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State University, 1988.
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Portland State University, 1988.
M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Portland State University, 1989.
...........Optical Engineer, Spectra Physics Corp., Eugene, Oregon, 1989.
...........Engineer, General Dynamics Corp., Fort Worth, TX, 1989-1990.
Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Portland State University, 1995.
...........Assistant Professor, Murray State University, 1995-1998.
...........Assistant Professor, Eastern Oregon University, 1998-present.
r. Tovar received a Bachelor of Science degree in both Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Portland State University in 1988. He continued his studies under the tutelage of Lee W. Casperson, and received a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1989 while teaching a senior-level lasers courseand a recitation dealing with the UNIX operating system. In addition, he performed experiments with a synchronously pumped mode-locked dye laser that were published. After graduation, he took a temporary research position with the Retail Systems Division of Spectra Physics Corp. in Eugene, Oregon. During his half year stay at Spectra Physics, he invented a method for extending the depth of field of lasers for bar code scanning applications. He then took a research position with the Fort Worth Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas. At General Dynamics, he contributed to the design, investigation, and implementation of a proprietary Air Force Contract Research and Development (CRAD) Laser-based inspection system for complex contoured composite materials in high performance military aircraft. After spending approximately a year and a half at General Dynamics, he returned to Portland State University to commence his doctoral studies. While a doctoral student, he taught their electromagnetics sequence for three years and published several articles in archival journals. Immediately after obtaining his doctorate in 1995, he took a position as an assistant professor of physics and engineering at Murray State University, in Murray, Kentucky. While at Murray State University, Dr. Tovar became a licensed Engineer-In-Training. In 1998, he returned home to Oregon taking another assistant professor of physics and engineering position with Eastern Oregon University, in La Grande. He has been there since that time.
While he is very active in journal publication, Dr. Tovar is also active in giving presentations, an has been invited to be on the program committee for the Laser Resonators section of Photonics West 2000 in San Jose, California. He is a member of the electrical engineering honor society Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) and the research honor society Sigma Xi. Dr. Tovar's Biographical Listing is regularly published in the Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, the Sigma Xi Who's Who publication, and the Marquis Who's Who in the World.
Dr. Tovar is also a member of the following technical societies: Optical Society of America (OSA), American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), Pacific Northwest Association of College Physics Teachers (PNACP), and the Oregon Academy of Science (OAS).