Hi, I'm Stephen Keller, and here is a little about me.
I love being lost. On the
first day of volunteer work I did in Thailand a few years ago, we paired up with fellow volunteers and went on a city-wide scavenger hunt in Bangkok. My newfound friend/partner and I found ourselves two hours away into the city with no idea where we were or how to get to our destination after having been dropped off in the middle of nowhere by a taxi driver who spoke no English and was laughing and smiling the whole time he drove us around, repeating the words, “THAI WADE! THAI WADE!! (pronounced “tie-wod”)” which we believed and told him to be the name of our destination. While my friend was very distraught, for some reason I was filled with a certain very good feeling the whole time. Being lost in thought, the kind of constructive thought where imaginative reason gives flashes of deeper and deeper insight until a useful conclusion is reached, gives me this feeling too. Even in running a corporation selling a product called Bear Butter around northern NJ that a neighbor and I developed, gave this feeling. Not knowing where to go next at times, but knowing that somehow we’ll find a way, gives me an intense feeling of serenity and excitement. I love experiencing things that give this feeling, especially with others. This is what attracts me to learning about engineering and technology, to making connections between concepts and between devices. The words and ideas are like a sunset to me, you can’t explain why it’s beautiful. Being lost in the jungle, or lost in a city in a foreign country, or lost in learning about how electromagnetic fields and waves can be controlled in different ways with different materials and devices, or in a project with team members who are just coming to an insight to make the next step – this is what I love to experience with people, and this is what I’m all about.