Thomas R. Cuthbert, Jr., Ph.D.
Professional Engineer and Pilot
This page documents what I did and who I have become over these more than 80 years.
I was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1928, the first of two sons of a printer and a farm girl attending Vanderbilt University. They soon moved to Chattanooga, where I grew up building radios, working at radio stations and a parts store, flying airplanes from age 16, and completing Chattanooga High School in 1946.
Education and FlightI entered M.I.T. in 1946 and was President of the M.I.T. Flying Club in 1948. I was threatened with the military draft in 1949, so I then volunteered for U.S. Navy Pilot training and became a pilot and officer in 1950.
Work and Educationhere for one story). Collins sent me to Southern Methodist University in Dallas with full pay, tuition, and two days off each week for two semesters each year to obtain an MSEE and Ph.D. starting in 1966. Rockwell International bought Collins Radio in 1971 and I moved to Texas Instruments in Richardson in 1972, working on aircraft terrain-following radar circuits before returning to Rockwell Collins in 1974. I was a Senior Engineer and later Director of Advanced Technology in the Microwave Division.
ComputingMy computing experience started with an IBM 650 computer in 1959, followed by IBM and CDC main frames, usually involving the FORTRAN programming language.
After retiring from Rockwell Collins in 1987 I worked at E-Systems in East Dallas for 16 months before returning to Texas Instruments, retiring from TI in 1991. While the Collins work involved low frequency and guided-wave circuit design, the TI work involved gallium arsenide circuits in the S and X frequency bands. My expertise has focused on mostly passive circuit design, especially broadband impedance matching. Related strengths in numerical analysis and especially nonlinear programming (optimization) greatly enhanced my contributions.
Writing and Teachingdownload searchable PDF of Circuit Design book and Optimization Using Personal Computers download searchable PDF of Optimization book. I published my third 250-page book in 1999: Broadband Direct-Coupled and Matching RF Networks download PDF of Matching book. These books were the basis of my teaching graduate courses at S.M.U. (1983-1988) as well as the seminars I taught in various companies in the US, Canada, and UK after my last retirement in 1991. I presented circuit-design papers in Geneva, Switzerland and Paris, France at IEEE and EUMW symposia in 2000. The details of all my activities can be found on my professional web site - http://trcpep.com.
Retiredhere) and also follow recent developments in addition to my own research. I have taken countless digital pictures of various city projects and prepared all manner of PowerPoint and spreadsheet illustrations to inform the public about ways to improve the quality and quantity of city water in Greenwood, Arkansas. My personal web site http://web.mac.com/trcpep/TRCPEP_Personal/Welcome.html
shows where we have lived since 1995, my fishing lakes, our Key West timeshares, and airplanes I have flown. I can be contacted by e-mail at: TRCPEP@IEEE.ORG.