Author Archives: Tom O'Hanlan


Virginia Tech, BS in Electrical Engineering

Waynesboro, VA

Proud grandfather, bass player, budding tree farmer

Young Farmers and Driverless Tractors

A couple of years ago, I posted about technology in precision farming being used to save time and money in the field. More and more farmers are adopting new means of monitoring and controlling their farms. But it’s not just about saving time and money for these farmers. Automating processes and machinery allows these young entrepreneurs to have a better quality of life.

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Students Honored for Mechatronics, Robotics & Jet Toy Challenge

Sealevel employees joined other local technology companies and our local schools for An Evening of Celebration at the Pickens County Career and Technology Center. The event recognized elementary through high school students’ achievements in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program.

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Chuck is Coming to Town!!

You may have heard that our spokesperson and good friend Chuck Leavell is performing a one-night only show in Greenville next week. We’re really excited about this show for a lot of reasons, but most of all, we’re happy to be partnering with Chuck, the Randall Bramblett Band, Edwin McCain and Euphoria to help support our communities.

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What Do Chuck Leavell and Betty White Have In Common?

Congratulations to our friend and spokesperson Chuck Leavell, on being named an honorary forest ranger by the U. S. Forest Service! Many people know Chuck for his music, but he’s also a dedicated conservationist and tree farmer. Feel free to leave Chuck a message, and we’ll make sure he receives it.

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Chuck Leavell at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards

To follow up on last week’s blog, I wanted to share a few photos of Sealevel spokesman and world-renowned musician Chuck Leavell at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. Congratulations again to Chuck, the Allman Brothers and all of this year’s Grammy winners!

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Chuck Leavell to Receive Lifetime Achievement Grammy

I’m proud to announce that our friend and spokesperson Chuck Leavell will be receiving a well-deserved honor this weekend. During the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, Chuck will be included to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award with the Allman Brothers Band. Be sure to check your local listings and check out the show.

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Enter to Win an Autographed Copy of The Digital I/O Handbook

What inspired you to become an engineer? Tom’s story began when he was a student at Virginia Tech. Tell us your story. Who or what inspired you to become an engineer? The top 10 stories will receive a free autographed copy of The Digital I/O Handbook courtesy of Tom O’Hanlan and Jon Titus.

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Why Chuck Leavell Matters to Sealevel

I often get asked why we have associated our business with rock and roller, environmentalist, and great guy, Chuck Leavell. You have to understand the culture here to see the connection. I think the creative boost works. Sealevel employs and retains extremely bright and creative people in all disciplines. We work, eat, party, care for, attend games, and do lots of community service as a company.

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Industry Trends: Failure Is Not An Option

I consider crucial computer systems to be those that are inherently reliable and must not fail. Many critical applications require computers that can operate for years without maintenance in challenging environments. Sealevel has been a leader in the design and manufacture of solid-state computing for several years. We eliminate the hard drive by utilizing flash memory devices, which were initially like the compact flash cartridges found in your digital camera, but more recently solid state drives (SSDs).

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Pinetop Perkins: A Delta Blues Legend

The world has lost another musical legend this week. Delta blues pianist Pinetop Perkins died of a heart attack in Austin on March 21. From the origin of our name to our spokesman, Chuck Leavell, to Sealevel engineer Frank Phelps’ son’s band, Burning Nova, music has a huge role in life at Sealevel. We owe a huge debt to the men and women who gave it their all on stage and in the studio to bring us the soundtracks to our lives. Without musical pioneers like Pinetop Perkins, our world wouldn’t be the same.

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