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I think our generation should be able to move in to our kid's basements!

 

Congratulations !

 

Phi Alpha Zach

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5 hours ago, B-Man said:

If you are going to be a techie guy, it's hard to argue with MIT credentials !!!

True dat. I would also note that the MIT admissions office, and every company he has interviewed with, has been equally impressed that Zack is an Eagle Scout.

 

5 hours ago, B-Man said:

Any news on the study idea at Cambridge ?

At this point Zack is enrolled in (and has full funding for) MIT's MS - Electrical Engineering & Computer Science work/study program. He has already completed 2 courses and starts the work portion on Monday.

 

His application for the $85K Jack Kent Cooke Foundation International Doctoral Studies Scholorship has been processed and he qualified academically (4.7 GPA or higher). Frankly it's a long shot as there are dozens of equally qualified applicants, but he is no stranger to beating the odds. He should hear more around the end of the year.

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Today Zack is starting work at Cadence Design Systems in Chelmsford, Mass. The company is based out of San Jose with 21 locations worldwide, 7,200 employees and annual sales approaching $2B.

 

Zack is not exactly sure what he will be doing work-wise but he does know that he has to learn a new programming language by the end of the week. While he's there they are supposed to provide time, resources and consuling to assist him in developing his Masters thesis. His contract runs through mid December.

 

Here's some info from their website:

Transforming the Way People Design Next-Generation Systems

Cadence is the only company that provides the expertise and tools, IP, and hardware required for the entire electronics design chain, from chip design to chip packaging to boards and to systems. We enable electronic systems and semiconductor companies to create innovative products that transform the way people live, work, and play. Our products are used in mobile, consumer, cloud datacenter, automotive, aerospace, IoT, industrial and other market segments.

Our System Design Enablement strategy guides everything we do, from our product line-up to the expertise and services we offer our customers and the partnerships we develop with other industry leaders. We believe that giving our customers a systems-level perspective throughout the design cycle pays off in faster and better design, shorter verification cycles, software that works with the hardware, and new product leadership.

Our product lines include:

We pride ourselves on creating and sustaining a company culture, “One Cadence—One Team”, that drives market- and industry-leading innovation and business success. Cadence is recognized as a Great Place to Work around the world, including as one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” over the last three years. The Great Place to Work lists are based on employee ratings of different aspects of their workplace culture, including the level of trust they feel toward company leaders, the pride they take in their jobs, and the camaraderie they experience with co-workers.

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Zack just signed a 1 year lease on an apartment in Cambridge with his fratmate Luke and BFF Michael. They move in September 1.

 

Typical of the Boston area, it's small (about 600 ft2), expensive ($2,400/mo) and street parking is by permit only and hard to come by (Zack has my Saab until he completes his work/study program at Cadence Design Systems in Chelmsford around the end of the year). On the plus side, each of them will have their own room, and it's within walking distance of MIT (about the same distance away as the SAE house).

 

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Posted (edited)

I've been away for a while but before I explain why here's a Zack update.

 

Just before Christmas Zack bought a 2007 Mazdaspeed 6, a car he has been interested in since high school. (A friend and fellow Eagle scout owned one.)

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He no longer needed the Saab I loaned him that summer so I flew up to Boston, spent 2 days hanging out with him and his roomies, and we drove the 9-3 back to Chester for the holidays.

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In February Zack started the course work for a Masters in Engineering and Computer Science while continuing to work part time for Cadence Design Systems. Assuming he can schedule the classes he needs he should graduate this coming December.

 

By the way, Zack recruited his former fratmate and current roommate Luke, so now they both work for Cadence Design System. (Cadence actually opened a small office in Boston specifically for them.) This is a photo of Luke and Zack taken while I was in Cambridge in December.

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Welcome back. 

 

I have been unresponsive - I'll fill you in, later.

 

(I owe you a call... - looking forward to seeing  you in a couple weeks - that's my plan.)

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Many thanks for the warm welcome back gentlemen. It's great to feel appreciated.

 

As for my absence, it started as a short break which I needed after 8+ solid years of daily visits to the CarverSite. I was frustrated about the lack of movement on the BillD Legacy Gear Auctions (6 years into that project and the "best" gear has yet to be made available) and depressed about my inability to positively affect the treatment of (now former) site members.

 

I was planning to return to CS! after the holidays but I came down with a nasty strain of flue followed by what turned out to be bacterial pharyngitis (a form of strep throat), and tonsilitis (yep, I still have 'em). I didn't leave the house for almost 2 months except to see the doctor.

 

I was almost back to "normal" when my carpenter buddy Mark called me about a big install job in North Carolina. I was low on cash so I packed up and spent 3 1/2 weeks working with him in and around Raleigh (the client owned a group of a dozen or so car dealerships) and sleeping in Comfort Inns and Best Westerns. When I got home I spent another month clearing up a bunch of small jobs for some of my regular customers that I'd put on the back-burner while I was sick.

 

A special thanks to Dennis Miller, Rod Haggerty, David Clark, Dadvw, David H, Blues Pwr and wrf who called, emailed and/or messaged me while I was AWOL.

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