David M. Hata received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Washington. He has 32 years of experience teaching Electronic Engineering Technology and Microelectronics Technology at Portland Community College (PCC) in Oregon. He has taught technician-level courses on vacuum and plasma technology, authored Introduction to Vacuum Technology, published by Pearson Prentice Hall in 2008, and implemented a vacuum/plasma teaching laboratory at PCC. Although he is retired from teaching, he continues to impact technician education as a consultant and external evaluator for NSF ATE projects at community colleges around the country.