About Paul R. Newman
Paul R. Newman is a retired resident of Oceanside with an extensive background in Science and Technology, that includes management up to the corporate vice-president level as well as experience as experience as a professor teaching at the graduate level in several universities in the US as well as internationally.
Paul received his BS in science from Antioch College in Ohio in 1970, then went on to obtain his PhD in Physics from Michigan State University in 1975. He completed his education with a two-year post-doctoral appointment at the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter at the University of Pennsylvania.
Following his post doc studies, in 1977 Paul joined the Rockwell International Science Center, the corporate R&D lab in Thousand Oaks, CA. Entering the company as a member of the technical staff, Paul worked his way up through positions of increasing technical and managerial responsibilities from group manager up to principal scientist.
In 1994 Paul was recruited to the position of corporate vice-president of R&D for JBL Professional in Northridge CA, a world leader in professional audio equipment. Under his management, some 30 new products were launched, including EON, one of JBL’s most successful products.
Following JBL, in 1997 Paul moved to Oregon, and joined Electro Scientific Instruments in Beaverton, as its Director of Product Research. Here Paul was able to draw on his physics background to help direct the development of new technology and applications for this company that uses lasers to drill sub-micron holes in electronic materials and components.
Deciding it was time for a strategic change in career direction, in 1998 he left ESI and became a professor at the Oregon Graduate Institute in Hillsboro, where he taught strategic technology management courses from 1998 to 2009. In addition to developing and teaching courses at the Masters level, Paul also adapted several of the courses and developed a graduate certificate of technology management in health care, which went on to be one of the most successful endeavors at OGI, later becoming the basis for a Management in Health Care Masters Degree which is still being taught today at OHSU (OGI having merged with OHSU).
When OGI merged with OHSU, Paul joined the Engineering Technology Management Department at Portland State University where he taught some six masters level courses, and developed one of the Department’s most successful courses “New Venture Management” in which students pursued the development of real products or businesses from technology developed on campus. Paul taught at PSU from 2006-2011.
From 2011-2012, Paul joined the Atkinson School of Management, at Willamette University where he taught a masters level course in “International Management and Innovation.”
Paul’s teaching career was also extended by a series of engagements in global outreach programs with universities such as the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands. During the period 1999-2011, as a visiting adjunct professor, he taught various graduate level management programs in Korea, China, and Vietnam.
Roughly at the same time he began his teaching career, Paul launched his own consulting company, Cooper Mountain Research, which served several local Portland area companies in product development and science and technology management. Some of his clients were Xerox, Tektronix, H-P, InFocus and Mentor Graphics.
In 2012, Paul officially retired from teaching and high tech consulting. At that time, he built a house and moved to Oceanside, OR, where he and his wife currently reside. After becoming familiar with the community and the larger picture of the county, Paul decided there were some activities to which his background might enable helpful contributions. From 2012-2015 Paul joined the Tillamook Futures Council, a subcommittee convened by the County Commissioners to analyze the County’s needs and develop to strategic recommendations for the commissioners.
Having met the Oceanside Water District’s Watermaster in 2015, Paul became aware of a potential community threat to its drinking water posed by spraying of herbicide in the forest containing the Short Creek watershed, the source for the community’s water. He initiated and received funding from the OHA (OR Health Authority) for a research program, currently being carried out jointly with Stimson Lumber (the owner of the forest), to assess the effects of herbicide spray on Short Creek. He also was named chairman of an ONA subcommittee on Clean Water by ONA’s president, Jud Randall.
At the time, he received the OHA grant, Paul was elected to the Oceanside Water District board of commissioners, where he continues to be a commissioner today.
Issues of Concern:
As a community member of Oceanside, Paul sees the following issues to be of concern and in need of focus by interested and concerned citizens:
- Clean Water– There continue to be unresolved issues associated with the future of the quality of drinking water for Oceanside. These include the un-monitored use of herbicides in the watershed, as well as natural threats from landslides.
- Functional Roads– At present, there is only one fully functional road in and out of Oceanside, SR 131, and indeed even that is showing ominous warning sides of slides at various points. The second alternate route into town, Cape Meares Loop Road is at present closed. It has been reopened under emergency situations several times in the past years, but it has since deteriorated even more. An alternate route for the road has been proposed, but it will not be functional until 2021 at the earliest.
- Emergency Communications– Several years ago, it was possible to summon emergency help from locations near the beach and in the town center by using a land line pay phone. That phone has since been removed and there is no longer any public phone available. Cell phone communications, a reasonable alternative, is not uniformly available throughout the community. This latter situation is particularly troublesome should there be a power outage, or some event that cuts land lines.
- Community Culture and Lifestyle– As the population inevitably increases, we are seeing signs of collision between the community, its lifestyle, the businesses that sustain and nurture the economics, and the onslaught of tourists. A systematic approach to a strategy that will allow the community to sustain its character and still accommodate a reasonable level of growth needs to be undertaken. If not, events will no doubt overtake Oceanside, and the results may not be pretty.
- Geology and Geography– With growing threats both natural and man-made, some action and planning needs to be thought about now. Landslides, Storm/Wave erosion, overhead power lines, and offshore wind/wave generation structures all posing threats, the community needs to be aware of this very dynamic situation and avail itself of education and informational programs from the various local state and federal agencies having responsibility. Timely updates and town hall information sessions will help in this regard.