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George Rebane is a career manager of technology oriented businesses and pro¬jects, and a systems scientist with degrees from U.C.L.A. in physics (B.S.) and engineering (M.S.E. and Ph.D.). He is also a Registered Professional Engineer with the State of California. After completing military service as an artillery officer, he began his career as a computer systems engineer with a large aerospace firm, designing and developing manned combat and weapon control systems for the U.S Navy. During the seventies he served as Technical Director then CEO of a systems research think tank and ‘black studies’ company in Santa Monica doing classified weapon and sensor systems R&D for the military and large defense industry customers.

In the 1980s he was the CEO of a well-known educational electronics company and then continued as a pioneer in the new interactive multi-media technologies that developed in that decade and presaged the Internet. During this time he founded Interac Corporation that developed and delivered the first interactive systems for use in Disney’s EPCOT Park in Florida and retail stores across the country. In the late eighties he established a successful consulting practice in strategic planning and corporate M&A, and through which he contributed to the development of multimedia and interactive systems technologies with large national and international corporate clients.

In the 1990s he invented a new ('post-Modern') portfolio theory and concluded the development of a new portfolio design and assets management system which has been awarded two patents. Before moving to northern California he spent four years with a large ecommerce traffic concentrator where he formed and managed its technology ‘skunk works’ group that developed and successfully applied advanced analytical methods for automated management and control of the then largest comparison shopping websites. Dr. Rebane was a frequent presenter of his work at conferences and university seminars, and one of the founders of website analytics, which launched a new service industry and today is used by all successful online companies. He is now a private investor and entrepreneur with continuing interests in corporate/institutional planning, decision theory, risk management, and financial engineering.

Throughout his professional career Dr. Rebane has also been active in education, training, and planning projects as a speaker at symposia, conferences, and lecturer and associate professor for various university courses. In this he served as an invited member of the Technology Advisory Committee during the founding of California State University at Monterey Bay and as Associate Professor at Cal State Northridge. He has always devoted time to community activities having served as an inaugural president of Simi Valley Neighborhood Councils and as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Simi Valley and, more recently, for Nevada County. In addition to his current involvement with the Sierra Education and Science Foundation, he was recently a regular columnist for The Union, has a regular radio commentary on KVMR-FM, and blogs on Rebane’s Ruminations. He sits on the boards of SESF and Music in the Mountains where he is involved in various philanthropic projects. He is a member of the IEEE and ACM professional societies.

A native of Estonia, he immigrated to the United States after being interred with his parents in a post-war displaced persons camp in Germany. His teen years were spent in Indiana. He finished high school in California and met his future wife Jo Ann when they were both undergraduates at UCLA. They were wed in 1962, raised three children in a marriage that continues after five decades, and now takes pride in their six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. An avid reader, his interests begin with machine intelligence (Singularity), philosophy, cosmology, history, and range through RVing, shooting, and STEM education. Before moving to Nevada County, he lived for twenty-five years in the mountains above Malibu in a house his wife built.

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music, history, friends, community, science/cosmology, future of man, avid reader, camping/canoeing, and family, philosophy, politics, investing, flying, shooting