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Q&A: Stephan Lubbers (Sensory Innovation)

Stephan Lubbers
Written by Nan Price
Stephan Lubbers enjoys sensing technology. He is a creative engineer and inventor whose designs often build on his need to monitor data and figure out how things work. Steve and I recently discussed some of his designs, his contest-entry process, his thoughts on the future of embedded technology, and what's currently happening on his workbench.—Nan Price, Associate Editor NAN: Where are you located? STEVE: I live in Dayton, OH. NAN: Where did you go to school and what did you study? STEVE: My formal education is a BS in Computer Science from Wright State University, Fairborn, OH. Outside of schools, I’ve taught myself many things ranging from radio electronics to achieving an extra class amateur radio license, to assorted computer languages, to FPGA programming—all from just sitting down and saying, “Let’s learn this.” NAN: Tell us about your current occupation. STEVE: I am employed as a Senior Software Engineer at Beijing West Industries, where I develop embedded systems that go under the hood of high-end automobiles. (BWI is the owner of what was once General Motors’s Suspension and Brakes components company.) If your “Service Vehicle Soon” light comes on, I may have written the code behind it. NAN: Tell us about your technical interests. STEVE: My technical interests fall into two categories. I like to build systems around new sensing technologies and I build systems to support ham radio. I never really thought about specific technical interests until I was asked this question. Looking at the Circuit Cellar contests I’ve entered and exploring my parts closet, I discovered that I have an abundance of sensors and sensor systems. When a new sensing device comes out, I often get one, play with it, and then look around for something to do with it. That usually results in an invention of some kind. I’ve analyzed the motion of rodeo bu
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Q&A: Stephan Lubbers (Sensory Innovation)

by Nan Price time to read: 12 min