Tim Emerson

Systems Engineering, FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology
Fenton, MO, United States

About Tim

Bio

I am a systems engineer/architect with over 30 years of experience in enterprise systems, storage and datacenters. My specialty is data protection, information management and disaster recovery. I have 10 years of experience mentoring high school students in the FIRST Robotics program.

Areas of Expertise

Data Protection, Systems Architecture, Technical Mentoring

I'm passionate about

STEM Education and mentoring for students and veterans.

Comments & conversations

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Tim Emerson
Posted 5 months ago
How do I get my story out there?
Amber- My suggestion is to address one subject at a time. Do your best to offer others insight in to what you are dealing with and how you deal with it. Don't be afraid to get your story out. If your life is as complex as it seems, you won't be able to tell your story in one post. If you try, you will lose your readers. Good luck to you.
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Tim Emerson
Posted 5 months ago
Transpose Pr. MITRA's SOLE initiative into dynamic adults & professionals learning communities
I think the SOLE concept is very powerful but is suspect the process would hampered if a specific outcome was expected. Adults would need to be willing to joind such a group with no preconcieved notions of what the end result would be. As an adult, I tend to base my thoughts and ideas on past experiences ( direct or through others). I would need to feee myself of that to be of any use in a SOLE. Could adults do that?
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Tim Emerson
Posted 5 months ago
Changing the voice, tone, ballot access and campaign financing game utilizing online forums and crowd source funding.
John- You make a very good point. Voter apathy among our youth should be a huge concern. I, for one, believe I can make an impact by talking about voting. I do not talk about my political views or who I am voting for. I mention that I am voting. I ask others if they are voting. I actively encourage others to vote. Being engaged in the voting process when you have an agenda will turn people off. Being involved in the election process with no agenda will encourage othersto be get involved and hopefully share that with others.
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Tim Emerson
Posted 5 months ago
Is inteligence just a trap, among other things?
Our "intelligence" causes us to over analyze things, question empirical data and come to unsubstantiated conclusions. It also allows us to enjoy the beauty of a sunset or to feel true love for another. I don't think you can have one without the other.
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Tim Emerson
Posted 5 months ago
What will society/technology companies do to improve gender equality in the technology sector?
Programs like FIRST Robotics are giving young women a chance to see that they can succeed and thrive in technical areas. As a mentor, I've heard students ( male and female) tell me that their parents didn't think they would be good at robotics or they shouldn't look at engineering because they weren't good at math. We will never build the technical workforce we need for the future if we only consider half the population.
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Tim Emerson
Posted 5 months ago
What are the problems in this world that need addressing ranking in terms of importance
1. Education. A quality education that is available to all people. This must include college level study 2. Equality. Equal opportunity and treatment for all people reagrdless of race, gender, sexual preference or finacial status. 3. Involvement. Those who are doing well should offer their services ( not just their money) as mentors, coaches and volunteers. Things get personal when we get involved and we need more of that.
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Tim Emerson
Posted 5 months ago
Why do we criticize stupid people?
I think you need to be carefull how you approach things. Saying you would approach a person with humility an point out their errors makes the assumption that we are right. Outside of science and mathematics, I'm not certain we can make that conclusion. I would suggest walking a mile in another shoes as a first step.
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Tim Emerson
Posted 5 months ago
What one event set the direction of your life that made you who you are today?
I was working the night shift as a maintenance supervisor for a large bakery. Every day when I arrived I would chat with Jack, the purchasing manager. I would talk about what I would do when I went back to school. One day, when I started talking about school, he cut me off. He said he was getting tired of me talking and asked when I would do something. I answered "soon" and he replied " how about tomorrow?". I enrolled the next day ( how did he know they were enrolling for classes) and never looked back. When I finished my B.S in Electrical Engineering at Washington University, I wanted to call and thank him. I was never able to find him. I am so glad Jack was willing to give me the "tough love" I needed and will always be thankful to him.
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Tim Emerson
Posted 5 months ago
Are things getting better?
Our lives have certainly become more public due to technology. That same technology has given us access to huge amounts of information. We can truely stand on the shoulders of giants but some times it might be a rickety old wooden box. Part of me longs for the simpler life I knew when I was a kid ( in the 60s).