New City, New experience
This past September, I find myself living in the 4th city in 3 years. Today, I find myself in Boston's historic North End, Little Italy, a very homey neighborhood. I love being able to walk around taking in new historic sights, smelling delicious foods and hearing new accents. It's even fun to try speaking sentences as the locals do, "I need to pick up some aht for my apahtment".
So far, the people of Boston have been stellar. Every conversation that I have, from the MBTA conductor to show owners are friendly. I wasn't too sure what to expect at first. As a Buffalo sports fan, I figured that I would be hated when I mentioned my home town. Most of the people just felt pity for me, kind of frustrating.
Being in a new place definitely makes one miss the comforts of home. However, it's difficult to feel what those comforts are being one to move around so much.
I read somewhere recently that the more you travel, the more you yearn to keep traveling because of the people you meet - however the more you travel, the more people you meet and become fond of - but you're not able to keep track of it.
I wonder how long it takes to settle into a single place.
Two Year Goal:
Develop project management skills and work on a more technical mechanical engineering project. My current career path will allow me to further develop my knowledge of both Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering while allowing me to gain a broader knowledge of the business side of engineering.
5 Year Goal:
Develop my business development and technical entrepreneurship skills.
Lead a dedicated team to create and leave a meaningful positive impact on the world. Become one of the leading experts in my field of industry.
Entrepreneurship has always been a passion of mine, from selling Adirondack chairs in high school to having an eBay store to help pay for college. I have a burning desire to build and develop a business in my hometown of Buffalo, NY. This business would ideally focus on new technologies emerging in the field of renewable energy. Buffalo, NY is a great place to live, and I believe the region can become great again through various efforts to regrow the economy. I believe that there is a need for more companies that can provide highly technical jobs to recent graduates of the University at Buffalo, my Alma Matter.
What a whirlwind of a weekend this was! Our University at Buffalo chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World hosted the 2011 National Conference this past weekend from Thursday through Sunday. It was extremely exciting to see so many engineers from around the country getting together to talk about issues that face our generation.
The conference featured over 30 speakers, which included representatives from Autodesk, General Motors and MEMC/SunEdison. 18 different univesities attended the event to make for a very diverse crowd.
I would really like to thank my conference team and anyone that helped out, on any and all levels. The conference was a lot of work, and I appreciated the help. I also appreciate winning the custom UB award for "ESW Platinum Award - 'Best Lookin' Brother'", it was nice to share a good laugh.
We concluded the conference on Sunday by volunteering to plant trees! We even made the news!
2011 ESW National Conference is here!
Super excited to kick off the 2011 ESW National Conference.
I would like to send a special thanks out there to everyone who has helped, and I look forward to an amazing event.
Recognition in the Buffalo Engineer
Nice to see hard work paying off, and the 2010-11 Student Association's Environmental Department winning the Good Going Award and being recognized in the Buffalo Engineer (UB's Engineering publication)
Thoughts on Occupy Wall Street
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."
- Thomas Jefferson
I think that there needs to be a serious look into the financial system of the US. It's an industry that creates very little (products, manufacturing etc.) and profits a ton from this, while putting every other industry on a roller coaster ride. I'm all for making as much money as you possibly can, that's the American dream, but it should be done in a fair manner.
Also, those that put up the big money to start their own businesses have every right to want to keep most of their profits, but when thousands of corporations can avoid paying taxes something is screaming wrong. No knock against these companies, if they are smart enough to find those tax loops, they have to find them. Their goal as a publicly traded company is to profit. I think that we should eliminate ALL corporate tax loops and charge a flat rate for all corporations like 20%. If corporations want the same "rights" as people, they should pay for it as well.
Another note on that, is that yes! a resounding YES! these companies are a great asset to our country, and provide high paying jobs (engineering FTW!) but they should have to pay taxes too, considering they were able to become as successful due to our infrastructure (highways, electric, telecom, etc.) which is publicly funded and is in awful condition.
I think that the people of OWS need to organize and write clear goals. Because yes something is wrong, but right now it looks extremely disorganized. I don't think that it's people necessarily wanting free hand outs, but I personally see it as a need for reform in the financial system starting with our tax structure and regulation of the banks (for a failed DE-regulation of banks see Iceland De-Regulation of 2001).
ESW-Autodesk Webinar 9/27 - Sustainability Workshop, Optimizing a Design for Energy Effectiveness
Tonight I co-hosted a webinar for ESW and Autodesk with my summer boss, Adam Menter. The webinar was on how to optimize a design for energy effectiveness, and it went really well! I am proud of the work that I did this past summer, and I love the opportunity to showcase it to my peers.
More new content is rolling out soon on Autodesk's Sustainability Workshop, c
Awesome game this past Sunday with my Bills erasing a 21 point deficit to win 31-34 on a last second Ryan Lindell field goal. It feels really good to get the proverbial monkey of not being able to beat the Patriots for the past 15 games off of our backs!
The excitement that I have for this season keeps building and building!
As I walked into the Ralph, I couldn't help but smile and take it all in. The sea of red, white and blue, the screaming fans and the fresh September sun made me realize why I love being a season ticket holder for the Buffalo Bills.
What a great game too! A 17 point comeback in the NFL is nothing to brush aside. However, the first half did give me some worry as we came out flat, looking much more like the Jauron-led offense from a few years ago. I'm glad to see that this bunch of guys could make the proper halftime adjustments and come back swinging in the 2nd Half.
My player of the game goes to Freddy-Action Jackson for being a catalyst for us in the 2nd half, capping off our opening 2nd half drive with a 40 yard TD run. Currently, he is the #1 back in the NFL (in yardage) and I hope to see him keep fighting strong for those yards.
Our true test will come next week against a team who has had our number for the past 10 seasons, the New England Patriots. We haven't beat them since Sam Adams made the SI cover in 2001 when we beat them 31-0 in the Ralph. I hope that we can not only give them a run for their money, but hopefully come out on top.
Week 3 of School
Restless traveler, music lover, displaced Buffalonian. Love geeking out over cutting edge engineering technologies in aerospace & clean tech. Autodesker & ESWer