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by outdoor_more
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tear off Roof vs. Overlay?
Replies: 33
Views: 2021

Re: Tear off Roof vs. Overlay?

I'd also shop around a bit more. Roofing materials seem to fluctuate a lot in price, at least more than a lot of other goods, so we could be in an expensive period right now. In shopping around, be careful of going just for price. We’ve replaced “brand new” roofs before. I’m generally a fan of repla...
by outdoor_more
Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tear off Roof vs. Overlay?
Replies: 33
Views: 2021

Re: Tear off Roof vs. Overlay?

I’ve roofed 5-6 years now (most heavily during summers of undergrad). Strong proponent of tearing off and replacing. For one, the real waterproofing comes from the underlayment, not as much the shingles. Tearing off will replace that. If you don’t have leaks now, the underlayment is probably fine, b...
by outdoor_more
Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning
Replies: 30
Views: 1756

Re: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning

They are both credible. Most careers follow paths like a ball in a pinball machine, and you are asking whether it will be better to flip the left flipper or the right flipper. Since you can't really tell, you might as well focus on "following your bliss*", decide which really feels to you...
by outdoor_more
Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning
Replies: 30
Views: 1756

Re: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning

Sounds like you need to start your own company. I think the name SkyNet is available. :mrgreen: I buddy of mine does biomedical research. He has multiple patents on identifying cancerous brain cells and making them glow in the dark for easy removal. He's worked on the biology portion as well as the...
by outdoor_more
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning
Replies: 30
Views: 1756

Re: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning

I would advice you to try find a company where you can directly use your experience in neurotechnology and machine learning. I am sure that there a few companies in Bay area working in this direction. It is better to start at project where you have a domain expertise. Later you can branch to other ...
by outdoor_more
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning
Replies: 30
Views: 1756

Re: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning

Have you researched the companies that would be potential employers in each field, and imagined what your life would be like working there? With undergrads I find they tend to think about the work they want to do more than the kind of company and location where they want to work. You have to consid...
by outdoor_more
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning
Replies: 30
Views: 1756

Re: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning

Machine learning, a very key part of data science, is automating itself more and more every day. I work in healthcare, in data, but I’m the guy who pulls data for data scientists to use. Statistics aren’t my thing; I like living in SQL. Learn Python and R and build a ML model using an API from one ...
by outdoor_more
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning
Replies: 30
Views: 1756

Re: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning

Okay, that all makes sense. I read your other comment responses and it sounds like healthcare AI is a major interest. This is a cool, growing area of work. I will say that a chunk of this research is based within larger academic hospitals which is not the route you want. There is some industry deve...
by outdoor_more
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning
Replies: 30
Views: 1756

Re: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning

outdoor_more, 1) Why whatever you are doing in your research does not apply to robotic? 2) If I am you, I would try to get an internship in Microsoft Research, Google, Amazon, and IBM Research. Aka, those companies that combined research and industry application. KlangFool 1) Our work focuses on th...
by outdoor_more
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning
Replies: 30
Views: 1756

Re: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning

You are considering some good options. Congrats on the PhD! Can you clarify the medical device route? I am familiar with medical device sales and this can be a flexible career that will allow you family time and the ability to live somewhere close to the outdoors. You mention a bubble for data scie...
by outdoor_more
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning
Replies: 30
Views: 1756

Re: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning

Not sure where you get lack of interaction or upward mobility with data science. I also don’t think it’s in a bubble. The amount of data available is expanding exponentially, making it possible to solve new types of problems practically daily. Given the types of companies that hire data scientists ...
by outdoor_more
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning
Replies: 30
Views: 1756

Re: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning

I see this as a one way street decision. If you want to use your degree to make med devices then you should do it now because returning to it later will probably be very hard or impossible. Using data to answer questions and solve problems is a more general skill that can be developed on top of dom...
by outdoor_more
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning
Replies: 30
Views: 1756

Re: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning

OP, 1) If you are doing a PhD in engineering, you are doing research in some specific area. So, why would you get a general job instead of the job in the specific area of your research? 2) If you have a Ph.D. in engineering, why would you try to compete with folks in the Data Science/Machine Learni...
by outdoor_more
Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning
Replies: 30
Views: 1756

Re: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning

You know better, but it seems to me that every person at all level of education claims to be doing "data science" or is considering it (whatever that means). I can't help but get the impression that it is trendy and over saturated, and now I almost roll my eyes when some new person claims...
by outdoor_more
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning
Replies: 30
Views: 1756

Re: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning

Not sure where you get lack of interaction or upward mobility with data science. I also don’t think it’s in a bubble. The amount of data available is expanding exponentially, making it possible to solve new types of problems practically daily. Given the types of companies that hire data scientists ...
by outdoor_more
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning
Replies: 30
Views: 1756

Re: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning

Machine Learning is a branch of algorithms. You can develop expertise in that branch and even do novel research. But your professional experiences will be overwhelmingly dictated by the domain in which it’s applied. ML can be used to optimize life insurance profits or to create autonomous systems. ...
by outdoor_more
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning
Replies: 30
Views: 1756

Career Advice: Medical Devices or Data Science/Machine Learning

Hello Bogleheads! I've come to respect this community and thought I might ask some career questions and see what I get :D I'm currently about halfway through a PhD in engineering that prepares me quite well for two paths I have interest in: neurotechnology and data science/machine learning. I'm very...
by outdoor_more
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax-Deductible, Resellable Items for Construction Business
Replies: 2
Views: 290

Re: Tax-Deductible, Resellable Items for Construction Business

Yeah, there would be some loss with transaction costs, but buying a used truck shouldn't depreciate too much in a couple months. Good to know about inventory. I'll talk with him about looking into making a Solo 401k contribution. Thank you for your advice (and sorry for the slow reply... I thought I...
by outdoor_more
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax-Deductible, Resellable Items for Construction Business
Replies: 2
Views: 290

Tax-Deductible, Resellable Items for Construction Business

My dad recently got ~$150k for selling a home he built, and got advice from an accountant to spend $15k for his business (handyman/construction) that he can use to deduct from his taxes. We're trying to get something he can resell next year, losing as little money as possible. Right now, we're mostl...