Jobs and Letters of Recommendation
In Summer 2004, I had been interned at SPAWAR SYSTEMS CENTER (SSC), SAN DIEGO. I was a programmer in an Office of Naval Research sponsored program called the Effects of Sound on the Marine Environment (ESME). I as a part of the ESME team was to assist in the development of a computer model for predicting and emulating the movement and behavior of marine mammals (dolphins).
Most of students who had been interned at SSC were became employees of SSC. This job is a very good government job. It is secured, and paid good salary. I thought to be worked there after my graduate. My advisors were Dr. Jim Finneran and Dr. Dorian Houser at Building 51, Room 104. Both were great advisers and talented classical guitarists. They supported me very much to be a SSC's family member. At the end of my internship, one day Dr. Houser called me to the dolphin research place to see and touch a real dolphin. I did not know how long the dolphin was put on the floor of a small office. There were three Doctors (two men and one woman) over there. They blew a high pitch whistle and measured signals from the dolphin's head. I touched the dolphin as Dr. Houser encouraged me to do and watched their works for a while. I felt bad for a dolphin was being tortured on the ground for a certain of time. I did not know how long their experiment lasted. I thanked them and came back to the office.
After I graduated from San Diego State University and obtained a master degree in computer science, I applied to work at SSC. Doctor Houser wrote for me an excellent Letter of Recommendation (Picture 1), but I was rejected by SSC.
I think there are several reasons for the rejection. But the main reason is I had shown my weakness - my sympathy to the dolphin. SSC did not like that weakness. How could I work with them, if they would have more other lethal experiments?
Ironically that is! Now I am in a worser situation than the SSC dolphin's. I am an CIA's dolphin.