Back on Arpil 2nd, 2007, I asked my son, Erik, if I could blog about his search for the perfect undergraduate engineering college. Given an answer of "yes", it led to an interesting series of posts, which now finishes with Erik's senior year at Rose-Hulman. You could actually say, it all began with Legos! Thus, you really have to go back nine years when our Lego Robotics Team "Super Nerds In Pink (SNIP)" was formed (I was the coach); the end result will be Erik's graduation this Spring with his electrical engineering degree. Everyone else on that team has also pursued a technical degree!
Along the journey, there were such memorable posts as:
- Initial Post: Search for the Perfect Engineering School
- College Consultants for your Kids
- Our Children's Sloppy Dress
- Hello from Milepost 214 .. or .. Two Nerds in Iowa (a fav of mine!)
At times, Erik would be my guest blogger. For instance he wrote:
As a parent I am still pleased with Erik's choice. His engineering internships (GE and Oshkosh) provided good technical learning opportunities, and what can you say about a school which has been ranked #1 for engineering undergraduate programs for over a decade?! (Rose-Hulman: US News and World Report rankings for schools where the top degree awarded is a master's degree). Thus, if you are looking for a sharp young man (I'm biased), download Erik's resume. However, I warn you ... there is plenty of competition!
- Erik Hoeg: Resume (job search completed! see below)
What a great Christmas present! New full-time job for both of my boys! This past holiday season (Christmas 2011) both of my sons entered the job market looking for their first full time job. Given the economy, like any parent, I was concerned, but believed in my boys. In the course of four weeks, both Carl (newly minted masters in economics and international relations from Johns Hopkins) and Erik (will graduate this Spring with his BSEE) received great job offers. Particularily pleasing was they both had many different companies pursing them. Life is good!
In closing, lest you think our home always had a serious, academic focus ... enjoy this video of one or Erik's earlier robots: Cyrus the Cat vs. the Lego Synchro Drive Robot (121,676 views to date)