Who Is Eric Holzman Short


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

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Who Is Eric Holzman Short

  1. 1. Who Am I? My wife says I’m a nerd. <ul><li>Some key events in my life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First saw a computer in late ‘70s—remember Wang computers? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moved to South New Jersey in ‘93, West Massachusetts in ‘99, Ellicott City in ‘04. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Educated at UCLA: BSE (’84), MSEE (’87), PhD (’89) </li></ul><ul><li>Married for 15 years </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Met my wife on a weekend car-camp trip with the Sierra Club. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Son – Dirk, 10 years old </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Daughter – Rya, 6 years old </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2000—changed my life, mostly for the better. </li></ul><ul><li>Interests include family (my kids need a lot of playtime), writing (two books), piano, diabetes care, traveling, reading,… </li></ul>
  2. 2. Career <ul><li>Hughes Missile Sys Canoga Park, CA 1984-1993 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Designed mm-wave components including oscillators, LNAs, antennas. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worked part time/attended UCLA as Hughes Fellow until 1989. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chose to leave when company decided to move to Tucson. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LM Gov’t Elec Sys Moorestown, NJ 1993-1999 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shipboard and ground-based active phased arrays. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Antenna subsystems design and analysis; briefly led T/R module group. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rose to top of technical ladder. Telecom boom presented opportunities. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Millitech South Deerfield, MA 1999-2004 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Designed mm-wave circuits and antennas for terrestrial fixed data links. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pros: small, commercial company, diverse work, great environment, loved it! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cons: poorly managed, no security, stock options became worthless,… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Northrop Grumman Baltimore, MD 2004-? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consulting engineer in antenna department, but my background is diverse (design, analysis, active circuits, antennas,…) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I’m staying put! My family has had it with moving--my kids have a say now too. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Some things I have done elsewhere…
  4. 4. 22+ Years of Lessons Learned… <ul><li>JOB GROWTH: Challenge yourself. Welcome new assignments. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn as much as you can. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Join a technical society (IEEE,…)—stay technically up-to-date. Attend and present at conferences. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get a Graduate degree. Finish graduate school before you get married (or at least before you have kids). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find a mentor (someone you respect, your can learn from, a leader). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay technically broad. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The best engineers are creative. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for opportunities to innovate--there are still things left to invent. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do something differently the second time around. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Always be a team player: helping others can only help you. </li></ul><ul><li>Be a Leader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take responsibility for your work. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivate others. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be generous and take the time to share your knowledge. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn to write (spell) and give presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Publish: a list of publications is good, especially if you decide to change companies. </li></ul><ul><li>LIFE BALANCE: 8-5 is more than enough time spent at work each day. </li></ul><ul><li>Corollary: I do my best thinking away from the office. </li></ul><ul><li>CHANGING JOBS: Don’t change jobs for more money (unless you are a CEO or a pro athlete). </li></ul><ul><li>Working at different companies gives you perspective. </li></ul><ul><li>Each time you start a new job, you have to prove yourself over again. </li></ul>