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If you read my personal blog, you know that I’m on travel for a conference this week.  This conference has been much different than the ones I’ve attended before.  It was a lot smaller and easier to get to talk to people.  I really enjoyed that aspect.  Also, I saw a lot of work on areas closely related to fields where I’m working rather than having everything from here to the moon (and, for some conferences, beyond that). Another area where things were different was the poster session.  I mentioned on my own blog that the posters were very visual without much text.  I typically ‘narrate’ my posters with text, but they’re typically more visual than others I’ve seen at big conferences.  However, this time, I was far more wordy than I should have been.  I could’ve easily stripped most of the text and left the pictures, making the poster…

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Last week, I didn’t manage to post because I was uber busy for two reasons: 1) there is an engineering society that I am heavily active in and it was the annual meeting and 2) I fractured my right fibula doing a Tough Mudder on the Sunday morning before I had to flew to the conference. Considering DrWife, NanoGEARS, and the InLaws were in conference city and my heavy involvement in the conference (planning committee, session chair, presenting, and poster), I had little time to rest and ice my foot while still making the necessary contacts at the meeting. Check back to my normal blog for details (and maybe some gruesome photos) on the Tough Mudder. And with all that going, I come back to find we have a Theme Week: Engineering things that I’m thankful for. And rather than harp on some cool gadget, or proclaim my magnificence describing…

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For those of you who follow me @profgears, you probably have already seen the demotivator to your left [photo credit]. It’s probably my favorite demotivational poster. In fact, if a certain DrWife is reading this, that would be a very nice new office gift. But I digress… As part of Deadline Theme Week here at Engineer Blogs, I thought I would talk about how I deal with procrastination, deadlines, perfectionism, and biting off more than you can chew (the Big Four). All four of these things work in tandem for me and it’s basically the only way I know how to get stuff done. I always bite off more than I can chew. Whether it is agreeing to service within the university, professional societies, or self-pressure, I always have stuff to do. And, like most people, I get distracted by the slightest…. … sorry, student just distracted me (actually true!).…

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Just before Christmas last year, I asked the powers that be whether I can attend the 2011 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). The last and only time I’ve attended ISSCC was back in 2007 when I went with a colleague. For those that have followed my own personal blog, you’ll know him as the Psycho Colleague. For those that haven’t, let’s just say the metaphor fits him well. This past week, I was told that my request to attend ISSCC has been denied. No money in Q1; but it’s not all bad news. I’ve been approved to attend a conference of my choice in Q2, Q3, or Q4. This decision gave me pause — any conference in Q2-Q4? This got the hamsters running and kicked off a process of conference ranking in my head. I started to think about some of the more memorable papers that I’ve read. I tried…

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