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ROSE, Michael B. Consulting Engineer Michael Brian Rose, died peacefully at his home in Plymouth, MA after a long battle with cancer on July 27th. Son of the late Marjorie Rose of Columbia, MD and brother of the late Alan Rose of New York City, he was born in Colorado, raised in Mississippi, Maryland, and Texas, and spent his working life in Massachusetts as a self-educated engineer. He liked music, especially folk songs and blues, loved building silly projects, enjoyed working on cars, and had fun cooking interesting meals and entertaining his large network of friends and loved ones. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles and bicycles all over Cape Cod and South Coast New England, and he knew well most of the bike trails from Providence to the outer cape. He left this life happy to have spent much of it using his creative intelligence to solve complex engineering problems in his own elegant way, but his innovative playfulness extended enthusiastically to his private life as well, making each chore and project a happy adventure. Mikey's large group of friends and loved ones will be hard pressed to match the level of joy and unpredictable fun he brought to everyday life. He was a delight to know, and we shall not see his like again. In the 1970s, Michael worked for Wind Turbine Generators (WTG), a company which built and operated the first commercially viable electricity producing wind turbine with computer controls in North America. Michael created all the controls for the 200 kW WTG. These controlled the blades, the tip activators that triggered braking in high winds, the frequency of the current, etc. Additionally, these controls allowed the wind generator to successfully power Cuttyhunk IsIand. Other places where WTG placed their turbines included Nova Scotia and Wales. Michael went on to become a successful consultant working with many prominent engineering firms in the Boston Area. Among his many accomplishments, he was part of the team that successfully built the back-up cameras now widely used in the automotive industry. Michael was a life-long learner who embraced and mastered each new technology as it appeared, and he was always willing to mentor young men and women on their quest to become scientists, computer experts, and engineers. Although he was proud of his engineering accomplishments, he liked to look up at the stars and see the big picture, "I came, I did stuff, and I left." Devoted husband of Jing Zang, he is also survived by his sister-in-law Anne Rose, and goddaughter Lingyi Rose. He leaves behind many other friends and loved ones whose lives are richer for having known him. A memorial is being planned for October.

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Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 16, 2018
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