Rob received his Bachelor of Science (1991) and Master of Science (1993) in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University.
He went on to work as a design engineer at PC Instruments, developing high-speed (200GSPS) oscilloscope designs as well as doing field support work at customer sites. After leaving PC Instruments in 1998 he began an electronics design consulting company in Lawrence KS to serve start-up and small companies along the I-70 corridor without their own in-house engineering departments. Designs ranged from automated systems for use in the food industry to navigation aids for airports to orthopedic aids. The design challenges presented represent myriad challenges such as cost, size (miniaturization), mass-production, low-power, RF and ergonomics.
Recent work at the IDL has concentrated on microprocessor control of instruments, programmable logic, radio frequency circuits and printed circuit board (PCB) design. His skill with Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) is well appreciated on the campus.