In 1934 he graduated from its Advanced Engineering Program and worked at General Electric until 1973.
In 1926 he went directly from high school to General Electric as a test engineer His early engineering work concerned television and detecting cracks in railway rails by magnetic field measurements. During World World War II he worked on generators and turbines for naval destroyer propulsion, researched aircraft superchargers, and helped develop ships" electrical drives.
In the 1940s he chaired the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (American Institute of Electrical Engineers) subcommittee on large-scale computing devices and continued consulting after the war.
In 1971 he earned a Doctor of Science from Union College and later received an honorary Doctor of Science from Iowa State University. He was awarded the 1999 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Medal of Honor "Foreign outstanding contributions in the area of Power Systems Dynamics which resulted in substantial improvements in planning, operation, and security of extended power systems".
Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Lamme medal 1961, Centennial award 1984, Power life award 1992, First chairman of First Committee on Computing Devices, 1946, medal of honorary 1999Millennium medal 2000), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (chairman professional practice committee, chairman Schenectady section 1948), American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member National Academy of Engineering, National Society of Professional Engineers (Engineer of Year award 1963), Association Computing Machinery (founding member, treasurer 1953), Conference Internationale des Grands Reseaux Electriques a Haute Tension (Philip Sporn award 1989), Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi. Clubs: Venice Yacht, Mohawk Golf.
Married Frances Butler, December 18, 1948.