Against All Odds

Vinnie is 18 years old, a year out of high school, and still not knowing what he would do with his life. After another argument with his father and another big to-do with his live-in brother-in-law, Vinnie knew what he must do. He went to the nearest enlistment center and enlisted in the Army for duty in Korea.
So it was that Vinnie finds himself in Korea in 1950. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781301597741
About Vincent Caggiano

Vincent Caggiano is a graduate of The University of Maryland with degrees in electrical engineering and applied math. He was inaugurated into the honor societies Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu, and continued with post-grad work at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in Biomedical Engineering.

While continuing his studies, Vincent worked at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab starting as an academic scholarship in 1955, and later as a research engineer, he worked on missile programs, artificial intelligence, space studies including a Mars probe, and early satellite programs. During the latter, he was a member of the team that developed GPS, a story that he hopes to write about in another book. During this period he also taught computer logic in the University of Maryland graduate school.

His interest in artificial intelligence led to an offer to join a team at The Walter Reed Institute of Research in Washington DC, to study single brain cells. His innovative approach resulted in the development of new instruments to record single brain cell activity, and later he was part of several teams studying Parkinson disease, physiological shock, patient monitoring systems, and a variety of other programs, where he developed additional new instruments.

Vincent founded Biomedical Electronics, a small company devoted to the development of patient monitoring and medical instruments. This company was integrated into ILC Industries, the supplier of the early space suits for astronauts. After retiring from scientific areas of endeavor, Vincent's attention turned to boating and marine activities in Virginia, then retirement.

Vincent is now retired and lives in Florida but continues to write, mostly fiction, a new venue for him. He has previously published 25 technical articles and research papers as well as chapters in books, and a text book on computer logic.

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