On the KPCB Fellows website reads the tagline “Jumpstart your career in Silicon Valley.” I believe, there are no truer words to describe the impact that the fellowship has had on my life. KPCB has helped build and grow some of the biggest and beloved companies on the planet. Their highly selective summer fellowship places students at these companies to gain experience and mentorship as they develop skills in technology development. In addition, the program holds events that expose fellows to its portfolio companies, their executives, and other notable individuals that have made an impact in the world.
Last week, I graduated college with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering with a minor in Cognitive Science. It was a hell of a ride that I sometimes thought i'd never get off of, and now that I have, it’s clear that it’s only the end of the beginning.
A few months ago I attended a workshop where a group of us were tasked with applying the Design Thinking process - advocated by Stanford's d.school - to solve the issue of Youth Homelessness, a national issue that is very relevant to our Dallas community. This iterative process includes phases of Empathy, Definition, Ideation, Prototyping, Testing.
Thinking about Self-Actualization and what it would take me to achieve it led me to write this blog about my theory on the Dynamics of Achievement. In using architecture and construction as an analogy, I believe success is a structure to be built rather than the popular notion of success as a destination to be reached.
Who am I? What do I want do? I want to change the world someday, creating products and services that afford people the capability to achieve more of our goals toward self-actualization in our short life spans. How the fuck did I get this way? What follows is a brief account of some major events that might have made me a crazy-person in that particular facet of my identity.
As strange as it seems, I learn new subjects best when taught from Top-Down - starting with high level concepts, then drilling down into the nitty-gritty details. However, my Electronic Devices class is teaching solid state semiconductor physics in the opposite fashion, bottom-up - Starting from the atomic makeup of a cubic crystal, up to Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor field effect transistors (or MOSFETs). If you're curious about learning about how your electronic devices work on a quantum level, here's my attempt to summarize it starting from a high-level
As vice-president of the User Experience Club at UT Dallas, I often get asked what User Experience means to me. I preface my definition with the idea that UX is either the Magic or Meyham that a person experiences with something they use. To expand, my working definition would be that user experience is the sum total of interaction between a person and a product, service, or brand.