I was born in Berkeley, California - a second generation Californian. (A rare breed - especially here in the Silicon Valley where it seems like everyone comes from out of state.) I got my BSEE from UC Berkeley, where I lived in a student Co-op called Cloyne Court. I now work for a company called SRI International in the Systems Technology Division as a Research Engineer. I've also been involved in projects where we use the GPS satellites directly as a reference (as opposed to using them for time or position determination).
As you can tell from the list of topics on my home page, I have a wide variety of interests and activities that I've picked up over the years. Though it is not listed first, the first hobby I picked up was Astronomy and Telescope Making (hence the lathe). For as long as I remember, I've had an interest in optical devices, starting with magnifying glasses, (ok, so I was interested primarily in frying bugs at the time - isn't that what little boys love to do?), which rapidly progressed to compound optics (microscopes and telescopes). I've ground several lenses, and have assembled several telescopes over the years.
Since getting a book on Astronomy as a birthday present in elementary school I've also been more than a little curious about the objects which populate the universe - what they look like, how they form and evolve, and how we deduce their physical properties. Even though I majored in Electrical Engineering, I took quite a few Astronomy courses while at Berkeley.
Biathlon is a sport I happened to come across after I started doing cross-country ski races. I showed up on the wrong weekend for a race, but a biathlon was being held that weekend. Not having ever shot before, and being anti-gun, I was reluctant to do the race. But the race crew offered to spend several hours with me prior to the race teaching me how to shoot. I completed the race, managed to hit several of the targets, won a prize, and got hooked into a sport I had never heard of before that weekend.
In addition to cross country skiing, I downhill ski, do ski jumping (Auburn Ski Club has a small jump hill), snow boarding, and just about anything else that can be done on the snow. As you can see by the pictures, I also do Summer Biathlon.
|Skiing a cornice- 45k||Shoot-off - 54k|
One activity leads in a serendipidous way to another. While taking a biathlon coaching class, I found out that my skating technique was flawed. In an effort to correct the problem, I started doing dry land training on ... you guessed it - rollerblades. Rollerblades lead to Roller Hockey, where I met my current housemate, who Windsurfs.
To be continued....