Engineering Educational Technology Specialist
Before coming to Vernier, Tom taught Physics, AP Physics C, and Principles of Engineering for nine years at Lake Oswego High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon. During his teaching career, Tom explored the effect of low gravity on convection cooling in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Program.
Tom earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University, and he spent a decade working in private industry before becoming a teacher. In addition, Tom was an officer in the Coast Guard, serving aboard the USCGC Polar Star.
Tom enjoys caring for his large garden and fruit orchard. On the days that he does not have his pruning shears in hand, he can be found fly fishing on the Deschutes River.