I am currently at Sanford C. Bernstein, where I am an Analyst/Vice President, covering Global Aerospace & Defense. Regulations prohibit me from saying more here: see my resume for details.
Previously, I was an entrepreneur. As Chief Technology Officer at Dock3, I led the development of the company's internet-based platform to coordinate vendors, customers, site operators and clients. Dock3 provides employee services (dry cleaning, shipping, DVD rental, auto services) at large workplaces. Clients then included Boeing, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Computer Associates, GE Aircraft Engines, Intel, Perot Systems and Veritas Software.
Before that, as a senior Manager for McKinsey & Company, I advised the top management of Fortune 100 companies on strategy, valuation and transactions, market price modeling and hedging, technology asset strategy, organization and operations. I had in-depth exposure to several industries, including defense, technology, oil & gas, electric power, chain retailing, and movie production.
I did my Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology, or Caltech. I studied electrical engineering there, focusing on radio and optical communications, with Prof. William B. ("Bill") Bridges. I began studying topics in finance during my Ph.D. studies, more or less as a hobby. My Professional Background section provides further detail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson is said to have observed that "a man is known by the books he reads." In that spirit, perhaps a quick look at my bookshelf would help provide a partial introduction. I offer short reviews of several good reads - you may not agree with my reviews, but I won't leave you wondering what I think!
My flying has spanned a wide range of aircraft. To date, I have flown 44 different aircraft types: 19 airplane types including a military observation plane that flew in WWII, a jet fighter, and 5 types of Light Sport Aircraft, one of them a seaplane, plus 3 types of motor glider, 10 unpowered sailplanes, and 12 types of hang glider. I am certificated to fly airplanes and gliders, with an instrument rating and endorsements for complex, high performance, and tailwheel airplanes, and both aerotowed and self-launching gliders. To get a sense for what sport flying is like, here's a video of a cross-country flight in a self-launching glider, a Stemme S-10.
During grad school I was on the Board of the Caltech Flying Club, which operated 6 rental airplanes. Many of our members were from the Jet Propulsion Lab, and some are now astronauts! I also served as Captain of the Caltech Precision Flying Team, which competed at intervarsity level in the annual competitions of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association.
Also during grad school I made available some of my notes on the engineering behind hang gliders - the Hang Glider's Technical Notebook. It's acquired an international audience, with readers in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia, UK and Vietnam for example. While the book is no longer available in hardcopy, an updated (2011) version is available in Kindle format at Amazon.com.
Fun stuff (other than flying)
Airshow Pyro - Tora Tora Tora Bomb Squad
Literally a blast - I spent a day at the Houston Air Show with the Tora Tora Tora airshow team. Working to support the Commemorative Air Force, a museum that keeps its aircraft in flying condition - and flies them - they do a recreation of the attack on Pearl Harbor. I spent the day with the pyro team, or "Bomb Squad." Standing amid clouds of smoke and fire, with Japanese Zeros and Kates flying at 50ft directly overhead while bombs exploded all around (granted, I was setting some of them off) was quite surreal!
Road-trips and travel
I've road-tripped every State west of the Rockies - and most of Western Europe. I've explored the Southwestern US extensively by light 'plane. South of the Equator, I've also visited Australia, Peru and Brazil. In recent years I have been a fairly active traveler, touring Brazil, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Thailand and the UK with my girlfriend, Paula Marra.