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Ahead of the Curve is a blog that allows me to ramble. I hatched the idea, and the name, shortly after my father passed away a few years ago. Upon hearing of his death, a childhood friend said to me, “Your Dad was ahead of the curve before anyone else even knew there was a curve.” My father was a scientist, engineer, inventor, and never satisfied to accept that something could not be improved. While he would most likely disagree if I said he was the inspiration for this blog, he would have encouraged me to write, and write often, and be serious and funny with my posts, as the world is quite often far too serious.

About me – I started writing when I was just a wee lad in high school. I wrote several (unpublished) science fiction novels, one of them receiving a third place, honorable mention in the 1986 Avon Flare Young Adult Novel Writing Competition.  I then moved on to science fiction short stories, general short stories and finally to technical papers and publications relating to engineering, regulatory affairs and environmental compliance.  But technical white papers can be boring and bland – no room for opinion, sarcasm or humor. That is why I have decided to blog – to have fun, to vent, to be witty and sarcastic, and probably more often than I realize, to be annoying!

From a formal education perspective, I hold a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toledo (Go Rockets!) as well as a Master of Science in Environmental Management and an MBA from the University of Maryland’s University College distance learning program. For those of you wondering if online degrees are truly credible, I can say without hesitation that the four years of graduate school from 2011 – 2015 were the most intense, most difficult and most advanced educational experience of my life. So yes, online degree programs are valid, difficult and worthwhile. But overall, having three sheepskins doesn’t mean I am smart – it means I have spent a lot of money over the years in order to get three pieces of paper that look impressive on the wall of my office.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter (@AheadOfTheCurv0) and Instagram (@AheadOfCurve) – these are both brand new feeds and very light (empty) at the moment, but I hope to fill them both quickly with lots of ridiculous stuff.

So enough already – thanks for dropping by, now go enjoy the blog, ‘like’ some posts, leave comments and feel free to click the SHARE button under each post and share as much or as little as you want!