My name is Brian Lasher and I am a 42-year-old, highly intelligent hardware / software engineer living in Bellaire, Texas. I possess a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, which I received in 1996, from Texas A&M University. I also possess a knack for programming, having 25+ years experience programming just about anything and everything.
In 1981, my father brought home a Apple II+. Part holiday present for the family, part tool for his business, he quickly became fascinated with the machine…. and so did I. I did what I could to learn everything about this new magical machine, following him to User’s Group conventions and whatnot, and after receiving a book on Applesoft BASIC for my birthday, I set out learning how to program.
By the time I had entered the eighth grade, the Texas Board of Education had added a “Computer Literacy” requirement to the curriculum for that grade. Lucky for me, my school used an Apple IIe for the course, and having the luxury of having had more experience with machine than most adults, much less my peers, my wonderful teacher, Coach Paul Thornton, who also taught my honors algebra class, allowed me to help out with teaching the class.
While most of my peers were programming hangman for their final project, I programmed a version of the popular video game, “Break Out”, and even brought in my joy stick from home to demonstrate. Later that year, as a reward, Coach took myself and two of my schoolmates to Memorial High School’s Fourth Annual Junior High Computer Programming Competition where we placed 2nd out of teams across the entire Houston metropolitan area.
At Klein High School, I was once again blessed with an array of phenomenal math teachers, one of whom even received a 1600 on her SAT. Unfortunately, I was more interested in hanging out with my friends than going to math comeptitions, and I failed to utilize this resource that would, eventually, cultivate my younger brother into the number one math student in the state of Texas in 1994.
I was, however, able to accomplish several things, graduating in the top 10% of my class without even trying, scoring a 1390 on my SAT (originally a 1310, but adjusted just a few years after I graduated), and securing entrance on partial academic scholarship to Texas A&M University College of Engineering.
After high school graduation, I spent the next 5 years at Texas A&M University, where I received multiple “Distinguised Student” awards. In August, 1996, I received my B.S. in Electrical Engineering, graduating with a 3.1 GPA
After conducting a survey of leading employment recruiters, the Wall Street Journal ranked Texas A&M 2nd nationally, as “most likely to help students land a job in key careers and professions”. In 2009, the National Science Foundation recognized Texas A&M as one of the top 20 research institutions.
I spent the first 13 years of my career working in the semiconductor industry as a DSP product engineering experience for Texas Instruments. At TI, I worked in their Digital Signal Processor Division, doing product development work for numerous processors, software development to automate various development procedures, and intense statistical analysis of parameters in order to improve manufacturability and cost reduction.
Over the course of my career at TI, years, I also was instrumental in training numerous graduate students, interning to fulfill requirements of their Ph.D. program, as well as young engineers in a department that grew from ten engineers to over one hundred fifty.
While lately the applications I have developed have been limited mostly to brochure websites, e-commerce web sites, I was fortunate to help launch sites that received ~100K hits in their fist month of operation. At Texas Instruments, the applications I wrote boasted user-bases of anywhere from 100s of users to 1000s. For the most part they were quickly adopted due to their intuitive UI designs.
Time and time again the applications proved to be valuable assets to the company, be it through insuring ISO-9000 compliant document management, saving countless hours in engineering time through process automation, and saving countless dollars by opened new information avenues through statistical analysis of manufacturing data.