About the Author
Hello to all. After a 36 year career as a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, I am now writing fiction. My first novel, One Man's Purpose, deals with Martin Quint, himself a Professor at the fictional Cambridge Technology Institute, and is based on my personal experiences as a professor and educator. The sequel, entitled Cross Purposes, has just come out in early 2019. It follows Martin and his wife Jenny into a new phase of their marriage.
During my long career, I have written several textbooks, hundreds of scientific papers, quite a few patents, started two companies, co-edited two journals and two books series, and taught, literally, thousands of students. Now I'm writing stories about the high-tech academic life, and I'm having a blast. I also run an occasional blog entitled Education as Conversation, part reminiscence over my career, and part commentary on issues of online education.
In addition to my writing and blogging, I am a clarinetist. i perform chamber music in the Boston area from time to time. (If you are in the Boston area and would like to receive concert notices, please send me a note.) And my wife Peg and I are active in the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement, a group of 550 retirees who teach 12-week seminar classes to each other. My most recent classes have been about fiction: one on William Faulkner and one entitled "Fictional Terrorists," looking at three modern novels in which terrorism is thematic.
We live in Brookline, MA, have three wonderful children and seven equally wonderful grandchildren.