Today was my sixth year of employment with Purdue University.
During that time, I’ve gotten to know a great many people across the University and have expanded my knowledge far beyond what I had dreamt when I first joined Purdue.
On June 30, 2008, I began working for the Physics department as a Desktop Support Specialist. I helped the faculty, staff, and students with their UNIX/Mac systems – fixing issues and improving their experience wherever I could. I also helped out with the server-side environment when possible, as well as greatly enhancing the user-facing technical documentation.
On October 17, 2011, I began a new chapter in my time at Purdue as a Messaging Systems Administrator. I joined a great team and quickly gained much technical knowledge along with a great deal more responsibility. My new position was managing systems used by the entire University. However, the biggest change was in being introduced to a world of greater collaboration across all departments and units of Purdue. Ensuring superior communication during both good and unfortunate events has been a skill I’ve been able to hone the past three years.
I look forward to many more years to come at Purdue University and seeing my career and skills continue to advance!
Today, a tragedy occurred on campus. Andrew Boldt, a senior in ECE and TA for ECE 362 was shot and killed by fellow TA Cody Cousins. The shooting is said to be targeted as no-one else was involved and Cody went outside and waited to be taken into custody.
While completely senseless, the Purdue community has come together to support each other and the family and friends of Andrew. My thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time.
Myself, I was in class in KNOY which is the next building over from EE where the shooting happened.
Photo source: @MissHabig on twitter
This will be a quick post consisting of just a slew of pictures from the talk and a short video (with some bad camera work by yours truly), but Neil deGrasse Tyson was at Purdue on Thursday, September 19, 2013 to give a talk. It was a great 2+ hours of listening to his thoughts and answers to questions. At the end he did a quick book signing as well!
Fantastic meeting him and although I’m not a scientist, it was still inspring.
Yesterday was the first annual Purdue Half Marathon and 5K. It was a pretty cold day ( 43º according to the Nike Running app), but the race itself was pretty fun.
As it took me days to fully recover from the half marathons that I have run, I have decided that they definitely aren’t for me. I congratulate those that did run it, but I’m perfectly happy to run the 5k alone.
I’m also happy with my overall time although it definitely is lower than the first 5k I’ve ever ran back in 2010.
OVERALL RESULTS: (Number finished = 763)
Overall Grp Name Pace FINISH
74 11 KEITH MCDERMOTT 07:57 24:42.5
The hardest part of the entire race was definitely the climb back up the back of the stadium. That is quite a steep incline! (You can tell where this was on the track by looking at the darkest part of the heat-map for my run of the 5k to the right. I actually just walked part of the way up!)
Despite the one slow-part I encountered, I did enjoy the race and would definitely run it again and recommend it to others. It was the inaugural race so of course there will be kinks to work out, but it can only get better over time!
Enjoy a small gallery below of pics of runners from the half marathon and others in the 5k portion as well.
Today was the 2012 Purdue 5k Challenge. Mom and Dad came down to watch us run. This was Justin’s first official 5k and he did great! My bib was #888 and I finished 179th place with a time of 24:03. Justin was #1392 and finished 433rd place with a time of 28:14.