I was very lucky to have scored a senior drive engineer from Synergy engineering. I spoke with him over the phone, and I was given some insight on the tremendous innovations tesla has done for the engineering world. Meet Karl Liao, a well-respected head in his firm. He has been working almost 16 years for synergy now, and I can respect where he has come from. Not only did Karl teach me about Tesla, but he also taught me the importance of hard work. “People called Tesla a prodigy, but what they didn’t know was that Tesla worked harder than anyone else in the world, and even remained celibate his entire life fearing that it would get in the way of his work”, he told me. Karl himself grew up as the son of a farmer, growing crops and provided for his family when he was just a kid. Here is our conversation.
“Q: What was your dream job as a kid?
Karl: when I was a kid, I wanted to be an engineer. My first job was making ice cream for our local ice cream man. It was hard work, and I only got paid a few cents an hour. So, I aspired to make an Ice cream making-robot! I found out later that this type of thing was called engineering, and here I am now.
Q: How did you decide career paths?
Karl: engineering to me was always like at the top of the food chain for me. I learned as a young kid how hard you would have to work for money, so income was the number one priority for me coming out of University.
Q: How did you pursue this field?
Karl: I may have worked hard for money, but I worked harder studying. When I first came to Canada, I had no idea how to speak English, but I was still hired in robotics. At the time, I really needed a job, but I had no knowledge whatsoever in robotics. But I didn’t give up. I taught myself robotic engineering, and I eventually became really good at the job. My talents didn’t go unnoticed, and I was soon hired to be a drive engineer for Synergy.
Q: How did Tesla change your field?
Karl:He brought a completely new word for engineering, and if it wasn’t for him, I may not be an engineer myself. He brought power to the world, and to this day, his life works power our society. What would engineering be without electricity or motors?
Q: do you think you and your firm can recreate any of Tesla’s works?
Karl: No! Tesla was truly one-of-a-kind, and if we could, the world would have crazy new technology.
Q:From an engineer’s point of view, describe Tesla’s eminence.
Karl: to me, he will always be one of the most talented men in the world. I may not have thought very much of Tesla when I was young, but now that we work the same fields I can finally appreciate just how intelligent and creative this man was. No -one else will ever compare to him.
Q: If Tesla’s works were supported, how different would our world be today?
Karl: Well, some of his works were supported, and they all brought significant change to our world. But 90 percent of his creations never went public. The world as we know it would be in an entirely different age. comparing our reality to a world where Tesla was supported would be like comparing the Roman empire to the twentieth century.
Q:who reminds you of Tesla in our current age?
Karl: Steve Jobs, Elon Musk.
Q: will Tesla be remembered in one hundred years? Why?
Karl: Tesla will be remembered forever. His inventions directly compares to the discovery of fire.”
Thus concludes our interview. Thank you Karl Liao!
Karl actually responded to me in the middle of the night while he was in Brazil for a business trip. I really do appreciate his contribution. I was very fortunate to have scored an interview, but even better, an outstanding one. Not only did I learn a little bit more about engineering, but I also got an idea about just how important Tesla is to our age. I was so hyped up meeting someone that had the same amount of appreciation for Tesla and me, that i frequently went off track. I included only the important discussions. After Night of the Notables, I was ecstatic to share with him all of the knowledge I have learned in that one night. My only regret was phoning him at an inconvenient time, and I will definately keep that in mind next year!