I hail from the mean streets of north San Diego County. Nearly all of my life has been lived in the American southwest. I grew up close to the beach in a family that strongly valued analytical abilities, having two parents both with college degrees in science-related curriculum. I attended La Costa Canyon High School where I also played football and track and field. Senior year I got accepted to the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering and made the decision to attend college there.
I studied Civil Engineering at USC and somewhat enjoyed living in the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles. While attending school I made plenty of friends and went on many adventures, but eventually my personality wanted to take the next step away from university and toward a professional and independent career.
About this time I realized both the potential of the internet and the relative ease with which it could be used to automate tasks and provide utility. There are a lot of challenges that individuals and communities face that can be expedited or simplified using automation, and to the innovator goes the spoils. The computing industry has a unique feature in that products and services can be cheaply scaled to a massive degree. I started burying my nose in some HTML & CSS books, and shortly thereafter decided to take the plunge into PHP & MySQL.
In May 2010 I graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering and shortly thereafter landed a job for Abengoa / Teyma USA / Abeinsa EPC (the company had a very complex corporate structure) as a Reporting Engineer on the Solana Generating Station construction project just outside of Phoenix, Arizona. After ~1.5 years of writing reports, creating presentations, and compiling information on the project I received a promotion to the level of Fabrication Supervisor.
As a Fabrication Supervisor within the construction department my first task was to supervise the steel fabrication of three 700+ ton platforms in Monroe, Louisiana (population 170k). This contract had a very expedited schedule and our organization sent a representative (me) to ensure no major hiccups. Louisiana was very different from the fast-paced big-city life that I was used to, but the personalities I encountered there were much more hospitable than what I was used to, and during the 4.5 months I resided in Louisiana I learned a lot and enjoyed many adventures.
Immediately upon returning to the Solana project site I was given another promotion, this time to the position of Field Engineer. Tasks primarily included supervision of multiple contacts, scheduling of construction activity, overseeing invoicing and payments, and coordinating the supply chain of our civil / structural works. Working out in the field in 115-120 degree whether wasn’t the most pleasant experience but I can only imagine what the laborers & contractors felt like, given the more physical nature of their work.
After about 6 months as a Field Engineer I was given the opportunity to work on the Mt Signal photovoltaic generating station near El Centro, California. My responsibilities would be increased and as Construction Site Coordinator I would be charged with handling the daily activities of construction on-site. Although I enjoyed the opportunity, I took this transition period as my opportunity to move into the web development industry. In December 2012 I gave my two week notice to my employer to focus on building a decent portfolio and pushing into a new career.
At this point I suppose the next few paragraphs are yet to be written. In the months and years ahead they will be executed in real life!