I have worked for the Dept. of Computer Science and now the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science since November 20, 1978, that makes it 40 years, 3 months and 1 day. If I work here until my normal retirement date of December 1, 2020, I have 648 days to go.
I was originally hired as a programmer working on CDC Cybers, then became a Vax VMS junkie before seeing the light, UNIX and now LINUX.
I am responsible for the installation and maintenance of software on our systems. I keep the database systems up.
I have a degree in electrical engineering from McGill but found out during my studies that I don't like hardware, I'm a software type of guy.
My claim to fame is being on the team with Prof. Lam, Prof. McKay and Larry Thiel (my boss) in proving that a finite projective plane of order 10 does not exist. That's us on the right looking at some of our log files.
As you can see I was in seat D1 and ended up on stage:
See the Wikipedia page for an explanation. King Arthur was played by Les Dennis (who I never heard of at the time but now appears on Coronation Street) and Patsy by Warwick Davis who I recognized from his role as the Emperor Ludens Nimrod Kendrick Cord Longstaff XLI (a.k.a. Porridge) in Doctor Who. I also got a certificate and a tin of SPAM!!
I used to be interested in a lot of things but now I devote my spare time to my wife and 2 kids. Here is a picture of my son wearing a Soviet Red Army hat and my daughter with a sombrero.