I’m an engineer by training (and paycheck) and an all around do-it-yourself’er. If there’s an option to build/fix/break/construct it myself, that’s usually my first choice. I live in Southeastern Pennsylvania, but I grew up in New Jersey just across the bridge from Philadelphia in a town called Voorhees. I got my first fish tank when I was 7, a ten gallon freshwater tank with the usual suspects. We got our first saltwater tank in the house when I was 10. This was in the early 90’s so most of what we had is considered old fashion at this point: trickle filter, fluidized sand filter, a giant metal halide pendant, testing salinity with a floating glass hydrometer, etc.. That tank came down a couple years later and I only had freshwater for quite a while. I got back into the hobby in 2007 when I bought my first house and got a 24g NanoCube. My reefing history on this site begins from that point.
I’m an electrical and mechanical engineer by education (BS in EE ’06 and MS in ME ’14 from Drexel University), but I work across the whole spectrum of disciplines these days. I’ve been with Lockheed Martin since I graduated from undergrad and I’ve moved between various roles over the years. All of my roles have focused on robotics and autonomy (until recently). These days I spend most of my time thinking about the future of the business with a focus on 15-50+ year technology needs. Here’s a cool video of the last program I ran before I moved into my current post.
I miss the days of getting my hands dirty designing, building and testing robots, but I get to travel a lot now and that’s pretty exciting too.