airplanes, space, rockets, robots, linux and two cats
I'm an airplane geek into avionics. I grew up in Portland, Oregon, where I'm living while I finish grad school.
I did five years in the Marines in Yuma, Arizona, deployed once to Iraq and once on the USS Tarawa, got a bachelor's, joined EAA and 99s, got a pilot's license, got an aviation electrician certification, helped build airplanes, got out of the Marines and came back to Portland.
Now I'm getting my Master's in Electrical/Computer Engineering at Portland State. I'm a member of the Portland State Aerospace Society.
I was a member of the Autonomous Vehicles Team and the IEEE-Robotics and Automation student chapter.
I'm a hardware geek with an eye for systems-level thinking and just enough programming skills to make things go. I want to build airplanes and spacecraft. I like the level of design where I can see all the potential pieces and I'm most interested in the puzzle of fitting them together. My internship converted me into a fan of model-based systems engineering.
I've done a lot of mentoring/teaching in the last couple years. Taught an eight-week aeronautics class to fourth and fifth graders, assistant coached Lincoln High School's FIRST Robotics team, mentored a couple of specific students. I like teaching and helping people make connections with technical material.
... but really it's all about the air and space for me.