Name: Christian Banker, but I usually go by Chris or Banker.
Birth Date: January 24.
Hometown: Norwich, CT
Current Location: Oceanside, CA
Occupation: Electrical/Software Engineer and Director of Brewing. Currently working at Viasat in Carlsbad, CA on satellite communications systems and encryption systems. I also direct Barrel and Stave Brewing in Vista, CA.
Education: I studied Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA. I received my M.S. in May 2009 and my B.S. in May 2007.
I attended high school at Norwich Free Academy (NFA) in Norwich, CT and graduated in 2003.
Academic Interests: Engineering, computers, encryption, electronics, math, music, and environmental science.
Hobbies: Homebrewing (beer, cider, mead, and wine), cheesemaking, photography, charcuterie, barbecue, cooking, mountain biking, road biking, motorcycling, dirt biking, snowboarding, web design, hiking, archery, fishing, hunting/bowhunting, playing tuba and bass trombone, building computers, bicycle repair, working on cars and motorcycles, bread baking, coffee roasting, RC cars and helicopters.
Organizations and Clubs (Current):
Queso Diego – The San Diego Cheese Club (Founder, IT Chair, President Emeritus)
Society of Barley Engineers (previously IT Chair and Events Coordinator)
Coastal Communities Concert Band (previously Board of Directors Member)
Trumpets R Us
American Homebrew Association
North County Homebrewers Association
Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity
Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Organizations and Clubs (Past):
GAEA- WPI’s Environmental Club, WPI Stage Band (Jazz band), WPI Brass Ensemble, WPI Concert Band, WPI Orchestra, WPI Trombone Ensemble, WPI Outing Club.
Other Random Facts:
I designed this: Popular Science Invention Awards: A New Breed of Mouse, Patent