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Computer Engineer. Physicist. Rocket engineer. Some kind of scientist. Most recently, I have been under the employ of a small Silicon Valley startup company as an image-and video- processing engineer, programming device software at the kernel-level of an esoteric variant of Berkeley Unix on a multicore, vector-processing supercomputer.
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Wikipedia is inevitable.
- H.G. Wells predicted it in 1937
- Vannevar Bush predicted it in 1945
- Doug Engelbart demonstrated one in 1968
- Wikipedia is part of a larger trend towards free free information
I've been reading encyclopedias recreationally since early grade school. I never liked Britannica while I was growing up (I preferred the World Book Encyclopedia. I suppose it's ironic that my Wikipedia work has been copied over to Britannica). Wikipedia is helping us change the way we produce and consume information.
I try to contribute to the Wikipedia Community.
- I prefer objective, cited facts, and consider myself pretty good at discerning reliable sources - even in subjects I'm unfamiliar with.
- I often edit articles with which I have first-hand experience. Although I avoid independent research for these articles, I occasionally have editorial insights which can improve the articles.
- I have been reading a lot of random articles and learning all about the subject, then making contributions to the relevant Wikipedia articles.
- Recently, I have spent a lot of time on the Science and Computing Reference Desks. As of Spring 2010, I am the #5 and #4 most frequent contributor on these desks.
North Carolina State University
Bachelor of Science (May 2006):
- Electrical Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Minor in Mathematics
- Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering (May 2008)
As hard as it is for me to believe, I am currently finished with school and working as a professional image-processing software engineer.
There is a difference between an education and a diploma:
- The education builds your knowledge. Wikipedia has a similar process.
- The diploma is the certification that somebody else has checked your knowledge. Wikipedia has a similar feature.
Another reason I have been contributing to Wikipedia lately is that it hones certain skills which I believe are valuable in academia and industry. These skills are practiced during usual Wikipedia activities:
- Wikipedia articles are complete, concise summaries of complex topics.
- Rapid fact-finding is useful while reading and editing articles.
- Debate and conflict handling with a wide spectrum of opponents (some rational, and some not)
- SRI International (Menlo Park, CA)
- IBM (Austin, TX & Durham, NC)
- Vortex Holding, LLC (Morrisville, NC)
- MIT Lincoln Laboratory (Lexington, MA)
- Lockheed Martin Space Systems, (Contractor) (Santa Cruz, CA)
- Toyota Information Technology Center, Palo Alto, CA
- Stanford Exploration Project, Stanford, California