Len Whyte

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After leaving Telopea in 1968, I completed an Honours Degree in Applied Mathematics from the ANU in 1972.  During my time at ANU I helped establish the student radio station and, after graduating, worked within a solar energy research project.  In mid 1973 I took myself off to Europe where I first travelled a little, and then undertook a Masters in Telecommunications Systems Engineering at the University of Essex.  Then followed a stint in Europe working as an oilfield wire-line logging engineer with the Schlumberger operation, for which I trained in Scotland.  However I managed to avoid the North Sea and was posted to both Germany and Austria due to my latent ability to speak some German, for which I’m forever grateful to Frau Michalak.  After saving a moderate nest egg, I returned to Australia and settled back in Canberra, taking an engineering support position within the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of NSW Faculty of Military Studies at Duntroon.  It was during my sojourn at Duntroon that I completed a part time Diploma in Computing Studies.  Around this time I also met my wife Sue, with whom I’ve shared my life ever since.  Leaving the hallowed academic environment, I transitioned to private enterprise by joining a small joint venture Defence company named C3 Pty Ltd.  Thereafter I worked the balance of my career within that company and its associated parent and sibling companies,  AWA Defence Industries, British Aerospace, and BAE Systems.  My assignments, firstly in military software and then in avionics and, finally more generally, in systems engineering, included postings to the USA for two years to Washington DC and then again for three years to the Los Angeles region.  My son Evan was born during our time in Washington DC, and my daughter Hannah, a couple of years before we set off to Rockwell International in Los Angeles.  Returning to Australia in the mid ‘90s, and with computer networking all the rage, I took up that area of technology, working for the Defence Intelligence community on projects which included support systems, deployable computing systems and satellite communications.  After a recent period of secondment to the Border Protection Command within the Australian Customs Service, I retired from full-time work in May 2011.  I remain interested in music, woodwork, photography, personal computing, and like to travel (and eat!) when and where I may.  However, as those who know me from my Telopea days will recall, I remain a disappointment regarding my sporting activities and prowess!

June 2011-06-28

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