Today, 1. of June, 40 years ago and 24 years old, I started at Danfysik A/S in my first job with a B.Sc. in electronic engineering….. and I have worked ever since. Starting with 100% exiting, challenging and sometimes scary projects, and over the years now in a situation where 66% is mostly boring. You know: Been there, done that. But of course there is still occasionally some challenges that can totally occupy my mind, and I forget time and place for a while just like 40 years ago.
Working on some electronic instrument around 1978
Later around 1980, same shirt, but shorter hair in order to get better service in hotels and flights!
A lot of things have changed in tech, but not as much as often postulated in media, and certainly not as much as I thought would happen! Maybe I read too much science fiction and “Popular Mechanics” in these days, and maybe it had to do with the fact that I started in a job that for several years brought me around to nuclear physics research labs, where cutting edge technology could be found. Example: I knew an engineer at CERN, a member of their local ham-radio club, who took me to a meting with some other guys. The topic was a new satellite connection to the US that they had set up, and some protocols and other stuff that I later recognised as a thing called the internet. OK, I admit that this had “some impact” on engineering that I did not expect 🙂
Now I have my own little company and lab, and it is here I find the real challenges in these days. One of the biggest surprises, and a thing that I really enjoy, is the rise (acknowledgment?) of the maker/hacker/tinker-communities. I did not see that coming; so many creative people. Drones and 3D-printing are good examples of grassroots developed tech.
The picture at the top is one I took in the ISR at CERN.