I am a maker through and through. By day I am a lead Identity and Access Management software developer for a Fortune 100 company. In my personal life I build things in all kinds of different mediums from fabrication, metalworking, machining, woodworking, plastics, resins, silicons, upholstery, sewing, anodizing, electronics, and programming / scripting.
In the world of Making and STEAM, I have never met a challenge that I haven't at least considered. Building things is my life... that is what makes me love doing my day job... I plan and build things just with computers. Since I was a little kid I have been in a garage or shop building stuff.
There was a time in my life in my early teen years that due to health reasons I couldn't physically build things like I was use to and that is when I discovered a way to build things through computer programming and scripting.
Surviving Cancer (Finished Treatment October 2001), I have lived my life meeting challenges head on! Life is too short to not enjoy it, learn from it and give back! I live my personal and hobby that way. In my personal life I give back to St Jude Children's Research Hospital by Raising money and participating in the St Jude Memphis to Peoria Run... yes Memphis, TN to Peoria, IL. As of 2020, I have done the run for 18 years and have raised over $100,000. But... Not only do I run but I also contribute my skills to keep the runners safe.
In my hobby life just like in my personal life no medium is considered out of reach. If there is something I want to do and requires a new skill, I figure out how to learn and make the project happen, and share the knowledge. This has led me to learn a vast array of things over the years. Some of the mediums/tools for making I have used or worked with are...
Metal Working (Welding, Cutting, Fabrication)
CNC Machining / Cutting (Woods, Plastics, Fabrics, Metals)
Aluminum / Brass Casting
PCB Design / Soldering / Microprocessor Programming
Concrete Creations (Countertops and Furniture)
Sewing (Fabrics and upholstery)
3D Parametric Design
Animatronics, Special Effects and Mechatronics
Audio, Lighting and Video
Coding / Programming / Server DevOps (C, C++, Python, Java, C#, Bash, and many many more)
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