Alumnus Profile: Lindsay O’Brien Quarrie, PhD, BSECE ’91
Current City: Socorro, New Mexico
What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
Shortly after graduating, I began working and attended graduate school for electrical engineering in Philadelphia.
What do you do for a living now? What does a typical work week look like for you?
Currently, I am an engineering professor at the National University School of Engineering and Computing in San Diego, California. Additionally, I serve as chairman, chief technology officer (CTO) and chief executive officer (CEO) of Space Sciences Corp. A typical workweek consists of designing and building man-portable flying saucers, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircrafts, drones, satellites, semiconductors and microelectronics, field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) and application specific integrated circuits (ASIC), and radiation effects. I am also a subject-matter expert on radiation effects, experimental design, very-large-scale integration (VLSI) design, transputers, communicating sequential processes (CSP), driverless cars, counter/responsible-artificial intelligence and machine learning, cybersecurity and low energy nuclear reactions (LENR) fusion.
In what ways did your CoE experience have an impact on your career and who you are today?
My experience serving as vice president of the University of Miami (UM) Institute of Electrical and Electronics and Engineers (IEEE) student chapter has propelled me to serve as a senior member of the IEEE. The College of Engineering (CoE) also motivated me to complete my UM degree in 3 years as well as pursue my master’s degree and PhD in materials engineering. I still use the discipline I gained during my time at the CoE to persevere and solve difficult problems. My experience as a successful engineer and professor has encouraged a lot of students to reach their potential. I precisely remember my very successful senior design project nurturing my innovation and giving me the knowledge to develop a new product.
Describe your most memorable moment as a student at the College of Engineering (CoE).
My most memorable moment was visiting NASA and the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant between 1990 and 1991. Specifically, I remember being impressed by the application of engineering to do larger than life things for humanity.
What advice would you give to younger alumni or current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
I’d tell them to stick with it, create your own opportunities, become a consultant and actively seek to play more than one role in your career. Also, make sure you gain an understanding of business, filing patents and the development new products.
How would you describe CoE in seven words or less?
An excellent opportunity for life changing experiences!