After graduation from the University of California, Irvine, Ray Chandos completed UCI’s graduate program in teacher education and received the California Standard Secondary teaching credential. Following a decade of work as a technician, engineer, and published author in the electronics and optics industries, he received the California Community College lifetime teaching credential in engineering, and began teaching at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. Two years later, he moved to Irvine Valley College (then Saddleback College North Campus) where he developed the university-transferable degree and certificate program in Electronic Technology.
Throughout his 35-year teaching career, Ray has worked to make Electronics accessible, understandable, and enjoyable for students of all ages and backgrounds, and helped many become successfully employed in the industry.
His publications include "RS Flip-Flop Locks RC Oscillator to Power Line Frequency," Electronic Design, January 22, 1981, and “Radiometric Properties of Isothermal, Diffuse Wall Cavity Sources,” Applied Optics, 13, 2142, September 1974.
Terry Schmidt is Professor Emeritus from Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire where he was Professor of Electronics for 26 years. He has been an adjunct professor in the Electronic Technology program at Irvine Valley College since 2006.
As an active electrical engineer and program manager for several industrial and aerospace companies for more than 35 years, he has accumulated a vast knowledge of these industries that he brings to the classroom to enhance the learning experiences of his students.
In addition to his electronics engineering background, he is also a software engineer, having written many embedded control programs in C, C++, Visual Basic, and FPGA designs in Verilog and VHDL languages. Motion control and robotic systems are also favorite fields of electromechanical system design in which he has acquired vast experience. His engineering work has taken him around the world to facilities of IBM, Raytheon, SGS, and ITT; overseeing the installation and deployment of some of his system designs.
His formal education includes sixty+ credits in postgraduate courses in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and University of New Hampshire. He received his master of science degree, and his bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stout.