My name's Aaron and I live in Mount Horeb. I'm an office administrator by trade, but I have a degree in Computer Information Systems and am working towards an associates in Electrical Engineering Technology at MATC (currently in my Sophomore year). I'd have to say I'm a jack-of-all-trades though, I love to tinker on just about anything that comes my way. My hobbies include woodworking, electronics, desktop computer support, programming, camping, papercraft, canoeing, gaming, hunting, fishing, home improvement, lighting and lots more!
I graduated in 2002 from UW-P with a CIS and Bus. Admin degree and have been working in business related fields ever since. I loved programming and software development, but got kinda burnt out during school. I still do some minor coding, but most of it now is focused around embedded programming. Although I've loved tinkering with electronics for years, I finally took the jump and went back to school. My wife actually got me into it, she's big into hula-hooping (yeah...it's an interesting hobby) and after purchasing her first LED hula-hoop for $200, I knew I could make one myself for 1/10th the cost. After about 4 months of research I finally produced my first product. It was so good all her friends wanted me to make them. The basic ones I built were fine, but wanted more
I quickly found loved working with electronics but I lacked the electronics know-how , so I enrolled at MATC and have loved it every since! I even have a site
up now where I sell them as a hobby business that helps me pay for my other projects.
With my programming background I quickly excelled at embedded programming. The entire concept of microchips absolutely fascinates me! Since I'm in the night program at MATC, I'm only capable of taking 1-2 classes/semester, so my advancement is slow. I easily excel at all my classes too. Even though I'm new to it all, I find that I'm easily way ahead of all my classmates. I try finding personal projects to do that helps advance my skill, but I'm horrible when it comes to personal direction. I bounce all over the place (typical ADHD kind of personality). Here's
some of the misc. projects I've done already.
I would really like to get involved in a hackerspace like this though. I feel it can help give me some direction by getting involved with some of the group projects as well as help advance my knowledge by learning from everyone else. Since I'm married, full-time job and taking classes, it's hard to say if/when I'd have time, but I'm hoping I can get involved on some level.