Thomas Stoddard Hamilton
Inventor, Aviator and Entreprenur
Tom Hamilton states hehas been privileged to have designed aircraft and started the companies behind them - the Glasair (late 70’s)(1450 manufactured), the Glastar/Sportsman (early 90’s)(1250 manufactured), and the Kodiak (late 90’s into 2001). Mr. Hamilton developed the FAA certified Aerocet composite floats (in the 90’s) – they are the largest manufacturer of aircraft floats in the world today. He invented a new amphibious wheel for floatplanes. In his passion for mechanical design and sport, he designed a complete new racing engine and road race car to compliment the development (this should hit the race track this year). Mr. Hamilton has been the Northwest Regional racing champ for his class in Sports Car Club of America for the last three years. Lately, he has just developed some new composite manufacturing techniques applicable to aviation and car racing, reducing cost but still using exotic graphite fibers (after a year’s worth of development failures). He is currently working on two new projects for aviation and one for general industry. Tom graduated from the University of Washington. He has been married to Linda for 33 years and has three children and three grandchildren.
“In knowing Tom, I can assure you he is truly a humble man, and is a great inventor, entrepreneur and individual. It is a privilege to know him as he is definitely ‘with honor’.” – Pam Bird
FEBRUARY 7TH 2012 MEETING AT 2:00 PM AT LITEHOUSE, INC.
Edward Hawkins is a lifelong veteran of Litehouse. He grew up working in the family restaurant in Hope, Idaho, which his parents had purchased in 1958. After college and a short time as an elementary teacher - 25 year old Edward joined the dressing business full time in 1977. This had been his passion to do so from childhood and his first official job was as a mixer in the production department. He was also the financial manager and in 1985 added responsibility for all operations. He served as CEO from 1986-2011, and also held the office of president from 2003-2008. Today Edward is on the Board of Directors and when asked what his role at Litehouse is, he proudly responds "Keeper of Values".
Edward was born in Pullman, Washington and grew up in Hope, Idaho. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from the University of Idaho. He served on the board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and as a founding board member of the Bonner County Economic Development Council. He has a gift and passion for motivational roles, and has been the keynote speaker at numerous events, including Greater Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Idaho Integrated Business Curriculum series (IBC).
Edward is a cowboy at heart and enjoys trail rides, being a ranch hand, time with his family and serving God. Edward and his wife Rebecca have four children: Elizabeth, Christopher, Nicholas, Brandon, and one grandson: Ashlei.
Martin and Barbara Mueller
Lead Innovators in the 3D Film Making Industry
In 1979 Martin and Barbara Mueller founded MSM Design Inc, an innovative motion picture technology company. Since then they have pushed the envelope in the design and build of cameras, lenses, and film laboratory equipment. Their eccentric and organic design process has allowed them to redefine large format filmmaking, giving the filmmaker cameras that are smaller, lighter and very user friendly.
Setting high standards for the industry, Marty Mueller won an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Award in 1996 for the design and development of the lightweight MSM 9801, a 15perf/65mm camera. The couple’s rental company, Imagery Rentals, Inc. provided support to IMAX motion picture makers for several years until IMAX bought it in 1996. The collaboration that was formed, with MSM Design consulting with IMAX, yielded groundbreaking 3D filmmaking technology as well as fulfilling a long-standing dream of building cameras that would fly into space.
In 2001 Marty and Barb retired to the woods of Vermont. They continued to be recognized as some of the leading innovators in 3D filmmaking. After building a unique house and studios, they came out of retirement to create the Gemini 3D film camera system, which is the smallest and highest resolution stereoscopic motion picture camera in the world. In 2010, scratching the digital itch, Marty and Barb continued to explore 3D with the design and build of a new beamsplitter rig. The prototype was recently finished and a new company, Converging Concepts 3D, formed. The CC3D-Gen1 completed its first shoot on August 4, 2011.
The MSM touch has once again given the filmmakers a new tool for their tool bag. Filmmaking is complicated enough, your equipment shouldn’t be.
John L. Phillips (Ph.D.)
NASA Astronaut (FORMER)
PERSONAL DATA: Born April 15, 1951, in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Married to the former Laura Jean Doell; they have one son and one daughter. Enjoys skiing, swimming, kayaking and hiking. Phillips retired from NASA in 2011 and now lives in Idaho.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Scottsdale High School, Arizona, in 1966; received a B.S. degree in mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1972; an M.S. in aeronautical systems from the University of West Florida in 1974; and an M.S. and Ph.D. in geophysics and space physics from UCLA in 1984 and 1987, respectively.
SPECIAL HONORS: National Merit Scholar; graduated second of 906 at USNA; awarded the NASA Space Flight Medal, NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the Gagarin Medal, the Russian Medal of Merit for Space Exploration, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Distinguished Performance Award and various military awards.
EXPERIENCE: Phillips received a U.S. Navy commission in 1972 and was designated a Naval Aviator in November 1974. He flew the A-7 Corsair Aircraft and made overseas deployments with Attack Squadron 155 aboard the USS Oriskany and USS Roosevelt. Subsequent tours of duty included Navy recruiting and flying the CT-39 Sabreliner aircraft. Phillips has logged more than 4,500 flight hours and 250 carrier landings. He served as a Navy reservist from 1982 to 2002 as an A-7 pilot and in various nonflying assignments. He retired in 2002 with the rank of Captain, USNR.
After leaving the Navy in 1982, Phillips enrolled as a graduate student at UCLA. While there, he carried out research involving observations by the Pioneer Venus Spacecraft. Upon completing his doctorate in 1987, he was awarded an Oppenheimer Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico. He worked at LANL for 9 years, performing research on the sun and the space environment. From 1993 to 1996, he was the Principal Investigator for the Solar Wind Plasma Experiment aboard the Ulysses Spacecraft as it executed a unique trajectory over the poles of the sun. He has authored 156 scientific papers dealing with the plasma environments of the sun, Earth, other planets, comets and spacecraft.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Phillips was selected by NASA and began astronaut candidate training in 1996. He has held various jobs in the Astronaut Office, including systems engineering and CAPCOM for the International Space Station (ISS) and as a robotics specialist, supporting operations on missions. Phillips has logged more than 203 days in space during three flights and has flown as Flight Engineer on three different spacecraft types: shuttle, Soyuz and ISS. Phillips was detailed to the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, from 2009 to 2011 as the Smith/McCool NASA Chair Professor.
SPACEFLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-100 Endeavour (April 19 to May 1, 2001). During the 12-day, 187 orbit mission, the crew successfully delivered and installed the Canadarm-2 robotic arm. They also delivered experiments and supplies aboard the Multi‑Purpose Logistics Module, “Raffaello”on its maiden flight. Phillips was the Ascent/Entry Flight Engineer and was the Intravehicular Activity Coordinator during two spacewalks.
ISS Expedition 11 (April 15 to October 10, 2005). Phillips launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard Soyuz TMA-6 and served as NASA Science Officer and Flight Engineer aboard ISS. During their 6-month stay aboard ISS, the crew continued ISS maintenance, worked with scientific experiments, performed a spacewalk in Russian spacesuits from the Pirs Airlock and hosted the “return to flight” visit of Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-114). The ISS-11 crew landed in Kazakhstan on October 10, 2005. In completing his second mission, Phillips logged 179 days and 23 minutes in space, including an EVA totaling 4 hours and 58 minutes.
STS-119 Discovery (March 15 to 28, 2009). During the 13-day, 202 orbit mission, the crew delivered and installed the S6 integrated truss segment to the ISS, including the final two solar array wings. Phillips operated the Canadarm-2 robotic arm to unberth and install the S6 truss. He also served as Loadmaster, Rendezvous Mission Specialist and Crew Medical Officer.
Entrepreneur, Design Engineer, Inventor (11 patents) and Problem Solver.
Inventor and Developer, VoxVerus (2010), a social networking system designed to promote communication between the voters and their elected officials.
Founder, President, Regan Designs (1995 –present) specializing in designing electromechanical products for other companies in medical, aerospace, defense, marine and automotive industries.
Developer of the Chelton Flight Systems IDU-I, IDU-III, IDU-IV, ADAHRS and related hardware.
Flight Data Recovery Consultant to the NTSB.
Developed hardware for Liquid Robotics that won the 2010 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation AWARD.
Co-Founder of Schilling Development (1986), a world leading producer of advanced telemanipulator systems for hazardous environments. Designed robotic “arms” that were used to explore the Titanic, recover sunken Spanish treasure and recently to seal the Gulf Oil Well leak.
Co-Founder, President, Regan Stent (1986-1995) Coronary Vascular stents.
Inventor, Electronic Flight Bag (1997) Self contained tablet computer for commercial aviation navigation. Designed Northstar
Member, American Mensa High IQ society (1993-present) 99.9 percentile ranking.
Builder, Regan Lancair IV-P (1992-1995) High performance (300 MPH) experimental aircraft.
Instrument Rated Private Pilot, (1996-present)
Winner, 1996 Great Cross Country Air Race
Founder, President, Genesis Engineering (1982-1986) High performance engine development for motorsports.
Founder, Porschetech Inc. (1977-1983) Porsche automobile service and racing preparation.
Designer and Builder of “Plug-In” street licensed electric car (1977)
Charles Buck heads up the
Dr. Buck was previously Chief Scientific Officer at Oridis Biomed in
Mr. Michael Brown, Vice President, Mountain West Bank,
Mr. Brown has extensive involvement in Small Business Administration type lending since 1982 and currently manage the Spokane SBA office for Mountain West Bank.
His 35 plus years of experience in banking, small business start-ups and lending is incredible.
Karl was born in
He was able to fulfill his life-long goal of having a job and living in
While in office, he finished the county’s comprehensive land use plan, gave county employees living wage increases, lobbied the state for property tax reform, funded water quality improvement projects on Priest and
He lives in Sandpoint with his wife Tiffany. They are the proud parents of Hattie Jane and Henry.
Mr. Bob Smith will be speaking at our next meeting on September 6th at 2:00 at the Bird Aviation and Invention Museum. If you'd like to join us please R.S.V.P. at events@birdaviationmuseum.
Based in Sun Valley,
Building on that goggle heritage and extending its expertise, Smith Sport Optics has gone on to set the standard for high performance eye-ware and goggles. Innovation over the years include the Fog-X® anti-fog coating, PMT Perforated Membrane Technology lens ventilation system, patented Turbo C.A.M. Constant air Management system, patented Regulator adjustable lens ventilation system, patented Roll Off’s film advance system for motocross, patented ODS (Ocular Docking System) prescription insert and patented Slider series sunglasses, the most innovative interchangeable lens sunglass available.
Today, Smith Optics, Inc. has become synonymous with innovative, durable, top-quality products in the eyewear and goggle market. The company is also recognized for its unparalleled team roster, which boasts some of the top names in biking, motocross, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, skateboarding and wakeboarding. Like many other companies, Smith utilizes team input as a key element of new product introductions. In addition, however, Smith athletes are actively involved in the development process for performance testing and coloration selection.
The corporate headquarters are in
Smith products are sold worldwide in more than 50 countries through specialty and sporting goods stores. From Smith’s distortion-free Tapered Lens Technology to the versatility of the Slider Series, with it patented, interchangeable lens system, its devotion to excellence, innovation and style has mad Smith goggles and sunglasses the choice of action-sport athletes worldwide. Smith products represent authentic sports gear, researched and tested by a dedicated group of employees and athletes that live and breathe the lifestyle.
Thomas Aisenbrey is a graduate of Colorado Audio Institute where he was certified as a sound engineer and a electronics engineer. He then went on to work for Litton, a large corporation that owned the biggest oil field exploration company in the world, was the biggest military contractor in the world, the biggest ship builders in the world amongst many other multi faceted manufacturing industries that he was able to influence and be a part of . You may even remember Litton as being one of the first commercial microwave oven manufactures seen in kitchens across