforms, including the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) and Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Currently, I am a journalist and a technical consultant with MindShare Resource Solutions (www.consultmindshare.com) and co-founder of Twitch Hosting (www.twitchhosting.com), both of which are headquartered in Spokane, Wa.

I continue to be actively involved in electronics design, particularly in mil/aero; as a result, I am always learning and I look forward to sharing the latest and greatest trends and technologies with you.

Welcome to the mil-aero blog. I am confident you will enjoy reading and exploring the mil/aero market with me and Mentor Graphics. And please don’t be shy; I hope you, too, will share your thoughts, comments, and experiences in this space.

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About J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

J. VanDomelen holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and myriad certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTia in varying facets of computer software, hardware, and network design and implementation. He has worked in the electronics industry for more than 12 years in varied fields, including advanced systems design of highly technical military and aerospace computer systems, semiconductor manufacturing, open source software development, hardware design, and rapid prototyping. J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

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Commented on May 12, 2010 at 4:16 pm
By Shifts in the Industry « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] The military can begin to receive SoCs and develop their own secure applications on a single device to modernize equipment for the network-centric battlefield. As EDA companies evolve to bridge the gap between hardware and software design and development, the military may soon have an all-in-one handheld device capable of securely and reliably performing myriad functions. The infamous Star Trek Tricorder may soon be fact, rather than fiction. Geeks rejoice! […]

Commented on January 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm
By Take Me to the Moon….in 19 Years? « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] wealth of technology companies are unveiling aerospace innovations, and it’s a trend this geek hopes will continue well into the future. Don’t count out NASA, however; it isn’t out of the […]

Commented on February 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm
By Look Ma, No Tail « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] geek is in love with this aircraft! It is sleek, sexy, and just plain cool. Most importantly, it brings […]

Commented on March 18, 2013 at 4:34 pm
By IESF: Military & Aerospace 2013 « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] of the highlights this geek enjoys at IESF: Mil&Aero is the always entertaining and informative presentations from Richard […]

Commented on March 31, 2013 at 1:17 pm
By Gas Guzzlers Galore « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] wrap up this geek’s commercial aerospace report from IESF. Stay tuned for the military aerospace report coming up in […]

Commented on April 25, 2013 at 2:13 pm
By Warp Factor 10, Mr. Sulu « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] mil/aero geek is ecstatic that NASA has the resources, since the decommissioning of the shuttles, to start acting […]

Commented on May 29, 2013 at 8:13 am
By Coming Soon to a TV Near You « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] mil/aero geek is excited at the prospect of a Martian colony and grateful that not-for-profit and for-profit […]

[…] mil/aero geek, who will keep an eye on Planetary Resources and its progress, looks forward to playing […]

Commented on June 28, 2013 at 10:19 am
By Asteroid-blasting Laser Beams? « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] Military and aerospace (mil/aero) organizations are investing research, development, test & evaluation (RDT&E) efforts into planetary defense measures and technologies to protect us from rogue near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) that have the potential to end life as we know it. […]

Commented on July 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm
By Lonely Lunar Landscape « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] notable aerospace anniversary begs the question: Why haven’t we been back? Pundits, this mil/aero geek included, speculate that perhaps: there hasn’t been a reason to return, or that the limiting […]

Commented on July 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm
By Moon Money « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] in a space race. It was the U.S. vs. the U.S.S.R. when this military and aerospace (mil/aero) geek was a small, impressionable child (and a budding wannabe […]

Commented on July 30, 2013 at 7:03 am
By A View from Above « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] military and aerospace (mil/aero) geek has been excitedly delving into the images produced by these impressive spacecraft and their […]

Commented on August 30, 2013 at 7:02 am
By Crash Test Helicopter « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] help assesses the reliability of high-performance, lightweight composite materials. This mil/aero geek enjoys a little destruction and mayhem, as long as its just dummies onboard and the chaos is being […]

Commented on September 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm
By Space Market Takes Off « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] geek looks forward to the day when I can easily and cheaply (free) play online games or watch HD movies […]

Commented on October 29, 2013 at 4:22 pm
By Well-deserved Recognition « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] mil/aero geek loves seeing scientists, researchers, and outstanding projects gain the recognition they deserve […]

Commented on January 28, 2014 at 9:26 pm
By Jade Rabbit « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] geek is amazed at the unmanned exploration that mankind has achieved. Now let’s get some people […]

Commented on February 26, 2014 at 7:25 pm
By Martian Mission « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] the only candidate from the Northwest to be included in this second round pick, as this mil/aero geek will demonstrate in the next […]

Commented on February 27, 2014 at 7:10 pm
By Canadian candidates « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] Mars alone. Whether the ambitious project succeeds or fails remains to be seen, but this mil/aero geek applauds the vision, drive, and […]

Commented on April 11, 2014 at 8:18 am
By Select a Space Suit « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] military and aerospace (mil/aero) geek urges everyone to vote. To do so, visit http://jscfeatures.jsc.nasa.gov/z2/ by 15 April […]

Commented on May 30, 2014 at 8:08 am
By Digital design and development « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] military and aerospace (mil/aero) geek is always excited to hear real-world digital and platform-level engineering design […]

Commented on July 28, 2014 at 2:59 pm
By On-demand part printing part 2 « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] keeping large parts and components inventories a thing of the past? It’s a question this mil/aero geek […]

[…] constellation design,” according to ESA officials; yet, something has already gone awry. This mil/aero geek has more on this high-profile news story […]

Commented on October 30, 2014 at 8:32 am
By Up in Flames « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[…] and aerospace (mil/aero) enthusiasts everywhere – this mil/aero geek included – watched with bated breath for what was to be an historic aerospace event: the first […]

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