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Carlos P. Avery (Ph.D., Physics, 1967; M.S., Physics, 1965; B.S., Physics, 1960)


After spending an enjoyable decade plus of my life at the University of Minnesota, I began my 40+-year career with “The Company” in 1967 as an intelligence analyst, working on Soviet science, technology, and strategic defense weapons (and the counterpart to our SDI) for about 25 years.

With the collapse of the USSR, I moved on to work on WMD proliferation and information technologies, with a stint on the infamous “Y2K” problem. I was drafted to help out with coverage on Iraq in 2003, doing night shift work for the first time, and that led to working on Iraq permanently. No more S&T for me! The good old days are over! I came to recognize the power of Web 2.0 and now work in a ‘wiki’ called Intellipedia. Starting to think about retiring, but I will not really do that. I would miss the action. As for my personal life, I have four great kids. I had a book published after some 25 years of research on the life and work of a Victorian-era Baltimore architect: “E Francis Baldwin, Architect--the B&O, Baltimore and Beyond,” Baltimore Architecture Foundation (2003).