Dr. Eric Fossum

"I went to Talcott, Trinity College, and Yale University - and Talcott was as important to my education as either of those other two."

 

Eric worked with computers in an era where they were larger than most large appliances. Processing power was sparse and work on the computer was bottlenecked by the one-job-at-a-time nature of the mainframe computers. Each user was given a place in a round-robin orchestrated by the computer, and was only allowed to execute a single program at a time, using reams of paper fed through a teletype. His early work in computers was done in an area of parallel processing for video displays, affording a display screen a number of computer processors to speed up the novel and then-glacial technique of showing results on a screen. His time at TMSC gave him an environment where there was no pre-conceived notion of the way to do things, and a culture where student expectations were allowed to outstrip the status quo and even the instructors' vision. His professional work similarly looked at ways to use existing technologies in other areas to relieve bottlenecks of production rates, scale and cost. Eric is also the coinventor of a CMOS solid-state technology that resulted in the development of a pill when swallowed and monitored sends telemetry via radio signal rendering a virtual visual inspection similar to colonoscopy.