I’m Rafael. I’m a DevOps Engineer, an Embedded Engineer, a bit of an educator, and a bit of a scientist. The idea of this site is to track what I do. Who knows, you may find something interesting, or even better — useful!
Anyhow… As I was saying, I’m an engineer, and when I’m not scrum meeting at work, I like working in projects — seriously, I’ve been working on all sort of software, hardware, electronics and robotics projects since I was 14.
The reason I enjoy projects is that of the possibility of creating something beautiful — wait what who? this isn’t math! I know. I know. True, engineering work is for the most part a bunch of dry and boring technicalities, dumb-following best practices, and putting stuff up in the same way everybody else does it. In fact, I’d say the best engineering work is one that is uneventful. Still! Amid all that boredom, more often than not, there’s a small place for elegance and imagination. The way I see it, building a something provides you the possibility of creating beauty.
That aside, I’m also an educator (though currently I don’t hold a teaching position), and am interested in experiential learning in STEM education. In the words of Richard Feynman:
“What I cannot create, I do not understand”
Another less related yet relevant quote is this one by Alexandra K. Trenfor (whoever she is, I couldn’t find any reference of her anywhere):
“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see”