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Minion migration July 9, 2013

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Yesterday was a day that many of us were not looking forward to, though we had been anticipating it for many years.  Sadly, our Minion’s last day was yesterday.  While we are thrilled that he is taking off to a wonderful new job (that pays far better than a grad student salary), we’re going to miss having him around.  He was the most unbelievably handy student and continually surprised us with his amazing skills.

To give you an idea of what I mean, this is him with a 3D printer…that he built himself…in his free time:

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He started working with us as a freshman, and I often felt bad for him because of all the strange things we threw at him.

Don’t know how to use a network analyzer?  It’s a good time to learn.

Hmm…maybe we need someone who can help take measurements in the antenna chamber.

How about I teach him to use the simulation software since I’ll be leaving in a couple weeks?

This is the kind of stuff we stuck him with as a sophomore, and he was always eager to learn.  By the time he finished with his degrees, he was designing and laying out RF packaging, antennas, and circuits.

The timing of his departure did have one fortunate aspect: Despicable Me 2 came out last week, and since he is the Minion, we decided to take him to see it.  We had a lot of fun.

I’m looking forward to his visits back home in the future and hearing about his work.  It’s wonderful to see someone who was once a confused freshman turn into an amazing engineer in his own right.

Therefore, as Alfred De Musset so aptly put it,

The return makes one love the farewell.

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1. The Minion - July 9, 2013

I had a lot of help getting there! And for the record, I enjoyed a lot of the weird things that were thrown at me (maybe not Mentor though…). Musset is right and so is Arnold in this case: I will be back!

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Mike - July 11, 2013

You know, I’m sure that I could arrange for you to have your own personal copy of Mentor Graphics….

Also for the record – you are one of the best. You put up with my garbage and still came out on top. I’d wish you good luck but I doubt that you need it – you are the type that makes your own luck.

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