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The Research and Advanced Technology Systems (RATS) section of Martin Marietta in Middle River got combined to make a company called Bunker-Ramo. Bunker was from Martin Marietta and Ramo was from Simon Ramo, Ramo Wooldridge out at the Cape. And they were gong to put together a company that was going to make computers…

Orlando resident Dr. Benjamin Patz shares how he came to Central Florida to work at the Cape when a new company in computers, Bunker-Ramo, was created and he had a choice to go to Bunker-Ramo in California or work in the GENESYS program at Cape Canaveral in Florida. He remembers the three hurricanes that came through and hit the Cape delaying the building dedication. He says, “Arthur Mandos had just put up his antenna and the next hurricane comes through, down goes his antenna…” Dr. Patz recalls those involved in the GENESYS system, their specialities, and describes the work he liked doing such as field theory. Learn more about the development of technology in Central Florida in  this excerpt  (6:19) from an oral history interview on October 31, 2011.

Dr. Benjamin Patz’s scientific contributions to our area include working in the GENESYS Program at Cape Canaveral, Lockheed Martin, teaching at the Naval Training Equipment Center, Rollins College, and the University of Central Florida. His students from the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at UCF recall Professor Patz as a patient teacher who spent diligent time with everyone, undergraduate or graduate. In the GENESYS Program at the Cape his students were people working at Martin Marietta and NASA. Dr. Patz says, “They had interesting problems they would discuss with you… It was a good chance to go over control systems, electromagnetic fields, the boundary value problems.”

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The Research and Advanced Technology Systems (RATS) section of Martin Marietta in Middle River got combined to make a company called Bunker-Ramo. Bunker was from Martin Marietta and Ramo was from Simon Ramo, Ramo Wooldridge out at the Cape. And they were gong to put together a company that was going to make computers...

Orlando resident Dr. Benjamin Patz shares how he came to Central Florida to work at the Cape when a new company in computers, Bunker-Ramo, was created and he had a choice to go to Bunker-Ramo in California or work in the  GENESYS  program at Cape Canaveral in Florida. He remembers the three hurricanes that came through and hit the Cape delaying the building dedication. He says, "Arthur Mandos had just put up his antenna and the next hurricane comes through, down goes his antenna..." Dr. Patz recalls those involved in the GENESYS system, their specialities, and describes the work he liked doing such as field theory. Learn more about the development of technology in Central Florida in this excerpt (BELOW) from an oral history interview on October 31, 2011.

Dr. Benjamin Patz's scientific contributions to our area include working in the GENESYS Program at Cape Canaveral, Lockheed Martin, teaching at the Naval Training Equipment Center, Rollins College, and the University of Central Florida. His students from the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at UCF recall Professor Patz as a patient teacher who spent diligent time with everyone, undergraduate or graduate. In the GENESYS Program at the Cape his students were people working at Martin Marietta and NASA. Dr. Patz says, "They had interesting problems they would discuss with you... It was a good chance to go over control systems, electromagnetic fields, the boundary value problems."




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