Each Arizona Science Lab Workshop is conducted by a group of retired, employed and/or university student engineers who are highly qualified in math, physics, computers, electronics, power generation & distribution, structures, thermal, chemistry, materials science, and computer software.
Our instructional staff has years of real world application experience in the sciences. They relate the theory being taught to everyday applications and they are passionate about what they do!
A management team is responsible for the daily operation, workshop development, scheduling, training, planning, fund raising, and future vision of the Arizona Science Lab. This group of volunteers have devoted thousands of hours to the success of the ASL. They currently are:
Stuart Wecker: Executive Director & Webmaster
Roy Zaborowski: Registrar & Facilities Manager
Rickie Currens: Treasurer, IEEE ExCom Interface, & Director of Staff Training
Tom Innes: Director of Metrics & Effectiveness
David Leeper: Director of Media Relations and Grant Development
Arnold Brenner: Director of Curriculum & Standards Development
Richard Hrusovsky: Director of Volunteer Staffing
Dan Rothman: Director of Equipment and Supply Management
The biographies of the management staff:
Stuart Wecker is a successful entrepreneur, technologist and teacher with over forty years of experience in data networks and distributed information systems. He was the recipient of the first IEEE Koji Kobayashi Award and was named a Fellow of both the IEEE and the ACM professional societies for his pioneering contributions to data networking technology.
He was the founder of Technology Concepts Inc., a company focused on data network software engineering, and has been a Professor of Computer Science at Northeastern University in Boston, the University of California at Berkeley, and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
Mr. Wecker received a B.S. in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. in computer science from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY.
Roy Zaborowski is an IEEE Senior Member and the Registrar for the ASL. Mr. Zaborowski graduated with a BSEE from the University of Ill. at Urbana and worked for Sperry Flight Systems (later Honeywell) until he retired in 2006. As a hardware designer he was responsible for circuit designs used in analog air data computers.
Later, he was a lead engineer for the development of some of the first microprocessor-based avionics equipment. He helped manage the development of the automated fight engineer systems for the McDonnell-Douglas MD-11. His work also included safety, navigation, and communications systems integration and installation applications for Russian civil aircraft.
Roy is the inventor on 3 patents in his field. He is active with Habitat for Humanity, ASL, and his church.
Rickie Currens career of over 40 years has focused in systems and ground based semiconductor equipment. He joined Motorola in 1971 in engineering on the development of COMSEC equipment for the National Security Agency. For his last 16 years at Motorola, he moved to the management of system development involving military training systems, ground positioning systems, gateways for the IRIDIUM(R) program, ground systems for the Teledesic System and fixed wireless systems covering a multitude of bands.
He was Senior Vice President at Tachyon, Inc. responsible for the implementation of customer trials, order entry systems, training, installation, manufacturing operations, pricing, proposals, program management, and supply management. He was also Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Fixed Wireless Systems Group, Network Solutions Sector (NSS) of Motorola, Inc., responsible for positioning Motorola as a leading supplier of end-to-end fixed wireless access solutions.
Rickie earned his BSEE in 1972 from the University of Arizona, his MSE from Arizona State University in 1977 and his MBA from Arizona State University in 1981.
Tom Innes had a very successful career as an electrical engineer and business development manager. He is a Life Member of the IEEE and a member of Eta Kappa Nu. Tom received his BS degree in Engineering from Case Institute of Technology in 1966.
He worked for Intel Corp. for over 30 years in many of their locations, including Santa Clara CA and Chandler AZ. Tom retired in Dec. 1998 after several years as General Manager of a number of business and development operations at Intel’s Chandler facilities. He was responsible for establishing successful microprocessor design centers in Israel and in Arizona, and managed the Embedded Microprocessor business and Intel’s Arizona site operations team.
Tom is active on a number of corporate boards, including AZ Science Center Board of Trustees: Life Member; AZ Tech Incubator: charter member of the Board of Directors; 1999-2008: Co-founder, director of Primarion Inc, Tempe AZ; and 2008 - present: Dir. of Deepdive Tech. Inc, Scottsdale AZ.
David Leeper holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Washington University, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. He is a member of the engineering honoraries Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi (chapter president).
David's 40-year career in telecommunications has included senior-management and VP-level positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Bellcore, Motorola, and Intel. He has published numerous papers in technical journals including Scientific American. He is an inventor on 16 patents granted or pending, several of which contributed to development of Bluetooth, WiFi, and other wireless technologies.
Over the past 10 years, in both the classroom and 1-on-1, David has taught and mentored K-12 as well as adult students in math, physics, and engineering. Besides volunteering at the Arizona Science Lab, David is a volunteer Science Interpreter at the Arizona Science Center and a volunteer reader of newspapers and economics journals for the visually impaired at a National Public Radio affiliate. David holds Amateur Extra radio license N7DK.
Arnie’s long career at Motorola spanned the transition from vacuum tube to semiconductor technology in 2-way portable, mobile and infrastructure radio products. During that time he held key positions within the organization, including Executive Vice President, Motorola Inc.
Arnie was a member of the engineering team that conceived, and designed the world's first hand-held cellular telephone. He was General Manager for all international engineering, manufacturing, sales and marketing operations for the Communications Sector. He was President and CEO, Motorola Japan Group and President, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Worldwide Government Relations Group.
Volunteer activities have included Executive Director, U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation, (USISTF), Washington. DC , where he assisted Israeli companies in establishing a U.S. presence with new, innovative, high technology products. He is presently a member of the Board of Directors, USISTF.Arnie has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Richard Hrusovsky had a long career in the aerospace industry. At Lockheed Martin, he designed, built and launched satellites for navigation, meteorology, science and communications and contributed to pioneering advances in geosynchronous satellite technology. He served as Systems Engineering Manager and Engineering Program Manager with responsibility for direct broadcast satellites for Japan and Korea. He also was Mission Director for numerous satellite launches and worked with NASA to accommodate commercial communications satellites aboard the Space Shuttle.
At Motorola’s Government and Space Technology Group, Mr. Hrusovsky was Manager of Space Segment Systems Engineering. He worked on the development, production and in-orbit management of the Iridium satellite constellation at both Motorola and Iridium Communications Inc.
Mr. Hrusovsky received his BS degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and his MSE from the University of Pennsylvania. He belongs to AAAS, Sigma Xi and is a Life Member of the IEEE. He is an amateur fine artist, ham radio operator, scuba diver and glider pilot.
Dan Rothman is a civil engineer. He specialized in the areas of water resources and environmental engineering. Dan worked as a project manager and department head for URS consultants in the States of Ohio and New York, and later taught in the Civil Engineering Department of Arizona State University.
Dan received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Delaware, and PhD in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University.