Eric Paton


Eric received the B.Sc. engineering degree from Cal Poly University, his M.Sc. degree from Purdue University, and his M.B.A from San Jose State University. Eric was a semiconductor process development engineer at Advanced  Micro Devices (AMD) where he authored over 100 patents and 22 publications. He founded numerous companies including a commercial equipment leasing firm where he originated, maintained and held a $3 million portfolio. He later created FlyThisSim, which grew into the world’s largest manufacturer of BATD FAA approved flight simulators.  Eric is now a professor in the school of engineering for MATE, IME and AERO departments at Cal Poly University.  Eric owns two aircraft: a Cirrus SR20 and a Cessna 150. He is a commercial CFII instructor/pilot with 1200 hours flying for business and pleasure over the previous 30 years.


B.S. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA

M.S. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

M.B.A. San Jose State University, CA

Fun Facts:

Recently started a flight school, teaching people how to fly.

I love surfing and all water sports.

Research Interests:

Electronic Materials and Manufacturing


Pilot, Commercial, Instructor, CFII

Office Hours for Spring 2024

M: 1:00-3:00PM

T: 1:30-3:30PM

(In Structures Lab – 41B-136)