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The STEM Student Survival Guide: Don't let your kid go to college until you both read this book! Paperback – July 4, 2017
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Growing up prior to the popularization of the term “ADHD,” teachers classified Leon Roomberg as “trouble.” He was the kid who couldn’t stay in his seat and couldn’t pay attention in class. Ehlers Danlos, a genetic disorder, kept him on crutches or in bed for three years. Reading kept him busy for ten or more hours daily. In high school, he relearned to walk stairs. He focused on choir, acting, stage craft, and Sigma Alpha Rho, a high school fraternity. Rarely attending academic classes, he read for hours each day. In a computer course, he discovered he loved the FORTRAN programming language. In 1976, he dropped out of high school to both work full time and attend college early. For two years, he performed time studies in a Hygrade’s Philadelphia factory, learning about Industrial Engineering. He then joined Wheaton Glass as an Industrial Engineer, supervising engineering interns from Drexel University. At Wheaton, he worked on an Apple II, his first personal computer, and on data entry and bar code scanning devices. He loved working with spreadsheets and the BASIC, Assembler, and FORTH programming languages. Due to financial issues, he intermittently attended six colleges. He earned Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Bridgeport, certifications in Project Management and Database Administration, attended 300 hours of trade-school courses in Networking and Unix Administration, and doctoral courses at three different colleges. Leon has four decades of technical, managerial, and executive experience, serving companies large and small. Over the years, he founded a number of small businesses, hiring more than a hundred interns and professionals. He also maintained a non-profit counseling practice for many years. His mentors included his father, Gerald “Jerry” Armon Roomberg, David Hess, Brad Calcagni, Lou Krassen, Bill Korn, & Beryl Wolk. His employers and clients have included Dun & Bradstreet, Fuji Medical Systems, Sony, GEICO, The US Army, The FBI, Federal Home Loan Bank Board, ABC Television, American List Counsel, BDP International, Independence, Blue Cross, Neat Company, Radian Group, Mark System, and Frasier Paper. Leon now lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, with his wife and love of his life, Susan. They have four grown children, two son-in-laws, three grandchildren, and two Bedlington Terriers. It was during two-dozen father-son college tours that the ideas for this book took form. Teachers still think he is “trouble.”
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