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Engineering Interviews. Chris Hogan 10/18/08. I interviewed…. And Chose… Larry Schwartz. Bob Ekman Dr. A Larry Schwartz. Human-Computer Interface. Occupation. Currently retired. Used to… Work at a newsstand– middle school Run a paper route– high school

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engineering interviews

Engineering Interviews

Chris Hogan


i interviewed
I interviewed…

And Chose…

Larry Schwartz

  • Bob Ekman
  • Dr. A
  • Larry Schwartz

Human-Computer Interface

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

academic background
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)
studying engineering
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.
studying engineering cont
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
job profile
Job Profile
  • Worked for Air Force after college
  • Then after only two interviews, worked for IBM
  • Eventually worked for Lockheed Martin
life at lockheed martin
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
life outside work
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
what kind of engineer
What kind of Engineer?
  • Mechanical
    • I am interested in robotics
  • Computer Science
    • I also love to program and see code turn into reality
prospective job
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
prospective job cont
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)
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
steps to success
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
life at work
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
  • 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