Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Day 2, pt 1

Woke up at 6:30, dressed up, left hotel at 7 thinking now I can find the right bus going uptown. It was raining and with no umbrella in hand, I refused to risk my hair. I did one heck of a flat-iron job last night and this morning. In front of the hotel, there was a taxicab standing by.

"Would you mind taking me only to the 4th St?"
"He nodded."

My hotel is just four blocks away but I ended up paid 7 buck (with a dollar tip), rush hour you see.

My presentation was not after midmorning break. And by Murphy's Law, the laptop froze on me. I had the files handy on flash drive and luckily the conference had a laptop already set up. It was all going smoothly from there. By smooth was that no one was asking questions. :-). There is one, but it was related to the information on fabrication process.

Lunch break, I was looking at the job posting board and Intel has openings. I went to talk with hiring manager, selling myself out. It was probably about a 30 minute chat.

"I am a chemical engineer, and being from TAMU, we are usually ended up in big bad oil companies. But I was never interested on the prospect. So when the professor first joint the university, I was so glad because right then I had alternative."

"Ah, you got me there. I am also a Chemical Engineer. I went to work with an oil industry, but then I found out about the semiconductor industries and immediately switched direction. I was working with TI for a couple of years before moving to Intel."

A nice chat, eh. I'm hoping it would lead somewhere.

After lunch break, I attended the sessions for the symposium I belong to. Towards the end of the last presentation, I browsed on the program and my eyes stumbled on an Indonesian name. I immediately planned to attend his presentation. On my way out, a man approaching and was asking if he can discuss some stuff with me at night. Research related. :P And he gave his card.

I talked to the Indonesian guy, graduating soon from Stanford, a class of 90 ITB. Interesting research, it looked like. Honestly, I don't understand what he was talking about. Something about the analysis of the plastic*ity of Cu in*terconnect.

Browsing through the program again, my eyes caught another familiar name. B dubbed her White Swan. When I was in undergrad, she was sort of a role model to me. Ironically, I followed her footstep into getting myself in a PhD program. White Swan is a big guy now, a chair of one of the symposium and she works at one of the respected research semiconductor company in Austin.

At around 2 PM, R texted me back, he just arrived. I called him around 5 and found out that his trip here was a mess. He missed the two flights, the connecting from CS and the IAH-SFO. Poor guy.
"Hey, don't eat dinner, they have food there at the session. And there are going to be booze."
"Good, I need a drink."

I'm going to meet him around 7 at the poster session and stayed there until 11. Poor R.

2 comments:

nadia said...

seems like ur havin a heckuva grand time :)

Erika said...

isnt sf lovely??
kakk..you should check out the banrep flagship store!!!!
and the picasso at moma! and you get to see those "dark" paintings we've been "raving" about. hahaha.