I am a Process Control engineer for Ecolab, Inc., and have been an amateaur astronomer since the age of 9 when I got my first telescope. (I now have three)
In my spare time I teach astronomy for the Girl Scouts and other youth groups. I am also the St. Louis Metro Area Solar System Ambassador, a program sponsored by NASA and the JPL to increase awareness level of the general public about astronomy and the the solar system
My hobbies are enjoy fencing (foil,epee and rapier), music and camping. I also am a member of the Barony of Shattered Crystal, Midrelm, SCA.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I do believe that there is life on other planets, but have no idea when or where we will find it (or it will find us)
I would like to see Mars explored more throughly. Just looking at the pictures of the change of the seasons on Mars makes it hard not to believe we are seeing plants bloom and die like they do on Earth.
I think it would renew an interest in science if we discovered life somewhere. And because many people think with their gut not their brain, discovering plant life on Mars would be less traumatic than if the "Vulcans" decide to land at the United Nations.
We have been sending "data" into space since the dawn of the radio age. We are sending even more "data" today. I always figured our first contact would be some other civilization's equivalent of "I Luv Lucy".
Seti@home and the other projects that get people involved in science are a great way to learn about the universe.