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Jose Alvarado joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at California State University, Long Beach in spring of 2012 and teaches undergraduate courses in communications and design of electronic systems at the Lancaster University Center in the Antelope Valley. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with the focus in communications from CSU, Fresno, in 1991, and his MS degree in Electrical Engineering from CSU, Northridge, in 2002 with a focus in communications as well. He has earned a Radar Systems Certificate and a Radar Signal Processing & Techniques Certificate from Georgia Tech Defense as well as a Test and Evaluation Certificate from Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) as part of his continuing educational goals. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering at Colorado State University.

Mr. Alvarado has 28 years of work experience in the field of test and evaluation working for the Department of the Air Force as a flight test engineer. He has held positions as an instrumentation and radar test engineer working on both fighter and bomber platforms such as B-1 and B-2, and the F-16 and F-35. He currently works for the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation (AFOTEC) Detachment 5 as a senior systems analyst supporting various Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C2ISR) platforms at Edwards AFB.