Welcome friends of the Maxwell society! My name is Dave Dixon, and I will be taking over as curator of the Maxwell Society from my father, G. R. Dixon. Those are big shoes to fill, and I aim to do my best to maintain the quality and educational value of Maxwell Society content.
I'll begin by telling you a bit about my background. I received a Ph.D in physics from the University of California, Riverside in 1993, and subsequently continued as a research physicist for a number of years. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a lot of very bright and creative people, and published papers in areas such as nonlinear dynamics, nuclear phsyics, and high energy astrophysics. When my first child was born, I decided it was time to head out in the "real world", and left academia to work in Silicon Valley. Again I was very lucky to be able to sample a number of industries, including semiconductor manufacturing equipment, bioinformatics, and finance. I am currently the Chief Architect at Allgress Inc., where we build software to help companies protect their (and your) sensitive information.
Though I don't work directly in physics anymore, I do keep an eye on things, and have broadened interests to other areas of science as well. I place high value on science and mathematics, and sadly feel that these are areas traditional education fails to address adequately. A lot of what is taught ranges from irrelevant to just plain wrong, and is usually presented in such an uninteresting context that it wouldn't matter anyway. I hope my future contributions to the Maxwell Society will provide at least some small remedy.