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Hi, I'm Brad

and I'm on a mission to help people understand themselves & their communities so that they can learn, work, and live better.

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More About Me

After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Computer Science & a minor in History in 2013, I spent a few years doing IT support, sysadmin work, technology integration, and teaching a couple classes at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School, followed by a stint as a web developer for the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue and several years as a software & IT systems engineer at AndyMark. These days, I'm doing a little bit of this & a little bit of that, applying a hand-crafted, agile, artisinal mindset to technology & organizational communication through Sledgehammer Infosystems, sharing my skills with young people through Sledgehammer Academy, and experimenting with other technology, art, youth empowerment, & organizational development efforts on a more ad-hoc basis.

I'm also a passionate supporter of FIRST Robotics. I believe that FIRST is one of the best ways out there for young people to explore engineering, computer science, marketing, design, entrepreneurship, and a ton of other fields while making meaningful connections to expert mentors in their community to gain some skills & real-world perspective from. I'm the executive director & lead mentor for Westside Robotics, the non-profit that supports the FRC, FTC, and FLL teams within the West Lafayette Community School Corporation. Additionally, I'm the secretary of the board of directors as well as a member of a few state-wide committees for FIRST Indiana Robotics, where I'm also the AV & event production coordinator for our competitons & other events. I'm also an advisor for Purdue FIRST Programs, the student group at Purdue that supports the FIRST teams & events in the Lafayette area and got me started with FIRST when I was in college.

In my free time I do a lot of reading (mostly history & psychology, the occasional sci-fi novel), video game playing (mostly strategy / simulation / world building games), and technology-enhanced art projects.

Want to connect? Shoot me an email, or you can get a 20 minute or 1 hour meeting on my calendar.