With more than 30 years of experience in engineering in the aerospace industry, Kay spent the majority of his career at United Technologies, where he oversaw such systems as aircraft fuel gauging, electric braking, air data, actuation, smoke detection and aircraft health usage and maintenance. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from MIT, and his master’s and PhD from UVM. Kay is also an avid amateur astronomer.


T. Calderwood, J. Kay, S. Burgess, and E. van Ballegoij, Inter-observer Photometric Consistency Using Optec Photometers, JAAVSO, June 2017.

J. Kay, Energy and channel efficient control of wireless sensor network clusters, PhD EE dissertation, UVM, March 2007.

J. Kay and J. Frolik, “An Expedient Wireless Sensor Automaton with System Scalability and Efficiency Benefits”, Tran. IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Part A, Vol. 38, No. 6, November 2008.

J. Kay and J. Frolik, “Derandomization of wireless Channel Access using Automata in Sensor Networks”, International Conference on Autonomic and Autonomous Systems (ICAS ’06), Santa Clara, CA, July 19-21, 2006.

J. Kay and J. Frolik, “Quality of Service Analysis and Control for Wireless Sensor Networks”, IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS), Ft. Lauderdale, FL., Oct 25-27, 2004.


  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Vermont