Robert Lawson Brown, Ph.D.

Welcome to my web site. I provide information about my technology workshop series, and also about myself and my technical background.

Technology Workshops

Coming Soon

I am in the process of organizing technology workshops for the everyday computer user. The technology workshops will be two to six hour sessions, covering a topic of interest. The topics will include

  • iPhonegraphy - getting the best from your iPhone camera
  • Choosing a Productivity Suite - Microsoft, Google, Adobe, or Apple?
  • Introduction to the Apple Apps
  • Introduction to the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Using Apple Photos
  • Using Adobe Photoshop
  • Using Adobe Illustrator

The workshops will held in two formats: classroom sessions and online web sessions. The classroom sessions will be held in Palo Alto, California, with a limit of ten attendees, which allows personal attention. The online web sessions are essentially self-study via a set of video tutorials, with scheduled chat sessions to discuss individual questions.

The workshops will be commencing this coming Spring. If you are interested in one or more of these workshops, please fill out and submit our interest survey. We do not collect any personal information with this survey, it merely serves to indicate the level of interest for each workshop.

Click to open the survey form

We do not maintain a mailing list. Workshops will be announced via the venues shown here. To be appraised of forthcoming workshops, please follow any one of these.

Workshop Announcement Connections

My Story

I am a physicist, (U.Va. Ph.D. 1978). I have worked in atomic studies, condensed matter, magnetic properties, semiconductor optics, plasma etching, semiconductor process development, metrology, and computer programming. I have worked in the high technology industry for the past thirty eight years. I am presently semi-retired.

In my semi-retirement, I plan to teach popular interest topics in my technology workshops. These include my iPhone™ photography one day course, my productivity suite courses, and my introduction to programming courses. The course schedules are announced both here and on social media.

I have used Apple iOS™ devices from the original introduction onward. I also have extensive experience with DSLR photography and with videography. I am an experienced user of the Adobe Creative Suite™ and the Apple productivty applications. I work with Google Apps for Business™. Other applications include Mathematica™, the Microsoft Office™ suite, and various image manipulation tools. I work with virtual reality (Second Life™). I have also setup and administrated numerous computer servers, in Linux and Unix, during the technical communications phase of my career.

I wrote my first program in Fortran, during September of 1969, using Hollerith card input, and impact printer output, with a big basement filling Burroughs mainframe sitting in between, 56K of workspace. Needless to say, I have advanced on to considerably more powerful platforms since that time. My most recent programs have been written in Swift, to create MacOS X applications. I have also programmed, over the years, with Basic, Forth, Pascal, Prolog, Java, and Javascript.

Personal Social Media Presence

For the workshop announcements please use the workshop connections provided above. The following are my personal social media accounts.