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Who I am, Where I have worked, What I have worked on, and What I have learned

Who I am, Where I have worked, What I have worked on, and What I have learned

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    • Who Am I? My wife says I’m a nerd.
      • Some key events in my life
        • Grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles.
        • First saw a computer in late ‘70s—remember Wang computers?
        • Moved to South New Jersey in ‘93, West Massachusetts in ‘99, Ellicott City in ‘04.
      • Educated at UCLA: BSE (’84), MSEE (’87), PhD (’89)
      • Married for 15 years
          • Met my wife on a weekend car-camp trip with the Sierra Club.
          • Son – Dirk, 10 years old
          • Daughter – Rya, 6 years old
      • Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2000—changed my life, mostly for the better.
      • Interests include family (my kids need a lot of playtime), writing (two books), piano, diabetes care, traveling, reading,…
    • Career
      • Hughes Missile Sys Canoga Park, CA 1984-1993
        • Designed mm-wave components including oscillators, LNAs, antennas.
        • Worked part time/attended UCLA as Hughes Fellow until 1989.
        • Chose to leave when company decided to move to Tucson.
      • LM Gov’t Elec Sys Moorestown, NJ 1993-1999
        • Shipboard and ground-based active phased arrays.
        • Antenna subsystems design and analysis; briefly led T/R module group.
        • Rose to top of technical ladder. Telecom boom presented opportunities.
      • Millitech South Deerfield, MA 1999-2004
        • Designed mm-wave circuits and antennas for terrestrial fixed data links.
        • Pros: small, commercial company, diverse work, great environment, loved it!
        • Cons: poorly managed, no security, stock options became worthless,…
      • Northrop Grumman Baltimore, MD 2004-?
        • Consulting engineer in antenna department, but my background is diverse (design, analysis, active circuits, antennas,…)
        • I’m staying put! My family has had it with moving--my kids have a say now too.
    • Some things I have done elsewhere…
    • 22+ Years of Lessons Learned…
      • JOB GROWTH: Challenge yourself. Welcome new assignments.
      • Learn as much as you can.
        • Join a technical society (IEEE,…)—stay technically up-to-date. Attend and present at conferences.
        • Get a Graduate degree. Finish graduate school before you get married (or at least before you have kids).
        • Find a mentor (someone you respect, your can learn from, a leader).
        • Stay technically broad.
      • The best engineers are creative.
        • Look for opportunities to innovate--there are still things left to invent.
        • Do something differently the second time around.
      • Always be a team player: helping others can only help you.
      • Be a Leader
        • Take responsibility for your work.
        • Motivate others.
        • Be generous and take the time to share your knowledge.
        • Learn to write (spell) and give presentations
      • Publish: a list of publications is good, especially if you decide to change companies.
      • LIFE BALANCE: 8-5 is more than enough time spent at work each day.
      • Corollary: I do my best thinking away from the office.
      • CHANGING JOBS: Don’t change jobs for more money (unless you are a CEO or a pro athlete).
      • Working at different companies gives you perspective.
      • Each time you start a new job, you have to prove yourself over again.