Prior to becoming the interim Director of the Robotics Engineering Program, and subsequent to my work at Bell Laboratories, I was Dean of Engineering, ad interim, and a Professor in the ECE department at WPI. I have also held the positions of Vice President of Information Systems and Vice Provost within the WPI administration. In my early career my teaching and research primarily centered upon signal processing and its applications. I have been the recipient of 65+ research grants, funded by DARPA, ARO, NSF, DOJ, FEMA/DHS and the electronics, aerospace and medical industry. My sponsored research projects were originally focused on machine vision, radar, sonar, communications and network technology. Since 2000, my research projects and passion have centered on the development of a precision personnel locator system and other technologies to protect the lives of first responders. That work continues to this day with projects aimed at developing additional technology from toxic gas sensors to burn prevention sensors in order create a safer working environment for fire fighters. I have been awarded the WPI Trustees' Award for Outstanding Creative Scholarship, the WPI Trustees' Outstanding Teaching Award and WPI highest award, the WPI Chairman’s Exemplary Faculty award. My colleagues and I were also awarded the Massachusetts State Fire Marshall Service award in 2012 for our work on firefighter protective technology.