Friday, September 21, 2012

Space Remaining - Great 1-Credit Research Exposed Course

Enroll in Research Exposed! Approaches to Inquiry (General Studies 391 D)

Research Exposed! (GEN ST 391 D) offers the undergraduate an opportunity to learn about current, exciting research in a wide variety of disciplines, including the process of discovery, how faculty come up with an idea for research, how inquiry is structured in the different disciplines, and how students can become involved in the knowledge-making process. 

Presentations by UW faculty focus on specific issues such as ethics and the culture of research. Students attend weekly, fifty-minute discussions and have the opportunity to ask the speaker questions following each presentation. This course may be repeated for credit (1 credit/quarter, 3 quarters max); speakers and topics will vary.

See the course webpage for more information and the speaker lineup 

Questions? Contact the staff of the Undergraduate Research Program at 

Go GREEN/Costa Rica Renewable Energy Abroad

Hydroelectric | Biomass | Geothermal | Solar | Wind
Twelve Days | Renewable Energy | Costa Rica | Industry Networking | Entrepreneurship | Adventure
 Sustainability | Innovative Technology | Community Service | Clean Tech | Hands-On 
Career Accelerator | Cultural Immersion | Opportunities 
Open to All Majors 

The GREEN Program enhances your understanding of the Renewable Energy and Sustainability industries by taking you outside of the classroom and into the field. By gaining exclusive access to different Renewable Energy facilities in Costa Rica, you will receive the hands-on experience you need to accelerate your career. The GREEN Program provides a perfect balance of interactive online modules, engaging group discussions, and exclusive facility visits to inform, engage, and inspire students of all majors.

The GREEN Program is a 12-day experience which combines education, adventure, and cultural immersion that creates a lasting impact and helps you accelerate your career.

GREEN's post program benefits allow like-minded students to stay connected through the GREEN Alumni Network. The Network provides Alumni access to internship and job opportunities, as well as industry events. 

To gain a better understanding of The GREEN Program visit our website at, view our program video, and download our Program Package.

Due to high demand, spots on each program are limited to 20 students. Submit your application for the program dates below.
Program Dates:
12-Day WINTER BREAK Programs
December 12th - December 23rd 
December 27th - January 7th (Program Full)
January 3rd - January 14th (Program Full)
9-Day SPRING BREAK Programs
March 2nd - March 10th
March 9th - March 17th
March 16th - March 24th
March 23rd - March 31st
12-Day SUMMER BREAK Programs
May 2013
May 15th - May 26th
May 22nd - June 2nd
May 29th - June 9th
June 2013
June 5th - June 16th
June 12th - June 23rd
June 19th - June 30th
June 26th - July 7th
July 2013
July 3rd - July 14th
July 10th - July 21st
July 17th - July 28th
July 24th - August 4th
July 31st - August 11th
August 2013
August 7th - August 18th
August 14th - August 25th
August 21st - September 1st
August 28th - September 8th

We look forward to traveling with you!

-The GREEN Team

Micron Opportunity for Soon-to-be/Recent Grad

Open positions for the below roles may or may not be available at this time. This posting is meant to capture resumes for current and future hiring needs.

Are you a current degree holder or an upcoming graduate in Computer or Electrical Engineering?  If so, you may have a future as a QA Engineer, Test and Probe Engineer, Product Engineer, Design Engineer, SSD Firmware Development Engineer, SSD Systems Engineer, Real Time Defect Analysis Engineer, or Yield Enhancement/Analysis Engineer with Micron.

As a QA Engineer, you will evaluate production lots suspected of quality or reliability issues and ensure that these devices are held until all concerns have been addressed. Responsibilities include, analyzing and reporting on production reliability failures and identifying the root cause of failures, responding with activities to correct them.

As a Test and Probe Engineer, you will be in a highly visible production support role interacting with all levels of engineering and production groups. Responsibilities include, developing and maintaining software program and hardware development, execution, and engineering analysis for device yields, failure/repair rates, and production yields.
As a Product Engineer, you will refine and manage semiconductor devices from the design stage to high-volume production. Responsibilities include circuit debug and analyzing any needed design changes to address functionality. 

As a Design Engineer, you will use simulation tools to design, simulate, and verify critical circuits and propose innovative circuit solutions and design methodologies.

As a Solid State Drive (SSD) Firmware Development Engineer you will develop high-performance controller firmware for innovative volatile and non-volatile memory systems. Responsibilities include evaluating, designing, and building firmware to increase performance, while reducing power, latency and SoC complexity.

As a Client Solid State Drive (SSD) Systems Engineer you will be responsible for taking solid state drives from design to high-volume manufacturing. Responsibilities include performing firmware test and validation, performance characterization, manufacturing support and customer support.

As a Real Time Defect Analysis Engineer, you will be responsible for evaluating data generated by RDA inspections, identifying and reducing defects, analyzing data, and reporting defect issues.  You will work on specific projects and implement solutions to achieve improved yields. 

As a Yield Enhancement/Analysis Engineer, you will perform electrical characterization, analyze various failure mechanisms, and perform physical failure analysis isolating sources of circuit-related failures. 

BA/BS, MS, or PhD in Computer or Electrical Engineering.

To apply, applicants will need to log on to and search for the corresponding requisition numbers.

oSTEM Event Tuesday September 25th

Are you LGBT or an ally? Are you majoring in a science, engineering, technology, or mathematics field? Are you interested in networking, making friends, and jumpstarting your professional career? 

Then you should join the UW's chapter of oSTEM (Out in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)! oSTEM plans to create a strong, supportive environment for LGBT and allied students in STEM fields, with plenty of networking, food and career guidance along the way!

We will be holding our first event of the year on Tuesday, September 25th in HUB 337 at 3PM. Be prepared to have eat, socialize, and learn about what other exciting events oSTEM has planned for this next school year. See you then!

Call for Applications: Undergraduate Research Leaders

Due Friday, September 28th, 2012
The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) is seeking enthusiastic and experienced undergraduate researchers, scholars, and artists from all disciplines to be student leaders for the 2012-13 academic year. Undergraduate Research Leaders (URLs) will be pivotal in connecting undergraduates to URP. The goal for URLs is to increase awareness and participation of undergrads in research from a range of disciplines (e.g., humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, etc). The URL time commitment will be 1-2 hours per week on average and dependent on quarterly events and student availability.

More information and a copy of the application can be found here:

HCDE 313 - Introduction to User Research - 5cr. / W : Open to CoE Students

HCDE 313 (Introduction to User Research) is a new 5 credit - W course - taught by HCDE Professor Jennifer Turns in Autumn 2012. This interdisciplinary course will serve all COE departments and provide students with an educational research experience that is unique to UW.

This course will introduce user research methods, how to apply them to engineering design problems, and how to effectively communicate the results of user research.   This course has two lectures weekly, as well as one quiz section. Throughout the quarter you will be introduced to a variety of user research methods, including interviews, surveys, and field research. Quiz sections will include hands-on workshops, and time for you to work on homework assignments. We will study samples of each of these methods, and review the circumstances that are appropriate for each method. In addition, we’ll discuss the process one follows when conducting research such as selecting research sites, sampling, and interacting with study subjects. We will also talk about ways to convey user research in ways that are effective and informative. Finally, we’ll discuss issues of research ethics.

HCDE 313 will help COE undergraduates become prepared for successful workplace interactions, teaching them how to elicit key information from subject matter experts and communicate effectively with colleagues in multiple domains.  Through this course, students will develop both written and oral communication skills that will allow them to talk about both theoretical and practical aspects of social research and its application to the engineering design process.  A background in user research will also provide students with a novel way of approaching engineering design problems, and a skill set that can be leveraged within an entrepreneurial context to come up with truly innovative, human-centered engineering solutions.
Students interested in registering, please contact HCDE advisor Stephanie White,, to request an add code.  Add codes will be distributed until October 8th.

Tutoring and Mentorship Service Learning Opportunity!

Attention Juniors and Seniors!

Gain Experience and Make a Difference

The University of Washington Academic Support Program is offering a service-learning seminar titled "EDUC 401: Tutoring and Mentorship in Higher Education" for Autumn Quarter 2012. This weekly seminar will introduce junior and senior students to a diverse range of tutoring, mentoring, and teaching methodologies. Students will have an opportunity to apply what they learn in class through tutoring and mentoring new transfer, freshman, and sophomore students who are transitioning socially, culturally, and academically to the University of Washington. This is a great opportunity for seasoned students to give back to the University by sharing their knowledge and experience with new students who are working to become independent learners.

. Seminar begins 1st week of Autumn Quarter, September 24th , 2012
. Seminar will meet on Mondays from 4-5:20 PM or from 5:30-6:50PM in MGH 242
. Tutoring will take place on campus
. Receive 2 credits for working with one student
. Receive 3 credits for working with two students
. A letter of recommendation will be available upon request after completion of the seminar

For more registration information, please contact Laura Chen at:

Tutor-Mentor * 2-3 Credits * EDUC 401

Current syllabus available for review at:

Thursday, September 20, 2012

HKN/IEEE/EE GSA Fall BBQ Oct. 5th!

HKN is collaborating with IEEE and the EE Graduate Student Association again to host another Fall BBQ this year. For those of you in attendance at our last one in Spring quarter, you know that this is not something you want to miss! And for those of you who are new or haven't yet attended, it's time to see how fun the EE department can be!

There will be plenty of food and snacks, and we will also have games and music to keep you entertained! For those of you over 21, we will have plenty of good beer as well. This year's BBQ is also being sponsored by Groupon, who will have representatives in attendance handing out free swag and collecting resumes! What better way to start off the year than eating free food and scoring a job/internship? Can't think of one.

So come and join us in kicking off the new 2012-2013 academic year right! The BBQ will take place on Friday, October 5th, from 4PM to 8PM in Sylvan Grove, located right next to the EE building. We hope to see all of you there!

Graduate Engineering Preview Day at USC

I am pleased to announce our annual Graduate Engineering Preview Day, taking place on October 26 in Los Angeles, California. This is a great opportunity for prospective students to learn more about pursuing graduate studies in engineering. Students who are completing a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, math, or hard science (such as physics, chemistry, biology) are welcome to attend.
A limited number of travel stipends are available for highly qualified students who are interested in attending Preview Day – the deadline to apply is October 1.

- Fulltime:  Jan & May
- Interns:  Jan & May  (6mo internships preferred)

Engineering Jobs Listed  (Silicon to Solid-State Drive System)
Device & Process Integration, Logic Design, Mixed Signal Design, IO Design, CAD / Design Automation,  Product,  Test, Device-System Integration, Firmware, Validation, System Quality & Relibility, System Product

Business Group Overview
Employees in Intel's NVM Solutions Group deliver solutions for the worlds fast growing semiconductor segment, non-volatile memories.  They invent, develop and bring to market and support customers with leading-edge NAND flash memory and system level solutions based on NAND flash memory.  These products are used in a wide range of applications such as Notebooks, Smartphones, Datacenter Servers and many other applications.  Our products make people’s lives better by giving them unprecedented access to information, compelling entertainment and improve the PC platform in ways never imagined a few years ago.  This dynamic group is strategically positioned to become one of the leading Non-Volatile memory suppliers in the world and is a key to expanding markets and continuing the growth for Intel.

You will be developing solutions to problems utilizing formal education and judgment. We are looking for someone who is passionate about working in a small, dynamic environment where the expectation is we contribute in any activity that makes the business successful.

Device & Process Integration Engineers
Candidate must possess a PhD, in the field or electrical engineering with a focus on device physics and solid state component technology.
Additional Qualifications:
- Semiconductor Physics and device reliability physics to design, characterize and model device performance
- Semiconductor Manufacturing and Process knowledge to work with process and integration engineering for process module target specification
- Digital and analog circuit knowledge to  work with design engineering for device target specification

Successful candidate will work with engineers and technologists to develop compelling technical solutions for advanced Non-Volatile Memory technology like NAND, phase change, resistive RAM, etc.  (S)he will use process and device simulation tools to design and build devices, develop the required process and use the characterization data to understand and enhance them.  (S)he will develop new test structures, characterization techniques and test algorithms to improve device and process understanding.  (S)he will interface with the design, product and system engineering teams to understand the critical product needs and develop.

Logic Designer

Candidate must possess a Bachelor's or a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or a related discipline.
Additional Qualifications:
- Understanding of digital electronics, logic design and verification
- Knowledge of digital design methodologies and tool flow
- Knowledge of custom logic based logic design
- Knowledge of HW description language and logic simulation
- Knowledge of synthesis and static timing analysis

Mixed Signal Designer
Candidate must possess a Bachelor’s or a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or a related discipline.
Additional Qualifications:
- Knowledge in analog circuit design, I/O circuit design, Differential Amps
- Knowledge in solid state physics, VLSI design

Preferred Skills:
- VLSI fabrication experience
- Non-Volatile Memory design experience

IO Designer
Candidate must possess a Bachelor's or a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or a related discipline.
Additional Qualifications:
- Knowledge in multi GT/s interfaces; ie PCIe, QPI, DDR, etc
- Knowledge in the design of PLL, DLL, high speed clock distribution and power delivery
- Knowledge in solid state physics, VLSI design

Preferred Skills:
- VLSI fabrication experience
- Non-Volatile Memory design experience


Component Design Engineers are responsible for the design and development of electronic components.  Responsibilities may include the design of chip layout circuit design, circuit checking, device evaluation & characterization, documentation of specifications, prototype construction & checkout, modification & evaluation of semiconductor devices & components, performing developmental and/or test work, reviewing product requirements & logic diagrams, planning & organizing design projects or phases of design projects.  Responds to customer/client requests or events as they occur.

CAD / Design Automation Engineer
In this position, you will interact with multiple Intel Business Groups requesting Design Automation support services (CAD) aligned with external EDA tools and flows leading today’s semiconductor industry.
Candidate must possess a Bachelor's or a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or a related discipline.
Additional Qualifications:
- Knowledge of various Electronic Design Automation (EDA) softward, flows and architecture
- Knowledge of Integrated Circuit (IC) simulation tools and related methodologies
- Knowledge of front-to-back flows with focus on analog and mixed signal solutions
- Knowledge of Cadence DFII* environment such as Schematic Composer and Virtuoso Layout Editor
- Knowledge of multiple CAD flows:  backend, frontend, custom, digital, collateral (PDK, FDK)
- Knowledge of CMOS processing and device physics
- Knowledge of UNIX and data-management software
Preferred Skills:
- Knowledge in C++ / C shell*, Perl, Skill* and/or Python programming
In this position, you will be part of the Centralized Design Automation team (CDAO) working on the development and support of next generation IC design flows.   You may be responsible for tool evaluation, selection, support, collateral (PDK, FDK) or flow development for the NVM Solutions Group or other Intel engineering groups.

Product Engineer,  Test Engineer
Candidate must possess a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or Computer Engineering.
Additional Qualifications:
- Demonstrate experience in semiconductor device physics, strong programming skills, semiconductor testing
- Demonstrate experience (academic or job related) with Flash, SRAM, SDRAM Memory Components in the area of circuit design, fab processing
Ensuring the testability and manufacturability of integrated circuits from the component feasibility stage through production ramp.  Following are examples of activities in which Product Development Engineers make significant contributions: Design, development and validation of testability circuits.  Evaluation, development and debug of complex test methods.  Development and debug of complex software programs to convert design validation vectors and drive complex test equipment. Development and debug of test patterns for Cache arrays, structural patterns for scan based design and functional (AV) patterns for component debug, validation and production test.  Design and debug of validation and production test hardware solutions.  Integrated Circuit debug, validation and redesign to guarantee component margin to spec.  Analysis of component specification versus performance to ensure optimal match of component requirements with production equipment capability with specific emphasis on yield analysis and bin split capability.  Analysis of early customer returns with emphasis on test hole closure activities.  Optimization of component production relative to both quality and cost constraints.  Plans and schedules daily tasks, develops solutions to problems utilizing formal education and judgment based on standard practices.

Device-System Integration
In this position, you will interact work with the System engineering team to integrate the fundamental device technology requirements (ie media management of raw bit error rate).

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or Computer Science.
Additional Qualifications:
- Demonstrate experience in computer programming, especially an ability to process and analyze large amounts of data and familiarity with related tools / techniques
- Demonstrate understanding of principles of statistics and familiarity with error detection and correction codes used in applications such as Hard Disk Drives and Solid State Drives
- Demonstrate familiarity with physics and characterization of electronic devices and related circuit models
- Demonstrate experience in technical problem solving capability and good teamwork, leadership and communication skills

Preferred skills:
- Experience working with Non-Volatile Memory like NAND, phase change, resistive RAM, etc  or related applications such as Solid State Drives
- Experience working with error detection and correction codes
- Experience working with large databases

Firmware Engineer, Validation Engineer, System Quality & Relibility Engineer, System Product Engineer
NOTE:  Different jobs, but the below description is being used to describe the core aspects of the positions.
In this position, you will be part of the Systems Engineering team responsible for firmware development, validation, or quality assurance for high-performance Solid State storage products.
Candidates must possess a Bachelor or a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science.
Additional Qualifications:
- Demonstrate experience in software design and C/C++ development skills, object oriented thinking and design for modularity/extensibility
- Demonstrate experience in or knowledge of high-performance low-level system software development, embedded multitasking applications, and embedded system tool chains and debug methodology
-You should have the ability to write in scripting and programming languages for specific experimental data and data analysis for storage controllers.
- Analysis and reporting of the data requires strong analytical and communication skills.
Preferred skills:
- Experience or strong desire to develop expertise in Non-Volatile Memory / NAND algorithms using methodical/quantitative approach  design, prototype, data collection/analysis, refine
- Demonstrate experience in storage systems and concepts, storage interfaces, flash management, BIOS/OROM, and storage drivers
- Demonstrate experience with ARM* or XScale* development and architecture, and/or experience with Flash memory

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

UW Formula Motorsports Looking for EEs

What is Formula Motorsports?

UW Formula Motorsports is an exciting opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom by designing, building, and competing with an actual racecar. Over the course of one year, students are exposed to the entire engineering and production process. Students design in the Fall, manufacture during the Winter, and test in the Spring. In addition to engineering experience, students also gain administrative skills through fundraising and public relations.

As team members, students not only expand on their classroom learning, but also gain valuable experience that is directly applicable to the engineering industry. This type of experiential learning goes beyond the realm of usual coursework and provides a valuable education that prepares students for the challenges they will face in industry.

Announcing: Formula Electric

We are excited to announce that we are beginning development of a Formula Electric car, in addition to our gasoline-powered car. The Formula SAE and Formula Student competitions have recently added an Electric class to their competitions, and we feel that this is an excellent opportunity to move our team in an exciting direction. The UW Formula Motorsports team would like to extend an invitation to students of all majors, especially Electrical Engineering, to apply to join our team. We need your help to get our new car off to a fast start, and to lay the foundation for a successful program for years to come.

For More Information


Register Now UW Environmental Innovation Practicum - Tuesdays, Fall Quarter 4-5:50 pm

ENTRE 443/543, ENGR 498, ENVIR 450
Fall Quarter, Tuesdays 4-5:50 pm
Classroom: Savery Hall 260
Instructor:  Deb Hagen-Lukens
For a list of speakers and topics -
The goal of this practicum is to discover the universe of cleantech solutions to our most pressing environmental challenges and to raise your awareness of how you might be part of that solution.  You'll form teams around problems you identify, and present your solutions to the class.  Although not required, teams are invited to go on to compete in the fourth UW Environmental Innovation Challenge competition to be held in Seattle April 4, 2013

The seminar will consist of a selection of required readings and a series of industry experts who will speak on a specific cleantech topic each week. You will work in teams to present a proposed cleantech solution to an environmental problem. The final deliverable for the class is a 5-10 minute presentation.

Required Text: The Way Out: Kick-Starting Capitalism to Save Our Economic Ass, by L. Hunter Lovins and Boyd Cohen

Course topics will include:
Environmental challenges and opportunities linked to cleantech.
How to translate an idea into an actual device/product/company (including intellectual property protection)
Market assessment (who would be the customer for this product or service?)
Local/national venture capital and angel firms now focused on cleantech endeavors, and other opportunities/resources at UW.

Feel free to contact me for more information.
Pam Tufts, Assistant Director
Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

MATLAB and Simulink Technical Seminars at University of Washington

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10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Session 1: Data Analysis and Visualization with MATLAB for Non-Programmers MATLAB is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numerical computation. Using MATLAB, you can solve technical computing problems faster than with traditional programming languages, such as C, C++, and Fortran.

During this introductory technical seminar, we will provide an overview of MATLAB and introduce you to the powerful statistical analysis and visualization capabilities available in the MATLAB product family. We will demonstrate how to acquire, analyze and visualize data, introduce desktop tools for editing and debugging code, and show you how to publish your results.

Highlights include:
• Accessing data from files, spreadsheets and other sources
• Performing statistical analysis, curve and surface fitting routines
• Developing algorithms and applications to automate your workflow
• Generating reports in HTML and other file formats to share your work

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Session 2: Optimizing Your MATLAB Code
We will discuss and demonstrate simple ways to improve and optimize your code that can boost the execution speed of your application. We will also address common pitfalls in writing MATLAB code and explore the use of the MATLAB Profiler to find bottlenecks.

Highlights include:
• Understand memory usage and vectorization in MATLAB
• Address bottlenecks in your programs
• Optimize file I/O to streamline your code

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I hope you can join us. Please contact me with any questions at 508-647-7516 or

NYC Next Idea Business Plan Competition

Announcing New York City's annual global business plan competition NYC Next Idea. The competition provides students and recent alumni of U.S. and foreign schools the unique opportunity to access substantial funding and support to implement their business ideas in New York City. The early deadline for business summaries is October 28th.  The final deadline is November 9th.

We are inviting teams of 2-5 participants to submit business plans for ideas that may be commercially viable in New York City. Additionally, we¹re expanding the competition this year to allow US-based foreign students to join with their American colleagues.

Six teams of finalists will win a five-day, all-expenses-paid trip to New York City during the week of March  11th 2013 to participate in the final round of the Competition, which will be hosted at Columbia University.

More information about the Competition can be found on the NYCEDC website.
Twitter @NYCNextIdea

Monday, September 17, 2012

Interested in Studying Abroad: Global Opportunities autumn quarter schedule

Gilman Scholarship Info Session

9/27 from 4:30 - 5:30pm in MGH171

.         For Pell Grant-eligible students studying abroad in winter or
spring 2013 - deadline October 2nd 



GO! and Fritz Scholarships Info Sessions

10/9 from 3 - 4pm in MGH171

11/2 from 12 - 1pm in MGH171

.         For Pell Grant or Husky Promise-eligible students AND declared
social science and humanities majors studying abroad in winter or spring
2013 - deadline November 8th



DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Info Sessions

11/14 from 4 - 5pm in MGH171

1/15 from 2:30 - 3:30pm in MGH171

.         Many opportunities in Germany - summer research internships for
STEM majors (no German language skills required), language study, journalism
internships, and more! - most deadlines in January



Study Abroad Meet & Greet 

10/24 from 5 - 6pm in MGH171

.         GO! and Fritz Scholars just back from their studies abroad will be
around to talk with other students about their experiences and answer
questions.  All are welcome - delicious international snacks will be served
and Wo
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Undergraduate student part time job at APL

Student employee will interact with other employees at Applied Physics Laboratory. Lab is in Benjamin Hall.

Position Description:
Student will design, build, and evaluate support electronics for microwave radar. Student will design several surface mount technology printed circuit boards, populate, program Altera logic devices, and provide documentation. Additional tasks may include construction and testing of microwave circuits.

Undergraduate student should have some PCB and programmable logic background. Students with an interest in Microwave and/or Remote Sensing are encouraged to apply. Please supply an academic resume and short letter of interest.

Employment Duration:
Fall quarter, 2012 with possible extension

Depending on Experience

John Mower