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Brad Yundt
United States
Lynn Haven, FL
I am a mechanical engineer working for a military contractor. My day job involves calculating flow and heat transfer in pipes, heat exchangers and vessels—good tasks for Excel spreadsheets. When version 5 introduced the VBA macro language, I saw its potential to handle much tougher problems. I loved the fact that any user could examine the code and determine how it was doing the calculations. I had previously used Fortran and a compiler, which isolated users from the source code.

Despite this early familiarity with Excel and VBA, I did not become really good at it until I started participating on the Experts-Exchange help forum. It was both fun and educational trying to answer some of the questions. Whether I figured it out myself, researched the topic on-line, or marveled at solutions devised by others—I was learning at a rapid pace. If you have the time, I recommend trying to answer some of the questions in newsgroups or help forums. If you do, you’ll make friends all over the world, explore parts of Excel that you haven’t used before, and be valued within your organization as an expert.

My bride and I now live in panhandle section of Florida. It is a great place to raise a family (teenaged boy/girl twins), but you won’t get into many discussions on the fine points of Excel. Lucky for me my family supports my Excel obsession over the internet.
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