Welcome to Marc's Web Page
- 1/6/04 Boise State had another really great year in football, finishing in the
top 15 for the second straight year. Click here
for a summary of their record vs all Division 1-A teams, or
here for a more printer
friendly version that includes breakdowns for home and away records.
- 5/13/03 I have moved my entire site to my
Caltech Alumni account. I've
also brought my family and friends
pages up to date. I leave Illinois for good in four days!!!
- 5/4/03 I've put my resume online. Want to hire me?
Check it out. :)
- 5/4/03 This page has finally been updated. Scroll down to see the changes.
- 12/01/02 I've updated my travel page to reflect my
recent drive down to the ASME IMECE conference in New Orleans.
- 11/13/02 Boise State is ranked for the first time in their history! Go
here for a look at how they've done against all current
- 7/29/02 Updated my Family Gift Ideas page to reflect
the changes that Virginia and Jim asked me to make two months ago. Sorry for the
delay, but I forgot. =)
- 7/24/02 I've put up some
photos from our
recent vacation in Cancun and Chichen Itza, Mexico. Check 'em out.
- 7/18/02 I once again updated the text on this page to reflect my passing the
Prelim. Exam, and I added a picture to my Friends page.
- 3/19/02 Updated my Family Gift Ideas page finally
to reflect the info sheets from this year. Check back here regularly for updates.
- 1/14/02 I have added a lot of new information to my
Family Tree page thanks to a ton of new documents I got from my grandmother.
Please have a look.
- 11/19/01 I've finally updated the text of this page to be current. I just
reread it earlier this week, and found that it was over 2 years out of date.
Where does the time go? =)
- 10/16/01 Updated my Family Gift Ideas page finally
to reflect the info sheets from this year. Just in time for the Christmas shopping
- 9/17/01 I have highlighted a few poignant quotes that are directly relevant
to America's current situation on my Thoughts page.
- 9/08/01 I've extensively updated myFamily Tree
page to reflect a lot of new information that I have gathered. Check it out.
- 8/08/01 My travel page has been updated to reflect
the latest Alaska vacation.
- 8/08/01 Link's are now up to Dave's photo's of Alaska on the Alaska 2001 Page.
- 8/07/01 I put up a huge panorama taken inside Denali National Park along
with a bunch of Salmon River rafting pictures from back in Idaho, and some pictures
of me and my Aunt Dorothy hiking on a glacier. They're up on the
2001 Photo Page.
- 7/31/01 I've put up a follow-up on my previous rant. It's up on the
- 6/26/01 I've finally got something up on my
Thoughts page. It's a rant on our "fragile" environment.
- 3/28/01 A list of stars is now available on the
Solar Neighborhood page, so that you can identify each of the stars in the
interactive 3-D plot.
- 3/26/01 I am now starting an
Alaska 2001 page
for this year's exciting vacation.
- 3/05/01 The interactive 3-D plot of the stars,
with zoom, rotate, pan, and scan features is now up on the
Solar Neighborhood page!
- 3/01/01 I have moved my Webcam from my office to
- 8/18/00 Three new speeches have been added to the
- 8/11/00 The "Where has Marc Been?" map on the travel
page has been updated to reflect the latest Arizona vacation.
- 5/20/00 I've reworked my astronomy page once again.
It is now more of an index to other pages. I have also put up a new set of pages on
that have explored the solar system. It is in timeline form, with hyperlinks to
many of the individual spacecraft.
- 5/16/00 There is now a
page with tons of information on our upcoming vacation this August. A link
to it has been added to my vacation page.
- 5/15/00 I have reworked my vacation page to
accomodate other vacations as well. Look for more improvements on this
through the summer. There are a ton of new images up on the Orlando '98 page.
- 4/15/00 Scott gave me
a bunch of new yak pictures, which I have now put up on my yak
page. Enjoy. (Thanks, Scott.)
- 3/19/00 I have reworked my astronomy page. It is now
dedicated to extra-solar objects. The Solar System now has
its own page, complete with new images and info. Check it out.
- 3/16/00 More new yak pictures up on the yak page!!!
- 3/15/00 Added the JFK Rice University space
program speech to my speeches page, and added a lot of new text to my
- 3/15/00 I've reorganized this page a little, and I've broken up the old
friends/family page into two pages. I've also added some buttons for the
military hardware page, the speeches I plan to put up, and a page for my
personal thoughts and opinions.
- 3/11/00 I've got my Webcam page up and running!
- 2/27/00 For those of you looking for gift ideas for others in my family,
check out this page.
- 2/25/00 Take a look at my new Family Tree page.
- 1/30/00 Finally something new! Check out my Gift Ideas
- 4/30/99 I have finally updated the US and NATO
military hardware page to include a couple of rotary wing aircraft.
- 4/27/99 A few more photos are up on the fun page.
- 4/17/99 I have updated my astronomy page so that
every known planet and moon in the solar system now has a page with a data
sheet and picture (if a picture exists).
- 4/17/99 More photos of the hike are up on the fun
page, along with a few photos of Scott and my parasailing adventure in the
Gulf of Mexico last labor day.
- 4/14/99 Check out this massive (240kB)
I took on a hiking trip with Scott, Nik, and his dad back in 1994.
- 4/1/99 See a side of Charlton Heston you don't
get from watching Saturday Night Live.
First of all, if you haven't yet done so, I'd appreciate it if you would
my guestbook, and perhaps you may want to view
my guestbook as well. For those of you who don't know, my name is Marc
Sulfridge. I attempt to keep this website current, but as with most personal
websites, it falls a bit out of date every so often. I am currently in the
process of making it a bit more current.
The setting for the image you see above is the Sawtooth
Mountains in my home state of Idaho. By the way, the guy on the right
is me, and the other guy is my good friend Jake. Anyway, this is one of
the most spectacular mountain ranges I have ever seen; it is covered with
scenic mountain lakes and rugged peaks, and it is a perfect place for a summer
hike. There are literally hundreds of miles of trails traversing the entire
range, which lies just to the west of the nation's number one ski resort:
Okay, you say, but why is this on your home page? The reason is that
currently, I am nearly 2000 miles from the great American Northwest, in
an area of the country that is known, ironically, as the Midwest. Specifically,
I am a seventh year graduate student in mechanical engineering
at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. Fortunately, that condition is going to change very
soon. For those who haven't heard the news, I'll bring you up to speed very
shortly. Anyway, having lived here in the Midwest for nearly 7 years now, I
can definitely say that I much prefer the Pacific Northwest. I guess the
primary thing I miss is the mountains. It is SO FLAT here!
Anyway, on to other things. Let's see. I am a college graduate. Yes,
it's true. I got my first expensive piece of paper (Specifically a BS in
engineering) in June of '96 from Caltech
, and rather than being smart and using that degree to my full advantage
by actually making some money with it, I decided to go to graduate school.
I keep telling myself that I did it in the pursuit of knowlege, but more
likely it's because I've been in school so long that I don't think I'd
know what to do with myself in the real world. =) Since I have been here in
Illinois, I received my Master's Degree in mechanical engineering in October of
1998. My Master's thesis was the design of a MEMS scale compressor for an
ultra-small, wearable air conditioning system (MEMS stands for Micro-
ElectroMechanical System). I also passed my Ph. D. qualifying exam (written
and oral. . . very brutal) in August of 1999. I thenn finished all of my
coursework toward my Ph. D. in the Fall of 2001, and I successfully passed
my Preliminary Exam (where I chose my thesis committee and presented to them
what I plan to do for my thesis work) in May of 2002. Now for the BIG
update: I passed my Ph.D. Final Examination (a.k.a. thesis defense) on
April 7, 2003, and deposited my thesis in the Graduate College on April 24,
2003, so I am now officially Dr. Sulfridge! Unfortuanately, that means that
at the end of this semester, I am also officially unemployed, since I have
yet to actually find some sort of gainful employment. Ahh well... C'est la
vie. Besides, I'm sure I will be able to find work before too long... If
you'd like to take a peek at my resume, click here.
Actually, I am pretty
excited about the prospect of making a living working as an engineer. I've
always liked seeing how things work, and putting things together, so engineering
is the natural thing for me. Several testaments to this interest can be
found in the blimp project that my friends and
I took on in our senior year at Caltech, The Egyptian
Stack, which constituted this same group's contribution to Caltech's
Day legacy, and on a smaller scale, my
design project, pictured here. And,
here is a good look at the entire competing ME72
By the way, my Ph. D. work is a new MEMS project funded by NSF on using
light to actuate MEMS devices. Very cool. Silicon microprocessing
(lithography, plasma etching, metal sputtering, ion milling, etc.) and
lasers: it can't get much cooler than that. . .
Oh, and there's one other extremely important update to my life in the
past year. Last July (2002), I met a really sweet, down-to-earth, beautiful
woman named Melissa. She has come to be an extremely important part of my
life since then, and I couldn't believe it when I noticed that there was no
mention of her on my web page--so I figured I'd better remedy the situation.
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