My 2019 in review… it’s been a fantastic year!

First, I’m loooong overdue for a post to this site and resolve to do better in 2020; at least once a week. There you have it; if a goal is set forth in writing, it’s more than likely to be realized!

Second, heading into year’s end, 2019 is shaping up to be fantastic for me. Starting Thursday, January 2, 2020, I’ll be joining PTC as a member of its data operations team. It’s an internal role, serving roughly half to two-thirds of a global workforce of 6000.

The overview of how I got to this point is straight forward: my tenure with The Urban Bee Laboratory came to a close in late-June, a casualty of a limited budget. I’ll never forget or regret the time I spent there. From March 2017 to June 2019 I had the opportunity to work on projects and problems I never dreamed of:

Autonomous navigation systems with Charles River Analytics and DARPA
Food Security and Remotely-Sensed Satellite Imagery Systems with NASA’s DEVELOP program
Data analytics and bee health with Boston University’s Masters of Statistical Science candidates
Working with really great people doing important work

Nonetheless, tiny non-profits lacking steady funding generally don’t survive so I and my colleagues were out in June. As I began my career search anew, I became aware of and affiliated with the Apprenti program. An offshoot of the Washington State Technology Industry, Apprenti provides information technology apprenticeship programs nationwide, including Massachusetts. I passed their initial screening interviews and aptitude tests and began training a 3 month training program in September at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (a.k.a BFIT).

BFIT is a gem in Boston’s crowded higher education landscape; a byproduct of Benjamin Franklin’s endowment, BFIT is providing affordable training in high-skill, high-demand, high-paying occupations to variety of students, many of them first generation, lower income. Ben Franklin would be proud… but that’s a story for another day.

The 3 month training program culminated in December with professional certifications in 3 areas:
SQL Server
Power BI

And a new and exciting position with PTC. The folks there have been great to work with. PTC is doing exciting work at the convergence of industrial IoT, augmented reality and the convergence of digital and physical experiences.

I’ll have more to say next week; meanwhile I’m putting finishing touches on 2019 and preparing for the New Year! Best wishes till then.

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