Old time engineer (batchelor's and master's degree in chemical engineer). Started about 35 years ago. Always an engineer, rarely in management roles. Have led big projects, but always as a hands on engineer. I tend to be very conservative economically (I think of myself as a capitalist). Socially, I really don't care about the social hot buttons (abortion - not in favor, but hey if you want to kill your own baby, I won't stop you), gays in the military (they stop bullets just as well), gay marriage (you want to pay the marriage penalty - go ahead), pot (just tax it), etc.