Born in the United States (Colorado) and currently living in Chicago. Attended university while living in Colorado at Colorado State University where I received a BS in Physics. Also received an education certificate for teaching secondary education (science).
I started my working life early, around fourteen/fifteen in the Industrial Science area constructing residential and commercial buildings with my father and brothers. Later, as an undergraduate, at university I conducted Civil Engineering research. Once in the Physics program at CSU I conducted X-Ray crystallography experiments on Palladium Hydrides. Also, as an undergraduate, I worked at the then National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST) in Boulder Colorado. While at NIST I wrote particle simulations in FORTRAN to model the Solar Wind’s interaction with the Earth’s magnetosphere.
After receiving my undergraduate degree I taught Physics in one of the local High Schools. While teaching I discovered employment opportunities at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
I moved to Illinois to work at Fermilab. While working there I discovered that I was far more interested in writing software than running particle accelerators. I spent nine years at Fermilab and then moved on to writing software for the financial markets. First for FutureSource (http://www.futuresource.com/), Oster-Dow Jones News and now for Townsend Analytics, Ltd. (http://www.taltrade.com/).
Really Cool Jobs I've had
- Building scale models of cities, river basins and airports, flooding them and recording the data for Civil Engineers at CSU.
- Operating and tuning the worlds highest energy partical accelerator: Tevatron
- Writing software to control, at the sub-millimeter level, 8GeV proton beam: Fermilab's Main Injector
- Writing software to control/monitor the worlds largest cryogenic system: Tevatron
- Rebuilding/Rewritting the Oster-Dow Jones news database
- Writing matching-engines for electronic trading