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About Electronics Reference

ElectronicsReference.com is a website focused on providing in-depth and entertaining tutorials and courses to guide visitors toward mastery of electronics. We believe that anyone can learn this fascinating subject if they are given the right tools. That’s why our content covers everything from basic principles all the way up to complex projects like analog and digital circuits. Whether it’s your first time or you’re looking for more advanced material, we’ve got the perfect course for you!

It consists of a comprehensive course, a set of electronics-related reference pages, and a blog.

The heart of the site is an approachable, in-depth course on topics covering everything from basic electrical concepts, to DC and AC circuit analysis, semiconductor devices, and analog and digital circuits.

About Seth

Seth Shapiro

Seth is an engineer, creator of Electronics Reference, and a perennial thinker and tinkerer. He loves learning about electronics and building cool things.

“The most interesting man at our address…not including the cat” – Samson the Cat

Professional Accreditations/Certifications/Degrees

MS Materials Science (MSE); CMU

Electronics Technician; US Navy

Radiation Safety Officer, Dade Moeller

BS Physics; SUNY at Albany

Power Systems Engineer; GE

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Other Honors

NASA Pathways Fellow; Langley VA

ΣΠΣ Physics Honor Society Lifetime Member

My Story (So Far)

Hi! My name is Seth, and I’m the creator of ElectronicsReference.com.

I am a USN Veteran with a MS in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BS in Physics from SUNY Albany.

My path in electronics began as an interest during childhood, and was solidified by serving in the United States Navy as an Electronics Technician (ET). The Navy taught me how to analyze, troubleshoot, and service complex electronic systems down to the component level. My focus was on Satellite Communications, Information Systems Maintenance (ISM, i.e. computers and computer networks), and Identify Friend or Foe (IFF) systems.

After receiving an honorable discharge, I worked for General Electric (GE) as a Power Systems Engineer. I had the amazing opportunity to work on and manage electric power distribution projects ranging from large power plant installations to small substations. Probably the coolest new installation I got to be part of was the MetLife stadium (home to the NY Giants and NY Jets). Watching such a large project being completed over many months was awesome!

I enjoyed the work a lot, but felt inadequately educated regarding the theory of the systems I worked on. I could use electrical schematics to build and troubleshoot systems, but I couldn’t solve problems considered basic in electrodynamics.

I decided to go back to school, and earned a BS in Physics from SUNY Albany over the next three years. While earning my degree I worked on a variety of research projects. These ranged from using the school’s linear particle accelerator to perform Rutherford Backscattering (RBS) for semiconductor characterization, to helping generate a material map algorithm for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

I discovered that my favorite topics were solid state physics and semiconductors, so I decided to continue my education at Carnegie Mellon University, earning an MS in Materials Science and Engineering as a NASA Pathways Fellow. My focus in grad school was on electronic properties of materials, including semiconductor and liquid crystal devices. I also enjoyed coursework in optical and thermal properties of semiconductors, helping to round out my understanding of topics like band theory and photonics.

After grad school, I was offered a leadership position at a Honeywell site in their Advanced Materials division. I spent about four years at a couple of sites, where I learned a great deal about leadership, manufacturing, and applying engineering skills to large scale projects. However, at times I craved more technical and experimental activities. I began studying and reading more in my free time, working through problem sets from textbooks and tinkering with electronics kits during my free time.

I enjoyed the available projects, but as an engineer, began to crave a more systematic approach to developing knowledge and skills in electronics. Eventually this would lead to the idea that would become ElectronicsReference.

I began thinking of developing an online course that would comprehensively take the dedicated user from the simplest model to the most complex, and build all the way from basic atomic theory, to the quantum mechanics that dictate the performance of semiconductor devices at the most fundamental level.

During this time I was lucky enough to meet the woman who would become my fiancée. We bought a house in small town Pottsville, PA, surrounded by rolling hills, tributaries of the Schuylkill River, and old coal mines.

I began construction on this website in August of 2020, and it has quickly taken on a life of its own. There are so many new developments in the works that I am so excited about. I hope that you will enjoy this site as much as I have enjoyed constructing and writing it!

My Other Hobbies & Interests

Other than electronics, I love the great outdoors. Hiking, climbing, camping, and sitting at a firepit are some of my favorite activities.

I love homebrewing, history, antiquing, travel, and learning about other cultures.

Like a true thinker and tinkerer, I have other interests that I pick up on occasion. Once in a while I take an interest in playing guitar, chess, woodworking, and sleight of hand magic, but invariably I am distracted from these enjoyable delights after a few weeks. I also enjoy fantasy and horror, and love the Cthulhu Mythos. I started horrorclassicsonline.com as a fun side project.

My favorite country that I visited while I was in the US Navy was Greece, which is where Amanda and I are planning our honeymoon. We are somewhat attempting to learn some Greek in advance (thanks Duolingo!)