Credentials
  • Education
    PhD, Physics, University of Virginia, 1979.
    BS, Physics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1972.
  • Experience
    Independent Consultant, 1988-Present.

    Vice President, Sarnicola Simulation Systems, Inc., 1998-2007.

    Visiting Associate Professor of Physics, Dartmouth College, 2003-Present.

    Fellow of the Department of Physics, Harvard University, 2006.

    Sr. Staff Engineer, Section Head, Manager of Visual Systems Engineering, Singer-Link Flight Simulation, 1983-1988.

    Assistant Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering Technology, SUNY Binghamton, 1980-1983.

    Instructor in Physics, Mary Washington College, 1978-1980.

    Teaching Experience         Resume   (pdf)         Academic CV   (pdf)
  • Publications and Patent
    "ALTAIR: Precision Calibration via Low-Cost Artificial Light Sources Above the Atmosphere," (with J Albert, et al.), AAS Meeting 221, 432.13 (2013).

    "Precision Calibration via Artificial Light Sources Above the Atmophere," (with J Albert, et al.), arXiv1207.1938A (2012).

    “Precise Throughput Determination of the PanSTARRS Telescope and the Gigapixel Imager using a Calibrated Silicon Photodiode and a Tunable Laser: Initial Results,” (with CW Stubbs, et al.), ApJS, 191, 376-389 (2010).

    "A Technique for a Self-Luminous Flatfield Calibration Screen," Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series 364, 571 (2007).

    "Preliminary Results from Detector-Based Throughput Calibration of the CTIO Mosaic Imager and Blanco Telescope Using a Tunable Laser," (with CW Stubbs,et al.) Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series 364, 373 (2007).

    "The 2.5 m Telescope of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey," (with JE Gunn, et al.), The Astronomical Journal 131, 2332-2359 (2006).

    "Support and control of primary and secondary mirrors for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) telescope," (with L Carey, et al.), Proceedings of the SPIE, 4836-24 (2002).

    "Improvements to the Apache Point 3.5-m Primary Mirror Support System," (with J Davis), Proceedings of the SPIE, 3351 (1998).

    "High Speed, High Resolution, Ultrasonic Position and Orientation Tracker," (with SC Puma and JB Sinacori), US Patent 5,339,259 (1994).

    "Analysis and Development of Advanced Techniques for Cuing the Force and Motion Environment in the Simulator of the Future," (with FM Cardullo and GR McMillan), Invited Paper at the Royal Aeronautical Society European Forum on Matching Technology to Training Requirements, London (1992).

    "New Approaches to Motion Cuing in Flight Simulators," (with FM Cardullo, GR McMillan, GE Riccio, and JB Sinacori), Air Force Technical Report AL-TR-1991-0139 (1991).

    "Advanced Techniques for Cuing the Force and Motion Environment in the Simulator of the Future," (with FM Cardullo and GR McMillan), AIAA Flight Simulation Technologies Conference paper 90-3135 (1990).

    "Visual System Lags: The Problem, The Cause, The Cure," (with FM Cardullo), IMAGE V Conference, (1990).

    "Need-Based Evaluation of Simulator Force and Motion Cuing Devices," (with FM Cardullo and JB Sinacori), AIAA Flight Simulation Technologies Conference paper 89-3272-CP, (1989).

    "An Improved Measurement of the Surface Area of DLX-6000 Microspheres," J. Low Temp. Phys. 60, 183 (1985).

    "The Shape of a Superfluid Vortex Nucleated at a Sharp Edge," J. Low Temp. Phys. 54, 155 (1984).

    "Inhomogeneous Nucleation of Superfluid Vorticity at a Sharp Edge," (with GB Hess), J. Low Temp. Phys. 49, 265 (1982).

    "Superfluid He-4 Flow Through Pinholes," (with GB Hess and GM Shifflett), Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 24, 606 (1979).