Virginia Technology Today

Perspectives is a blog designed to discuss future trends in technology.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Dr. Marc Michel - Virginia Technology Today

What happens when a Professor of Geosciences, 3-D Printers, and a worldwide pandemic collide? The answer - hope and a willingness to give back. Join Kim and me for a conversation with Dr. Marc Michel, Associate Professor, Hamlett Junior Faculty Fellow, and Leader of the Division of Nanoscience at Virginia Tech. Marc provides insights into how a group of researchers are making a difference in the battle against Covid-19. Click here for Virginia Technology Today playback on demand.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Thursday morning Kim and I chat with Dr. Michael Friedlander, Executive Director of the Franklin Biomedical Research Institute and Virginia Tech about testing and research related to COVID-19. Incredible insights. Virginia Technology Today starts at 8:45am on WFIR 960AM, 107.3FM94.5FM, and worldwide on Tunein or

Disasters Don’t Take A Holiday or Care About A Pandemic.

We live in interesting times. I’ve heard from many folks about how their company is postponing maintenance and reducing staff. Folks are asking the same question, how do you balance risk and resources. My response is the same, do you know what assets are critical and the risk impact associated with those assets? Many times folks respond - sort of. Remember disasters don’t take a holiday or care about a pandemic. You must understand the status of your assets and focus what resources you have on the most critical components for your business segment. That’s the nice thing about APM, it helps you focus on what’s important with the limited resources you have. Imagine having the ability to model various scenarios with a digital twin - now that gives you peace of mind. If you are using the right product, you can model and then make changes remotely or make the maintenance team aware of what they should be working on as part of their daily task.

Take care and stay safe.

#digitaltwin #Apm #smartmanufacturing

Monday, April 6, 2020

Arrowsmith - A blast from the past

I side with the medical community when it comes to treating illnesses over the advice of politicians or political wannabes- after all if you are not a medical doctor, don't pretend to be one. With that said, go back and watch the 1931 movie Arrowsmith (no Steven Tyler doesn't play the leading man). Dr. Arrowsmith struggled with the dilemma in terms of treating patients with a new drug before clinical trials were completed (Remember this was 1931). While this is a movie, I can't imagine what our healthcare workers are going through. If you have free time - watch the movie. It puts a face on a human tragedy that happened many years ago. Thank you Health Care Community. Maybe the movie industry should do a remake once this is over and make Steven Tyler the leading man (:-}). Change the name to Dr. Aerosmith.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Software Defined Radio Anyone

My new passion - software defined radio. This is a segment on 20 meters. The Flex Radio API allows you to pull DX reports from QRZ and place them on the display. If we can do this with radio, imagine what we can do with your equipment. The bottom left is the noise and signals on this band. It’s like the Matrix. Do you see the lady in the Red Dress (:-)).


I had the opportunity to tour the new STEM building at Virginia Western Community College

this morning. Dean White is doing an amazing job with the program. From 3D Printing,

Robotics, Advanced Manufacturing too Renewables. It’s happening now in Virginia.

John Provo - Virginia Technology Today

It was good to have John Provo stop by the studios to discuss the role of technology in the 

region, economic growth and the latest on Go Virginia - Region 2 activities.    You can listen 

to a replay of the broadcast at