David Rogers

Vietnam Veteran

Electrical Engineer

Born in Iowa, his family moved to Southern California where he grew up in Santa Monica and Malibu and graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1965. He attended UC Berkeley (Engineering Physics) and UCLA before joining the U.S. Navy for four years (Vietnam Vet). Upon completion of service in 1972 (ETR-2) he enrolled in the school of Engineering at UC Santa Barbara where he finished his BSEE in 1974, and MSEE in 1976.

After graduating from Santa Monica High School, David attended UC Berkeley and UCLA as a Physics major. In 1970 David enlisted in the Navy. He served on two ships: as a member of the commissioning crew on the USS Wichita (AOR-1), and on the USS Mataco (ATF-86), an ocean-going tug boat. David trained as a radar technician (ETR2) and served one 9-month tour in Vietnam in 1971. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, and thanks for the GI Bill, he continued his education at UCSB and graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Electrical Engineering.  David credits his Navy experience as a radar technician for guiding him to his decision to become an Electrical Engineer.

As a senior at UCSB he was accepted as a work-study student at the Santa Barbara Research Center (Hughes Aircraft) and later as a Hughes Fellow while obtaining his Master’s degree, becoming a full-time employee upon graduation. He retired 32 years later after working on NASA instruments for space. During that time SBRS became part of GMHE.

David retired in 2006 and joined Stellar Solutions, Inc. working as a on-site representative for NASA-GSFC performing engineering oversight. He is currently working in that capacity at Lockheed Martin Company in Palo Alto, CA for the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) program; an instrument for the GOES-R mission.

Community Volunteer
David has been a team member of Walk To Emmaus and Kairos prison ministry, including team leadership positions (Lay Director and Rector) and membership positions on their boards.

David enjoys being physically active. Chief among his favorite activities are hiking, swimming and sailing in Idaho, guitar, reading Sci-Fi and Tom Clancy novels, and Sudoku. He also loves watching his eldest son, Todd Rogers (Olympic Gold Medalist in Men’s Beach Volley Ball – Bejing 2008) play beach volleyball, and he is still trying to learn Japanese so he can communicate with younger son Dean’s in-laws. He has been happily married to wife Heidi for 41 years.

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