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 Please browse around my site, and feel free to comment on the tutorials if you seek additional help or have found outdated content.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 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!

I’m a happily married man, with an amazing wife. My wife and I met in church and strive to keep our relationship Christ centered. We have an adorable little dog.

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.

My free time largely consists of hanging out with family and friends. My wife and I also try to spend lots of time at the beach. I’m a big fan of board games; some of my favorites consist of Hanabi, Pandemic, and Avalon. I really enjoy rock climbing, but sadly I haven’t been able to do it as much, since there are no nearby locations.

Current work

I am currently employed at Carbon Black. I am an associate software engineer working within the Cb Collective Defense Cloud. My work largely consists of designing and developing REST-based web services of various scales and scopes. One of my recent projects involved implementing a solution to serve content for hundreds of requests per second.

Previous education

In May ‘16, I graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with my MS in Computer Engineering (CE). I am a former member of the NanoComputing Research Group. My research focused 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. My thesis involved developing a mathematical framework for hierarchical temporal memory’s (HTM) spatial pooler (SP).

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 fabricated the first memristors at the university. 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

I would like to further pursue data science and work towards developing novel machine learning algorithms. My ultimate goal is to start my own tech company.

Above all of that, I hope to become a beloved father and to always show my wife the love she deserves. If I do not reach my career goals, but others are able to see that I live a Christ-centered life, I will consider myself to be extremely successful.

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.