Automotive journalism, alt-fuel cars, autonomous driving, and high-performance cars.
Photography, custom car audio and electronics
The Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering (CMPE) covers software and firmware programming, engineering methodologies, and hands-on project experience. The program prepared Derek to become a qualified engineer for IT leading companies in Silicon Valley by providing him with state-of-the-art engineering methods, emergent technologies, teamwork experience, and solutions so the is capable to address design, coding, validation, and measurement issues for the construction of large-scale computer systems and software applications in the real world.
Derek has been a professional automotive journalist, editor and photographer since 2007. He has extensive experience creating unique content, shooting pro-level photos, and building successful automotive websites.
In past roles, Derek has served as Managing Editor for the eBay Motors blog, Western Regional Editor and Automotive Journalist for TFLcar and TFLtruck, and Online Digital Editor for The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association where he led the project to build a lifestyle automotive blog from concept to live website — FuelCurve.com.
He has created unique and engaging content promoting the brand using the eBay Motors blog with the help of a team of content contributors and internal support from select members of the marketing team. Traffic to the Motors blog grew from 50K sessions/month to more than 150K sessions/month without the benefit of being under the ebay.com domain or a large budget to produce content.