Say for me Kaddish

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About the author:
Alan Wilcox is a typical engineer. Well, not quite typical, because every engineer considers himself a unique one-of-a-kind authority concerning his particular specialty. That expertise can, in fact, range from computers, to electronics, to widely divergent fields depending on how interesting the topic might be. An interest and a passion to study makes it all come together.

He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, and as an electrical engineer specializes in computers, electronics, and software. That, however, doesn't hamper his expressing opinions on other topics. And, as you might suspect, those other topics are the subject of this book.

During his career in electrical engineering, he worked in a number of engineering positions and also taught at Marywood University (Business), Bucknell University (Electrical Engineering), and Lycoming College (Statistics). For 17 years he taught a variety of technical courses in computers and programming for Learning Tree International in the US and in Europe.

While at Bucknell, he wrote four engineering-design and computer-design textbooks. One of the books was on computer hardware design using the 68000 microprocessor, the CPU used in the Apple Mac during the mid-1980s. After years of using the PC, he now uses an Apple iMac for most of his work; PC software runs on a Windows virtual machine using Parallels.

Now retired from full-time engineering, he repairs and tunes Elecraft amateur radio equipment; he is a ham radio operator, call sign W3DVX. In addition, he has helped Adopt A Boxer Rescue by doing their web-based MySQL database programming to provide efficient processing of adoption applications. He recently started an editing and publishing business at

Alan was an active member of Congregation Ohev Sholom of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he served on their Board and participated in weekly services. As Assistant Gabbi, he helped conduct the prayers and the Torah service. He was formerly Chairman of the Synagogue's Chevra Kadisha Society.


Who was my Mother? A Search for Understanding gives related information about Esther and Roy in the context of Alan's memoirs. The book is available from fine bookstores by ordering ISBN 978-1515008736.

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Say for me Kaddish

An Engineer's Life and Advice

Authored by Alan D. Wilcox
Cover design or artwork by Jan A. Schwartz MD
Edition: 1

Confused about Engineering?

Say for Me Kaddish, An Engineer's Life and Advice is the life story of an electrical engineer who began his career before the days of tiny personal computers and instant world-wide communications. It describes why he wanted to become an engineer, his interests, and how they interrelate as his career and hobbies develop. The underlying theme is finding out what an engineer is like, what issues are important in defining success, and ultimately finding purpose and meaning in life.

Lost your job? Thinking about a new career in engineering?
Plenty of advice here, along with entertaining, interesting episodes as Alan moved from job to job.

Nobody seems to understand you? Folks say you're a geek?
What's the matter with that? Alan was designing and building radios in grade school, and that was before "geek" was even a word!

Is your spouse in a nearby parallel universe?
We engineers have a different take on the world around us. Come visit Alan's world, and you'll see glimpses of your spouse on every page.

What are others saying about the book?

"Most of all, he shows us how we develop our goals and work to achieve them.
I would recommend Alan's book to anyone thinking of a career in science, and men and women striving to enlighten themselves in the meaning of life. -- Dr. David C. Heyman

Say for me Kaddish, An Engineer's Life and Advice is literally a treasure chest filled with many valuable life lessons, including the true reality of employment in the private sector.  -- Richard Bobb

Publication Date:
1500648752 / 9781500648756
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
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Education / Counseling / Vocational Guidance

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