Robert Thomas is involved with the design, implementation, and application of systems that collect data and display flight guidance information to the cockpit. He also works with the analysis and reduction of collected flight data. Applications include flight inspection, equipment performance, and ability to evaluate procedure flyability (e.g., flight technical error). His work also includes landing system site survey and preparation, equipment installation, and system startup.
Rob serves as the Webmaster for the Avionics Engineering Center and School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He also deployed and maintains the AvionicsNotes Server (serves the Avionics Engineering Center employees) and the Webeecs Server (hosts EECS and AEC webpages).
Rob also provides assistance to undergraduate and graduate students in pursuit of their studies during preparation and presentation of thesis defense material. He has taught an advanced "C" course for the Ohio University College of Engineering and Technology since Summer quarter 1998.
Rob's previous experience involved design, build, and deployment of automated test equipment for jet engine controls. He also repackaged and developed new software for a reduced size automatic trending package for use in nuclear power plant electrical cable testing.
Rob completed a B.S.E.E. at Ohio University in 1987. In 1991 he returned to pursue an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, which he completed in 1993. He joined the Avionics staff in June 1994.