Systems Engineer, Research and Development for the UFO Data Acquisition Project (UFODAP)
Developed complete mechanical, electronic and software design and documentation from proof-of-concept in 2014
BS, Engineering and Computer Science 1973 and MS, Computer Science 1978, UCLA
Thesis: Computer System Architecture for a Brain-Computer Interface
Founding member of the Los Angeles UFO Research Group which met monthly from 1973 to 2015 and currently by video conference
Member of the IEEE for 38 years. Senior Life Member as of 2017
Member, IEEE Computer Society
Opened the first microcomputer store in West LA. Consultant for scientific applications of microcomputers. Subsequently employed by Teledyne Controls (aerospace), Walt Disney Imagineering (theme parks) and AeroVironment (UAVs), retiring after more than 30 years of engineering experience in 2013
A named inventor in eight patents and a lifetime interest in designing, building and programming embedded electronic systems
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From 1992 to 2002 Christopher O'Brien investigated and/or logged hundreds of unexplained events reported in the San Luis Valley—located in South-central Colorado/North Central New Mexico. Worked with law enforcement officials from area counties, ex-military members, ranchers and an extensive network of skywatcher/investigators. Documented what may have been the most intense wave of unexplained activity ever seen in a single region of North America.
He wrote three books that covered his 10 year SLV investigations: The Mysterious Valley,Enter the Valley, (St Martin’s Press)and Secrets of the Mysterious Valley and three additional books. As a result of his investigations and research, he has compiled and produced one of the largest databases of unusual occurrences from a single geographic region.
UFODATA seeks to create a systematic, rigorous science of UFO phenomena. Such a science is needed because of misplaced certainties on both sides of the UFO debate: “believers” convinced that UFOs are extraterrestrials, and “skeptics” equally convinced that UFOs do not even exist.
Our own view is that humanity knows very little about the true nature of unexplained UFO reports, and that the only way to resolve this lack of understanding is through serious scientific study. This is now possible for the first time in the history of UFO research as a result of an unprecedented convergence of high resolution digital camera technologies, off-the shelf scientific instrumentation, powerful low-cost computing platforms, and ubiquitous high-speed internet access.
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