Posted 09 October 2008 - 12:15 AM
Hi, I'll try not to waste too much of your time introducing myself.
I'm a degreed industrial engineer who has worked almost no time at industrial engineering. Most of my career revolved around the assembly and fabrication of electronic devices and assemblies. I enjoy chemical processes (plating, etching, vapor dep, etc.) most, but love being involved with design and development also.
My first computer language was fortran IV. Basic was not available in college at that time, and cobal wasn't thought to be appropriate for engineers, being a business language. I taught myself basic, pascal and C++ after I got out of school but that was years ago. In fact the first modem program I owned was one that I wrote in pascal and it zipped along at 300 baud.
My first desktop computer was a Western Digital microEngine, with two 8" floppy drives and no hard drive. My brother and I piggybacked the memory DIPs (Dual Inline Packages), added a mess of jumper wires, and doubled the ram from 64K to 128K. It was a pascal based machine (OS) and was before DOS, the apple, or the IBM pc.
I enjoy playing with computers and do it a lot now that I'm disabled. I broke my neck in seven places and use typing on the keyboard to get my hands working again. I can also now walk short distances. The doctors had sent me home after they destroyed my nerves by installing the wrong hardware. The neckbrace sprang apart, damaging nerves and left me as a quadripliegic. My surgeon's jaw dropped when I got up from my wheelchair some eight month after the operation. He and other experts had given up on me and sent me home to be a bed case.
I've worked cosmetics (creams, lotions, and lipsticks) for Kolmar Labs, smart munitions (bombs shot from hopwitzers for lack of a better description) for the army research and development command (ARDEC) and on the Mars rover, Space Technology Vehicle II, galaxy explorer, and micro-gravity experimentation for JPL. I miss working. Perhaps some day I'll recover enough to teach or work engineering again. I think I'm nearly there but I'll have to convince others that I am. I don't post a lot but if I can contribute, I will.
BTW, SADARM can be found on the web via a search. I have video of the actual trials that I think I can find ands put in an avi file if anyone is interested. Also, I have the propaganda video for MER (Mars Exploration Rover) that was made to get funding. It's history but actually fun to watch and listen to. I could upload that also. Let me know if there's interest.