DavidMazur.com :  About Me Monday December 22, 2014

   I’ve been roaming around in this world since October 16, 1983. I was born in Southeastern Michigan, and have lived there for much of my life. I also have a sister, Betsy, who is a year younger than me, and a brother, Jack, who is 5 years younger. My mother, Margaret, and father, David, and my siblings lived in Farmington Hills, MI until the summer of my 5th year, when we moved to Boston, so that my dad could go back to school. After 2 years we moved back to Farmington Hills, MI, where I attended elementary school in the second, third, and fourth grade. After that, we moved once again. This time, my family moved overseas to São Paulo, Brazil. My father worked for General Motors and was transferred there. We lived there for 3 years, over which time we got to see much of the country, including the city, scenery, and culture. In the eighth grade, we moved back to Farmington Hills, where my permanent address remained through to the summer after my graduation from the Universiy of Michigan in 2007.
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I attended the University of Detroit Jesuit High School which is a Catholic high school in Detroit. There I was the captain of my Cross Country team and competed in Science Olympiad. After Graduation, I moved to Ann Arbor, MI where I attended the University of Michigan in pursuit of a degree in Computer Engineering. Not unlike many people, the experiences I had in college were some of the best experiences of my life. I know that probably sounds cliche and that is probably because it is. But it is also true. While there I witnessed the birth and fading of a rock band, I was allowed to briefly grace the airwaves with my own unique acquired taste in music, and I even helped build something that appeared on the Discovery Channel. Oh yeah.., and I edited many wikipedia articles along the way.

I was a member of the U of M Solar Car Team, Continuum. The Continuum project is the 2007 installment of a long line of cars produced by the entirely student run team since the team's championship debut in 1990. The car, Continuum competed in 2007 at the World Solar Challenge held in Australia's Outback and then later in 2008 in the North American Solar Challenge from Dallas, TX to Calgary, AB. Previous to Continuum, I was heavily involved with the 2005 project, Momentum. On the project I was mostly involved with the team’s strategy. As such, I along with my fellow strategists studied the car in depth attempting to model it as accurately as possible. The goal was to figure out the best way to run the car most efficiently given racing conditions, including weather and current and forseen raceroute conditions such as grade, and the computer models of our car which included battery, aerodynamics, rolling resistance, motor, and array models. Momentum was an exciting endeavor for me as well as every one of my teammates. The project came to a climax in July when we competed in the North American Solar Challenge. The race was a 2,500 mile course that started in Austin, Texas, and concluded in Calgary, Alberta. The Wolverines crossed the finish line first with a time that was just 11 minutes faster than our worthy rival, University of Minnesota. Our excitement rose again when we competed in the World Solar Challenge in October. Momentum completed the 3,000 Km race which traversed the Australian Outback from Darwin, Northern Territory to Adelaide, South Australia in a very respectable 3rd place behind only the semi-professional Dutch team, Nuon and Australian team, Aurora. It was great to finally see all of the work that each of us had put into the car pay off. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn a lot from the people that I have been privileged to work with in the construction process and preparation for the racing of the car across North America and Australia.

For 2 semesters, Fall 2006 and Winter 2007 I was a disc jockey for the university owned and operated radio station WCBN. For 3 hours a week I shared my eclectic taste in music with listeners from across the globe. One time I had a listener call in from Tokyo (he was from Ann Arbor and was listening online) to say he was enjoying the show and request some Queen. At anyrate, I recorded many of my shows and posted them on this website.

For 2 years following my Ann Arbor experience I lived in Chicagoland. I moved there in 2007 to work at a semiconductor company called Analog Devices which is based out of Boston. I was a "Sales Engineer" which is a fancy way of saying "I sold microchips to other nerdy folk like myself." Chicago is a fun city to live in. I am actually rather surprised at how many people I knew from High School and College that were there as well. As it is now, I live in Grand Rapids, MI. I work for an industrial machinery company called Burke E. Porter as a Field Service Engineer. I am enjoying the new adventure so far and I will be sure to keep you posted on what happens next!

I really enjoy listening to music. Specifically, I mostly listen to rock; however, I have gained an eclectic taste for just about anything. Consequently, I enjoy going to concerts:
  • Ravi Shankar
  • Kodo Drummers
  • The Dave Matthews Band
  • Jethro Tull
  • Eddie Money
  • Styx
  • The Steve Miller Band
  • The Allman Brothers Band
  • R E O Speedwagon
  • The Counting Crows
  • Great Southern
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Michigan Pops
  • Doobie Brothers
  • Boston
  • Alice Cooper
  • Ben Folds
  • The String Cheese Incident
  • Bliss 66
  • Domestic Problems
  • Keb’ Mo’
  • ZZ Top
  • Jackson Browne
  • The Rolling Stones
  • AC / DC
  • The Guess Who
  • Rush
  • The Flaming Lips
  • Sam Roberts
  • La Chicane
  • Jim Belushi & Dan Akroid – Have Love Will Travel Revue
  • Kathleen Edwards
  • The Isley Brothers
  • Sass Jordan
  • The Tea party
  • The Jaded Reason
  • Sammy Hagar
  • R.E.M.
  • Modest Mouse
  • Lou Reed
  • The Killers
  • Duffy
  • Tally Hall
  • Trent Reznor
  • Radiohead
  • Wilco
  • The Black Keys
  • MGMT
  • Flogging Molly
  • Girl Talk
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Eve 6
  • The Raconteurs
I really wish that I had been able to see Phish play in concert before they retired. Also, Pink Floyd clearly doesn’t play anymore. It would have been nice to see them before they broke up. It just goes to show you that you got to experience as much of our culture, not just other cultures, as you can, because one day you simply won’t be able to.

- Winter 2010                      
I don't think my wife likes me very much, when I had a heart attack she wrote for an ambulance.      -Frank Carson 7:40 AM

 

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