In 1999 Tom joined Argonne National Laboratory as a student intern, eventually staying as a Software Engineer for the Plant Analysis & Control and NDE Sensors Group of the Nuclear Science and Engineering Division. He writes programming for modeling, motion control, data acquisition, and data analysis in the microwave, millimeter-wave, and terahertz sensors labs.
He received a B.S. degree in physics with minors in math and computer science from La Sierra University in 1998 and an M.S. degree in Physics from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2004.
In 2007 he received an R&D 100 award from R&D Magazine for the invention Passive Millimeter-Wave Spectrometer for Remote Chemical Detection
Tom currently has five U.S. patents:
- US 7,495,218 (2009) Passive Millimeter Wave Spectrometer for Remote Detection of Chemical Plumes [apparatus]
- US 7,888,645 (2011) Passive Millimeter Wave Spectrometer for Remote Detection of Chemical Plumes [methods]
- US 8,686,362 (2014) Millimeter Wave Sensor for Far-Field Standoff Vibrometry
- US 8,941,061 (2015) Compressive Passive Millimeter Wave Imager
- US 9,103,904 (2015) Interferometric Millimeter Wave and THz Wave Doppler Radar