Systems Engineering Specialist
About Amita Vadlamudi
Over the course of her career as an information technology
professional, Amita Vadlamudi has installed and supported a variety of
systems and products, including UNIX, VM/ESA, VM:Manager Suite, PL/I,
COBOL, Assembler, C370, BookManager, OMEGAMON, Java, and CMAP. Amita
Vadlamudi possesses over 30 years of experience in her field.
Ms. Vadlamudi served as a computer systems engineer at a prominent financial services firm. In this role, she supported the company’s UNIX systems and oversaw the maintenance and installation of peripheral software products.
Besides having handled various primary systems, Ms. Vadlamudi also has worked on a number of complex mainframe components. She has supported infrastructures featuring File Transfer Protocol (FTP), and she has created the scripts for the related transmissions.
Amita Vadlamudi graduated from Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey, with a bachelor of science in computer science. In her spare time, she volunteers at her local library.
How Our Solar System Was Named
Over the course of her career, Amita Vadlamudi worked as a computer systems engineer for several financial services companies. In her spare time, Amita Vadlamudi enjoys learning about ancient Roman and Greek gods.
With the exception of earth, the seven remaining planets in the solar system are named after ancient Roman gods, such as Mercury, god of travel, and Venus, goddess of love and beauty. The blood red tint of one planet encouraged astronomers to use the name of Mars, god of war. Neptune’s bluish appearance, meanwhile, was aptly named for the god of the oceans and seas.
The king of all Roman gods, Jupiter, was, of course, given the solar system’s largest planet. Interestingly, Uranus was originally named Georgium Sidus (Georgian star) by Sir William Herschel in honor of King George III. Uranus, the Greek god of the heavens, did not gain widespread recognition as a name for nearly a century.
While Pluto is no longer classified as a planet, ancient Roman astronomers named the dwarf planet after the god of the underworld.
Amita Vadlamudi enjoys learning about a wide range of subjects, such as environmental studies, astronomy, American history, ancient cultures, botany, and several related topics. In addition to supporting several charities, Amita Vadlamudi volunteers in her community by shelf reading at the library.
Shelf reading--the process of reviewing the placement of books on a library’s shelves to ensure they’re in the proper location--is a crucial element of library management. An improperly shelved book is as good as lost since library staff and patrons are unlikely to find it. A book’s place on the library’s shelves is determined by its call number, assigned according to a classification system that arranges titles based on subject matter. The two most common classification systems are the Library of Congress and the Dewey Decimal.
Shelf readers look for books that are out of call number order and books that have been placed on top of other books of outside of bookends, and those that have fallen behind the books on the shelf.
Depending on the library’s size and how disorganized the improperly shelved books are, the books may be returned for sorting and reshelving, or they may be properly reshelved on the spot.
Books whose call number labels are damaged or missing are given to the collection manager for repair. Books that are owned by a different branch are removed from the shelf and routed to the home library.
Although it’s recommended that a library shelf read its entire public collection at least weekly, many libraries shelf-read only the most-used areas that frequently and address other areas less frequently. An often thankless task, shelf reading is absolutely critical to a library’s function.
Ancient Egyptians among the Most Advanced Ancient Civilizations
Amita Vadlamudi is a former computer systems engineer who worked in the information technology industry for more than three decades. Outside of her professional life, Amita Vadlamudi is interested in history and enjoys reading nonfiction books on topics like ancient cultures.
Among the most advanced and famous of the world’s ancient cultures are the ancient Egyptians, whose kingdom lasted three millennia. Advanced for the time, the ancient Egyptians had a comprehensive writing system that they used to record the civilization’s history, beliefs, and ideas.
Ancient Egyptians were also advanced in the field of medicine, and records of physicians from the time indicate that specialized doctors likely focused healing different parts of the body. Medical professionals in ancient Egypt also learned to set broken bones, stitch wounds, and use honey as an infection-fighting agent.
Additionally, there is evidence to support the notion Ancient Egyptians practiced some measure of gender equality. Contracts and other documents show that women in ancient Egypt had significant financial and legal independence and received equal pay for work performed outside of the home.
Benefits of Swimming
Amita Vadlamudi spent much of her career as a computer systems engineer. These days, Amita Vadlamudi enjoys a balanced range of hobbies and activities, one of which is swimming.
The human body feels much lighter in water, which makes swimming an enjoyable low-impact choice of exercise for people of different ages and levels of health. Because it requires an individual to move the body against the resistance of water, swimming is a safe way to work out and build up strength.
When an individual swims, it also increases the heart rate. Swimming tones many muscles, due to the fact that the whole body is used for propulsion through the water. Other health benefits include improved joint use and increased endurance.
Most Americans have health clubs or public pools nearby. Many of these are open year-round and can be covered or heated for use in colder weather. Because of its accessibility, multitude of benefits, and low impact, swimming is a positive exercise option for many people
The Story of Pan
For more than 35 years, Amita Vadlamudi served as a computer systems engineer supporting numerous types of system architectures. Motivated by a keen interest in ancient civilizations, Amita Vadlamudi enjoys studying the various cultural mythologies, including Greek mythology.
According to Greek myth, the nurse who helped deliver Pan fled because she was afraid after seeing his face. This is where the legend that irrational fear, also called panic, comes from the god Pan.
Pan is normally depicted as having a mostly human form, but with two horns and goat’s feet, wearing a pelt made of lynx fur. He was commonly revered as the good of the woodland realms, as well as the high mountains. He had no formal temples devoted to him, but rather was worshipped in natural settings such as caves.
According to myth, Pan fell in love with a nymph named Syrinx. Spurning his love, Syrinx fled from Pan and hid among her fellow satyrs, transforming her into a wooden reed. As the wind blew, the reeds around Pan produced a melody, but he couldn’t determine which one was Syrinx. So he took several of them and formed them together into an instrument, which is commonly known as the pan flute.
Amita Vadlamudi is a technology professional who also finds history and science to be fascinating subjects. In this article Amita Vadlamudi observes the history of astronomy recorded by ancient cultures.
Evidence indicates that people were interested in observing and understanding the sky and the celestial objects thousands of years ago. For example, the 4000 year old Stonehenge, in southern England was believed to be built to predict the positions of the sun and the moon.
Written records of astronomical observations left by the ancient Babylonians, Egyptians and the Chinese exist today. During 1300’s B.C., Chinese astronomers mapped the positions of the stars and recorded the eclipses. By about 700 B.C., the Babylonians were predicting when the planets would appear closest and farthest from the sun. The ancient Egyptians determined the beginning of springtime by the position of the brightest star in the sky, the Sirius.
Pythagoras, a Greek philosopher and scientist who lived about 500 B.C., reasoned that the earth was round. During the A.D, 100’s Claudius Ptolemy, a Greek astronomer who lived in Alexandria, Egypt published a work called the Almagest promoting the idea that the planets, the sun, moon and the stars all revolved around the earth.
Astronomers accepted Ptolemy’s geocentric (earth-centered) theory for over 1500 years until Nicolaus Copernicus’s revolutionary heliocentric (sun-centered) theory, that the earth and the other planets revolved around the sun, took hold. So began the Modern Astronomy.
Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland
An accomplished systems analyst and engineer, Amita Vadlamudi spent three decades developing expertise in a variety of computer programs and languages. In her free time, Amita Vadlamudi studies a number of subjects of interest, one of which is Geology.
Considered a geologic wonder to scientists and laymen alike, Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland is a formation that has been studied extensively since its first known documentation in 1693. The Causeway is a collection of hexagon-shaped basalt columns that were formed 50 to 60 million years ago. Scientists believe that Giant's Causeway was created when lava flowed from inland areas to the coast. Cooled down by the sea, the lava turned into basalt, and layers of basalt began to build one upon another until the columns formed. Today, there are more than 40,000 basalt columns clumped together along a four-mile-long stretch of the Irish coastline.
Giant's Causeway was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986. Aside from the 50 species of birds that live in the area, Giant's Causeway is uninhabited. However, the picturesque area attracts more than 300,000 curious tourists each year.