Dawn Strahler

Hi! Welcome to my home page. This is just a short idea of who I am, with some pictures and links related to my life.

I am now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, but I grew up in Santa Barbara, CA with my parents and younger sister. Three of my friends and I bought a house in Sunnyvale, CA, which we call Alpine Butterfly Lodge.
I am currently working at Intuitive Surgical as a Sr. Quality Engineer. Please see my resume to learn more about my previous experience.
I graduated from Harvey Mudd College, one of the Claremont Colleges. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering. Being a female engineer, I am proud to be a member of the Society of Women Engineers. I passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) which makes me an official Engineer-In-Training (EIT), the first step to becoming a Professional Engineer. I have also passed the Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) exam, and am a member of the American Society for Quality. I went to Santa Barbara High School.
One of my interests is dancing. Unfortunately, I haven't been getting out as much as I'd like. I have taken ballroom and latin dance classes, learned country dances, and victorian dances. I would sometimes go to the Gaskell Balls, before they stopped having them. I've also been introduced to contact improvisation and contra dancing.
Another interest I have been more active in is rock climbing. I have been going to Planet Granite in Santa Clara/ Sunnyvale since September 1999. I have learned how to lead climb and set anchors, but I haven't been climbing much outdoors. PG offers yoga, so I've been doing yoga since June 2006. I also did some CrossFit there intermittently 2008 to 2015.
I took aerial rope and aerial silk/tissue classes at Trapeze Arts in Oakland May 2006 to March 2007. I went to an aerial arts class at AcroSports September-December 2008. I took and aerial conditioning class Fall 2010 at Circus Center, and a rope class in Fall 2011. Although I have great fun, I doubt I will ever be good enough to run off and join the circus!
I took some dance-climb fusion workshops in 2007 from AscenDance Project, which is really fun, and just my sort of thing.
My current interest is AcroYoga, and I started taking some classes at Yoga Belly in April 2017.
If you would like to learn more interesting facts about me, there are some pretty random ones (along with a link to my wish list.)

Here are some pages of pictures:
Random pictures from my life, and my Chinese calligraphy tattoo.
2001-2002 Vacation photos.
March 2003 China trip. Also, 2003 was my Year of Travel, including London and France.
Vacations in 2004 to 2006.
2007-2008 trips, featuring Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina.
More China, and Tibet! 2009.
Ireland in 2010.
Much needed breaks in 2011 to 2013.
India in 2013.
Some pictures from trips in 2015, 2016, and 2017, including my mini-sabbatical.
Adventures with Mike in 2018, including Galapagos and Switzerland.
A few of my pictures of Burning Man.
This is my family.
Mudd scenes, freshman through senior year.
I got my motorcycle license summer of 1996.
Some pictures from my high school days.
Some costumes I have worn.

These are some sites that might be interesting:
Here is a list of
friends with pages.
A recipe from a high school science class.
I have graduated, so am now part of the Harvey Mudd College Alumni Association.
Other professional societies I am a member of, besides SWE and ASQ: Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.
We had PV solar panels put in by REgrid Power in March 2005, and they did a great job. They also installed our solar thermal pool heating system in 2009, but that is not their expertise.
We have been participating in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) since 2001, and really like our weekly box of vegetables from Two Small Farms (Mariquita Farms and High Ground Organics). At the end of 2009, we also had an all fruit CSA for a year, Frog Hollow Farm, which was nice.
We now get our homemade bread from The Flour Smith!
Virtual Florist is a nice place if you want to send "flowers" to a friend!
I use handkerchiefs from Hankettes.
I like puzzle rings.
Places for dancing in the bay area: Cubberley Pavilion, Saddle Rack, Friday Night Waltz, Wednesday Night Hop, Palomar Ballroom, Ecstatic Dance Palo Alto, CounterPulse, South Bay Fusion, Palo Alto Contra, Alberto's.
A good resource for hikes around here: Bay Area Hiker. Arroyo Seco is a river hike that we have been on many times.
I like Cirque du Soleil, and think they are amazing athletes and artists.
Drum Corps International takes me back to marching.
I was doing a little bit of Tai Chi off and on November 2001 to November 2006.
The Neverhood is a fun game, and I liked playing the great game Grim Fandango.
Some of my housemates and I are fans of Joss Whedon and hence Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and spent 2006 watching all 7+5 seasons. Firefly and Dr. Horrible are of course fabulous as well.
We also really enjoyed the Peter Jackson films The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
I don't have a television, but some of the shows I like: Bones, Sherlock, Downton Abbey, North & South.
An easy way to build a dome.
If you are interested in Recent Earthquakes in California.
Some friends and housemates and I competed in a relay triathlon at Granite Bay in September 2002.
I bought my mountain bikes from Trailhead Cyclery and my road bike from Walt's Cycle.
I went to Curves August 2004 to July 2006.
I liked reading Reader's Digest at my grandma's house.
I bought a Linux machine from LinuxBoxen.com in 2000.
If you want to find colors for web pages, this is the site I used.

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Last modified 2018 October 7 by Dawn [dot] Strahler [at] alumni [dot] hmc [dot] edu.
Originally created 1997 September 8 at http://www3.hmc.edu/~dstrahle.
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