Hi, my name is Thomas Jose Chicas. I was born in Torrance California on Friday, September 4th, 1987. I was adopted when I was three. I grew up working in a machine shop, mostly as a machinist. I was in Navy JROTC in high school. I joined the Marine Corp at 18 with an ASVAB score of 93. I was promoted to Sergeant before I left in 2010. I installed fiber optic telecommunication equipment for a few years before I went back to school and got an Associate’s degree in physics from Miramar community college and a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California in Riverside. Afterwards I worked as a consultant for my cousin’s mortgage company for a while before I left (don’t ever work with family, lol).
In my spare time I love playing video games, right now I’m playing Fallout 4. I collect NES games. I enjoy repairing and restoring things, mainly furniture, household appliances, and anything with a motor. I love gardening. I love hiking. I love spending time with my friends and visiting new places with them. I love meeting new people.
In the future I hope to publish a paper I’ve been working on for over a year now. I’ll either start a business or nonprofit around it or sell it.