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Colin Gordon

Colin GordonColin Gordon has worked in the field of acoustics research and noise and vibration for thirty-five years. Twenty years were spent with the firm of Bolt Beranek and Newman, the firm largely responsible for developing the engineering science of acoustics between 1950 and 1970. Five years were spent with the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton.

During his career, Colin has worked on, and directed, several hundred projects involving research and consulting in a number of areas including building vibration and noise, transformer noise, aerodynamic noise, traffic noise and general environmental noise control.

The microelectronics industry has been a key area of focus, with the design of low-vibration facilities for the research and fabrication of integrated circuit "chips." Colin has developed a strong and unique reputation in this specialized field. Clients include TSMC, Intel, SGS-Thomson, Motorola, Advanced Micro Devices, Samsung, Applied Materials, Mosel Vitelic, LSI Logic, Fujitsu, and National Semiconductor.

Clients outside of the microelectronics industry include; NASA, Bonneville Power Administration, Southern California Edison, Standard Oil of California, and a large number of architectural and engineering firms which utilize the services of Colin Gordon & Associates on a wide variety of projects.


Bachelor of Science (cum laude) - Electrical Engineering
University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde

Honors and Professional Societies

Chartered Engineer (U.K.)
Member, Institute of Electrical Engineers (U.K.)
Member, Acoustical Society of America
Member, Institute of Environmental Sciences
Member, National Council of Acoustical Consultants
Member, Institute of Noise Control Engineering

His Musical Works

Colin was born in Aberdeen and raised in Ayr (Burns Country) as a "son of the manse," his father being a Church of Scotland minister. His was a musical family. He and his siblings were allowed to select which instrument they wanted to learn, but the option of not taking lessons was not offered. The selection of instruments was small: piano or violin. There were no other teachers in town! Colin's violin teacher disapproved of Scottish fiddle music, preferring that he limit his attentions to the classical composers -- Bach, Vivaldi, Elgar, etc. Of course, over time it is the fiddle music that stayed with Colin, although he will never regret his classical training. When he's not playing the fiddle, Colin is President of Colin Gordon & Associates. The company provides consulting services in noise and vibration control. His company is particularly known for its work with the microelectronics industry where vibration and noise can interfere with the production of modern integrated circuits. The company's work is international and he and his colleagues travel globally to serve their clients.

Colin first came to the States as a young engineer in 1963 and spent time in the Boston and Los Angeles areas. In 1970 he returned to university life in Britain for a period of 5 years. He worked at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research. During this time he reunited with his long-neglected violin. On his return to Los Angeles in 1976 he joined Jack Rennie's Thistle Band, playing for Scottish country dancers in California, Canada and other places. He also founded the Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles. All this, of course, was in addition to his regular paying job as a consultant. He married Shauna in 1980 and, together, they moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1990 where he set up his company.

Tracks from his recordings with Peninsula Fiddlers:

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