Randy L. Norton
Asst. Professor Robotics and Communications Systems Engineering Technology
Professional Work Experience
U. S. Navy – 4 years
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt Maryland – Research and Development Laser Technician, Bendix Field Engineering Contract – 2 years
NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California – Cognizant Operations Engineer for Interagency Telemetry Array - Deep Space Network - Voyager Flight Team. Allied Signal Aerospace Contract – 12 years
ISU College of Technology – Asst. Professor, Robotics and Communications Systems Engineering Technology – 20 years
During the Voyager/Neptune encounter I was the responsible party for the Interagency Array Capability worldwide. This capability included the combining of telemetry data from the Voyager spacecraft obtained by the National Science Foundation VLA facility in New Mexico and the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California. Other tracking stations were arrayed in Australia and Spain.
During the actual encounter, I was on the floor of the dark room in the Space Flight Operations Facility at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Television stations from around the globe broadcast the activity in this facility live as spacecraft data was coming in.
My favorite professional experience
While at the Goddard Space Flight Center, I was asked to travel to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshal Islands to perform emergency repairs on the satellite ranging laser at that station. After performing the repair, I remained on the atoll for several weeks to monitor operations and ensure the station was operational. This allowed me time to explore the atoll’s history.
Kwajalein was the location of a major battle in WWII. The remains of that battle were spread across the island. Gun emplacements destroyed by American battleships were plentiful as were the remains of several Japanese fighter planes. The highlight was finding the Japanese underground hospital where I found x-ray plates, an examination table, and numerous other items.
Tim Rossiter, AAS, AWSM
Robotics and Communication Systems Engineering Technology
Professional Work Experience
- Electronics Technician Tektronix Inc – 2 years
- Biomedical Technician Providence Health – 3 years
- Biomedical Technician Providence Health – 6 years
- Graduate: Robotics and Communication Systems Engineering Technology
- Became expert at troubleshooting complex systems
- Worked directly with healthcare professionals and patients. Helped to ease their way.
- Mentor and roll model to many new technicians
One of my Favorite Professional Experiences…
As I started my career as a technician, I thrived on the challenge of solving complex problems and becoming the “go to guy” on many systems. Later in my career, I found the biggest reward came from sharing my knowledge and being a mentor and role model to new technicians. My goal became to build up the people around me and create a powerful team.
In 2016, I jumped at the chance to be an instructor at the College of Technology Robotics program. Many say that the path to happiness and fulfilment is to ask yourself “how would you spend your time if you won the lottery?” My answer is to do and teach electronics and robotics. The robotics program and my instructors changed my life in a powerful way. I’m excited for the opportunity to affect so many in the same way. What an honor. There is nowhere I’d rather be.