Nature Magazine: early career researchers toolkit

Nature magazine has a very useful and practical segment for early career researchers. The articles cover various relevant topics for starters (and pros too): how to work overseas, how to publish, how to seek funding, how to write an non academic or an academic cv, how to write a great paper, and more. I should have shared this during national STEM day but better late than never. Please share it with your loving science, technology, engineering, and math persons you know. Link:

The old tech is new tech!

My teenage daughter is enjoying listening to her favorite singer on on a 30yr old vintage cassette (tape) playing Walkman. She finds such 20th century technology to be cool. The experience with physical nondigital actions, such as pressing FF (Fast Forward), REW (Rewind), Play, or ejecting then reversing a tape is not just an old school thing anymore. Now, she is asking for a recording option. Similarly, my teenage son loves listening to his latest hip hop albums via a modern LP record player. Turning the disk or switching from one record to another is a cool experience. Both of my kids also bought old vintage instant cameras and are pressing me to find them films. Who said technology need to be solely digital for the future generation? #Retro #technology is true innovation that is crossing multiple generations! We need to continuously learn and appreciate the “old” in order to build a better “new”.

Near Future Innovation with Zeros and Ones!

Most of my LinkedIn contacts are IT, but I am learning more each and every day the #banfieldlife at Banfield Pet Hospital. The company’s vision “making a better world for pets” is an important lesson about caring in life. So let me say this. The technology and science of 0s and 1s metamorphosed into the AI, mobile, web, robots, and anything digital we take for granted each day. Everyone knows that, but, at Banfield and I am specifically calling out IT here, the digital work that we do each and every day with those binary 0s and 1s help support the lives and well being for everyone and every living thing we care about. The heart of our digital transformation and AI innovation in the workplace is about lives that matter. I am becoming 45 years old soon, health and well being is very important to me at this point, but my technology passion is even much stronger than ever before. More importantly, my lifelong journey with computers has matured from loving the computers of 0s and 1s since childhood to caring and helping save lives through innovation, team collaboration love, and continued help by the digital 0s and 1s. I truly respect Mars and Banfield pet care mission and admire its leadership.

Learning IT history for future innovation

To succeed with innovation in today’s digital word, one need to absorb up all histories of past computer technology accomplishments. One can go back as far as possible in time and space and will always pick something new to learn about such as technology life lessons, disruptions, transformations, failures, successes, sacrifices, and more. I just picked this book up from a brick and mortar library, and so far I cannot let it down except when I am writing this digital post. #technology

One month at Banfield

What an amazing company Banfield Pet Hospital with its biggest heart for saving lives. Whether it is at HQ in Vancouver WA or at any of its thousandths hospitals, you would immediately witness an energetic staff that wants to help not just pets but also people and the community at large. The HQ building in Vancouver WA is also fascinating. Huge ceilings, gigantic vertical garden, and an open space workplace that is purposely no different in form or shape for leaders and everyone else. A month has passed so far for me at Banfield, and I am so happy with my decision to join such a great company. I would summarize my experience by saying “Banfield is where people care a lot, and it’s the place where you can make a positive difference in the world today!” I would also encourage you to check Banfield Careers at #technology #healthcare #innovation #pets #careers #Vancouver #Washington #Portland #peoplecare #banfieldlife

Goodbye Dallas Texas :( Hello Vancouver Washington :)

Dallas Texas metroplex was the home for my family and me for over 18 years. Our kids were born there, and our major part of our careers was formed there as well. Dallas is an excellent place to raise a family. The entrepreneurial scene is picking up fast nowadays in the area which makes Dallas a great place to start business as well. My family and I built great memories and friendships over time in Dallas, but it is time for us to depart this great city that loved us just as we loved it. Time for a new venture at a beautiful city. Goodnight, Texas, and goodbye 🙁 Hello, Vancouver Washington, Camas, Portland, and Banfield Pet Hospital! A new beginning starting tomorrow! 🙂 – with Mayssaloun Tay

Hello Banfield!

I am so excited to announce that next week I am joining Banfield Pet Hospital, the largest veterinary hospital in the world, at its headquarters in Vancouver Washington as Senior Director of IT Growth & Enablement. Banfield is part of Mars family of businesses with thousands of hospitals and over 18000 associates working to provide top healthcare services to our pets. In a market that doubled in growth in just a decade with 70% of US households owning one or more pet, three fourth of millennials owning dogs and 50% owning carts, I am so excited that I am now part of the team that wants to save lives. Not only that but this is a field that is prime for advanced technologies and innovation using ai, virtual reality, augmented reality, and more.

Access+Ability @ Carnegie

Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania is hosting an extremely valuable exhibition titled “Access+Ability”. The exhibit showcases technical innovation breakthroughs that help people with audiovisual, cognitive, or physical disability. I saw it yesterday and was fascinated by what the human race can do to address all sorts of limitations that those with disabilities endures. It is difficult for those without disabilities to experience what living with disabilities can be, which, in my opinion, ultimately leads to a much slower development of innovation in the field when compared to the current overall progression of the AI or the IT industry in the general. Supporting those with disabilities using new and existing technologies should stop being an afterthought. It should be at forefront of all innovation development by everyone because we should be all equally sharing what technology can do to make us all live better regardless of our organic or technologically-adjusted five senses. hashtag#technologyhashtag#innovationhashtag#ai Link to the exhibit: