Gerald Rigdon

693 Mulberry Lane · Mendota Heights, MN 55118 · (651) 328-1763 · mail@rigdonhouse.com

I'm a software engineer, entrepreneur, author, blockchain enthusiast, and former minister (no doubt a surprise to post Y2K associates).

My computer science education was non-traditional. I spent 3 years in college, took a break, spent a decade in industry, then returned to complete my Bachelors.

In 30 years of engineering I've covered a lot of bases: Electronics, Embedded Safety Critical Systems, Firmware, Scripting, SQL and Databases, Test Systems, Manufacturing Stations, Desktop, Mobile, Web, and recently Blockchain Applications.

My entrepreneurial endeavors started circa 1986 when I wrote a cutting edge Bible Translation PC Application pre-Microsoft Windows. Ten years later I had built my first commercial project which I did from A-Z...the electronics, mechanical & assembly, firmware, desktop application, sales & marketing. More recent endeavors have included building an e-commerce air purifier store.

As an author I've published a novel and penned an award winning screenplay. I've also written a few technical White Papers.

I have a keen interest in blockchain technologies and actively work on personal hobby projects.

During my time in the ministry I spent many years immersed in Biblical studies including New Testament Greek. I preached numerous sermons to audiences ranging in size from hundreds to thousands and faced a crisis of conscience that resulted in a separation from the ministry and religion in 1998.

Finally, I'm the proud father of 2 wonderful boys.


Education

Northeastern University (2014)
  • Master of Science - Regulatory Affairs


Regis University (2002)
  • Master of Arts - MBA


Regents College (1998)
  • Bachelor of Science - Computer Systems


Cleveland Institute of Electronics (1993)
  • Diploma - Analog and Digital Electronics


Lake Sumter State College (1984)
  • Associate of Science - Computer Science

Corporate Experience

Medical Devices

Fellow - Boston Scientic Software Engineering

Advisory role that includes Class III implantable design, solving difficult technical issues across multiple projects, oversight of safety critical software design patterns and static analysis techniques.

Pacemakers, Defibrillators, Diagnostic Recorders, Research Controls

2007 - Present

Dynamically Stabilized Balancing Machines

Software Engineer - Segway Product Development

Original member of the product development team of a highly visible startup company that created the world’s first commercially available dynamically stabilized balancing machine, namely, the Segway Personal Transporter. Enjoyed a wide variety of work experiences from upstream prototype concept creation, to product development and release, to downstream manufacturing and serviceability tools, as well as leading investigations for issues in fielded products and subsequent software maintenance releases.

Below are a couple of photos of the orignal "Project Ginger" firmware team taken a few months before the Good Morning America Reveal. I'm the tall, bearded one. In the center is the Gen2 production machine.

2001 - 2007

HVAC Systems

Senior Engineer - United Technologies/Carrier Electronics

Designed and implemented HVAC furnace control firmware.

1999 - 2001

Gas Burner Controls

Project Lead - Robertshaw/Invensys Engineering

Project Leader for the successful submission of a micro-controller-based gas ignition product line in compliance with the UL 1998 software safety requirements.

1998 - 1999

Industrial Instrumentation & Control Systems

Software Lead - Electron Machine Corporation

Designed and implemented real-time software applications for use in embedded systems to provide feedback for process control instrumentation in safety critical areas of industrial environments.

Refractometers, X-Ray Gauges, CO2 Analyzers, Black Liquor Recovery Boiler Monitors

1987 - 1998

Published Fiction

  • Author of novel High Striker -> Read Now



  • Author of High Striker adapted screenplay -> Read Now



    • Accepting Hollywood Crash Film Festival Screenplay Award from Steven de Souza (Running Man, Die Hard, Commando)

Published Non-Fiction

Technical Papers, Case Studies, Presentations
  • “Static Analysis”, Presentation at Perforce Conference, 2018 -> Read Now
  • "An Analytical Approach to Identifying Software Initialization Issues”, White Paper, 2012 -> Read Now
  • “Streamlining Analysis of Medical Device Software”, Case Study, 2010 -> Read Now
  • “Static Analysis Considerations for Medical Device Firmware”, White Paper, 2010 -> Read Now
  • “Static Analysis Considerations for Stack Usage”, White Paper, 2010 -> Read Now
  • “Static Analysis”, Presentation at Embedded Systems Conference, 2010 -> Read Now


Technical Reviews & U.S. Copyright
  • “Control Training with its Own Process”, Software Review, Control Engineering Magazine, 1996
  • “Tune Tutor Toolkit”, PID educational HW/SW device, U.S. Copyright TXu 792-019, 1996

Entrepreneurial

E-Commerce


Educational

It was a tutorial built around a real physical system that housed a feedback loop using a custom circuit board with an 8051 micro that drove a DC motor and potentiometer. It connected to a PC Windows Application via an RS-232 serial port.

With the PC interface the system doubled as a real PID controller with an input port and both a 0-10v and 4-20ma output signal for complete closed loop control of a process.




Religious Studies

Below is a small sample of the original text, in the Roman alphabet in ASCII codes, created by a UBS/Academic research project. It’s the Gospel of John chapter 1 verse 1:
_1.1 *)EN A)RXH=| H)=N O( LO/GOJ , KAI\ O( LO/GOJ H)=N PRO\J TO\N QEO/N , KAI\ QEO\J H)=N O( LO/GOJ .

Word for word English would be: "In beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was toward the God, and God was the Logos."

My translation software coverted that text and displayed the output in Biblical Greek using custom digitized fonts and had full interlinear capability. That was groundbreaking at the time.

In native Greek it would be: Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος. – Westcott/Hort
It’s amazing how easy it is to display it in Greek today. The above is a quick copy and paste. Not so in 1986!


Software Engineering Skills

Core


Embedded Systems


Embedded Programming Languages


General Purpose Programming Languages & Tools


Mobile Development


Web Development


Testing & Analysis


Workflows


Lifecyle & Quality Monitoring

Blockchain Portfolio

Programming Languages


Programming Frameworks & Tools


Recognition


Blockchain Project #1

Cryptocurrency Exchange -> See Exchange
Project Description: This Ethereum App is a cryptocurrency exchange. -> See Github

Blockchain Project #2

Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) Fundraiser
Project Description: This Ethereum App manages a DAO used for fundraising. -> See Github

Blockchain Project #3

Meme Coin
Project Description: This Ethereum App is for a MemeCoin. -> See Github

Blockchain Project #4

Decentralized Application (DApp) Staking
Project Description: This Ethereum App lets you stake tokens and earn rewards. -> See Github

Training & Certifications

Specialized Learning


Honor Societies


Software Certifications


Trade Certifications

Interests

Personal Fitness


Sports


Hobbies


Recreational


Music

Fun Stuff

Pac-Man World Record 1982

A few months after this photo was taken I scored 3,213,170 points in another tournament :)