First of all, let me introduce myself. I’m Alexandru Blidaru, or Alex Blidaru or if I actually know you I’m Big Al. To answer the question that is probably in your mind, I will strive to make this blog a combination of a news source on a range of different subjects, mostly technological, and a place where I get to write my opinion on a range of different subjects, pertinent to university life, to the jobs and experiences that I will be having throughout University as part of the co-op program, and to the news i will be writing on. Hopefully you will find my opinions interesting enough that you will come back and read some more. Feel free to leave comments and criticism on any of my posts. I actually encourage you to.
Now that you know what the blog is about, I can go back to talk about me. I’m currently at the University of Waterloo, in the Electrical Engineering program. At the time I’m writing this, I’m in my first year, more exactly on my first co-op term. What is co-op? Co-op is basically an internship that we have with different companies. As part of the requirements to graduate from UW, we have to do 6 trimesters of co-op, spread over the 5 years we are here. Due to co-op a degree that is usually 4 year long got lengthened to 5 years. More about this in a post to come.
I’ve been interested in technology since I was a kid. I started programming in grade 5, with Pascal. It was also in grade 5, 6, and 7 that I attended the Romanian National Comp Sci Olympics, where I was somewhere in the top 5 for pre-highschool age group. At the beginning of grade 8 in Romania (grade 9 here, 2006 to be more exact), my family and I all moved to Toronto, Canada. In grade 10 I joined the TOPS Program, a Math, Science, and English program, that over worked you without shame, especially in grade 11 and 12, and terribly over-prepared you for University. As part of the program, we took AP classes, including AP Physics, where as a final project we build a 3D magnetometer without a micro controller or other kind of fancy gizmos. I’ll do a post on it later. The summers after grade 11 and 12, I had a job at Sunnybrook’s Ultrasound Research Lab, which is probably the reason why I got a job at Allerta as my first co-op.
After high school I went to UW, for electrical engineering, and 6 month later, here I am working and pulling all-nighters at Allerta while developing the inPulse smartwatch. But I enjoy it, so it’s cool.
Anyway, hope you enjoyed this little tidbit on my life. Who knows, when I hit it big, you might learn some more from the unofficial autobiography.