Aconcagua via the 360 Route

I just came back from my latest adventure, climbing Aconcagua via the 360 Route. Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the western hemisphere (and the second highest of the "seven summits"). I climbed with Sunny Stroeer from Aurora Women’s Expeditions (AWE) – who was, in fact, awe-some! I would highly recommend going with Sunny on [...]

By |2019-03-17T05:24:59-08:00March 5th, 2019|Extreme environments, Limits|0 Comments

Aconcagua Gear Related Reviews and Comments

In this post, I’ll focus on making some Aconcagua gear related reviews and comments.  I will not describe all of my gear in detail. However, I will select a few items that I thought were particularly useful. I’m reviewing these items because I loved the gear. I have no relationship with any of these companies, [...]

By |2019-02-28T15:08:57-08:00February 26th, 2019|Extreme environments, Limits|0 Comments

What’s the Hardest Thing

What's the hardest thing you've ever had to do in your life? I was recently asked, what’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do in your life? That’s a great question, because how we handle challenges and tough times is telling, in terms of who we are. Looking great while things are great, that’s [...]

By |2019-01-24T20:25:38-08:00December 15th, 2018|Limits|0 Comments

Pushing the Boundaries of Your Engineering Degree – Imagination Will Take You Everywhere

Homecoming at UC Berkeley Last week, for the Homecoming Weekend at UC Berkeley, I was invited by the Bioengineering Department to give a talk entitled “Pushing the Boundaries of Your Engineering Degree - Imagination Will Take You Everywhere.” I really enjoyed this opportunity to visit the campus and to speak with faculty and students – thank [...]

By |2019-01-03T16:01:51-08:00October 18th, 2018|Limits, Technology|0 Comments

Sensor Fusion & Mountains – Aconcagua, part 1

I’m excited to start thinking ahead to my next adventure - on Aconcagua. Besides looking forward to a fantastic trip, I’m figuring out how I can combine two of my main interests, outdoor/endurance adventure and science/engineering. With increasing interest across a variety of industries in technologies for “extreme environments”, this seems entirely reasonable to me.  [...]

By |2019-01-02T10:58:02-08:00September 28th, 2018|Extreme environments, Limits, Wilderness|0 Comments

Hiking in Kluane National Park & Reserve (Yukon Territory)

People keep asking me for details about fun adventures, so I will post some of them here - starting with: hiking in Kluane National Park. Recently, I visited and hiked in Yukon Territory.  I wouldn’t put this one into the “adventure” category – more like low-key, easy hiking but a fun trip in a beautiful [...]

By |2018-12-25T10:09:22-08:00August 14th, 2018|Wilderness|0 Comments

Soft, Wearable Exoskeletons

I’ve been interested in robotic exoskeletons for years, having done my PhD work in that area. More recently, I’ve become interested in the developing field of soft robotics and have been dreaming about use cases that combine elements of both. Although professionally, I tend more to focus on B2B applications of technologies, as a consumer, [...]

By |2018-03-27T07:11:13-08:00March 27th, 2018|Limits, Robotics|0 Comments

Mental Models, Resilience and Success

Building mental models Lately, I’ve been reviewing some of the lectures in an artificial intelligence class at MIT through OpenCourseWare (OCW). As an aside, I highly recommend OCW to anyone interested in furthering their understanding of any of a number of subjects in science, engineering, mathematics, etc. I’ve taken or sampled from many of the [...]

By |2019-01-02T10:55:34-08:00November 9th, 2017|Limits|0 Comments

Limits that are not Limits

Finding equilibrium As I often do toward the end of each year, I’ve been thinking about big picture personal goals. As part of that, I’ve been reflecting on how these goals all fit into a single common theme that guides almost all of my interests and has become a kind of inner compass. I’m not [...]

By |2019-01-02T10:54:38-08:00October 11th, 2017|Limits|1 Comment