I graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1960. During the time I was attending The college, I worked as a co-op student with Geophysical Services Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc. both based in Dallas. That is, I attended school for eight weeks in school and worked eight weeks working in industry, alternately. It was a five year program and I started in 1956. After graduation I went to work for Texas Instruments Inc. in the Semiconductor Division where I worked on thin metal film resistor and Sensistor research. A Sensistor is a temperature sensitive resistor. During this time, I also started attending Southern Methodist's graduate school in engineering. I graduated in 1964 with a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. I worked a total of thirty five years with Texas Instruments until I retired in 1991. It is my opinion that Texas Instruments is the best company in the world to work for and always has been. The year 2005 is its 75th birthday. During my tenure at Texas Instruments I worked as a design engineer on the NASA AOSO program (Advanced Orbiting Solar Observatory), the Information Systems Division. I hold a co-patent on a hybrid digital processing signal processor and designed a pure digital signal processor. During the time I worked in the Information Science Division, I designed the first smart terminal (similar to today's personal computers), the 914, to interface with the Texas Instruments Mainframe Computer Systems used to manage Texas Instruments operations. I also was a manager responsible for delivering the first Data Exchange Minicomputer based Systems to interface with the mainframe computer systems and delivery of Minicomputer based Interactive Graphics Systems used to design integrated circuits and printed wiring boards. This was before you could purchase these type systems on the open market. My last assignment at Texas Instruments was as an engineer in the automated Printed Circuit Board Design Department which allowed an electrical engineer to simulate his design circuits before reducing them to hardware. As an electrical design engineer in the early days, I could appreciate the capability to simulate the design. It would have saved me countless hours in debugging my designs after they were committed to hardware.
I was with Texas Instruments when they invented the first solid state calculator and the first integrated circuit both revolutionary inventions at the time. Today Texas Instruments supplies digital signal processors to over one half the word's cellphones. When I designed my digital signal processor,it took up a six feet by three feet by 19 inch rack of electronics which consisted of integrated circuit packages representing at the most about ten gate circuits. Now you can put all of those many many gate circuits on a single silicon chip that fits inside a cellphone. I had to use a mechanical adding machine for my statistics classes and a slide rule for my engineering classes at Southern Methodist so I can also appreciate the invention of the solid state calculator.
You will find the website of Texas Instruments where you can read about their 75th birthday and all of their inventions and innovations at
You will also find a website that shows the beautiful Southern Methodist University Campus including the new Jerry Junkins Engineering building at SMU Walking Tour and the Southern Methodist home page at SMU Home Page
Just to be complete, I am showing a link to a picture of my diploma for my my highest degree from college. diploma