Born and raised in Maryland by the Chesapeake Bay and then moved out to the San Francisco Bay. Coastal living is the only way for me!
My philosophy is work to live don't live to work but learn to love the work that you do when you have to be at work.
Right now at a stage in between a Masters and a PhD after 3 years at a grad program at Cal Berkeley. Developing standards for small scale mechanical testing of radioactive materials. Using my time in Europe researching to try and figure out what direction I want to go long term. I'm a huge believer in safe, renewable, clean energy and I would like to see its global impact expand.
Although the research is interesting, school is slowly burning me out over all the years, so looking forward to moving on to more practical engineering at a national lab or industry position.
noticing small details others might overlook
keeping an open mind/balanced opinion/analyzing both sides of an argument aka playing devil's advocate
Giving practical advice
basketball: I have a pretty good mid-range game. My friends nicknamed me "white thunder" in undergrad.
bowling: I have a 144 average and s high game of 213 but I bowl like Fred Flintstone.
Settlers of Catan
The Card game Pitch
I can cook decent meals and I'm working on expanding my arsenal. (I'm trying to adapt to the incredibly pork heavy cuisine in Austria!)
Crabbing: Love going out on the Chesapeake Bay on the boat and catching a bushel of fresh MD blue crabs. It's my peaceful oasis of serenity that's been in the family for 4 generations.
Fantasy Football League Champion
Fantasy Hockey League Champion
Movies: Pulp Fiction, Shawshank Redemption, Inception, Cheech and Chong, Anchorman, Fight Club, Good Fellas, Reservoir Dogs, Avengers, Ironman (as a nuclear engineer I can hope to become the real life Tony Stark right?!), Kill Bill, Inglorious Bastards, Rocky, Mean Girls, Beverly Hills Cop, Star Wars, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, The Blind Side, Forrest Gump, The Blues Brothers, Airplane, Lord of the Rings, Rolling Kansas, Batman, Talledega Nights, The Great Gatsby
(I enjoy me some Quentin Tarantino from time to time as you can see. ;) )
Shows: This Week Tonight with John Oliver, Colbert Report, Chapelle Show, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Seinfeld, How I Met Your Mother, The Soup, Scrubs, The League, Duck Dynasty, Baseball Tonight, Hockey Night in Canada
Kids Shows: Kenan and Kel, Hey Arnold, Rocket Power, Doug
Music: Live is the best way! Festivals like Outside Lands, Hardly Strictly, Cali Roots or cool small venues like The Greek or Bottom of the Hill
I'm a music junkie, and I like a bit of everything. I love to discuss music!!!
Blues: The Blues Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, BB King, Willie Brown, Robert Johnson
Reggae: Ballyhoo!, Can't Hang, OAR, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Dirty Heads, Slightly Stoopid, One Drop, Rebelution, 311
Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack
90s Music: Hootie and the Blowfish, Smashmouth, Sugar Ray, old Green Day
Classic Rock and Metal: Boston, The Eagles, Rush, Judas Priest, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Police, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Cream, .38 Special, ZZ Top, Chicago, Hall and Oates, Huey Lewis and the News, Wings, The Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival,
Asher Roth, Blink 182, Walk off the Earth, Sarah Blackwood, Alkaline Trio, Sum 41, Bowling for Soup, Cage the Elephant, Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters
Food: Steamed Maryland Blue Crabs, Catfish, Cream of Crab and Maryland Crab Soup, Oysters Rockafeller, Kalamari, Sushi, Chicken Parmesean, Ribs, Cheeseboard and Jupiters pizza, Mexican food in the Mission, Philly Cheesesteaks, Bacon, Crepes, Italian, Chinese
The Man Upstairs
How to get through those boring times we all have
How to connect with Leoben while I'm here