I am the oldest of eight children. Growing up in the Chicago area, my family could not afford to send me to college so I put myself through with scholarships, working part time while a fulltime student, and working in the summer. I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering degree from the University of Illinois. This degree is now called Aerospace Engineering. I was the first in my family to obtain a college degree.
After graduation, I received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC). I was an Aeronautical Engineering Officer working on aircraft structure problems during the Vietnam War. While on temporary duty in Vietnam I recommended repair methods for structurally damaged aircraft. I also worked as a project engineer on what were called Structural Integrity Programs that dealt with metal fatigue in operational fighter planes. While in the Air Force, I obtained the rank of captain.
My plan was to work on space exploration projects after discharge from the Air Force. However, the very same day I left the Air Force, President Richard Nixon announced that he was eliminating one million jobs in the Aerospace and Defense Industry.
Thus, I was given the opportunity to demonstrate my engineering versatility in many different industries. I returned to the University of Illinois for a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. In 1972, I was recruited by Texas Instruments to work at their facility in Dallas where I was involved in a new project focusing on infrared vision systems. After that project, I remained in Dallas and applied for and received a Texas Professional Structural Engineer License. With that specialized license, I was one of a team of structural engineers who worked on the Very Large Array radio telescope being built near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. I also worked on very large (33 meter) satellite communication antennas. Over the years, my structural engineering career gave me experience with finite element analysis software, large diesel engine exhaust valve analysis, drilling rigs and solar energy collectors.
I worked in the petrochemical construction industry and designed reinforced concrete structures. With the decline of the petrochemical industry, I moved into software engineering where I spent the remainder of my employment years. In retirement, I have been actively pursuing my engineering interests.
The Civil Air Patrol is the volunteer auxiliary of the U. S. Air Force. The Civil Air Patrol has three primary missions Aerospace Education, the Cadet Program, and Emergency Services. I had been a Civil Air Patrol cadet in my teenage years. When my youngest son learned of this he decided to join the Cadet Program. I too joined the Mesquite Squadron 214 of the Texas Civil Air Patrol as a senior member. I was in charge of the Cadet Program for two years. I also became the Aerospace Education Officer for both seniors and cadets. I became a Mission Observer so I could participate in Search and Rescue Missions.
While working in many different industries during my career, my technical interests have remained in the areas of space exploration, nuclear energy, environmental protection of our world against all forms of pollution, and environmental protection through advanced energy technology. This includes bringing an end to man-made global warming and preservation of the natural world.
Since 1997 I have been studying a science called Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (different than High Energy Nuclear Reactions which take place in stars, thermonuclear fusion reactors, and particle accelerators). The environment of Low Energy Nuclear Reactions is low energy as in the temperatures and pressures occurring in an automobile engine, but this does not mean the energy output is low. These reactions create nuclear transmutations and heat in metal with external radiation many orders of magnitude lower than any other nuclear reactions. Almost none of the isotopes created represent a radioactive hazard. This science offers a way to solve the energy and environment problem, greatly reduce poverty by lowering the cost of energy, and allow manned space exploration of the entire solar system.
I am writing a book about this science titled Green Nuclear Energy, the Silver Bullet, and Buck Rodgers.
I am a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. I am also an Emeritus Member which means I have been a member for more than fifty years. In addition I am a member of the American Institute of Physics, the National Space Society, and the Mars Society.
I actively campaigned for George McGovern in 1972 and Barack Obama in 2008.
I have been married to Doris Busby Marshall for forty years. Doris is a locally well-known Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Retired. She is active in the National Association of Social Workers, Texas Chapter (NASW/TX). Doris was recognized by NASW/TX Dallas Area as both Social Worker of the Year and Lifetime Achievement in the Social Work Profession. We have two sons and three granddaughters.