• 2018: A Space Odyssey?

    •  Analog Employees 
    Now that I am working in the space products group at Analog Devices I pay much more close attention to various events occurring that are related to space and its exploration.  We are now just a few short weeks into 2018 and we have already had...
    • 14 Feb 2018
  • When You Have a "Day 31"

    •  Analog Employees 
    One of the blogs I follow regularly is that of John V-Neun from Team 148 the Robowranglers, a team that many in FRC are very familiar with. People like to think that all of the powerhouse teams just magically come up with a robot that works, or, he...
    • 13 Feb 2018
  • Radiation Effects - Single Event Effects (SEEs)

    •  Analog Employees 
    I started talking about radiation effects last month in my blog on Planet Analog.  In that blog post I looked at the cumulative effects that are observed.  In my latest installment this month on Planet Analog I discuss the different singl...
    • 26 Jan 2018
  • Inside Team Mean Machine + IMU Code Updates!

    •  Analog Employees 
    Before I begin this week's blog, I wanted to let you all know that made some major updates to the IMU library code on GitHub. There is now complete support for all three official languages (LabVIEW, C++, and Java) and handy guides specific t...
    • 24 Jan 2018
  • When Mentors Learn

    •  Analog Employees 
    Most of the time, FIRST is a fun way for me to volunteer my time to help create the future generation of engineers and to better the lives of young high school students in my local community. But then there are those special days when I actually l...
    • 16 Jan 2018
  • POWER UP Your Robots!

    •  Analog Employees 
    It's that time of year once again as thousands of high school students across the globe begin the scramble to design, build, and test a robot in 6 weeks. This year's challenge has just been released this morning and I'm just as excited for ...
    • 6 Jan 2018
  • Brief Overview of Radiation Effects

    •  Analog Employees 
    It can sometimes be a challenge to come up with good ideas to blog about each month.  I have typically pulled a lot from past experience, common customer questions, and interactions with coworkers.  While it seems like a potentially large...
    • 21 Dec 2017
  • A Little More on Coding in Python

    •  Analog Employees 
    In my last post I talked a bit about coding in Python for line regulation on an LDO.  In my latest installment on Planet Analog I talked a bit more about coding but focused on load regulation.  The two measurements are very similar so the...
    • 28 Nov 2017
  • Coding for Line Regulation Measurements

    •  Analog Employees 
    The last couple of blogs that I had written had me thinking about how coding (programming) skills have been valuable in my engineering career.  While by no means am I an expert at writing code, the little that I do know has proven quite useful...
    • 20 Oct 2017
  • Remember Those All-Nighters in College???

    •  Analog Employees 
    I recently had a very interesting experience pulling an all-nighter to get some important testing performed down at the cyclotron at Texas A&M.  Do you remember pulling those long nights working on that critical project?  Perhaps you'...
    • 20 Sep 2017
  • Learning is a Constant Process

    •  Analog Employees 
    I took a few months off in June and July due to moving to a new house.  I was back in August where I wrote about the continual learning process.  One of the examples I used was related to the usefulness of software on the job.  I am ...
    • 12 Sep 2017
  • Engineers Will Inherit the World

    •  Analog Employees 
    Things are changing, they are changing very rapidly. You could apply this phrase to many different things in your life, and yes, it would be fine but I want to focus in the environment where engineers, in fact most professionals, spend a good amoun...
    • 17 Jun 2017
  • A Look Back at Two Weeks of FIRST

    •  Analog Employees 
    I hope you enjoyed reading my last blog post on my first FIRST experience.  I wanted to go back and take a look at the event after the fact and explore a bit more about the demonstrations we showed while in Houston and Saint Louis.  Sever...
    • 15 May 2017
  • St Louis Championship Wrap-Up

    •  Analog Employees 
    It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks, but the FIRST Robotics regular season is finally complete. It was an exciting action packed week, and I sat down and talked to team members from all of our ADI teams in attendance. 4905 Andromeda One Proba...
    • 13 May 2017
  • An Amazing First FIRST Experience

    •  Analog Employees 
    I had the opportunity over the past two weeks to attend the world championships in Houston and in St. Louise for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).  This was my first experience and I definitely came away with a...
    • 2 May 2017
  • Houston Championship Wrap-Up

    •  Analog Employees 
    It’s one thing right after another when you have two Championship events to go to, we've been going non-stop since last Tuesday night! With Houston done, let’s take a look at how our ADI teams did, while I sit on this long plane ride.   ...
    • 25 Apr 2017
  • How to Eat an Elephant while you Drink from the Firehose - Pt. 3

    Welcome back to the third (and last) part in my “How to eat an Elephant while you drink from the Firehose” series. In this installment, we’ll be talking about “drinking from the firehose.” To give a little background to this quote, consider the ol...
    • 25 Apr 2017
  • When the Going gets Tough, the Tough gets Going

    •  Analog Employees 
    As I got stuck with a tough question in EngineerZone, the proverb “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going” came to my mind. There are times when we face tough challenges in our life. It may be at work, in our homes or even anywhere. But ho...
    • 24 Apr 2017
  • How to Eat an Elephant while you Drink from the Firehose Pt. 2

    Welcome back to the second part in my “How to eat an Elephant while you drink from the Firehose” series.  I know I’ve been away, but I hope you’re eager for the exciting adventure we’re going to have for the next few installments. Let’s g...
    • 17 Apr 2017
  • Championship Teams and LTC Additions

    •  Analog Employees 
    I want to diverge from FIRST for a second here and talk a little bit about the merge with LTC that we just completed. With the deal finally closed earlier this year, our two companies have now begun to join forces and learn from each other. I see s...
    • 13 Apr 2017
  • District Championships Abound - Competition Week 5 Wrap-Up

    •  Analog Employees 
    Lots of successes for ADI teams this week as North Carolina and Israel both finish their championship events. We also have some record-breaking performances to boot! North Carolina Flying Platypi spent the weekend split in two, with many of the t...
    • 5 Apr 2017
  • Competition Week 4 - It Takes a Herd

    •  Analog Employees 
    Building robots is cool and all, but there's much more to FIRST Robotics than just robots. FIRST is all about spreading a passion for STEM and inspiring others to challenge themselves and their peers to see just how far their full potential can go....
    • 29 Mar 2017
  • Good Engineers Are Always ON

    •  Analog Employees 
    It’s Sunday, and I am off work. I’ve got plans to go out with friends to have lunch. I’m happy! I like to enjoy good food, wine and people. But, it’s some while before I leave home. And I catch myself drawing on a square piece of wood, on top of ou...
    • 27 Mar 2017
  • Week 3 Wrap-Up: Next Level

    •  Analog Employees 
    This week has been an exciting one for ADI teams, with many solidifying their attendance to their district championship and even the world championship. Let's check in! Israel Team 1577 is a powerhouse in Israel this year. They managed ...
    • 22 Mar 2017
  • How Do You Achieve the Impossible? Competition Week 2 Wrap-Up

    •  Analog Employees 
    Sometimes when you have a challenge in front of you, it will seem impossible to conquer. Maybe it's a big breakthrough project. Perhaps you're the underdog in a football game. Or maybe, you're the number 5 seeded alliance going up against the numbe...
    • 14 Mar 2017