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Tau Beta Pi Alumnus Eminent Engineer - Michael Petera

August 8, 2013

Mike graduated from UW in 1978 with a BSEE. He also completed 28 hours in the MSEE Program at Arizona State University. For the first nine years of his career, Mike worked for Sperry Flight Systems in Phoenix, AZ and Albuquerque, NM.  Mike designed video data processing and communications hardware for the display systems used on the F-15, AH-64 and other military aircraft. For two years, Mike was the Director of Engineering at Alphasil, Inc., the first Silicon-Valley manufacturer of large-area, active-matrix liquid crystal displays.  Mike designed the electronic interfaces for all display products and collaborated with large defense contractors and airframe manufacturers regarding electrical, mechanical, and environmental performance.

From 1988 through 2002, Mike was the Vice President of Engineering at Three-Five Systems, an Arizona based manufacturer of cellular phone displays. Mike created and managed cross-functional teams of over 100 engineers and technicians. During this time, Three-Five revenues grew from $4 million per year to over $250 million per year. Three-Five was the fastest growing company on Wall Street in 1994, with a growth rate of 850%. In 1997, Mike was recognized as the Arizona Innovator of the Year for his technical contribution to liquid crystal display technology. In 2002, Mike founded VoiceViewer Technologies to develop speech recognition applications for nursing informatics. Using smartphone technology, the application gathers real-time patient data, utilizing the wireless infrastructure of existing medical facilities, and seamlessly integrates into the patients’ electronic medical record.  Since 2010, the company has been run by an investment group based in Chicago. Presently, Mike is employed by Basin Electric Power Cooperative and serves as the Electrical Engineer at the Laramie River Station in Wheatland, WY. Mike holds three patents in Liquid Crystal Display Technology and one pending patent in Speech Recognition software applications for Nursing Informatics. Mike is a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer in Wyoming. Mike was a charter member of the UW College of Engineering National Advisory Board, serving as a general member between 1997 and 2001, and as Chairman from 1999 through 2001.  Mike was also a charter member of the Wyoming Business Council, appointed by Governor Geringer serving as a general member between 1998 and 2002, and as Vice-Chairman from 2002 through 2003. Mike was the recipient of the Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative Champion award in 2003. He received the Champion Award in recognition of his vital role in helping to establish Wyoming’s Phase 0 SBIR Program, widely acknowledged to be one of the most successful state SBIR initiatives in the country.

Mike is married to Catherine and lives in Casper and Wheatland.


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