Dr. Robert Meier, a professional research scientist, has been a science fiction fan and amateur filker since before Star Trek first aired.
In 1981, he received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Physics from Villanova University. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology adopted his curriculum as the Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree. In 1987, Dr. Meier received an Electrical Engineering Doctorate from Stanford. He is also a Certified Flight Instructor and Licensed Radio Operator.
Simulators he built trained NASA astronauts and developed the soft dock technique used for Cryogenic Fluid Transfer Experiment (STS-57 1993), and the Sky Crane landing Curiosity (MSL 2011) on Mars. Like a real-life Dr. Susan Calvin for Fanuc Robotics, he represented US robotics industry interests in Europe.
As a volunteer, he flew ambulances, helped develop the Illinois Emergency Management Agency model, worked earthquake and tornado, disaster recovery, and provides fact-checking and technical review for open-source and not-for-profit projects.
His current interests include space colonization, information security, relativity physics, high performance computing, and aircraft design.
His DBA Custom Tools, supplies small businesses with electronics, computer, and aviation technology optimized to individual needs, including new inventions when no off-the-shelf solutions exists. He edited the FAA computerized commercial and instrument written test material.
He enjoys bicycling, hiking, swimming, trivia, geocaching, and writing filk including Ode to NavStar II, Cryptographic Pseudo-Random Number Generator,
and Ballad of FreeFall.