Tom attended the University of California at Davis graduating in 1974 with a B.S. in chemistry. He then joined Dow Chemical Western Division R&D in the agricultural chemicals area. After 5 years with Dow, Tom went to Michigan State University for an M.S. in Chemical Engineering. He started at Dow Corning Corporation, Midland, Michigan in 1981 where he spent 25 years in R&D. He worked on silicone monomers and polymers with an emphasis on developing advanced ceramics; silicon carbide fibers and ceramic-ceramic composites. Tom has numerous patents covering the processing of ceramic fibers and composites.
Tom retired in 2007 and has spent his spare time studying the fundamental basis of quantum mechanics in an effort to explain the Fleischmann-Pons affect. He has searched for a simple and straight forward interpretation that has gone unexplored. His concept is a direct application of Feynman's definition of a wave function developed in the 1940's.