Presenters: Larry Nelson Sr., PE, Bill Grist & Charles J. Lord, PE
With the “Great Resignation” upon us many IEEE members are venturing out on their own into the gig economy. IEEE has a vast array of independent consultants who have already taken this same leap and they want to share their knowledge and experience with you. So have your questions ready and please join us for this one-hour jam session where three independent consultants will share their know-how and knowledge on how they have survived so long in the gig economy.
About the Presenters
- Larry Nelson Sr., PE, is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He is a board member of the AICN (Alliance of IEEE Consultants Networks) and has been a consultant since 1980. Larry works as a Staff Engineer, a Consultant, and Expert Witness, and a Technical Trainer. He has publications and Patents and is listed as a consultant with Microchip, Parallax, DigiKey, and The Hardware Academy. He does analog and digital electronics along with embedded firmware. He has done new product design as well as forensics analysis of failed electronics in many industries.
- Bill Grist has over forty years of experience in consulting, software technology, system engineering, project management, business development, and business management. The majority of this experience was gained at Hewlett-Packard (HP Consulting and HP Professional Services), and at General Dynamics Missile Systems (a US Navy contractor). He also serves as the IEEE Foothill Section Computer Society Chair, and the Co-Chair of the Foothill Employment Network. This unique combination of business and project management, business process, and software technology skills have enabled him to provide internal and external clients with business results that positively impacted their bottom line. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas; followed by numerous engineering and business postgraduate courses and professional / HP business training. He also managed a Cisco Network Academy where he held a Cisco Instructor Certification.
- Charles J. Lord, PE, is an embedded systems consultant and trainer with over 40 years’ experience in system design and development in medical, military, and industrial applications. For the last twelve years, he has specialized in the integration of communication protocols into clients’ products, including USB, Ethernet, and low-power wireless including ZigBee, 6LoWPAN, LoRa, and Thread. He has taught classes in these protocols for Freescale, Renesas, various universities and conferences including ESC and Arm TechCon. He has been a design partner with Freescale/NXP, Microchip, and Renesas. He also teaches webinars for various clients on IoT and embedded systems topics. He earned his BS in electrical engineering from N.C. State University in Raleigh, N.C. and provides training and consulting services through his company, Blue Ridge Advanced Design, in Asheville, N.C. He is a licensed professional engineer in NC and a life senior member of the IEEE. In his volunteer work at the IEEE, he has served at many levels from local to regional to board committees. He is currently the chair of the IEEE NC Council, vice chair of the AICNCC and was general chair of IEEE SoutheastCon 1995, 2017, and 2020.