Tournament Challenge Flop… (My Poor Bracket :( )

Holy smokes! This NCAA tournament has been fantastic! Unfortunately my Bracket is TOAST! First Pitt lost to butler, I couldn’t believe it! I had them all the way to the final four (and so did pretty much EVERYBODY else!!) The game was ridiculous, especially the end. A foul on a REBOUND to give the other team the victory??? Then Duke lost to Arizona, and I mean LOST. They got their butts kicked in the last half, and it wasn’t that Duke wasn’t playing well, Arizona was UNREAL!! I thought it was bad enough at that point, two of my final four choices were eliminated, but I still had a chance to get half of them! And then, last night Kentucky’s freshman guard Brandon Knight hit a 15 footer with five seconds to go to win a 2 point lead against the Buccaneers, and with 5 seconds to go, Ohio went for the 3!!! They had enough time to get in for a two but they took the risk… and lost! So here I am, three of my final four picks didn’t even make it to the elite 8! I guess that is what I get for picking number 1 picks. The only thing keeping me afloat is that I picked Kansas to win the whole thing, but with the way things are going they could fall prey to VCU!! What did I learn this year, I can’t predict the future… thats for sure!

USPTO Registration Exam

If you want to be involved with patents, you need to pass the United States Patent and Trademark Office Registration exam. This exam is a test of your knowledge of the patent process. The test itself isn’t extremely difficult, qualifying for registration is definatly the limiting step. To qualify for the exam, an individual must display 1) good moral character, 2) Legal, scientific and technical qualifications necessary to provide valuable service, and 3) competence to advise and assist patent applicants in the presentation and prosecution of patent applications.

The second qualification is satisfied by a Bachelor’s degree in a technical subject (and Chemical Engineering counts ofcoarse) such as biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, and physics. You can pass the FE exam to satisfy this requirment as well!

Things that don’t count are soft sciences like philosophy, sociology, psychiatry, public health, etc.

My recommendation for engineering students is to graduate, pass the FE exam and then work to obtain your PE liscencing. After obtaining this liscense, you can take the USPTO Registration Exam and become a registered agent. After you have reached this level, you can choose to go to law school if you fall in love with writing patents, or keep working as an engineer.

Here is a past exam so you can get a feel for what the test is all about:

October 2003 AM

October 2003 AM Answers

October 2003 PM

October 2003 PM answers

March Madness Basketball Tournament Academic Rankings

I love march. I especially love the first round of the NCAA tournament. I spent all week last week distracted by filling out my bracket, and watching every basketball game (thanks to online streaming). I was thinking recently about the schools that have sent the teams to the tournament, and the only thing more competitive than sports between universities is their academic rankings. So we are at the Sweet Sixteen, how do these schools compare with each other??

Kansas: 104,
Richmond : 32 out of Liberal Arts Colleges
VCU: 167
Florida State: 104
Butler: 2 (midwest Colleges)
Wisconsin: 45
BYU: 75
Florida: 53

SDSU: 183
UConn: 69
Arizona: 120
Duke: 9
UNC: 30
Marquette: 75
Kuntucky: 129
Ohio State: 56

So there you have it!

University Rankings 2011

1 Harvard
2 Princeton
3 Yale
4 Columbia
5 Stanford
6 U. Penn
7 California Institute of Technology
9 Dartmouth
10 Duke
11 Chicago
12 Northwestern
13 Johns Hopkins
14 Washington University in St. Louis
15 Brown
16 Cornell
17 Rice
18 Vanderbilt
19 Notre Dame
20 Emory
21 Georgetown
22 Cal-Berkeley
23 Carnegie Mellon
25 USC
26 UVA
27 Wake Forest
28 Tufts
29 University of Michigan– Ann Arbor
30 UNC
31 Boston College
32 William and Mary
33 NYU
34 Brandeis
35 Georgia Institute of Tech
36 UC San Diego
37 Lehigh University
38 Rochester
39 UC Davis
40 UC Santa Barbara
41 Case Western Reserve
42 Ransselaer Polytech
43 UC Irvine
44 University of Texas- Austin
45 University of Washington
46 University of Wisconsin– Madison
47 Penn State
48 Illinois — urbana-champaign
49 University of Miami
50 Yeshiva University

Universities of My Interest

George Washington: 51
Purdue: 56
BYU: 75
Baylor: 79