Francis and Karen Esmonde-White
As scientists and engineers, when we run across small everyday problems that don't seem to be solved, we try to solve them. If we can, we like to share our solutions with others. Some of the small things we run across in life are posted on Francis's blog, other projects we work on are posted at our projects page. We pursued glider pilot licenses while members of the Sandhill Soaring Club, and we have posted materials from our soaring course online. Recently, Francis has enjoyed preparing food using a Sous-Vide immersion circulator. We're also putting some of our recipes online.
Francis was a senior engineer at Kaiser Optical Systems developing Raman instrumentation for in process measurements. Prior to joining Kaiser, he was a post-doctoral fellow and then a research area specialist lead with Michael Morris in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Michigan. He completed his doctoral studies in 2008 at McGill University in the Department of Chemistry, studying practical methods for measuring and correcting for light scattering in visible and near-infrared tissue spectroscopy. Francis enjoys playing squash and cycling. His many other interests include programming, as well as designing and constructing systems with mechanics, optics and electronics. Francis also follows and contributes to Open source software, hardware, and science. For more information, see his profile.
Karen is currently a senior marketing and communications specialist at Kaiser Optical Systems. Karen is also an Adjunct Research Investigator at the University of Michigan. Previously Karen was a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Blake Roessler in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. She completed her doctoral studies in 2009 at the University of Michigan in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, where she developed Raman spectroscopic methods related to the early detection of osteoarthritis. Karen enjoys long-distance running and squash. She also enjoys growing orchids, cooking, practicing Iyengar yoga, taking photographs, writing and reading. For more information, see her profile.
Francis and Karen also enjoy scuba diving, rock climbing and motorcycle riding (on their antique Honda motorcycles).
We used to have a lot more information on this site, which we are slowly getting back up and running. Unfortunately, we still haven't had the chance to migrate much of the old web site over yet. There are several pages which are linked to from a number of places on the internet, and we don't have the ability to fix the broken links (because they are on other web sites). The most popular of these pages map to the new site as listed on the Broken Links page.