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
. 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
, 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
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
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
, which is a mix between
. 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
. 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
Being the Band nerd that I am, I had to join the
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
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.
is a service fraternity devoted to serving the University Bands.
Cal Poly is the
chapter of KKPsi, and I am one of seven members of the
, 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
I am also a member of the
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
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
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
. 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
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
, 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
This brings me to where I am today. I hope you have enjoyed reading about
my life, as I have enjoyed living it.