Category Archives: Energy

2002-2010 Fort Collins Utility Advisory Board

For 8 years I had the honor and privilege to serve on the “Electric Board” of the City of Fort Collins. During that time, we pioneered one of the nations first comprehensive energy supply policies that sought to increase renewable energy and reduce overall energy consumption. Later we adjusted to plan to use carbon reduction as one of the key metrics.

I also directly worked our utility staff to create our Smart Meter roll-out plan that allowed for skeptical and concerned customers to opt-out (this was based on avoiding the experience of PG&E debacle).

2007 New York Times, November 19th

You don’t get quoted in the New York Times everyday — which according some of my former friends is a good thing.

This is an excellent article by Kirk Johnson pointing out that as we move into a low-carbon economy, we will face some difficult trade-offs.

I strongly believe that nuclear power is not needed — better choices are already here. But also believe we must have an open public dialog about this. I have a great deal of confidence that our fellow citizens are capable of understanding the issues and making the right choices.

My quote from this article was even featured in a 2009 book called “Engineering Ethics : concepts and cases” – Hey, maybe we can all get along as we walk down the road of sustainability.

1998 Japanese Patents 38553060, 111869

The 1995-96 collaboration between Hewlett-Packard (now Agilent) and Matsushita (now Panasonic) resulted in these 2 patents. The high-level idea was to embed testing (boundary scan) testing algorithms developed by HP’s Ken Parker for a large-scale manufacturing test system into a PC for use by Matsushita on the emerging digital video cameras.


1998 United States Patent 5,751,737

This patent was part of an HP-Panasonic collaboration that I both facilitated and technically contributed. This project is the reason I moved to Fort Collins from Hachioji, Japan.

The sad thing is that this patent isn’t very impressive – the “invention” is basically removing a large part of an existing product (an HP 3070 board tester). It is sort of like getting a patent on a Soap Box Derby car by taking the engine out of a Chevy. But I’m counting this one, anyway.

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1993 Level 1 Japanese Language Proficiency Test


This isn’t energy or technology, but I passed (just barely by 1 point) the highest level of the Japanese Proficiency Test while working as an engineer for Yokogawa-Hewlett-Packard in Hachioji, Japan. The ability to communicate in Japanese has opened many doors for me, including the publication of several articles and several speaking engagements.

Post-Fukushima Japan is challenging – and is some cases defining – the future of community energy systems.

1984 United States Patent 4,476,869

This is a follow-on patent to the previous patent (below). I’m not a patent attorney, but the difference isn’t very impressive.

But, hey I’m counting this one, too!

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