James Mnatzaganian

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to my personal website! My name is James Mnatzaganian, and if you are reading this, you are more than likely here for technical help. Well have no fear; I am just the nerd you have been looking for! Please browse around my site, and feel free to comment on the tutorials if you seek additional help or have found outdated content. If you require extended help, feel free to contact me. I can’t promise a swift response, but I’ll do my best to help you out.

A little bit about me

I am a very down to earth, relaxed, type of guy, who loves to learn and enjoys tinkering with technology. I’ve always been passionate about technology, ever since I was a little kid. I was given my first computer (running Windows 95!) at age seven and since that day, I haven’t stopped messing with them. Much of my knowledge was obtained through tinkering, and if I don’t know how to solve a specific problem, I poke at it until I get a solution.

I am a Christian and have been since I was four years old. God is the most important thing in my life. Without Him, I would not have made it to where I am today. I put all my trust and faith in Him. One of my favorite Bible verses is John 14:14 – “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” That verse pretty much sums up my entire life. I ask God for help and He provides. He is truly an awesome God!

In my free time, if I am not doing something nerdy or spending time with my family / friends, I go rock climbing. I try to go rock climbing about four to tens hours a week. I am just now breaking into V6s.

Current work

I am a Master’s graduate student at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). I am studying Computer Engineering (CE) and am part of the NanoComputing Research Group. My research focuses on biologically inspired architectures. I say I am work in the field of artificial intelligence; however, I disagree with the current nomenclature. I am more interested in developing a real intelligence, rather than another black box geared towards a specific task.

Previous education

In May ‘13, I graduated from RIT with my BS in Microelectronic Engineering (MicroE / µE) and a minor in CE. As an undergraduate engineer at RIT, I was required to do a senior design project. For my project, I fabricated the first memristors at RIT. I made three different types of devices, each at three different sizes. Due to time constraints, I only had enough time to obtain just enough data to verify that the devices were in fact memristors.

Future goals and aspirations

After I obtain my MS, I will most likely enter the workforce full-time; however, I may continue to get a PhD. My ultimate goal is to start my own tech company.

Work experience

In my earlier years, I had my own side business where I would fix people’s computers, build them tech products, etc…. I also worked for my high school as an IT guy and I worked as a computer technician at another company. In my professional years, I had internships / co-ops at IBM, RIT, Northrop Grumman, and Intel.

For a full list of my qualification, you may download my resume, here.