Opening Remarks

Carlton Cross

Dr. Carlton Cross

Welcome and opening remarks for the conference.

Carlton Cross graduated from Walla Walla College in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Electrical Engineering Concentration, and completed a Ph D in Electrical Engineering at Oregon State University in 1972. After working at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey and Illinois, Cross began teaching electrical engineering at WWC in 1981 and retired in 2009, but continues with contract assignments for classes and laboratories as needed. His teaching has focused on circuit analysis, electronics and feedback systems.

Because many engineering students feel little affection for mathematics unless they see how it solves a practical problem, Cross claims that Tom and Ken owe him a debt of gratitude for his nearly thirty years of motivating students to value the insights offered by linear algebra, particularly when applied to the solution of systems of differential equations. While Cross feels that his feeble credentials in mathematics do not qualify him for presenting the opening remarks, perhaps his motivation of students has amounted to something after all.