Let's start with the big news. After almost 13 years working on the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory space mission out of Stanford University, I have given my notice - I will be starting a new chapter - a very different chapter.
In early 2015 I will be joining the DJI Global Team as the Director of Education. I will be managing and overseeing overall education, training, and education related outreach efforts across hobby and industry. I will likely be a key player in online and social components of education and outreach. Yes, I will probably be traveling a lot.
Yes, I am super excited and yes, I am also nervous. It's not easy to leave something you have done well and successful the past 13 years and venture into something very new, very different.
There is a saying I have always lived by "There are no wrong decisions; but not making a decision is wrong!".
While I absolutely believe in it, I have realized that there is actually a very important step right in front of one being able to make a decision. That step is the one that sometimes is the hardest to overcome. It's that decision to actually make a decision.
He is the one who got me into all of this fun technology stuff. I remember the first time he brought one of those drones and flew it in front of me - boy, was that a procedure and adventure. But I was hooked right there and then. About 6 months later he introduced me to the original Phantom 1 and I remember we played with it in a parking lot like little kids.
Many adventures laters - here I am! Thank you Mark for always being a big supporter and great friend. And for the many laughs and the many frustrating moments when we had to open the Phantom shell just one more time...