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John Alan Karsten

John Alan Karsten, American electronics company executive. License private pilot multi-engine ratings. Member of Airplane Owners & Pilots Association, Aerostar Owners Association (director, president).


  • Karsten, John Alan was born on March 23, 1932 in Oak Forest, Illinois, United States. Son of Ernst William and Marie (Hueneke) Karsten.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, University of California at Los Angeles, 1954. Postgrad, University Southern California, 1958—1962.


    • Senior design engineer Burroughs Corporation, Pasadena, California, 1957—1962. Program manager Consolidated Systems Corporation, Pomona, 1962—1967. Co-founder, director, vice president administration MSI Data Corporation, Costa Mesa, 1967—1973.

      President Karsten-Kastle Industries, Anaheim, 1973—1975. Co-founder, director, executive vice president, chief finance officer Wespercorp, Tustin, 1975—1983, director. Director, president Hughes Electrical Management Systems, City Industry, since 1984.

      Director MSI Data Corporation, Solheim Lutheran Home, Los Angeles. Served United States Navy, 1954-1957.

    Major achievements

    • License private pilot multi-engine ratings.


    Denomination: Lutheran


    Member of Airplane Owners & Pilots Association, Aerostar Owners Association (director, president).


    • Married Patricia Holley Karsten, August 1, 1954. Children: Steven, Holley.
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    • 1954
      University of California, Los Angeles
    • 1957 - 1962
      Senior, design engineer Burroughs Corporation
      Pasadena, California, United States
    • 1962 - 1967
      program manager, Consolidated Systems Corporation
      Pomona, California, United States
    • 1973 - 1975
      president, Karsten-Kastle Industries
      Anaheim, California, United States
    • 1984
      director, Hughes Electrical Management Systems
    • 1984
      president, Hughes Electrical Management Systems
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