About

My name is Chad Tindel, and if you want to find out about my life, just keep reading. I have lived in Tulare my whole life with my Mom (Julie), my Dad (John) and my sister (Missy). I attended Garden Elementary School and I graduated from Live Oak Middle School in 1992. Then my life got interesting...

I entered Tulare Union High School and immediately joined the Mighty Redskin Marching Band. I played trumpet in the Marching Band and the Symphonic Band under the director Mr. Bill Ingram. I was also in the Tulare Union Stage Band for 4 years. The Stage Band took a 9 state concert tour the summer after my junior year. We performed at YellowStone National Park, several Elk's Lodges, Health Spa's, and senior homes, playing our Big Band Repertoire of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, and many others. We were scheduled to perform at Mount Rushmore, but the Yellowstone gates were closed at the time we needed to leave, so we ended up missing our performance.

The summer after my senior year was when the Marching/Concert Band took a big trip. We performed at many places throughout Tennessee included The Overton Park Band Shell, Opryland, The Grand Ole Opry, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge. I played solos on several songs including an Elvis Presley Medley, Broadway Classics, and our Latin Halftime Opener "Topaz". This was a great trip because I had never flown before so it was a new experience. Also, I had never been that far away from home before, and I was first chair, which is why I got to play all the solos.

Aside from doing band, I was involved in many other high school activities. My most involved activity was The Future Business Leaders of America, also known as FBLA. It was with this organization that I learned leadership and public speaking skills. I was a state competitor my sophomore year for Information Processing Concepts, a state finalist for Typing my junior year, and a state champion/national competitor in Information Processing Concepts my Senior. The National Conference I attended my senior year was held in Washington D.C., and it was one of the best times of my life. I spearheaded many local campaigns including the collection of supplies for the Battered Women's Shelter of Tulare. We also did a joint fundraiser with Key Club and our share of the profits went to the Women's shelter also. Mr. Schlick was the best teacher I ever had at Tulare Union, even though I was a faster typist than him. He taught me what it meant to be a leader, and how to be more extroverted. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be the charming, charismitic, outgoing man I am today. Thanks for everything Mr. Schlick!

I was also heavily involved in Academic competitions. I competed in the Science Olympiad and our school made it to the state competitions all 4 of my high school years. I competed in a range of different events including Chemistry Lab (partnered with David Bravo), Physics Lab (partnered with Mike Whitted), and Bio-Process Lab (with David Smith). We placed 1st in all of those events.

Then there was Academic Decathalon. This competition has ten events, and all nine members of a team compete in each event. There was an interview, speech, economics exam, math exam, science exam, etc... My senior year I took first in the mathematics exam beating out scholars from all over the county. Tulare Union never did make it past the county competition, but we gave those other schools a run for their money.

I am proud to say that I graduated from Tulare Union High School with an unweighted 4.00 GPA. I took two AP classes (Calculus AB and Biology) and earned 5's on both exams. I was one of 23(?) valedictorians to graduate with honors in 1996. After that, I headed off to Cal Poly.

First, let me make one little side note about Cal Poly. It is 10 minutes from the beach, and the weather there is almost always beautiful, as are the women. I am studying Computer Engineering, which is a mix between Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. I have been using computers since my parents bought a state of the art Tandy 1000 EX back when I was in third grade. I tend to lean towards the software side of computers, because it makes the most sense to me right now. The hardware and circuits stuff is interesting also, but a bit too abstract for me at the moment.

I took Dr. Staley's (the CSC GOD) GUI programming class. We studied GUI programming in both Java/AWT and C++/MFC. This was interesting because I didn't realize how much I hated Windows until I took this class. It did get me a job in the Transportation Electronics Lab. I was doing Windows 95 programming as well as other really cool stuff like helping to write reports for CalTrans projects and maintaining the web page.

Being the Band nerd that I am, I had to join the Mustang Band when I got to Poly. The Mustang Marching Band has been the most exciting experience of my college career so far. It was here that I really broke out of the shell that High School molded me into. I even became the Trumpet Section leader and soloist during my first year in the band. I was elected to be the 97-98 Vice President and the 98-99 President. Since I didn't live in the Dorms, almost all of my best friends came from the band. I was also in the University Jazz Band and Wind Orchestra.

Kappa Kappa Psi is a service fraternity devoted to serving the University Bands. Cal Poly is the Iota Pi chapter of KKPsi, and I am one of seven members of the Theta class, who were inducted into the Chapter last spring. Each member in the fraternity is given a big brother, who is supposed to help you with any problems you have while rushing. My big brother is Jeff Moerdyke.

I am also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). I was elected to be the 97-98 Branch Treasurer for IEEE. IEEE is the world's largest professional organization, and they set many standards for Electronics Engineering. I have also joined the IEEE Computer Society which is the IEEE branch associated with Computing.

My roommates talked me into getting my Amateur Radio (HAM) license. I passed the no-code (morse code) technician's exam and was given KF6NWK as a call sign. People in the Cal Poly Amateur Radio Club sometimes call me "New Weird Kid" due to the last 3 letters of my call sign.

Soon after I got hired on working for Dr. Staley at a company called Terran Interactive, which got bought out later by Media 100. Worked on really cool stuff there related to Digital Signal processing, almost entirely in the space of video restoration. Terran has a product called Media Cleaner Pro, and they had hired a bunch of college students to write some of the modules based on the more hardcore math. Consequently I learned a lot about optimization in programming techniques for the real world, as well as research techniques for academic work. The job was an excellent bridege between the academic world and the professional world. I couldn't have asked for a better job in college.

During my third year of college I (along with Steve Mead, Brian Kurotsuchi, and Dan Hiltgen) formed the Cal Poly Linux User's Group (LUG). Dr. Keller was our first advisor, and when he retired (which was the same time that I graduated) Dr. Turner took over as the advisor while J. Paul Reed stepped up as the new president.

During my 4th year I helped form the Cal Poly Spirit Council. The Spirit Council consists of representative members from the different spirit related organizations on campus. Sometimes events like rallies and sports games got disorganized between the various student groups, and the council will help to coordinate those activities a little better. Chris Baker was the original advisor. Good luck guys!

When I graduated I moved to Santa Clara and started working for Hewlett Packard. It was hard to say goodbye to San Luis Obispo but it was definitely time to move on to bigger and better things. I've never lived in a big city before, and now I love it! There's so much stuff to do up here. I used to sit around bored and watch a lot of TV, but now I'm hardly ever bored. Between work and staying active with friends, I barely have enough time to sleep. The product I work on is called MC/ServiceGuard. It is HP's premiere High Availability application, and is well recognized as the industry leader in HA. I work on the ServiceGuard Linux team. It's a lot of fun and the people on my team are really awesome.

During Halloween weekend of 2001, I moved into an apartment on Russian Hill in San Francisco. My most time consuming hobby since I moved to San Francisco is Lindy Hopping. San Francisco has probably the best Lindy Hop scene in the entire world, due in part to the great teachers Paul and Sharon. I highly recommend their classes for anybody that is interested in learning the dance, as nobody teaches the fundamentals better than they do. True "Social Dancers" (I.E. non-competitive dancers that dance for fun) travel around the country and engage in weekend log dance-fests called Lindy Exchanges, so named because everybody is hosted with a local dancer. Exchanges are awesome because you get to dance with people you've never met to music played by the best bands in a city, at the best venues the city has to offer. Who could ask for anything more?

This brings me to where I am today. I hope you have enjoyed reading about my life, as I have enjoyed living it.