Who I am
Meeting me for the first time, someone once asked me, "Are you an engineer, or are you a writer?" After some contemplation, I realized I'm both!
By training I am a metallurgist. But you could also call me materials engineer, mechanical engineer, failure analyst, and reliability engineer. I am not an information technology professional; I don't write code or wire networks.
My favorite classes in college were Machine Component Design, Fracture Mechanics, Failure of Structural Components, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Materials Fabrication, Process Design, and Physical Metallurgy. I excel in metallurgical and mechanical failure analysis, component reliability, and process improvement.
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I worked at the Writing Center while in college and became the resident technical writing expert. Three years after graduation, I returned to visit with old friends in the area and learned that people were still asking for my services even though I had been gone for three years!
Since then I have flexed my writing muscles for my employers, writing and editing hundreds of documents: Quality manuals, technical reports, presentations, lesson materials, design practices, and work instructions. I always left customers happy with solid writing that quickly communicated technical information in an engaging and easy-to-understand manner.
Outside the workplace, I've written poetry and fiction (short stories and novels). I've also published two nonfiction books and am currently engaged in more book projects, including a memorial to my cat Tashi, who died in September 2013. I also participate in NanoWrimo, having won the challenge every year since 2012.
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As life has unfolded, a layoff forced me to rethink my life and career. I too an unexpected course correction into higher education, teaching as an adjunct for four years before starting the PhD program I am now working to complete. My dream job is teaching college-level engineering classes. I suspected that was my dream job when I began teaching other classes as an adjunct. But when I started teaching my first bona fide engineering class as the instructor of record, I knew that this is where I belong. This is where I best fit.
And so I'm back to being a starving student once more as I work to gain a credential that will make me more competitive for the full-time position I want. I've worked hard to get here, and I continue working hard to build the life I want for myself and the family I hope to have one day.
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