Eric Paton

LECTURER

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.

Education:

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

Entrepreneurship

Pilot, Commercial, Instructor, CFII

Office Hours for Fall 2021

MWR: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.