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  1. Engineering Interviews Chris Hogan 10/18/08

  2. I interviewed… And Chose… Larry Schwartz • Bob Ekman • Dr. A • Larry Schwartz Human-Computer Interface

  3. Occupation • Currently retired. • Used to… • Work at a newsstand– middle school • Run a paper route– high school • And eventually, became an industrial engineer

  4. Employer • Lockheed Martin • Air force • Solved common problems • White line dilemma • Designed and built an entire cockpit control room • IBM • Programmed data base and network systems Punch card– Programming in Fortran and Cobol

  5. Academic Background • Bachelors and Masters in industrial engineering at University of Florida • Full minor in labor relations and economics Career Preparation • Getting a great education • Advises towards real world experience, internships, co-ops, etc., but never attended any (because they did not exist)

  6. Studying Engineering • Why engineering? • “Teachers told [him] to” • Why industrial engineer? • He wants a social job • “because they do all kinds of things” • Incorporate many different types of engineering • Mechanical, electrical, etc.

  7. Studying Engineering (cont) • Career vs. Field of Study • He incorporates his knowledge of industrial engineering both at all his jobs • Why? • Loves his job • Loves to learn

  8. Job Profile • Worked for Air Force after college • Then after only two interviews, worked for IBM • Eventually worked for Lockheed Martin

  9. Life At Lockheed Martin • No set hours per week– you have a deadline for each project, you must work however long until the project is completed • Check email first • Classified Work… • Work on current project • Continue to develop any programs or software • Teach younger people how to lead at Lockheed Martin

  10. Life Outside Work • Very little take home work (because everything is classified and must be done in the building) • Less and less time with wife and daughter (as he progressed through Lockheed) • 12 Holidays • 2 weeks vacation time • Reading, TV repair, Model Railroads, Sailing, Traveling

  11. My Career Guide

  12. What kind of Engineer? • Mechanical • I am interested in robotics • Computer Science • I also love to program and see code turn into reality

  13. Prospective Job • I would love to work for a company similar to Google… • Great benefits • Pool table on each floor • Indoor pool • Professional masseuse • Encourage individual thinking • 2 hours each day on any individual project

  14. Prospective Job (cont) • Or I would operate an program a website such as ScienceDaily because… • Work from home • About 3-5 hours a day • Learn a lot of interesting science news (because I would edit the articles)

  15. College/University • Cornell • Ivy League– great education • Robotic advances such as Cornell Ranger robot • Carnegie Mellon • Work on DARPA challenge • Great robotics • McGill • Very real life experience • Campus is in the heart of Montreal

  16. Steps to Success • Continue helping my parents with family business (ScienceDaily) • Wherever I go to college, join the robotics team • Continue programming • Love my major and only do a job if its enjoyable

  17. Life At Work • ScienceDaily • Wake up at 9 a.m. • Update ScienceDaily articles for 11am, 2pm, 5pm, and 8pm editions • Go out to lunch • Walk dog or play with cat • Work on any hobbies, possibly hockey • Update ScienceDaily articles for 11pm, 2am, 5am, 8am editions

  18. Leisure • Vacations to Hawaii, Australia/New Zealand, France, Italy, Greece, etc. • Play hockey in local adult league • Program video games for fun • Play with my dog