Hello, I'm Jon Peltier, of Peltier Technical Services. I've recently become a full time Excel developer, combining Excel's worksheet functionality and charting capabilities with its powerful VBA programming environment to produce solutions in engineering, finance, and marketing. With VBA and Visual Basic, Excel can be integrated with PowerPoint, Word, and other applications to supplement its analysis and reporting capabilities.
I am a metallurgist by training, with a Doctor of Science degree from MIT. I have over 20 years experience in research and development, and more recently in manufacturing and production support, in the aerospace, automotive, and industrial parts industries. My background includes Statistics, Total Quality, and Six Sigma. I first got involved with computers in grad school, using tiny desktop computers (tiny only by today's standards) to control mechanical testing equipment, to monitor tests and collect data, and to chart results. Back in those days, you programmed a plotter to draw your chart for you. It was up to you to compute axis scales, move the pen to computed points, draw markers and labels. Applied algebra, I guess.
I started using Excel and the rest of the Microsoft Office suite as part of my job: doing research, analyzing data, and writing reports. But I soon became obsessed with all things Excel, first with formulas, then with XLM (no, not XML!), and finally with VBA. I was nominated as a Microsoft Excel MVP in 2001, and renominated every year since.
I've put together an extensive web site (http://peltiertech.com), which has an emphasis on working with Excel charts. Many of the tutorials and examples are techniques for achieving charting effects that, at first glance, seem impossible. I am active in Microsoft's newsgroups and in other online forums, such as Mr. Excel. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.