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Michael F. Gard (SM ’84) was born in McPherson, KS in 1949. He received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering (magna cum laude) from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS in 1971, the M.S. in Electrical Engineering (Interdepartmental Program in Biomedical Engineering) from Washington University, St. Louis, MO in 1972, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Geophysics from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX in 1992.
Dr. Gard has nearly forty years of industrial experience in design, R&D, and project leader positions. He is presently a Sr. Electrical Engineer employed by The Charles Machine Works, Perry, OK. Previous employers include Beech Aircraft Corporation, the Veterans Administration Medical Center (St. Louis, MO), AMOCO Exploration Company, ARCO Oil and Gas, and GE Medical Systems. He occasionally teaches as adjunct faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK. He is a registered professional engineer; a registered patent agent; inventor or co-inventor of twenty-eight patents; author of a book, papers, and conference presentations; co-chairman of TC-18, the Instrumentation and Measurement Society’s Technical Committee on Environmental Monitoring; and serves as a reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement. He has presented tutorials on Environmental Monitoring at recent I2MTC conferences. His primary technical interests include real-time data acquisition, analog signal processing, and precision analog and analog/digital system design for low power and hostile environments.