Jordin's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Tabula Rasa

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Seattle, WA

  • ON DVD:

JORDIN KARE

Chief Scientist/Senior Inventor/Laser Motive
Intellectual Ventures

“If you can learn to pull people together, you'll see your visions realized much quicker and easier than by trying to do it yourself.”

INTERESTS:

Science Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Struggle Fear Transitions Support & Encouragement

FOUNDATION:

Building Things

TAGS:

Berkeley, challenge, change, clueless, consulting, coping, good people, lasers, learning, people, physics, professor, rocket scientist, satellites, space, summer camp, surrounding, yourself

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Says that even from nursery school, he knew he wanted to go into the hard sciences.
  • As a child, he went to a science camp and learned how to build a laser.
  • When he got his laser to turn on, he had an epiphany and was absolutely sure that he wanted to work with lasers for the rest of his life.
  • Says once you hit that thing that makes you say, "I get this, I understand this, I want to do more of this," you know you've found the right path.
  • Earned his doctorate in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, then worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
  • After laser technology funding was cut, he designed satellites for ten years.
  • Eventually realized he'd gotten away from his passion; returned to the field, spurred by a NASA competition.
  • Encourages everyone to hang out with people who are "the best at what they do"-this keeps your motivated, builds connections that help you down the line.

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