It has been several years now since I’ve been directly (or indirectly) involved in robotics. During my daughter’s high school years I was active in the FIRST Robotics program, spending some week nights and many weekends supporting the kids—far more clever than me—building and competing with the robot. It was during this time that I came to know some of the mentors involved. They knew I was looking for a job in a field not their own. Instead of wringing their hands like my professorial colleagues did, they made concrete suggestions as to how to go about finding a reasonable position. Unlike many religion professors, they were willing to go out of their way to help. It’s a lesson I’ve never forgotten. A somewhat well-known religious leader is known for having said “by their fruits you will know them.” So it is.
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