Mentors

I’ve had a number of mentors over the years, and they’ve all had a significant impact on me. As I mentor folks now, and think back on the mentors I’ve had, I really appreciate all that I have learned from them. When I was in college, I worked as a co-op student for a couple of years at SCI Systems, and my boss and mentor there was Bruce Edmondson. I learned a tremendous amount from Bruce: what engineers do, how to write computer software, and how to work as part of a team. Bruce was always patient with me, spending time answering my questions, and giving me opportunities. I’ve lost touch with Bruce, but the other day, I ran across this note in a book titled “Software Tools in Pascal” that he gave me at the end of my summer term in 1981. Pascal is an out-of-date programming language, but what Bruce wrote is just as true today as it was 35 years ago. Thank you Bruce!

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