Bio: Daryl Eigen, Ph.D.
Daryl enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1966 and went to Vietnam that summer. He served the first part of his tour with 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines (in 1966) and the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines for the remainder of his tour (in 1967). He was awarded 3 purple hearts from wounds sustained from three different engagements with the enemy. He participated in over twelve operations against enemy forces. He was honorably discharged November 1968.
Shortly after Daryl’s release from service, he attended college and received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee with the financial aid of the GI bill, scholarships and several grants. He invented an n-dimensional cluster analysis algorithm for NASA and is one of the first to have created a software implementation of a neural network. He matriculated as a PhD student in Computer Science at Rutgers University. He received a PhD in engineering from Northwestern University under a Bell Labs scholarship. He joined Bell Labs as a Member of Technical Staff and later as Supervisor of Technical Staff, where he created popular telephone services such as Calling Card Service and the partial automation of collect service with the first network application of voice recognition. He also developed the AT&T audible logo. He worked on several other inventions in his career, including the first integration of voice and data on the PC, fault-tolerant optical switch, Integrated ASE and OSA, among others.
Daryl has authored more than fifty technical publications. He enjoyed a corporate career and held a number of senior positions, such as senior vice president of the international division of a Fortune 100 company and CEO of several venture-funded high-tech companies. After his corporate career he obtained a second master’s degree in transpersonal psychology from the institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, CA (now Sofia University), and a 500-hour registered yoga instructor certification from Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville, CA.
For several years he contributed his time, training, and efforts as a yoga teacher to DePaul, a low-income alcohol and drug rehabilitation center in Portland, OR that serves vets. He has traveled the world extensively and has been to more than eighty-five countries. His highest accomplishment was marrying Lucy Burwell Eigen, a beautiful, smart, and loving woman. Daryl is the proud father of Tony, Lori, Molly, and Sarah and grandfather to Amelia, Sophia, Zoe and Nora.
He has been quoted in Business Week, The Wall Street Journal and CNN plus several local media and has given numerous talks on technology and spirituality.