Tom Dickens, Associate Technical Fellow
We are proud to announce our section's newest Associate Technical Fellow, Tom Dickens. An engineer in BCA Aerodynamics Computing, part of Airplane Performance & Propulsion Computing, Tom has worked at Boeing for 15 years on projects including AGPS, JAGPS, PAINT, CGNS, SDMS, and DFDMaker. While his focus has been on software system architecture and geometry systems, Tom has also designed and built custom electronics containing embedded microcomputers for Boeing.
Taking advantage of Boeing's Learning Together program, Tom has earned a BS in Electronics Engineering Technology and then a Masters in Computer Engineering since he joined Boeing. His thesis topic for his Masters was in Genetic Algorithms, a branch of Artificial Intelligence; Tom is working to apply these techniques to Boeing engineering processes. Tom enjoys being a student almost as much as he enjoys teaching. Currently teaching Java programming through Boeing off-hours classes and at the University of Washington, Tom is a professor at Henry Cogswell College where has taught Engineering and Computer Science classes for the past nine years.
As an outlet to keep his electronics skills current (and for pure enjoyment of it), Tom builds small autonomous robots with the Seattle Robotics Society (SRS), where he is their Secretary and on their board of directors. He is currently designing and programming robots for the upcoming SRS-sponsored Robothon 2001, to be held April 28th at the Seattle Center.
Tom lives in Issaquah with his lovely wife Shannon, and children Thomas and Angela (and one on the way). Tom is an active musician, playing drums and keyboards for local theatres such as the Renton Civic, Carco, and the Bellevue Encore. Tom, along with his 16-year-old son Thomas, play in the bell choir at their church in Issaquah.
Congratulations on your accomplishments, Tom!