Chris Campbell, electrical engineer

Engineering Background and Science Fundamentals

Engineering background

Two degrees from Georgia Tech: a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering.

20 years of intense experience in system, project and operations engineering

Advanced mathematics (calculus, trigonometry, statistics, etc.), basic mechanics structures (statics, kinematics), signal analysis (non-linearities, harmonic distortion).

Specific experience in communications engineering (especially RF and satellite), data communications protocols (IP, SNMP, obscure old serial formats).

Many years of experience in architecting, building and maintaining a massively complex monitor and control (M&C) system used to monitor business critical transmission assets and control news gathering assets.  See résumé for details.

Science Fundamentals

I have the general literacy in physics and chemistry that one would expect from getting through Georgia Tech.

In particular, my chemistry literacy has stayed fresh by virtue of my personal interest in two fields:  battery technology and astrobiology.

I am comfortable with the jargon of science and data analysis — SI units, isotopes, hysteresis, and so on.

Personal interests in engineering and science

  • Astrobiology / exoplanets:  CHNOPS, molecular oxygen, biological precursors
  • LHC / CERN and particle physics
  • space launch systems and market
  • space propulsion technologies including both classical chemical rockets and solar electric propulsion (SEP)
  • robotic exploration of the solar system, both current and planned missions; methane on Titan, perchlorates on Mars, brown gunk on Pluto …

Professional society memberships

  • IEEE since 1994
  • IEEE PES since 2009
  • IEEE PELS since 2016
  • SMPTE (TV/film engineering) since 2002
  • SSPI (satellite professionals) since 2006

Professional societies provide me with the bigger picture, and as I transition into the energy / power sector I will be seeking out more such organizations with which I can expand my knowledge and get more involved with the local community of engineers in the field.  IEEE membership is particularly valuable as it gives me access to the standards documents that not only provide specific design guidance, but also provide general background on technologies, and I fully expect I’ll be studying the standards docs relevant to the technology niche I settle into.

In 2001 I became a state-licensed Professional Engineer (Georgia PE027026), and I have officially maintained that license in the years since.  However, I have not practiced as a PE, and I do not think it would be appropriate for me to leverage it at this point (e.g. be the PE of record that signs off on power designs).  Instead, I see the license as objective evidence that I am a dedicated engineer, eager to get the work right and certainly to take public safety seriously.

I have an OSHA 10-hour certification, and am pursuing a NABCEP PV Installer certification (40-hour course in Advanced PV System Design has been completed).

I am somewhat familiar with academic research process (grants, papers, posters, journals, conferences) mostly from following planetary science (e.g. the LPSC, AAS DPS and AGU conferences) and watching how those research projects and missions play out.

I have a conversational knowledge of German; I lived in Germany for a year as a teenager (attending German high school) and having a large number of German relatives.

I’m ready to undertake a crash course in your specific technology and the related scientific underpinnings.  I’ll devour industry journals to understand jargon and trends, and will seek to attend conferences (on own dime and time if necessary).

If there’s a certification that is a must-have for your position, let me know and I’ll look into it.