Private sector involvement in public education typically means grants or seats on a leadership board. Here at Northwest Nuclear Laboratories we define private sector involvement as passionate industry professionals working directly with youth to share knowledge and wisdom.
President and founder. Carl Greninger has worked at Microsoft Corporation for the last 19 years and is currently the IT manager for Devices and Engineering Services Worldwide. He has worked in the field of Computer Engineering for over 45 years and has spent over 15 years working for the US Army, Navy and Air Force. He also worked at the Boeing Space Flight Facility during the Apollo Missions and provided critical support to computer systems used by the Hanford Nuclear reservation during the cold war.
Vice President. Gordon enlisted in the US Navy immediately after high school where he both helped run naval nuclear reactors and served as a rescue swimmer. After leaving the Navy he found his love in the blossoming computer industry and earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Programming at the University of Washington. Gordon worked for UW Medicine implementing General Ledger and ERP systems before earning his MBA at the Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington. He held managerial roles at UW Medicine and CHI Healthcare as well as serving for 6 years on the Group Health (now Kaiser) Leadership Advisory Board before leaving healthcare and starting a small technology company. Gordon is currently engaged with Microsoft as a Project Manager helping improve global governance of PKI.
Leadership Board Member. Currently retired, David spent 23 years teaching. He earned his BA in Zoology at Ohio State, conducted graduate education at the University of Texas and was certified by Texas A&M to teach Biology, Physical Science, and Chemistry. David is a member of the National Science Teachers Association and Washington Science Teachers Association. He is the founder and editor of newsletter for Texas Teachers of Physical Science.
David obtained his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho. He has over thirty years of experience working on medical linear particle accelerators used in cancer treatments. He has co-authored multiple professional journal articles related to field research, including international collaboration. His professional interests include mixed-signal electronics design and mechatronics.
Christopher is co-founder and CEO of RBC Signals, a provider of global satellite communication "infrastructure as a service." Richins began his career as an RF Communications Engineer at Boeing Sea Launch, where he supported multiple launch campaigns from the ship-based equatorial launch site. After business school, he completed an internship with SpaceX before joining Bain & Company as a management consultant. Post Bain, Richins held management roles at Arkyd Astronautics (Planetary Resources), Space Angels Network, Expedia, and Applause. Richins earned an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Fellow, a Masters Degree in Astronautics from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He lives with his family near Seattle, WA.
George is currently a Hardware Design Verification Engineer at Microsoft, working with Wi-Fi and test automation. He started his career in electronics working with Fire Control Radar on the McDonnell Douglas F4 Phantom II Jet and later graduated from the University of Washington in 1995 with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering with emphasis in Digital Signal Processing (DSP). After a brief career as a video game programmer he returned to the hardware side of the house and has worked with worldwide regulatory compliance for networking and communications devices, including the design of low noise circuits to meet regulatory emission limits and Co-authored a patent “Network based Location Aware Configuration."
Jerry is a National Board Certified mathematics instructor with 38 years of experience teaching math through College level Calculus and Statistics. He has worked with Northwest Nuclear Laboratories for five years. Jerry received his BA in Mathematics in 1979 and his MBA in Financial Management in 1996 graduating Suma Cum Laude. In 2014, he was Western Washington AFA Teacher of the Year and in 2015 he was awarded Washington State Teacher of the Year. He has helped lead numerous individual students and teams of students to The WSU Imagine Tomorrow Science Fairs, the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair and Intel International Science and Engineering Fair since 2012.
Dr. Yi studied at Gwangju Science High School. She earned a Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees with a focus on mechanics at KAIST in Daejeon. In 2008 Dr. Yi was selected to be an astronaut to represent South Korea and began training with the Russian Federal Space Agency. Dr. Yi spent 10 days on the International Space Station where she conducted 18 experiments. Dr. Yi is the only South Korean astronaut and the 3rd woman to enter space. Dr. Yi earned her MBA from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley. Soyeon is currently a global professional speaker and Engineering Physics Professor at Everett Community College