Edwin A. Suominen

I am a balding, ordinary-looking, middle-aged American male who has interesting ideas from time to time and who knows how to put them into words and computer code.

Self-Portrait [Flickr page]

My sputtered musings about life, religion, and the beautiful absurdity of the universe wind up in books and on my shitty little blog. I’ve also dabbled a bit with fiction, so far resulting in a few short stories that have had a gratifying amount of exposure, thanks to some appearances on The Thinking Atheist podcast.

I also do some photography and often find myself immersed in the magnificent obsessions of software development, in addition to wasting time on Facebook and Twitter.

Open-source software development is a labor of love that has resulted in the surprisingly popular AsynQueue and sAsync packages for the Python programming language. My mcm.edsuom.com site is an interactive online Mandelbrot set generator that demonstrates how AsynQueue can put several CPU cores to work in a loosely coupled multiprocessing problem. It’s a fun little diversion that can produce some very pretty graphics.

I’ve got a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington (1995). My senior project there wound up being the subject of fourteen U.S. patents with applications in many areas of Low-IF wireless technology, including Bluetooth®, FM, GSM, and Wi-Fi radio tuners.1 I also hold U.S. patents for technology relating to speech and handwriting recognition, cryptography, digital signatures, and audio signal reconstruction.

My last real job was as a registered patent agent,2 representing patent applicants before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Now, thanks to some success with my own inventions, I happily spend my days writing prose and software rather than patents and running a little indie publishing company, Tellectual Press.

When I’m sitting at a desk, that is.

Notes


  1. See Washington Research Foundation’s Success Stories page: “As an undergraduate in the University of Washington’s Electrical Engineering Department during the mid-1990s, Ed Suominen invented a radio receiver technology with novel ways of tuning a radio among several channels. His work, with Professors John Sahr and Murat Azizoglu as advisors, resulted in a technology that eased the design and improved the performance of contemporary personal wireless data services such as mobile phones, personal computers and other devices. The invention has proven particularly well suited for use in Bluetooth-enabled wireless devices.” 

  2. Louis J. Hoffman, PC:
    valuablepatents.com/​firm-overview/​affiliated-patent-practitioners