Robert E. Glaser is a lecturer in electrical and computer engineering with a secondary appointment in computer science. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Radio Relay League.
In 1981, Glaser was a national winner in the Johns Hopkins University First National Search for Personal Computers to Aid the Handicapped, for his hardware device which permitted communications over the telephone for the deaf by use of DTMF keypads. In 1973 and 1974, he worked for Sonaphone, Inc., one of the early telephones interconnect companies, where he designed circuit modifications for off-the-shelf equipment, and eventually assumed responsibility for all system maintenance. He holds a patent on a Distributed Processing Telephone Switching System, and has the First Class Radiotelephone Operator (when it was available) and Amateur Extra Class (call sign N3IC) licenses from the FCC. Glaser was responsible for designing and installing one of the first microprocessor controllers for use in 2-way radio repeater systems.
He has published in professional journals (IEEE Transactions on Computers), hobby magazines (Byte, 73), and authored a portion of a technical book (Chapter 32, Software Development for Micro/Mini Machines, in Handbook of Software Engineering, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co.), in addition to conference publications and presentations (Fault-Tolerant Computing Symposia).