Blaine Readler graduated from Penn State with a degree in electrical engineering, and has been developing complex digital systems for over thirty-five years. He has worked with major corporations such as IBM, General Electric, and Northrup-Grumman, as well as small start-ups. He has been designing with FPGAs since their introduction thirty years ago. He has written two FPGA-related reference books, which have sold over ten thousand copies, and has taught introductory programming classes at community colleges. He holds a number of patents, including for the FakeTV home security product.