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Larry Porn Recognized for Contributions to His Community

Mr. Porn designed the first electronic odometer for General Motors



    FLUSHING, MI, June 14, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Larry Porn has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

With over 36 years of professional experience in engineering, Mr. Porn officially retired from the field in 1996, though he continues to remain active in the field to maintain his knowledge through participation with community organizations. He joined the Genesee Free-Net in the early days of the internet, quickly volunteering with the group to help people learn how to use the internet, troubleshoot issues with the network, and helping to get people online. He also developed a database in order to keep track of membership, status and payments in order to keep service alive for the membership. He helped lead the efforts to lease modems, during days of dial-up, and modernize the system to keep up with technological advances when modems became too slow for modern day data rates. He currently serves as chairman of the board of directors.

He serves in a similar function with his church helping in the late 90's to upgrade them to a relational database system and modernizing their network, servers and other equipment about every three years. In 2015 a phone system using the same network was added. As a member of the Flushing High School Alumni Association Board, he developed a relational database system to organize individual members, keep track of their status, and use the data to facilitate the annual luncheon. He has also taught electronics at Mott Community College. He served as president of the Flint Aero Radio Club in the early 1960s. He has been a member of the Flushing Lions Club for 46 years, a Past President and currently is their secretary. He has also served at the Lions District Level as a District Governor, an International Officer in 1090, and he has chaired several committees including, constitution and bylaws, the IT committee with his background and many other committees and received awards at that level including District Lion of the Year in 1988 before serving as Governor.

Since 1984, he has been involved with the Knights of Columbus, having joined them in order to sing with their chorus. He was soon promoted to Grand Knight, and won a Star Council Award and was appointed as a District Deputy due to his leadership as Grand Knight. He served in that position for four years after he completed serving in office as a District Governor for Lions Clubs International.

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Porn worked for AC Spark Plug for 36 years, having begun with them as an intern while in college. Here, he supervised a test development group, computerizing testing projects, and instrumenting a dynamometer laboratory, which was designed to develop the catalytic converter. He also worked on control systems and instrument panels, where he designed the first electronic odometer for General Motors. This led to working at the GM Tech Center in an all components division advanced engineering team for one year. He returned to AC as Head of the Advanced Development Electronics Department which included computer systems. He retired from that Department.

Mr. Porn's interest in engineering began at a very early age, having earned a Blue Ribbon from Dr. Werner von Braun for a radio controlled boat project he entered in the first Flint Science Fair, which was later displayed in his school. In addition, Mr. Porn is known for his willingness to help others and had a reputation for being able to fix anything, even as a child. He earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, with high honors, from Michigan State University and was a member of two engineering honor societies. In 1967 he earned a Master's degree from the University of Michigan. In 1970, he designed and built his own house when he returned to Flushing MI. Throughout his career, Mr. Porn has been recognized for his accomplishments and has received many awards for them.

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