Dan Koellen AI6XG
I have been an electronic hobbyist since I was young. Tearing apart old tube radios and televisions was a fascinating past time for me in my early teens. I then discovered shortwave radio and eventually got my amateur radio license in high school.
In middle school I discovered a newly published book that explained what integrated circuits were. That is when I knew I wanted to build integrated circuits, not just use them in circuits as a career. That set me on course to study STEM before it was known as STEM. In undergraduate and graduate school I studied solid state device physics and electronic materials. The engineering aspect I had already learned from my electronics hobby and ham radio activity.
While I was working in the semiconductor industry I was able to experience and contribute to the design, fabrication, testing, marketing and sales of integrated circuits. A fascinating journey for me. After retiring from industry I drifted back to ham radio and electronics as hobbies. I obtained my extra class license in 2017 after several decades of lapsed license.