Shawn is a Project Engineer and has been with DISTek Integration since 2002. Projects Shawn has worked on include: Implementation of a sequence control embedded system prototype (ISO 11783-14); development of embedded software within a virtual terminal that met ISO 11783-6 standard; systems level responsibility for in-vehicle displays; automated test systems for testing of products such as paging base stations, two-way radios, satellite phones, latches, and medical research in development and manufacturing environments. Shawn is experienced in C, C#, LabVIEW, TestStand, LabWindows/CVI, Visual Basic, CAN, SAE J1939, and ISO 11783 parts 6 & 14.
As can be seen from some of my previous blog posts, I really enjoy promoting engineering and getting youth interested in pursuing STEM careers. The culmination of promoting engineering is recruiting. On February 9th, I was part of the DISTek team that recruited at the Iowa State Engineering Career Fair.
I am in the middle of my sixth season coaching a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team. Each year has furthered my belief that FLL is valuable for all those that are involved. Recently, on December 5th, my team participated in the Cedar Falls Regional Qualifier.
While reading David Allen’s Getting Things Done, I connected the ideas that Allen suggests for time allocation to that of a real-time operating system with which I am familiar. Upon further thought, I wondered if there is a way to act more deterministic and accomplish tasks at higher efficiency, similar to how a microprocessor performs within a real-time operating system.
DISTek formed a Wellness Committee that is responsible for encouraging wellness and healthy lifestyles for everyone throughout the company. The wellness committee sponsors different events, such as lunch and learns or challenges that promote healthy living.
On Friday May 1, DISTek hosted about 50 junior high ALPHA (Talented & Gifted) students from Holmes and Peet Junior Highs in Cedar Falls. These students completed a 6-week unit in January and February on careers and were interested in engineering fields. The purpose of their visit to DISTek was to learn more about the various types of engineering.
The Cedar Falls Regional Qualifier for FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and the Cedar Falls Regional Expo for Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr. FLL) took place recently at Peet Junior High. DISTek and its people are very active in supporting FIRST related teams. There were at least three DISTekians who served as coaches or mentors for FLL teams and one DISTekian who was the coach for a Jr. FLL team. DISTek was also a sponsor of multiple teams.
In a previous blog entry, I provided a book report on The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn. I discussed how people can make a positive difference in how they go about their lives, turning something ordinary into the extraordinary. I also shared Sanborn’s acronym FRED to explain how to develop “Freds”.