Prof Joseph Kasser was a practising systems engineer and manager for 30 years before joining academia. He is:

  • a recipient of NASA's Manned Space Flight Awareness Award (Silver Snoopy) for quality and technical excellence for performing and directing systems engineering and many other awards and commendations;
  • the author of three published books on systems engineering and more than 50 peer reviewed journal and conference publications ;
  • a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET);
  • an INCOSE Fellow, holds a Doctor of Science in Engineering Management from The George Washington University;
  • a Chartered Engineer, a Certified Manager and holds a Certified Membership of the Association for Learning Technology


He gave up his positions as a Deputy Director and DSTO Associate Research Professor at the Systems Engineering and Evaluation Centre at the University of South Australia in early 2007 to move back to the UK to develop the world's first immersion course in systems engineering as a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Cranfield University.  

Prof Kasser mixes his profession with his hobby and sees many similarities between systems engineering and amateur radio. He is an active amateur radio operator. He received his first call sign G8BTB more than 40 years ago, and after upgrading to G3ZCZ operated briefly as ON8IK, F0WN and W8/G3ZCZ, and then for many years as W3/G3ZCZ, 4X/G3ZCZ and VK5WU. He has a history of experimentation and innovation, including:

  • He designed a hardware-based Self Operating Radioteletypwriter Contest Amateur Radio Station (SORCARS ) in 1972 and programmed it into LanLink years later. The QSO machine performed unassisted (but not unattended) in the 1990 ARRL RTTY contest, and did not come last in its section!
  • He was one of the initial group of experimenters to receive a special permit from the US Federal Communications Commission to transmit and receive ASCII over the air when packet radio and other modern digital modes were not even a gleam in their experimenter's eyes. 
  • He claims the first OSCAR contact from a vehicle in motion when he and Art Feller, W4ART, communicated via AMSAT-OSCAR 6 while driving through Silver Spring in suburban Maryland which is about 10 miles up the road from the White House.
  • He claims the first remote station contest operation when he operated W4/G3ZCZ using VOIP via the Internet from VK5 in the ARRL 2001 SSB Sweepstakes contest.
  • He served as AMSAT's publications editor for more than 15 years, and over the years has authored three books on amateur radio, a number of articles in QST, 73, Ham Radio, RadCom, and other publications in the UK, US, and Australia. As well as writing and editing articles, he also writes software for amateur radio and is the author of several programs including ‘Whats Up’, ‘CQ-SS’ and ‘LanLink

’ which was flown on the space shuttle mission STS-35 and featured on a cover of QST.

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