Mr. Hoot is president and founder of Software Systems
Consulting, an engineering design firm specializing
in computerized robotics, instrumentation and signal
processing hardware and software. He is a graduate electrical
and computer engineer (University of Michigan '75) and
has been a avid amateur astronomer for over 40 years.
Among his accomplishments are the design and development
of the Meade Autostar telescope controller firmware,
design and development of several commercial CCD imagers
and autoguiders. He is the designer and builder of the
Hoot-Vega Radio Telescope in Benson Arizona. An active
observer from his automated observatory, his interests
include astro imaging, photometry, astrometry, spectroscopy,
radio astronomy, automated data collection and analysis.
A popular lecturer and JPL Solar System Ambassador since
2001, he has presented at RTMC, IAPPP, AstroImage, MWI
CUREA, TIE Workshops and at astronomy clubs throughout
the southwest. His affiliations include IEEE, ACM, ASP,
OCA, IAPPP, OPTAS. JPL SS Ambassadors and MWOA.