David E. Welsh is a professional numismatist and proprietor of Classical Coins ( www.classicalcoins.com ) in Goleta, CA. He is also an engineering consultant, having recently founded Applied Technology Management (www.apptechman.com ) after serving as as Principal Engineer at Calient Networks, a leading developer of optical switching systems.
After receiving a classical education at the hands of the Jesuits, David pursued interests in coin collecting and classical studies as a professional numismatist for several years, then took up a technological career in which he was employed in engineering and management positions primarily in the electrical connector industry, notably at Microdot, ITT Cannon and as Engineering Manager at Sabritec.
He received the Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Engineering from California Coast University in 1976 and 1988, and is best known technically as an expert in optical switching systems, fiber optics and interconnection technology.
A natural linguist, David reads or speaks five modern languages as well as Latin, Greek and studies in extinct scripts such as Phoenician, ancient Hebrew and Pahlavi. He has been awarded seventeen US Patents, authored two technical books and numerous articles, and received Best of Session and Best Paper awards for papers presented to the International Institute of Connector and Interconnection Technology.