Bob holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Arlington in Electrical Engineering with strong emphasis in electromagnetics, is an IEEE Fellow, a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas, a licensed commercial (PG-12-27194) and amateur (KGSKW) radio operator, holds various EMC certifications from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology) and iNART E, and is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu.
Within the IEEE EMC Society, Bob is currently serving as the Immediate Past President of the Society. He previously served in all Officer positions for the Technical Activities Committee, Technical Committee 1, Technical Committee 4, was Vice Pres of Technical Services, and most recently was the President of the Society. Bob is also an Associate Editor for the EMC Society Transactions, and is currently serving as the founder and Chair of the Galveston Bay/ Houston EMC Chapter.
Bob holds a Federal GS 15 rating, and is the Johnson Space Center Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Group Lead Engineer, serving as the technical lead for EMC at the Center. Bob is also the lead for the Community of Practice for EMC within the Agency. Bob supports NASA’s major programs including the International Space Station, the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, and the Commercial Crew Development Program, providing expertise and guidance in development of tailored electromagnetic compatibility specifications, including control plans, interference control testing methodologies, ESD control, and lightning protection and test. Bob’s combination of technical expertise and EMC community leadership has been instrumental in establishing technical coordination between flight hardware contractors, the NASA technical community, NASA Program Offices, Commercial Spacecraft Industry Partners and various external agencies and organizations.
Prior to working for NASA, Bob was the lead military EMC engineer for his last 3 years at Bell Helicopter. Bob worked for Bell Helicopter for 12 years, starting on the assembly line. He eventually worked his way up through several different departments at Bell, including Quality, Technical Customer Support, Field Service Engineering, and finally design engineering.
Bob has also worked in various other positions, including switching power supply design, flight-line support of a small fleet of commercial and business jets, and weapons research and development for the US Army supporting operations on the instrumented range at Fort Hunter Liggett.