Author Archives: Sam

An Intro to Something Else

It’s been a month since my last post. Maybe slightly more (I tend to round in whatever direction paints me in the most favorable light…). To catch you up, here’s the abridged account of recent events, with more to follow. … Continue reading

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News, News

85+ applications 15 interviews 4 months unemployed 1 ACCEPTED job…priceless! I have officially accepted a technical services position with Epic Systems Corp in Madison, Wisconsin. (cue trumpet fanfare) It feels great to have that decision made. Now begins the transition … Continue reading

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An Expert’s Take (not mine)

Recently Iowa State hosted a lecture by Margaret Harding, an alum and nuclear expert with 27+ years of experience in the industry.  She did an excellent job of descibing simply the events that have transpired at the Fukushima Daiichi and … Continue reading

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20ish-Year-Old White Guy Syndrome (TYOWGS)

I got to play high school baseball as an 8th grader.  This is not as great as it sounds (although it is pretty fun…).  As you can imagine there are not a large number of 8th graders that get this … Continue reading

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The (Semi-Irrational) Fear of Radiation

Fear is a crazy thing.  Often it’s born from the unknown.  This post isn’t about fear itself (although that’s a great topic…), but the fear of nuclear radiation. With the ongoing nuclear situation (if Chernobyl, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki were nuclear … Continue reading

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Job Seeking 101

Prior to the fall of 2010, I was under the impression that jobs were pretty easy to come by.  Yes, I’d heard the unemployment numbers, but I’m an engineer…obviously we’re comparing apples to oranges here.  As it turns out, employers … Continue reading

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Hello world!

Getting started is always the hardest part of anything, that thesis statement, that first thermo problem. Once a rhythm is established, it’s easy to finish (that’s what Mozart always said…ok, you’re right, I made that up). Well, maybe not easy, but the … Continue reading

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