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Bob Akaki (B.S. 1973, Advisor: G. Freier)


My advisor was Professor George Freier. After graduation I worked at Northwestern Bell.

I’m divorced now with two children, a single parent since 1989. I am retired after 30 years with telephone company, Northwestern Bell, US West, Qwest, and two years with IBM. For the last 25 years I have been a programmer/analyst with 18 years as systems programmer. My favorite memories are Dr. Freier's many demonstrations during General Physics. Also the "Star of Bethleham" Lecture, by Dr. Kaufmanis. My favorite courses were General Physics and later Cloud Mechanics taught by Dr. Freier. I did not have a job where my Physics degree was directly applicable, but the skills and thought processes and scientific methods I learned helped make me successful. I was able to develop a system and write papers to implement processes used throughout the old Bell system, some of which are still relevant today.