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34: Electrical Engineer Working on Drones at GoogleX – John FitzSimons

John FitzSimons earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering (EE) from Purdue University and has worked at Motorola, Northrop Grumman and now currently at GoogleX working on drones.

At Motorola John helped design cell phones starting out in battery charging, moving into display technology, and then into high speed processor design. Jon then moved to Northrop Grumman designing Electronic Warfare (EW) equipment. His expertise is high speed processing and then interfacing that processing power to the outside world. At GoogleX working on drones, while is pilots license is not 100% applicable, he says it has helped. Outside of work he has done some glass blowing and metal work which has been quite interesting.

John provides advice that college is a place where you should try to take in as many experiences as you can and you need to take time during the day to re-charge.

John’s recommended book is “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” by Richard P. Feynman

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  1. Rebecca Strang on 04/16/2018 at 12:23 PM

    Fantastic advice, JR! Particularly love the bit about taking advantage of the opportunities to EXPLORE while in college.

  2. Jeff Nigh on 05/10/2018 at 10:22 PM

    thanks for commenting Rebecca!

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