Gordon L. Carpenter

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force, retired.

Gordon Carpenter

Military experience: 28 years in the Air Force: fixed radar systems of B-45 bombers in Korea, gathered intelligence behind enemy lines, intercepted communications, worked on launch vehicles and satellites.
Education: ME’49, master of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado in 1963.
True story: Carpenter was 16 when he entered college; 20 when he earned his first degree.
Rolla memories: “A fraternity put a car on the roof of the power plant building once.”
What he did after the Air Force: Carpenter joined the faculty of California State University Long Beach. He co-authored a textbook on solid-state circuit design that is currently in its fifth edition.
Where he is now • Cypress, Texas.
Returning to Rolla: “I went back this summer. Norwood Hall stayed the same, and the old Rolla Building. But the place where I used to live is a parking lot.”

Around the Puck

“Forged in Gold: Missouri S&T’s First 150 Years”

In the 1870s, Rolla seemed an unlikely location for a new college. There were only about 1,400 residents in a community with more saloons than houses of worship. There were no paved streets, sewers or water mains. To visitors, there seemed to be as many dogs, hogs, horses, ducks and geese as humans walking the dusty streets.

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By the numbers: Fall/Winter 2019

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Bringing clean water to South America

Assessing water quality, surveying mountaintop locations and building systems to catch rainwater — that’s how members of S&T’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders spent their summer break.

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Geothermal goals exceeded

After five years of operation, Missouri S&T’s geothermal energy system continues to outperform expectations. S&T facilities operations staff originally predicted the geothermal system would reduce campus water usage by over 10% — roughly 10 million gallons per year. The system, which went online in May 2014, cut actual water usage by 18 million to 20 […]

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What happens in Vegas…may appear in print

In his latest volume of Las Vegas lore, historian Larry Gragg says it was deliberate publicity strategies that changed the perception of Sin City from a regional tourist destination where one could legally gamble and access legalized prostitution just outside the city limits, to a family vacation spot filled with entertainment options and surrounded by […]

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  1. Robert Roman says

    Gordon L. Carpenter was my professor at CSULB. He was a dynamic teacher with a love for electical engineering and life. Al of his students were lucky to have dealt with Colonel Carpenter. We all knew where University of Missori at Rolla was before it was over.

  2. Carlos Peralta says

    Gordon Carpenter (students called him Colonel Carpenter) was also my professor for Advanced Analog Electronics at CSU Long Beach. Fondly remember his stories about the military and his time at Rolla. He asked the class this question one day; “can anyone tell me the voltage potential on the anode of a TV Cathode Ray Tube?” I raised my hand and he nodded to my direction. I asked, “Color or Black and White TV?” The Colonol replied, “Color.” I proudly responded “33 to 35kV.” The Colonel replied, “You are correct!”… that was in the late 1980s. Been working for the same company now for over 22years in the field of analog electronics and power design. A career fostered by the teachings of Colonel Gordon L. Carpenter whose text book resides in my office shelf to this day. Can proudly say I was mentored under the auspices of Colonel Carpenter a great teacher and motivator, I wish him well.
    Carlos Peralta
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA