Profile: Ghery S. Pettit

Personal background
I'm a 68 year old electrical engineer, retired from a major semi-conductor manufacturer and now consulting in the area of electromagnetic compatibility. I grew up in eastern Washington state and graduated from Washington State University too many years ago. I'm involved in international standards bodies and industry associations and am a Past President of the IEEE EMC Society. When not on the road for consulting work I enjoy spending time with my wife flying (private pilot), sailing or other activties. We have two grown children and 5 grandchildren, so they keep us quite entertained. I'm an amateur radio operator, as well.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Looking at the magnitude and magnificence of God's creation, I cannot imagine that He did not create images of Himself elsewhere in the universe. While each one of us is special in His eyes, His love and care are infinite. To think that we are the only ones that He created is the height of conceit. When and how we find extraterrestrial life is hard to predict, but I am certain that we will at some time in the future.

I run SETI@home for the simple scientific joy of it. The data is there. Why not help with the analysis? This is an amazing project with international support. Not a big thing in the overall scheme of things, but a nice start. It's like my professional society - people from around the world working on a common project. A good start. Perhaps someday we can figure out how to do it (work together) on a larger scale, for the common good of mankind.
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