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Mike Lum
Astro- Physics, Applied Mathematics and Economics Student
San Jose State University (SJSU)

I was originally educated as a Mechanical Engineer, but never really got going in the industry due to the defense industry downturn of the late 80s. Like any unemployed, recent graduate, I moved back in with my parents, and began graduate studies. Before finishing my Computer Science Masters, I lucked out and received an offer from one of Silicon Valley's "dream" companies -- at least for a computer geek.

I remained with the same company for twelve years, until I decided to retire last year. I have no intention of remaining idle, though. I am back in school now, pursuing studies in (Astro-) Physics, Applied Mathematics and Economics at San Jose State University (SJSU).

I am currently in training for my Shotokan Karate Shodan (Black Belt) with my other interests varying widely from skiing, ice hockey, SCUBA and mountain biking to the more intellectual pursuits of amateur astronomy...and yes...the orchids in the picture are mine.

Mike Lum scuba diving

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