Papers, Publications and Presentations
"Bring A Dead Band To Life" A short article describing the design of a Very-High-Frequency radio beacon in CQ (Amateur Radio) magazine, December 1976
"Mountain Line" A short article describing radio frequency transmission losses at Very-High-Frequencies in The West Coast VHFer, April 1982
"Current State of Robotics in Industry" An invited 30 minute presentation to the West Virginia Department of Education, Vocational Education Conference, August 1983
"Practical Applications for Robots" An invited one hour presentation at an Institute of Industrial Engineers' seminar titled "Practical Applications for Gaining the Competitive Edge," March 1985
"The Sleeping Giant Awakens" A short article on solar electromagnetic activity published in OVAS News (Newsletter of the Ohio Valley Astronomical Society), June 1989
"Tech-Prep Class Developed Winners in 1965" A paper detailing the results of a 20-year follow-up study of an advanced high school Electronics Technology program sponsored by the "National Defense Education Act of 1958." Presented to the 1992 Annual Session of the West Virginia Academy of Science, April 1992
"These Voc Ed Grads Chose College" The Tech-Prep paper presented to the WV Academy of Science was picked up and summarized in the November/December 1992 issue of Vocational Education Journal
"Industrial Power Quality Problems" An invited 30 minute presentation on industrial power quality problems and Fischer's approach to their solutions. Presented to the prestigious plenary session of the 1997 North American Power Quality Symposium. This international technology-transfer conference was hosted by the Electrical Power Research Institute and Electricite de France, March 1997
Developed and for 13 years instructed the 3 credit hour course "Introduction to Robotics" at Marshall University Community & Technical College, 1986-1999
Ph.D. dissertation: "Calgon Carbon Corporation Strategic Plan to Develop Electrical & Instrumentation Technicians...", Kennedy-Western University, 1993
Coauthor of the three volume set of "Pipeline Electrical & Instrumentation Trainee Guides." These texts are being used by the National Center for Construction Education & Research. They prepare technicians for examinations leading to nationally-portable certification required by law for certain life-critical and environmentally sensitive work on interstate pipelines transporting hazardous materials. 2008
Quoted as a maintenance expert in the March 23, 2012 Industry Week magazine article titled "High Precision Maintenance and Manufacturing Efficiency."
"Labels Can Save Time, Money and Lives" An article published December 13, 2013 on the Graphic Products’ News Blog dealing with electrical safety and proper use of labels on electrical apparatus.
"Sniffing out an intermittent high-voltage fault" A technical article describing the use of logic and forensic science to locate intermittent faults on an industrial high-voltage distribution system. Published in the March 2014 issue of Control Engineering magazine and also online in Safety and Security News.
"Sniffing out an intermittent high-voltage fault" The article in Control Engineering turned out to be the most-read article in the March issue of the on-line version of the magazine. It was reprinted in the April 2014 issue of Plant Engineering magazine.
"Other Dimensions" A two-hour presentation on dowsing, dreams and precognition. Presented to the February 2015 meeting of the Florida Metaphysical Research Forum.
"Build A 50MHz Dipole Out Of Crutches" A short technical article describing the innovative design and construction of a very-high-frequency communications antenna built from a set of aluminum crutches. The antenna can be used over a wide range of frequencies and has several other properties that make it useful for teaching antenna resonance. Published, with front page billing, in the August 2015 issue of Nuts & Volts magazine.
Thirty-minute forums on the Crutches Dipole Project were presented at the 2015 Huntington, WV Hamfest and at the 2015 WV State Ham Radio Convention, both in August, 2015
"Energy around us - Energy in us - Energy IS us" A two-hour presentation on the energy of the universe and various roles of that energy in biologic processes including human physiology. Presented to the March 2016 meeting of the Florida Metaphysical Research Forum in Edgewater, Florida. A second presentation was made on March 23, 2016 to the Titusville Florida Metaphysical Group.
“Using High-Tech Maintenance To Achieve 99% Reliability” A two-hour Industrial Reliability seminar presented July 19, 2016 at Mountwest Community & Technical College. This seminar provided an overview of the process one maintenance department used to take a 250-employee, eastern Kentucky, chemical plant from “fighting fires” to world-class reliability in four years. It included brief introductions to: Vibration Analysis, Laser Alignments, Infrared Analysis, Time-Domain-Reflectometry, Ultrasonic Analysis, and Oil Analyses.
"Mountwest Community & Technical College Professor Corrects 30-Year-Old Textbook Error" A December 10, 2018 Herald-Dispatch article about Dr. Robert L.Fischer discovering the failure mechanism for dielectric materials subjected to high voltages was not properly described in the 12th edition of Grob's Basic Electronics. A McGraw-Hill Science, Engineering and Mathematics Department representative notified Fischer his alternate description of dielectric breakdown has been accepted by both the author and the publisher. It will appear in future editions of the text. Fischer was able to trace the error back to at least the 6th edition of the comprehensive, widely-used, college textbook. The mistake had apparently gone unchallenged for 30 years. December 26 update: Subsequent to publication of this article, Fischer was notified the error had been printed since the 1959 edition of the book - nearly 60 years.