Rod served the community as a Scoutmaster and YMCA Adventure Guides Leader for many years, and currently serves on the Cupertino Rotary Club Board and as a mentor and judge for FIRST robotics. Rod moved to Cupertino in 1987; he and his wife Britta are proud parents of Mark and Kristina who received a great education in Cupertino schools and are now in college.

Rod earned a BA in Physics from Grinnell College and BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He helped lead two high tech start-ups from infancy to successful businesses in engineering management roles.

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