Education PhD. in Physics from the University of Utah B.S. with Distinction in Physics from Sonoma State University, Calif.
Positions September 2003 to present: Assistant Professor of Physics, Westminster College of Salt Lake City
June 1994 to September 2003: consultant/researcher/contractor. President of Conwell-Collett Consulting Group: Principle client from August 1996 to 2001: fonix Corporation (www.fonix.com). Performed applied research in automatic speech recognition. Utilized complexity theory as applied to complex adaptive systems like neural networks, genetic algorithms, genetic programming. For fonix, I designed and coded a 15,000 line genetically evolvable, recurrent, neural network simulator for use in speech recognition.
May 1988 to June 1994: Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah. Teaching (outlined below) + research in neural networks and genetic algorithms. Supervised two PhD students: A Steven Younger PhD (Physics), and John Hurdle MD, PhD (Computer Science). Member of 6 PhD and MS supervisory committees concerning Artificial Neural Networks, and Communication Systems.
June 1985 to May 1988: Computational Physicist, Communication Systems Division, Unisys. A member of a four-man team identifying areas of potential application of AI to communication systems design. Summer 1984: Software consultant for Wasatch Education Systems. Assisted with the design of graphics oriented, computer authoring system.
January 1982 to March 1984: Research Fellow, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah. Research in support of thesis.
July 1980 to January 1982: Director of Elementary Physics Laboratory, Dept. of Physics, University of Utah. Designed curriculum, trained and directed teaching assistants and curator. September 1976 to July 1980: Teaching Fellow, Dept. of Physics, University of Utah. Taught liberal education courses and recitation sections for calculus and non calculus based beginning physics courses, and labs.
Patent A Special Purpose Neurocomputer for Solving Optimization Problems, (4858147), Granted August 15, 1989.
Interests Traveling in Central America, learning Spanish, electronics, hiking, large format photography, computer art (photoshop), and gourmet cooking.
Awarded Outstanding Teaching Fellow for three consecutive years of 1977, 1978, and 1979.
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