Introducing the TI E2E Gurus

We know that you're all here because of a common passion for engineering and a desire to not only get your design and support questions answered, but also to answer any questions your fellow designers may have, too. You need nothing more than a simple "thank you" and maybe a smiley face emoticon as a reward. But, of course, you wouldn't turn down any extra recognition, right? :)

You all know about the little pie chart that shows what level you've reached during your time on the E2E Community (this thing -->  ), and that the uppermost level you can reach is that of "Guru." If you don't actually know what I'm talking about, click here for a quick rundown on the Rewards and Recognition program. There are three people outside of TI who have reached the status of Guru, and just recently the first TI employee to ever achieve the level reached the landmark as well. So, what better time than now to recognize the brilliant folks who are tirelessly answering questions on E2E and making the community so great? Every day this week, I'll be posting about one of the users who has reached Guru status here on E2E, and on Friday, the gauntlet will be thrown for those who are close to reaching it as well.

I'll let them introduce themselves in their own words. Please note that the point totals are accurate as of the time this post was written, but probably changed three seconds after I posted it. These folks answer questions so quickly that their point totals are in a state of constant ascension. In fact, from the time I wrote this sentence to when I went back to proofread it, our first Guru had already tacked on another 10 points.

Jens-Michael Gross (37,465 points)

"I work for a small company in Germany producing an energy metering and data collection solution for industrial purposes and working as consultants in the area of power-saving and process optimization. My jobs are development of the hardware and firmware of our metering devices and access points, repair of failed units, consultant for general technical (scientific as well as practical) questions and bugfixing and improving the (flash-based) front end of our server software.

I joined the E2E Community because I had a problem with the (then) new MSP430F5438 which I couldn't resolve based on the datasheets. I didn't find help here, however, as it turned out to be a bug in the user's guide (which was corrected after I discovered what was going on based on my own experiments).

While I was hoping for an answer, I browsed through the other threads and found many interesting discussions and challenging problems. And many of them gave me inspiration for my own improvements and new features for my firmware. Also, I like solving puzzles.

When I joined E2E, there was no accounting system at all. When it was introduced, I was instantly promoted to Guru status. I didn't expect it, nor did I want it. I just suddenly was (and the only one too). When I first became a Guru right after the program was introduced, I got a $100 code for the TI eStore. When I was elected as the (2010 MSP430) contributor of the year, I got a lifetime free code for MSP tools as well as an invitation to the 2011 ATC (which was cancelled). This was officially announced in the MSP forum.

If I continue this way, I'll hit the 50,000 point limit by the end of the year, which is the Guru limit for TI employees. It's much too high, if you ask me. There shouldn't be such a penalty for being a TI employee. :) "

Jens-Michael Gross was the first, and for six months, only Guru on the TI E2E Community. He's a regular in the MSP430 forums, and if there's a big discussion taking place, you can bet on the fact he'll be a part of it.

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Come back tomorrow to learn about the next of our E2E Gurus. Here's a hint: if you're a software bug, he's your worst nightmare.