My name is Dick Jones and I was born and raised in a small town
in northern California called Willits. After high school graduation I went
into the Air Force for four years and spent almost the entire tour of duty
in England. I then went to college in Oregon and finally started to work
as a mechanical engineer in 1966. Since then I have had job titles like
design engineer, production engineer, payload engineer and so on. I am
a commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings and am a photographer.
I like flying, water skiing, tennis, golf, swimming and pretty much anything
that doesn't involve work. I retired from Sandia National Laboratory in 2003 and
have been consulting for them since then. I still have an aerial photography
business and my wife and I help babysit four of our six grandkids. I also talk
to school kids about career choices.