I went on to the University of Minnesota to pursue electrical engineering. However, soon after I started taking second year honor classes in physics and math, I changed my major to physics because I was inspired by the developments in solid state physics and its potential impact on the future of electronics – vacuum tubes were out and transistors were in. EE was still all about vacuum tubes and no one was teaching solid state. Sputnik and the race for the moon added to the technology euphoria, of the time.
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