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PRESTON BARBER TO SPEAK AT THE 2016 PHYSIC SPRING ALUMNI BANQUET

Preston Barber

The SWOSU Division of Physics will host its annual Physics Spring Alumni Banquet on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 7:00 PM at the Stafford Air and Space Museum.  Preston Barber, Airport Radars Systems Manager for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will be our speaker.

Preston was born in Weatherford, OK and grew up in Oklahoma City. He graduated from Putnam City High school in 1973 and spent four years in the US Air Force where he repaired automatic pilots and compasses. After leaving the Air Force he attended SWOSU graduating with a B.S. in Physics in 1982.

Following college he managed the Electronics Technology Laboratory at OSU and worked at Boeing Military Airplane Company and Frontier Engineering. Since December of 1989 he has worked for the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City and Washington D.C. He has worked on, led and managed teams deploying the following surveillance systems:  ASRS-4:  A 3D, 250 NM Air route Surveillance radar; ATCBI-6:  A modern Air Traffic Control Beacon Interrogator with Mode-S capability; ASR-11: The FAA’s newest Airport Surveillance radar; and ADS-B: Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast, a GPS based surveillance technology.

Preston currently manages and leads a team that provides worldwide engineering support for 200 radar based surveillance systems operated by the FAA and Department of Defense.

Preston’s FAA career has taken him to destinations in Italy, England, Scotland, Brussels, and Amarillo, Texas. He now  lives in Oklahoma City with Letricia, his wife of thirty-seven years.  They have two daughters Kelly and Tracy.

Tickets for the banquet are $20 each and may be paid for at the door, but we need a head count by Wednesday, March 30, so we ask that you make reservations by email (physics@swosu.edu), phone (580/774-3109), FAX (580/774-3115), snail mail (c/o Terry Goforth, 100 Campus Dr., Weatherford, OK 73096) or in person.  We look forward to seeing you there!

SHISH-KEBAB!  COME FOR THE FOOD, THE COMPANY, THE VIEW…JUST COME!

The annual Physics Shish-kebab will be at Crowder Lake on Saturday, April 30, 2016.  The food will be served up around 6 p.m., but of course, we encourage you to come early to enjoy the lake and environs, the scenery, and the company!  There’s plenty to do including hiking, canoeing, fishing, wildlife watching, and so on.

There’s always plenty of delicious food, and as always, we’ll induct the new Physics Club officers (with improvised oaths) and present the Iggies--the “awards” that were “missed” at the banquet.  You don’t need a reservation, but if you let us know you’re coming, we can plan the food accordingly.  We hope to see you!