John R. Grala is a technologist responsible for cutting edge designs used in government, healthcare, nuclear and the electric utility industry for over 30 years.
Mr. Grala studied media, technology and culture in Japan at the University of Tsukuba, where he was provided unprecedented access to technology giants and cultural artifacts across Japan by his Sensei and lifelong friend, Professor Saisuke Ieno.
John graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego and has spent most of his career as a technology designer, developer, business process optimization and knowledge transfer expert - while always acting as futurist and solution provider.
John has a deep appreciation for the arts, history and culture. He is an expert in decoding light and sound, digital image processing algorithms and known for flawless execution behind the lens. He has led community projects involving the transfer of knowledge using technology, eco-cultural heritage, geospatial archeology and cloud computing.
Mr. Grala is a writer, producer and director for the National Treasure Series: Stories Across America, Stories Across Canada, Unique Patterns of Nature and Tales from the Master Storytellers from the Digital Deli Archive™.
Quick Facts About John R. Grala
John was given his first camera when he was 7 years old.
He travelled to 42 US states and across Ontario and Quebec, Canada by age 12.
Formally trained in photography and darkroom techniques age 13.
Studied radio and TV broadcasting, audio engineering, instructional media development at State University of New York Oswego.
Audio Engineering Society Student member, FCC 3rd Class Radio license with Endorsement (WRVO). [Bill Shigley, Lou O'Donnel, Tina Pieracinni]
Assistant Instructor Technology and Media for S. Ieno, University Tsukuba, Japan.
Studied culture, art, history, technology University Tsukuba, Japan.
"Learning to See" - lunch at Yasunari Kawabata's home with Dai-Sensei Ieno.
Documented the last traditional Native American wedding ceremony believed to have taken place on the Oswego River in upstate New York.
Built a digital mobile laboratory for remote expeditions to document history, culture, nature, artifacts, stories, lore and customs across the northeast heritage corridor (New York State, New England, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Bay of Fundy, Cape Breton, Appalachia, the Adirondack, Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountain regions) by engaging the locals.
A deep dive into advanced raw image processing algorithms led to the creation of a fully calibrated media laboratory to push the envelop on professional digital imaging.
A chance meeting with Michael Reichman in Toronto. It was said "they were like two boys with sparklers waiting for the parade to begin." Two different roads to the same goal - explore our world and document it.
Tell us your most precious stories and show us the artifacts of your world was a common theme when inviting people to make a deposit into the Archive. Many unanticipated doors opened.
Before the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor or the Great Lakes Seaway Trail was formed John contacted federal agencies about exposing the area as a national scenic byway.
John attended the 1st meeting convened of the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor federal commission.
When Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell declared the Erie Canal a National Historic Landmark John delivered a speech to the Commission at the grand celebration.
John and his partner Barbara created the GT1 (geospatial Team One) Student Explorer Program to teach middle school children about culture, history, geoinformatics, cloud computing, archival grade research and eco-cultural heritage presentation skill development.
John is the Chief Technology Architect of the Digital Deli.
Member: IEEE, Opens in new windowIEEE Computer Society, Opens in new windowIEEE Communications Society (1996-2018), Technology Alliance of Central New York (TACNY), early adopter Opens in new windowTED.
Founder: QC Communications; Co-founder: Digital Deli, Global Media and Communications™; Co-founder: The Digital Deli Archive™; Digital Deli Cyber Intelligence™; Creator: smART Media Visual Solutions™, Live Labels™; Co-creator: smART Health Media™, smART Media for the Classroom™, Digital Deli TV Regional Content and Edu-tainment Networks ™; Master of Light and Sound at Digital Deli Studios™; Inventor: Digital Deli Business Innovation ∴ Think Tank™; Chief Technologist: Digital Deli, Global Media and Communications.