My Personal Web Page - John F Gerling

Last updated: 11-SEP-2015

Personal Facts

Date of Birth:
March 5, 1956

Sally (MS, RD, CDE at Kaiser Permanente Medical Group)

Amanda (1988), Melanie (1990)

Born and raised in California, I currently reside in Modesto, CA (USA)
in the same home my wife, Sally, and I bought in 1986. Daughters Amanda and Melanie both earned International Baccalaureate diplomas in high school and Bachelor of Science degrees (Amanda in Biological Sciences and Melanie in Mathematics) at UC Irvine. Amanda is now a Certified Orthoptist while Melanie is a credentialed high school mathematics teacher.


Thanksgiving 2013
(L-R) John, Melanie, Amanda and Sally at home for Thanksgiving in 2013.


Professional Highlights


BS Mechanical Engineering, 1982, with distinction
San Diego State University

Current Position:
Vice President, Gerling Applied Engineering, Inc. (a Muegge GmbH company)

Previous Positions:
Founder and President, Gerling Applied Engineering, Inc.
Vice President/General Manager, ASTeX/Gerling Labs
Manager, Systems Division, Gerling Laboratories

Microwave Working Group (Founding member, Treasurer)
International Microwave Power Institute (past Treasurer)
American Ceramic Society
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Sample Publications:
Microwave Clothes Drying
Microwave Equipment Safety
Waveguide Components and Configurations
Waveguide Power Measurement

Compact Mw Clothes Dryer and Method
End of Cycle Detector for Mw Clothes Dryer
Clothes Drying Apparatus with Improved Tumbling Action

I owe my career to my father, John E Gerling, who managed to teach me a sense of responsibility no matter how hard I tried to avoid it.


Hobbies and Interests

Competitive Cycling

A friend introduced me to road cycling in 2004 by inviting me to join him on the local Tour de Cure charity ride. I rode my 1960's vintage Schwinn Varsity in that event and was immediately hooked. Soon after that I bought a new road bike and in 2005 completed dozens of century (100 mile) and metric century (100 km) rides. I entered my first criterium bike race in 2006 and have been competing ever since. As a co-founder and former President of the Ciclistas del Valle Cycling Club (racing as Fun Sport Bikes Cycling Team) I enjoy training with my teammates in the gorgeous foothills of the Sierra motherlode. I have also been the Race Director of the popular Turlock Lake Road Race, a USA Cycling permitted event organized annually by CdV since its inception in 2011.

2015 Lodi CycleFest
Taking a pull in the Masters 45+ 4/5 field at the 2015 Lodi CycleFest.

  Music Performance

Throughout my life I have maintained an active interest in music. I am currently the principal timpanist with the Modesto Junior College Community Orchestra. This association occasionally leads to other performance opportunities, including gigs as the pit orchestra percussionist for productions of Broadway musicals by the MJC Department of Theater and Dance.

24-instrument setup for Sondheim's "Into the Woods"

 Participating in school bands (concert, marching, etc.) was usually fun and always an easy A, but by far my fondest memories as a young musician are from marching in drum and bugle corps. Formerly a member of San Jose Rebels Drum and Bell (lyre) Corps and Knight Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps, I practiced my way up to playing the rudimental snare drum with the Concord Blue Devils and experienced the thrill of winning the DCI National Championships in 1976.

"The Wall" - 1976 Blue Devils championship snare line