Glen’s career has combined electrical engineering with a long-standing interest in archaeology. His first exposure to archaeology came in 1973 as an undergraduate at MIT, when he joined a Harvard team excavating the remote site of Tepe Yahya in Iran. Although he was not able to return to archaeology for another twenty years, it became a life-long passion.
At MIT, Glen joined the Institute’s Innovation Center and in his last semester helped develop a low cost home video game, TV Tennis. After graduating with a degree in electrical engineering, he became Chief Engineer at Executive Games, which for a time became the world’s third largest producer of home video games. In 1977, his work was featured in People Magazine’s “Up and Coming” section.
In 1980, even before graduating, Glen started his own firm to develop and market his inventions. He worked on a rudimentary camcorder, an early cordless phone and a three-dimensional display. Through such efforts, he became an expert in engineering devices to comply with state and federal rules and standards, including rules imposed by the Federal Communication Commission which required most electronic devices to meet strict radio emissions limits. Ultimately, Glen’s focus shifted from invention to the testing and certification of electronic devices for regulatory compliance. He formed three companies, Compliance Design, an instrumentation maker, Compliance Engineering, a technical publisher, and Dash, Straus and Goodhue, an engineering consultancy. After eleven years, Glen sold all three companies along with his patent portfolio to a multinational.
Glen worked as an employee of his own firm for the next few years. Then, in 1996, he returned to archaeology. He formed the Glen Dash Foundation for Archeological Research intent on using his electrical engineering skills to aid archaeologists, principally through the application of remote sensing technologies to archaeological problems.
Since then Glen has worked in Egypt, Greece, Cyprus and the United States. In Greece, Glen used radar to search for the classical city of Helike on the Gulf of Corinth, destroyed and submerged in an earthquake in 373 BCE. In Cyprus, using magnetometry, Glen mapped the island of Yeronisos, now thought to be a palace of Cleopatra VII. In the US, Glen worked at the historic Saint Ignatius Church in Port Tobacco, Maryland, attempting to locate part of the Underground Railroad.
But most of Glen’s work has been in Egypt. As part of the Ancient Egypt Research Associates’ Giza Plateau Mapping Project, Glen and his Foundation have conducted numerous surface and subsurface surveys across the ancient necropolis. These included magnetometry and GPR studies of the Workers City (2000 and 2001), an electromagnetic induction (EMI) survey in association with Tremaine Associates (2003), and GPR surveys of the Menkaure Valley Temple, Khentkawes Town and south of the Khafre Valley Temple (2006 and 2008). In 2010, he and his wife, Dr. Joan Dash, probed the internal structure of a masonry box attached to the rump of the Sphinx, and a portion of the plateau immediately adjacent to the Second Boat Pit, working for Dr. Zahi Hawass, then General Secretary of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities and Vice Minister of Culture.
At Egypt’s Wadi Gawasis, a port on the Red Sea from which the ancient Egyptians launched expeditions to the fabled land of Punt, Glen conducted magnetometry, EMI and GPR surveys which succeeded in identifying the location of the ancient harbor there (2005, 2006). The Wadi Gawasis expedition is directed by Dr. Kathryn Bard of Boston University and Rudolfo Fattovich of University of Naples, Italy.
In Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, Glen and his Foundation undertook two seasons of topographic and radar work in support of Dr. Zahi Hawass’ expedition, including surface and subsurface surveys throughout the Main and Western Valleys (2007-2010).
Returning the Giza in 2012, the Glen and his Foundation resurveyed the base of the Great Pyramid. Using the data they accumulated as well as data from Ancient Egypt Research Associates’ archives, Glen was able to provide new estimates for the size and orientation of Great Pyramid. The work also resulted in new and more accurate maps of the major monuments on the Giza Plateau.
Recently Glen has been testing various theories regarding the alignment of the pyramids in an attempt to identify how the ancient Egyptians could have aligned the huge monuments so accurately with relatively primitive tools. His work has shown that the Egyptians could have indeed achieved their results using only wood, rope, stone and copper by observing either the sun or the stars.