Mr. Shirley started his career in electromagnetic measurements as a co-op at the Georgia Tech Research Institute working on outdoor and compact ranges as well as closed systems in the materials lab. He designed fully automated measurement systems incorporating RF instrumentation and mechanical hardware and developed data processing codes emphasizing Fourier processing to analyze broadband especially for high resolution imaging techniques. Mr. Shirley developed lab and measurement lectures for Radar Cross Section short course.
After obtaining MSEE he moved on to numerical analysis of EM problems for antenna design and RCS evaluation. His early work on FDTD program led to developing, building and supporting Linux based ultra high throughput computational platforms to support parallelized FDTD (early Beowulf Clusters). This Linux work also led to his involvement in secure information systems where he led a team utilizing Secure Linux and Oracle Security to provide the required mandatory access controls that led to the certification of several PL4 networks.
After 32 years at the Georgia Tech he retired taking a job with the Microwave Vision Group. He worked all over North America as project manager in charge of installing over a dozen near field ranges to characterize the performance of mobile devices for the major telecom companies.