Virginia Technology Today

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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

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Virginia Technology Today

I have been working on a new segment for a regional radio station in Virginia called Virginia Technology Today (VTT).  Why?  There are many interesting high tech programs occurring throughout the area that the general public is simply unaware of.   VTT talks to the leaders of these organizations and explains the impact of technology on the broader region.  

“Virginia Technology Today” is the name of a new extended-length in-studio feature that listeners will hear for the first time tomorrow morning at 8:45. You can find  preview from WFIR’s Gene Marrano at

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Good Morning

Sorry for my absence. I had the opportunity to take an early retirement from GE and have been busy catching up on things that I’ve had on the back burner for awhile. I’m currently working on the Go Virginia Board focusing on bringing more high tech jobs to the region. I was also asked to join the Higher Education and Virginia Innovation Council Boards working on a variety of programs to foster the start-up community. Speaking of the start-up community, I’m working with two regional start-ups on Cloud Computing and Analytics – this is an absolute adrenaline rush. Kim Blair and I host a local show called Virginia Technology Today on Thursday mornings on WFIR. We talk to local technology leaders about what’s happening in the region.

Starting Tuesday, I’m going to help another company with the development and reporting strategies that they need to double their workforce. It feels good to give back. What else – I studied and passed the F.C.C. Amateur Extra Exam and have been spending a lot of time working on various digital wireless modes of communication like FT-8. I also built three new antennas and destroyed on drone in the process (RIP). I love working with Software Defined Radios and I’m building a couple of extensions that works on the iPad. I will finish another degree in May and spend many hours watching MOOCs from EdX (this is the future – it’s like a slower version of the Matrix learning program – without the implant).

 I love spending time with Susan, Lauren, Courtney, Mom and our friends. The past six months have been incredible BUT with the COVID-19 situation, I’ve decided to get back in the game and end the sabbatical in October. Why? I’ve learned so much since August and feel there is unfinished business to attend too in regards of helping out. I don’t know what that looks like yet but have received several interesting offers and opportunities over the past 90 days. I don’t know what the future holds but I’m looking forward to doing my small part and helping out.