What I Have Discovered While Working With Computers For 40 Years
Monday, 7:30 PM
Marist College, Hancock Center (Building 14 on map), Room 2023. We thank Marist College for hosting the chapter's meetings. Parking: 1) Lot north of Hancock Center. We are permitted to park there in spite of the signs. 2) Lot on south-east corner of Route 9 and Fulton Street. Take staircase at south-west corner of lot, and tunnel under Route 9.
This program is free and open to the public. Attendees should RSVP at Meetup.com.
All are welcome to join us beforehand for dinner at the Palace Diner at 6:00 PM.
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About the Topic
How a lack of access to the school mainframe led to a lifelong fight to promote computing access via open source and open hardware. How to teach problem-solving strategy and skills — not computers. How one builds a career on more than just experience, but on wisdom and reputation. How computing politics and ignorance is limiting computer science today.
About the Speaker
I started my love of computing in 1978 (at the age of 11) getting my first computer — the Atari 800 — in 1979. I learned to program in Basic and Fortran. Unlike other kids, I always knew what I wanted to do when I grew up. My undergraduate work was at Binghamton University studying Electrical Engineering, and graduating in 1991. After working mutable places (Turtle Beach and Pepsi, to name a few) I was recruited by IBM in 1999 following my Master’s Thesis work at Pace University. At IBM I have two software patents and have written 2 books, one on Linux and the other on IBM’s High-Performance Computing (HPC) Coral system. I am a subject matter expert in distributed file systems, teaching classes in Europe and Asia. Currently, I am the Poughkeepsie Lab team lead of IBM’s HPC and quantum systems.