Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Real Life Ironman

I met a guy who is an electrical engineering/physics major in a line at the market. Listen to his reason why:

"When I was a kid, I used to play a video game called 'Megaman.'

The character had the coolest weapon--he could shoot pulses of electricity through his hand. I thought it was the coolest thing I'd ever seen, and I pretended I could shoot pulses of electricity through my hand as a weapon!

"Finally I decided that I wanted to figure out how to do this for a living. So I looked for engineering companies that were trying to do it. I found one in Utah that shoots a laser through the air at a target. The laser ionizes the particles in the air, and creates a pathway. You then sent a pulse of electricity to the target on this ionized "street" your laser created. I called them up, and they told me what I needed to do to work there."

All I could think of was how much easier it would have been for me to pick a major if Ironman had come out two years before it did.

1 comment:

  1. Brock! I just discovered your blog via the link on Kristi's. I'm on an overnight desk shift and had some time...and I ended up reading the last two months' worth of posts on here. I think this is a fantastic idea, and I congratulate you for what you're doing. :) It's inspiring! I love people, and I love learning their stories...and your blog is a nice little reminder that everyone has one. Thanks!


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