My radio interview with KPFK 90.7 FM, December 1st, 2012:
Fell from the sky, hatched from an egg, and raised by wolves in a utopian society where neither wealth, race nor gender defined one’s worth, thus preventing me from allowing any of these to shape me. At age 8, I began programming in BASIC on my Commodore 64. When I wasn’t ice fishing and tracking wolverines/reindeer, I spent my time playing video games and making crappy video games.
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I initially went to college to be a doctor, but realized I was better at fixing broken computers than broken people so I continued working as a programmer in the video game industry for years, keeping robotics as a hobby.
I decided I wanted to get my Masters in Robotics, focusing my personal interests on Humanoids and Autonomous Vehicles. I started a local Robotics Club, which has grown to over 1,100 members. It’s free.
I am now a full-time Robot builder who makes really cool stuff for a living. In my extra time I teach under-served teens in inner-city Los Angeles how to make robots, including how to program and design the entire thing, mostly from junk. I also offer hands-on Arduino classes all over Los Angeles and Orange County.
I’m not a tomboy. I’m just not willing to play in a world where gender defines one’s tastes. I am the love child of Grace Kelly and Thor.