10 Things Speech

A few months ago, I met Prof. Jay Wilhelm from WVU at a joint biology/engineering workshop in Washington, D.C. He asked if I would give a talk to engineering students and some faculty about SparkFun (what it provides to students and teachers) as well as some life lessons learned in the course of my engineering career. I readily agreed and put together a talk.

On Thursday (2/26/15), I will be giving the speech, which I lovingly titled (based on a speech by Alton Brown at his Live show):

10 things I’m pretty sure I learned about engineering while working in industry

In the speech, I discuss a few things that I have learned over the past few years. Specifically, they are things I wish I had learned during my undergraduate studies. Continue reading

My Time at the USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF 2014)

SparkFun USASEF 2014 solder blob(Image courtesy of SparkFun Electronics)


This past weekend, my fellow coworkers and I attended the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. More than just attended, we had a booth to teach kids (and adults) how to solder. People would wait in line, get a free kit (Yes, free. They got to take it home.), and sit down at a soldering station where we would help them learn the basics as they made their way through the soldering kit. This was a huge hit, and apparently, it has been for some time for SparkFun. Continue reading