Featured Geek

Krishna Gupta: Building Startups From the Web to Your Cup

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Krishna Gupta is a Los Angeles-based technology entrepreneur, occasional hard-rock guitarist, whiskey aficionado, real estate mensch and all around good-idea manufacturer. He has his dad to thank for his tech nerd and entrepreneurial genetic material. Before starting his own business, Gupta, Sr., was a hardware/software engineer during the pioneer days of personal computing. He was on the Sycor team that built the first microprocessor for Intel. He would bring home the latest and greatest computers, introducing Krishna to computing before… continue…

The Gardening, Accordion-Playing Tech Consultant

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John Buczkowski, who hails from St. Catharines, Ont., came to Boston’s Northeastern University on a rowing scholarship. After he received both bachelors and master’s degrees in Computer Science he stuck around, eventually landing in South Boston and working for, among others, Lotus. Over the past few years, he’s built a successful consulting company with plenty of repeat business. What makes him a true geek? Aside from his computer fluency, he’s also a passionate gardener and avid accordion player. He’s played… continue…

Using Tech Expertise to Give Back

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We were intrigued when we got an email from Jerry Robbins. He’s a 35-year-old Kansan who’s currently looking for work, but he’s not the sort to sit around and wait for the phone to ring. His commitment to his family and community keeps him busy: He provides creative input and technical support to his parents’ two small businesses and volunteers at CLEAR, Johnson Community College’s program for disabled students. Initially, Jerry was teaching basic computer skills and providing technical support… continue…

Nicole Sharp: Taking Fluid Dynamics to a Whole New Level

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Nicole Sharp is a wind tunnel jockey. “What’s that?” you ask. The short answer involves crawling around in wind tunnels big enough for a human to get around in, but not hot or windy enough to bake said human and blow them away. The longer answer is a whole lot more interesting. Sharp is a 27-year-old aerospace engineer and Texas A&M Ph.D. student and Amelia Earhart Fellow in fluids research. She spent her childhood in Arkansas and later lived in… continue…

Joseph Shoer: Space Battles and Imaginary Worlds

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Joseph Shoer is a 28-year-old guidance, navigation and control engineer for a major commercial spacecraft company. He has a B.A. in physics with honors from Williams College and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Cornell. He’s also been involved in research on included solar physics, optical-fiber pulse lasers, interactions between superconductors and magnetic fields, multibody spacecraft dynamics, and the lunar rover in NASA’s Constellation program. His blog, which features both his professional and personal interests, has been featured by Gizmodo,… continue…

We’re Looking for a Few Fresh Featured Geeks

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We need new geeks to honor. Your reward, should you make it to the final round, is a  well-written feature story that will sing your praises, show off your work, and generally prove your worthiness to all. We’ll also throw in a photo or two of your smiling mug, and links to your various masterpieces. Help us prove to the world that we’re not a bunch of introverted cubicle geeks, but a richly diverse group of people who just happen… continue…

Elizabeth Hughes: Words, Beer and Combat Simulation

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Sometimes the path to an interesting career is circuitous and a little rocky. An example is this month’s Featured Geek Elizabeth Hughes, a defense industry publications manager at ACME Worldwide Enterprises in Albuquerque. In another life Elizabeth, now in her 30s, aspired to write about the runways that feature clothes, not jets. After graduating Hughes was sure she’d be writing about fashion but that didn’t work out so well. She dove into technology writing – specifically about semiconductors and combat… continue…

Hank Heijink: Software Development Engineer

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Hank Heijink is an SDE, Mobile Applications at Audible. He’s 40, handsome, lives in New York but is a native of Eindhoven, the Netherlands (also the birthplace of Philips), has a beautiful wife with a gorgeous singing voice, and is a lute player with a passion for 16th and 17th century music. Did I mention he has more degrees than you can shake a stick at, and developed The Wall Street Journal’s iPhone App? Our multi-talented, multi-tasking Featured Geek agreed… continue…

Seeking Hot Buttered Geeks

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Can you make a girl purr with your white hot vocabulary? Do boys fall to their knees and beg for more of your unbridled intellect? Are you a ferocious multi-hyphenate: writing code, project managing or designing apps by day and dancing tango at night, while spending Saturdays researching the reproductive lives of leafy seadragons and Sundays reading to the blind and playing competitive badminton? Even if your answer is a resounding NO to all the above, don’t despair. You too… continue…

Kevin R. Grazier: Rocket Scientist [Featured Geek]

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When it comes to geek cred, it’s hard to beat Kevin R. Grazier, Ph.D. He’s a recovering rocket scientist, who spent 15 years on the Cassini/Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan. He wrote mission planning and analysis software that won awards at both the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA. He’s still an active researcher, focusing on numerical method development and long-term large-scale computer simulations of solar system dynamics, evolution, and chaos. He teaches: At UCLA, Santa Monica College and College… continue…