Jay was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 14, 1949.
grew up in a family which ran a small portrait photography business.
As a youth, Jay
had a strong interest in electronics and all things technical.
Ham ticket (WA9OHS) at the age of 13.
After graduating from High School in 1967, Jay joined the US Air Force and was trained as an electronic technician for inertial navigation systems for missiles and photo mapping systems, rising to the rank of SSgt.
was assigned to the Air Force Cartographic and Geodesic Services.
This assignment took him around the globe, with long term temporary duty assignments in Alaska, Brazil, Pago Pago and a short stop in Vietnam.
Upon discharge in 1973, Jay enrolled in the engineering program at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee where he received his BSEE with honors in 1976 and his MSCS with honors in 1977.
At this point, Jay considered his offers and accepted a job with Hewlett-Packard's Desktop Computer Division.
worked on I/O code and hardware for the 9845, 9835 and later the series 200.
was responsible for the LIF file formats and also worked on the Rocky Mountain Basic definition as well as the initial HP-UX investigation.
In 1981, Jay transferred to Santa Rosa, Ca where he worked in the Signal Analysis Division.
developed firmware for the 70000 Series Modular Spectrum Analyzer family.
Jay and his family longed to return to Colorado and did so in 1984, joining the Loveland Division.
A strong interest in making sense of the numerous conflicting instrument command formats led Jay
into championing and inventing the SCPI common instrument command set, which is now widely used throughout the industry.
received a patent for this work.
attention to the problem of drivers.
Holding the whimsical title of "Driver Czar", Jay
was responsible for development of virtually all instrument drivers for VEE as well as the VXIPlug&Play driver set.
As a member and Interoperability chair of the VXIplug&play Alliance, Jay authored several of the VPP standards documments.
In the last several years, Jay
has turned his
attention back to products.
developed the low level I/O (SICL) drivers for the 82350 PCI-GPIB Card.
also developed much of the code for the IntuiLink product, which provided toolbar instrument control from MS Word and Excel.
In 2001, Jay left Agilent to join with Les, Bill and Cindy to form Complete Test, a company with a dedication to doing the job right.
Jay is the secretary of the IEEE p1451.0 working group (Common Functions and Protocols, and TEDS Formats Working Group) and a member of the IEEE p1451.5 (wireless sensor) working group.