So I hope this is is in the correct area, if not, feel free to switch my heading but anyways, wanted to introduce m'self real quick.
I'm wondering how much flak I'm going to get but I'm a mechanical and computer engineer for Amtrak. My job sounds really boring, but I actually really love it. Basically what I do is I take a mountain of data from Amtrak's fleet, wrecks, derails, stations, etc etc and I come up with ideas to drive the company forward. Mostly involving software, but I do also help to design tracks that are fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. I design software that makes the every day commute for a passenger a mountain of data for an engineer.
I went to the Naval Academy, served in the Navy for 4 years, serving as a civil engineer within the Navy. As I was serving I got my computer engineering degree and when I got out of the Navy, I was put into contact with a recruiter at Amtrak via one of the Senior Chiefs I knew. And I've been here ever since and loving every minute of it.
I've been into trains since before I can remember. My grandfather was a locomotive engineer, and I suppose it's in the blood!
An artist sees the world in colors and patterns. An engineer sees the world in mathematical equations. Both help shape the World and are just as important as the other.
Aha well, I might have to repost it over that way! Forgive me, but I kinda thought they were all connected in some shape or form, but I could be mistaken. I've been known to be wrong before!
Welcome, Brass Bootleg!
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