I retired on November 1, 2022. I worked for the Dept. of Computer Science and then the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science since November 20, 1978, that made it 43 years, 11 months and 11 days. I worked 700 days past my normal retirement date of December 1, 2020.
I worked on time sheets until Sept 29, 2023.That made it 44 years, 10 months and 9 days that I was employed at Concordia.
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.