Founded in 2002 as JCA Engineering (aka Midnight Engineering), JCA Design Labs provides research and design services for the automotive and consumer electronics market.
— About Me —
— Designer, engineer, inventor, philosopher, researcher, independent scholar, theologian… artist, traveler, writer. —
As a native of El Paso, Texas, I began my career as a graduate research student. I was a member of the 1995 Hybrid Electric Vehicle Challenge team representing our university for the national competition. For my part, I developed the controls and instrumentation system for our Extended Range Electric Vehicle (what today is sometimes known also as a PHEV). It was also a requirement for my master’s thesis.
After graduating, I was a design engineer for the tier one automotive supplier Stoneridge – Pollak (formally General Instrument Transportation Electronics Division) across the border in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. I was responsible for designing various microprocessor based electronic subsystems; body control modules, instrument clusters, multiplexed switch modules and power distribution subsystems. We supplied various heavy truck customers (Cummins, Freightliner, Navistar, Paccar, Volvo), automotive customers (Chrysler, Ford, General Motors) as well as other tier one suppliers such as Delphi and Visteon.
While I was employed full time at Stoneridge, I began to pursue a Ph.D. part time at the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, New Mexico. My typical daily commute was about 100 miles (160 km) per day, through three states (Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua) and two nations (United States and Mexico). I was either asleep, at work, driving or at NMSU. I was always on the go.
After the events of September 11, 2001 and the economic downturn resulting in the layoff from my job the following October, I now had the opportunity to continue my studies full-time. It was during this time when I began my transition as an independent consultant.
In my spare time I enjoys camping, RVing, road trips, train travel, attending conferences, exercising, reading, writing and spending time with family and life long friends. I also enjoy doing extensive research on various topics, a few that include (in no particular order):
- The history of Christianity, the first 500 years.
- Origins of the biblical cannons, who selected which books and why.
- History of the Olympic Class Ocean Liners; the Olympic, Titanic and Britannic.
- The Space Race, from a historic and technological point of view.
- World War I, World War II.
- Chernobyl, Pripyat, Kiev, Slavutych.
- Modern computers, electronics, the semiconductor industry, how did we get to where we are today.
- History of Texas and the great Southwest.
- Why “The Road Not Taken” (by Robert Frost) doesn’t matter and yet, it does.
— Some Wisdom —
Many believe that education is the key to success. Though it is a valuable aid, it is not the difference. The educated derelict is a common sight and so is the man or woman that has achieved phenomenal success without the advantage of a formal education.The Neuropsychology of Self-Discipline (1988).
— Expertise —
- Automotive Electronics (OEM applications)
- Consumer Electronics
- Scientific Equipment
- Apple’s MFi – Made For iPhone, iPod, iPad
- IoT – Internet of Things
- Open Source Community Projects
– Professional Engineer –
- Licensed in New Mexico and Texas
— Education —
- Parkland High School, Advanced with Honors
- Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering option – University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP)
- Master of Science, Electrical Engineering – University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP)
- Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical Engineering – Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New Mexico State University (NMSU)
During my studies at NMSU, I was awarded the Paul W. Klipsch Graduate Student Scholarship.