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Terry started soldering circuits over 70 years ago. He is an Engineer who has designed radio stations, recording studios, broadcast equipment, intelligent machines and special computer languages for IBM, and has worked as a broadcast journalist covering elections, fires, riots and Woodstock. He has worked on Computers that Sense and Control "Things" for the past 45 years, from Automated machines to Chip Testers to Home/Building Automation and now Arduino for many different applications. He has 'retired' several times during the past 20 years, and followed Mary Alice in living in Africa, China and the Middle East, bringing his Electronics Lab and Camera with him. Now he is writing the http://ArduinoInfo.Info WIKI and running the shop at [YourDuino.com] with Mary Alice and our good Chinese friend Jun Peng.
Mary Alice Osborne:
Mary Alice has worked as a bus driver, costume designer, art teacher, computer coordinator, technology teacher, and technical illustrator and has teaching degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education from the University of Vermont, and a Masters in Information Science from Syracuse. She was the Director of the SPARK! talent development program and Library Media Specialist at Waits River Valley School in rural Vermont. Since then, Mary Alice has designed and run Libraries at several International Schools in North Africa (Tunisia), China (Shekou) and Saudi Arabia where she designed 3 new libraries for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Recently she was Head Librarian at the International School of Genoa (Italy), Head Librarian of Hanover High School near Dartmouth College, and now is Librarian at Barre City Vermont schools. She is working on Educational Materials and Marketing for this WIKI and YourDuino.com and starting a MakerSpace in her school. Together, Mary Alice and Terry have 6 children and 14 grandchildren, most of whom are already Making Things.
Jun Yuan Peng:
"Peng" grew up in GaoPing Village, Hunan, China where he lived for several years with Grandpa and Grandma Peng. His Grandparents were a great influence on him. Peng says, "My Grandfather never treated me as a child. Every morning he asked me, 'What is the date today? What do we need to do today? What tools do we need?'." Peng's Grandmother was a teacher of English and Russian and Peng still can quote a large set of phrases in 3 languages. Peng was a student at a Technical College in Hunan for two years, when he was asked to teach, which he did as he completed his degree.
In 2007 Peng met Terry and Mary Alice, who lived in China for 2 years. They became great friends, and Terry traveled several times to Peng's hometown in Ping Jiang County in Hunan where he met much of Peng's family and stayed with them in the villages. In 2011 two of Terry's Grandsons met him in Hong Kong and traveled with Peng to the villages and mountains of Hunan. They spoke at 3 different schools in Hunan, played Vermont fiddle music and met many High School students. Today, Peng's and Terry's families are good friends. Peng married a couple of years ago and he and his wife Hong have two sons. Peng runs the China part of YourDuino.com where his talent and ability in finding Arduino-oriented products at a good price in the Shenzhen, China marketplace is the key to YourDuino.com's success.
Barry is Terry's oldest son. He has an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Vermont, and 20+ years of experience in designing microcomputer-based systems. He has designed many of the products at [renewablenrgsystems.com/] which is a Vermont USA based company specializing in Wind Energy instrumentation and controls. Barry has 4 children, 3 graduated from University with 2 teaching in rural Vermont and one Engineering buildings, and one currently in University in London. Two of Barry's sons spent time with Peng in China a few years ago. Barry has designed many dozens of printed circuit boards and will be designing new products which you will hear about here.
Kufirre (Kufy) Ebong:
Kufy has a B.Eng. in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, and he is working on detailed code for our more complex projects, specializing in RaspberryPi and Internet Of Things. He will be mostly working as an Embedded Systems Engineer/Firmware Developer. Kufy is usually in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He just completed his National Service and is setting up his workspace to prototype projects for us. He has done a lot of work/teaching with local schools, taught Electronic Design Automation (EDA) to Masters Students in Telecommunication in CITE, and produced "Arduino Day" in Port Harcourt in March. He has done complex projects like License Plate Recognition, Wi-Fi enabled lights, and other Internet Of Things projects.