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Expertise

Ronald Gremban, ForSites' founder, President, and technical lead, has over 25 years and an especially broad base of in-depth engineering experience, including:

  • Graphics
  • System architecture
  • Project management
  • Realtime networked systems
  • Multimedia hardware and software
  • User interfaces
  • Database systems
  • Object-oriented software and language design
  • Test and development tools and infrastructure
  • Documentation
  • Life-cycle planning
  • Education
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Hardware design

Software consulting clients have included Hewlett-Packard, Silicon Graphics, and Xerox PARC.  Website clients include the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District.


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Last update: 7/30/04


Video design details:

  • Designed a specialized video capture board for Fortune Computers, long before most functions were integrated onto ICs.
  • Created and managed the Continuing Engineering Department, after managing the Systems Test Department of Tektronix's Grass Valley Group. Redesigned television studio video special effects and switching systems. Designed and built a distributed system of swept-frequency signals and differential probes for switching system analysis, adjustment, and certification against their specifications.
  • Helped build KTVN TV in Reno, NV. Did equipment maintenance and video switching there and for KOLO TV, also in Reno.
  • Electric vehicle design details:

  • Currently acting as technical lead for the California Cars Initiative's PRIUS+ project, designing prototype modifications for turning a 2004 Toyota Prius into a pluggable hybrid, capable of significantly reducing gasoline consumption via several miles of electric propulsion after each overnight charge.
  • Designed the propulsion and electrical system for Sebring-Vanguard's electric Citycar during the 1974 oil crisis. The car was featured on the cover of the June 1974 Popular Science magazine (the blue one in the picture).
  • Designed propulsion and charging systems for Electric Fuel Propulsion in Detroit. EFP's flagship in 1969 was a converted Renault R-10 that could be driven 60 miles at 60 mph after a 1-hour charge.
  • Helped build and drive Caltech's entery in the cross-continental Great Electric Car Race between Caltech and MIT in the summer of 1968. We won the race from Pasadena, CA, to Boston, MA, by 1/2 hour out of 8.75 days and nights of continuous racing, thereby becoming the first people to cross the continent via electric power. The race -- the great grandfather of other past and current clean vehicle competitions -- was spearheaded by my colleague Walley Rippel, covered by Machine Design magazine, and got worldwide press coverage.