by LYDIA COBB | photos by Spark Photography

Scout’s Honor

volunteer_zeidler2When Brandon Zeidler was 15 and growing up in Scripps Ranch, he penned his life goals. His Eagle Scout application detailed his ambitions to earn a PhD in electrical engineering, to raise an active family, and to continue in scout leadership if he had sons. Check! His goals were met, and continue to evolve. Brandon is Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 624 with boys spanning first through fifth grade in Carmel Mt. Ranch. “I owe my success to the unique combination of technical education that I learned in school and the leadership skills that I developed in scouting,” said Brandon.

He and his wife, Michelle, have two young sons who attend Shoal Creek Elementary. Drake is in third grade and a Bear Scout. Their future Tiger Cub, Gavin, is in kindergarten. The Zeidlers bought their first home here in 2007 and feel blessed to have their families nearby. In high school, Brandon started a computer repair business and was hired for his first high-tech job. He attended UCSB on a full scholarship and graduated with honors in electrical and computer engineering, and added, “I had the privilege of being selected to deliver our commencement address.” His father inspires him. He is a retired Navy scientist and emeritus research physicist at UCSD. Together, they co-founded Adaptive Dynamics, Inc. – from literally the kitchen table – to an expanded facility in the community. Brandon solved a problem that revolutionized digital signal processing and trademarked the invention of the MAGIC© filter. He elaborated, “This technique makes it possible to do things with radio signals that are akin to separating individual voices in a crowded room, or hearing a mouse squeak in a rock concert.”

Name: Brandon James Zeidler
Community: Carmel Mountain Ranch
Volunteer Affiliation: Cubmaster, Cub Scout Pack 624
Occupation: Co-founder of Adaptive Dynamics, Inc.
Family: Wife – Michelle; sons – Drake and Gavin; Portuguese water dogs – Brody and Cooper
Interests: Skiing, mountain biking, running, hiking, camping


His talents in outdoor sports are credited to scouting. But some children struggle more than others. That’s why Brandon is entrusted with the boys that have potential but need an extra guiding hand. “I want to see all our boys prepared not merely to succeed, but to be the leaders at the forefront of their professional fields and local communities, and dedicated to the cause of instilling these values in the next generation,” he added. “I also think it’s a lot of fun to lead crazy songs at our pack events and connect with the boys doing silly things.” With humor and a dedication for teamwork, Brandon thrives in volunteerism. It’s more than a campout. It’s about nurturing future leaders.

Group: Boy Scouts of America, Cub Scout Pack 624
Mission: To promote youth character and leadership development