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Ron Kurtus' Electro-Optics Credentials

(6 November 2013)

Ron Kurtus has specialized in electro-optics since graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He did his Graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Missouri University.

Kurtus worked as an engineer at McDonnell Aircraft Co. in St. Louis, Missouri, where he worked on the optical systems for the RF-4 aircraft and the Mercury and Gemini space satellites. He then worked at Ford Aerospace in Newport Beach, California, working on the electro-optics for their anti-tank missile.

His next stop was working on the technical staff at the Santa Barbara Research Center, developing electro-optics for weather satellites and the Mariner Mars mission. He then worked at the Hughes Aircraft Co. Electro-Optical Data Systems Group in El Segundo, California, where he did design and testing of the optical systems for the TOW anti-tank missile, cruise missile, and LANTRIN missile.

Finally, Ron worked on the United States' Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) program for the U.S. Air Force at their Space Systems Division as a civilian with the equivalent rank of Major. He first worked as a Project Manager on the SDI Space Based Interceptor and later became the Total Quality Manager for all the Air Force's SDI programs.

Kurtus taught Mathematics at the University of Missouri, Physical Science at the Milwaukee Area Technical College and Mathematics at Waukesha County Technical College.

He has written two books: Gravity and Gravitation: Derivations, Equations and Applications and Tricks for Good Grades: Strategies to Succeed in School.

Material he has written has also been cited in 151 published books, including Physics textbooks and a book published by NASA.


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