My grandfather taught me to solder at 4 years old. At 6 I used my dad's HP 200C audio oscillator to test the amplifier I built. At 11 I designed an electronic cardiac monitor for a science fair. At 13 I entered the fair utilizing some HP equipment to demonstrate the relationship between frequency and wavelength (clipping attached). I became a licensed radio amateur at 14. I serviced F4C Phantom Avionics in the USAF.
I retired from Agilent Technologies 15 years ago. Since retirement I spend all my free time mentoring STEM students in FIRST FRC Robotics, teaching hardware, electrical, and software techniques. I believe it is very important for everyone that has a technical background to "Give Back" to our youth the skills, excitement, and satisfaction of making a technical contribution to society, and helping them to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mechanics.
I attached photos of my audio and RF test benches, which are composed mostly of vintage Hewlett Packard, Tektronix, and General Radio equipment that I have repaired or restored. I have recently designed and constructed several audio processors (the PCB is pictured in my audio test bench photo) for AM and SSB amateur radio transmission, using the restored test equipment. These tools have been in need of an upgrade for some time, and this upgrade would enable me to better support the students with the STEM projects currently in progress.
Thank you for this opportunity to share my story. Please keep the Keysight University alive, it is a very valuable program.
Richard A. Maxwell