Born in Oregon and raised on the coast of Washington state, I went east to college — to Boise State College in Idaho for a bachelor’s degree, then to the University of Wisconsin at Madison for a master’s degree, and finally to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for the doctorate. My graduate studies in the history and sociology of science and technology provided a broad foundation in both methodology and content.
For a decade I worked in the corporate world. As manager of the Archive and Historical Resource Center at United Technologies, I served as the historian for Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines, Hamilton Standard propellers and spacesuits, Sikorsky amphibians and helicopters, Otis elevators and escalators, and other divisions of the corporation.
My teaching began in Connecticut — at the University of Hartford and Wesleyan University. I later taught in the Montana State and University of Alaska systems. I continue teaching online, including teaching for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's online Worldwide campus.
Along the way I received Mellon, Smithsonian, National Science Foundation, and NASA/ASME fellowships.
My publications include an award-winning Aviation History textbook; a 700-page reference book of Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Alphabets of Aviation; and the National Register Bulletin: Guidelines for Evaluating and Documenting Historic Aviation Properties. I have written for newspapers, newsletters, magazines, journals, and websites.
I have provided consulting services (research, writing, editing, workshops) to companies, government agencies, schools, non-profits, and individuals.
When not working, I enjoy hiking, reading, cross-country skiing, and birding.
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania: History & Sociology of Science
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison: History of Science
B.A., Boise State College: History
Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Award of Excellence for Books and three other awards, Society for Technical Communication
Alaska Press Club awards
NASA/ASME, National Science Foundation, Smithsonian, and Mellon fellowships
Distinguished Alumni Award, Boise State University
Wall of Fame, Ilwaco High School
Library Advisory Board Member, Bridger Alternative High School, Bozeman, Montana
Past President, Sacajawea Audubon Society, Bozeman, Montana
Past Newsletter Editor, Gallatin Valley Hangar of Montana Pilots Association
Past President, Rotary Club of Nome, Alaska
Past Presenter, Iditarod Lecture Series, National Park Service, Nome, Alaska (1999-2010)
Past President, Civitan Club of Hartford, Connecticut
Past Hike Leader, Appalachian Mountain Club, New York-Connecticut-Massachusetts