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Imperfect Cognition

Tom Fournier

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EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

OPUS Group AB, Gothenburg, Sweden                                                2015-present
Chief Technology Officer
Coordinate technology development and acquisition within and between Opus Group companies.  Identify technology trends in associated markets, and communicate new technology direction across organizational lines.  Engage in mergers and acquisitions.  Opus Group employs 2000 people to improve public safety through cleaner air and safer road traffic by providing vehicle emissions and vehicle safety inspection services as well as vehicle diagnostics and vehicle registration and titling services.  Opus has offices in 20 U.S. states as well as Sweden, UK, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Australia, and Pakistan.


OPUS INSPECTION, INC., Tucson, AZ                                                   2012-2015
Vice President Engineering
Came out of early retirement to assist in managing the rapid growth of Opus Inspection.  Directed new technology development, oversaw new program engineering efforts, and assisted in strategic business development.  Managed the simultaneous implementation of six new projects key to the company's success while growing the engineering talent pool from twelve to sixty personnel and implementing project planning and project management infrastructure.  

APPLUS+ TECHNOLOGIES, INC., Chicago, IL                                      1995-2006
Co-Founder
President 2002-2006
Executive Vice President 1995-2002
Co-founded the company as “Keating Technologies, Inc.” and co-managed all aspects of growth from two employees and zero revenues to 350 employees and $43 million revenues.  The company contracts to state and municipal governments for implementation and operation of vehicle emissions and safety inspection programs. Sold the company for $60+ million U.S. to Agbar - Sociedad General De Aguas De Barcelona.  The company has since been renamed Applus+ Technologies.

ENVIROTEST SYSTEMS CORP., Tucson, AZ                                         1993-1995
Vice President of Engineering
Directed hardware and software development.  Responsible for an engineering department of 47 people.  Also responsible for technical content of all new business proposals and for technology implementation of newly won contracts.  The firm employed 2900 with annual revenues of $120 million (U.S.).

EMITEST CORPORATION, Ann Arbor, MI                                               1992-1993
President, Owner
Owner/Operator of this consulting startup corporation providing emissions analyzer manufacturers and vehicle inspection contractors with technical and marketing services including product and market analysis as well as proposal development.

SENSORS, INC., Saline, MI                                                                       1976-1992
President 1990-1992
Directed both U.S. and European operations for this leading manufacturer of gas analysis instruments for automotive emissions and medical applications.  The firm’s annual sales totaled $14 million with 110 employees. Other positions included:  Executive VP 1989-1990, VP Marketing 1986-1989, Chief Engineer 1984-1986, and Engineer 1978-1984.

EDUCATION


Arizona State University – MA Philosophy (science, mind and political philosophy)
University of Arizona - Undergraduate Philosophy
Cleary University - BA Business Administration, Summa cum Laude
University of Michigan - School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering
Washtenaw Community College – Associate’s Electrical and Electronic Engineering

PUBLISHED WORKS


  • “Will My Next Car Be a Libertarian or a Utilitarian?  Who Will Decide?" A special section feature article for the June issue of the quarterly engineering publication IEEE Technology and Society Magazine. 
  • "Philosophy and Political Fallacy, When Candidates Supplant Reasoned Debate with False Arguments” Cover story for January 2016 issue of Mensa Bulletin – the monthly magazine by and for members of American Mensa.
  • “The Perfect Weekend Kickoff” AOPA Pilot Magazine, volume 57, number 10, October 2014
  • “Conceptual Span and Plausibility of Emergence Applied to the Problem of Mental Causation” ProQuest LLC, UMI Dissertation Publishing, UMI number 1536713, May 2013.
  • “Air Pollution Abatement Strategies” Environmental Ethics, What Really Matters, What Really Works, Second Edition, David Schmitz and Elizabeth Willott, Oxford University Press 2012.
  • “Liberty and Debt” APORIA a Student Journal of Philosophy Fall 2009 V19.2 Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. http://aporia.byu.edu/site 
  • “Iris-Scan Authentication Cuts Fraud in Connecticut Vehicle Emissions Testing” Government Technology June 17, 2005; Folsom, CA.  http://www.govtech.com/pcio/articles/94298
  • “On Board Diagnostics II (OBDII) Emissions Inspection Failures Compared to Traditional Tailpipe Emissions Inspection Failures” FISITA 2004 World Automotive Congress Barcelona; Sociedad de Tecnicos de Automocion 2004.  http://www.fisita.com/publications/papers keywords: On Board Diagnostics II.

PERSONAL


U.S. Patents Awarded:
            # 5,099,680,   # 5,363,198,   # 5,425,266,   # 5,465,614,   # 5,671,158,   #9,530,255 B2,   #9,771,018 B2


Memberships:
SAE International, Member No. 2714010119
Mensa, Member No. 100059191

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Member No. 93812674
United Way Tocqueville (Nationale) Member
Equipment and Tool Institute, (past) Board Member

La Cholla Airpark Inc. (past) Board Member and President


Licenses and Certifications:
USPA Skydiver; License No. A-49427, June 2006
Tae Kwon Do Black Belt; Kukkiwon Certification No. 05112404, April 1998
FAA Instrument Rated Private Pilot; License No. 2731792, Nov. 2002


Married to Betty Fournier for 43 years, four sons, three granddaughters, two grandsons