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Where Have You Gone, Bell Labs? Why the USA needs more engineers.

August 31, 2009 10:26 pm

The U.S. scientific innovation infrastructure has historically consisted of a loose public-private partnership that included legendary institutions such as Bell Labs, RCA Labs, Xerox PARC XRX, the research operations of IBM IBM, DARPA, NASA, and others. In each of these organizations, programs with clear commercial potential were supported alongside efforts at “pure” research, with the two streams often feeding one another. With abundant corporate and venture-capital funding for eventual commercialization, these research labs have made enormous contributions to science, technology, and the economy, including the creation of millions of high-paying jobs. Consider a few of the crown jewels from Bell Labs alone:

• The first public demonstration of fax transmission (1925)

• First long-distance TV transmission (1927)

• Invention of the transistor (1947)

• Invention of photovoltaic cell (1954)

• Creation of the UNIX operating system (1969)

• Technology for cellular telephony (1978)

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Graduation

May 21, 2009 11:45 pm

Today I woke up a little hung-over from Ethan and I going to Kelly’s Korner.  We were there till last call to celebrate my moving into the new apartment (which is awesome!).  I went to the Computer Science reception, and arrived a little bit late.  None of my past professors were there, but I saw a bunch of people from classes and that was nice.  I’d told my parents I wasn’t going to graduation, and I kept my word.  They arrived late to the reception, which was pretty much over, so we grabbed a bit of the leftover food and wandered the Busch campus.  I had to pick up my transcripts so we walked over there, then I decided to take them to the French restaurant Scott and Leighton took me to for my last day at Just Collect.  Once again the food was delicious!

After breakfast/lunch (I refuse to say brunch), we went to my place and Mom helped me pack up some stuff as Jeremy and Dad tossed the roof rack on the Volvo.  They took off and brought a few things home, including my car.  But where I’m going, I won’t need it anymore anyway.  I finished packing up and gave away the Kegerator.  That was a sad moment, but it’s going to the hockey house, so I know it is in a good home; and I attached a few conditions to it, so I can take it back at any point.

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Rutgers warns of layoffs, tuition increases | AP | 04/16/2009

April 16, 2009 1:29 pm

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers University expects to lay off workers and raise tuition this fall as aid from the state government is slashed.

But university officials say they don’t know how deep the cuts might be. University departments have until the end of the month to submit potential spending cuts.

In an e-mail to faculty, staff and students, President Richard McCormick pledged Wednesday not to balance the New Jersey university’s budget on the backs of students.

via Rutgers warns of layoffs, tuition increases | AP | 04/16/2009.

Is it sad when this isn’t even a surprise anymore?  I’m glad I graduated…

Internship Fair Results

February 7, 2009 10:41 am

The internship fair was good. It was very weird being on the other side of the table… I’m probably not supposed to write about the candidates, so I wont, however there were a lot of qualified candidates. Good work Rutgers! :)

The food was great too! They had a ton of sandwiches and assorted breakfast foods. Funny thing is, I don’t remember any of that being in the dining hall when I had a meal plan… Guess they bring out the good ingredients for guests.

Interview Fair Tomorrow

February 5, 2009 7:59 pm

Tomorrow I will be attending the Undergraduate Internship Fair at Rutgers in New Brunswick, NJ. I will be representing my current employer Just Collect, and am looking for full time or part time software engineers. If you are looking for a position, please email programmer@justcollect.com including a resume and salary requirements. Now that I am done with my pitch, let me just say how weird it is going to be looking to hire. For the past few months I have been on the other side of the interview table and have been grilled on just about every programming question ever asked, so I at least have some good things to ask. I don’t think it will be so much interview type questions as it will be pitching the company. I don’t think pitching Just Collect will be very hard, we sell sports collectibles and have the best software in the industry. We have changed the way large producers of PSA graded cards do data entry, and have become the largest consignment seller of sports memorabilia on eBay. Anyone taking a position will change the way the industry does business, if that doesn’t sell the company then they must be crazy…

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