New Member: Peter Morcombe

Please introduce yourself and welcome new member Peter Morcombe. Peter was sponsored by fellow Brit, John Staddon.

My career has been primarily in telecommunications with a strong technical background in electro-optics in general and fiber optic cable systems in particular.

PLUSCOMM INC.                                                                                        1987 -present

Delivering fiber optics courses in universities and technical colleges for technicians seeking FOA (Fiber Optic Association) certifications.  Consulting projects for various companies including GE.

UNITED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY                                               2005 -2009

Delivering FiOS courses in Verizon training centers in Brandon, FL and Lewisville, TX. Courses included state of the art FTTP “Fiber To The Premises” technology.

DUKE UNIVERSITY                                                                                    1990 -2002

Chief R&D engineer at the Duke FEL (Free Electron Laser) Laboratory.   Led the team that built the HIGS (world’s brightest gamma ray source).  Served on the Duke University Radiation Safety Committee for many years

ITT CORPORATION                                                                                   1978 – 1987

Set up factories to produce optical fiber, cables and related electronics in Europe, Asia and Latin America.  Worked on digital telephone exchanges, high capacity optical transmission systems (terrestrial and submarine) and telephone instruments.

SELF EMPLOYED / FREELANCE CONSULTANT                               1970 – 1978

Set up the development team for ICL’s ME29 computer.  Set up a factory producing high power pulsed lasers and high speed cameras.  Set up a food factory.

ITT CORPORATION                                                                                   1966 – 1970

Expanded engineering departments to employ 520 people working in three countries.

GEC (TELECOMMUNICATIONS) LTD.                                                   1958 – 1966

Set up a group designing telephone instruments for the British market.

EDUCATION

Master of Arts degree (Honors) from Cambridge University, in Electrical Engineering, and Physics.  Awarded a major scholarship in Physics by Pembroke College and an industrial scholarship by GEC Ltd.  Member of  the IEE, IEEE & LEOS.

LEISURE

I participated in the creation of nine charter schools and served as a board member for six of the them.    My current interests include K-12 education, electric power generation, “Climate Change” and health care.

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