Explaining Complex Technology

Meet Tom

Dr. Thomas Spiglanin (Tom) is the Director of Education at Palm Springs Windmill Tours. He focuses on explaining electrical distribution, storage, and production from the wind, sun, geothermal, natural gas, and other sources to the public. He uses a variety of media, including video, audio, informational wall displays, interactive digital media, exhibit signage, and guided tours, occasionally leading the latter himself.

Tom assumed his position in 2020 after retiring from a science and technical education career with The Aerospace Corporation for over 33 years. His last role was overseeing the peer-to-peer training program for the company that supports national security space, helping experts teach their knowledge to others, each of whom may have tremendous expertise in unrelated fields. In this role, he learned the value of communicating complex concepts in ways others can understand.

Tom is excited about the future of renewable energy, now being spurred by grid-scale energy storage that will help reduce national dependence on fossil fuels that are increasingly more expensive. 

Communication has always been key to business success, but it has become even more important in this digital era.

Qualifications & Awards



  • Ph.D., Wesleyan University
  • B.S., University of California at Riverside
  • Certified Instructional Designer


  • 33 years experience in corporate
    education focusing on communication skills for technical staff
  • Frequent speaker at conferences, including the eLearning Guild and the Association for Talent Development


  • Recognized for innovative techniques in education and customer appreciation
  • Author of more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles



Thomas Spiglanin, Ph.D.
Ansera Solutions



La Quinta, CA