Tom 4

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18 years, 143 days

My title is Chief Evangelist for Maplesoft. I interpret that as “the guy who’s been around forever”. I started my professional Maplesoft career in 1989 as a contractor trying to earn money to feed my grad student habits, like eating and visiting my parents. Before that I was introduced to what was then referred to as the Maple programming language and to my surprise, Maple immediately helped me figure things out in my courses and more importantly it made me look smarter in front of potential grad supervisors. That’s how the love affair began.

Since then I’ve held various senior positions including Vice President of Marketing and Market Development. I’ve witnessed the transformation of this company from a start-up doing something strange called “computer algebra” to a well-recognized, leading solutions company with a growing and ever diversifying user community. I’m even more thrilled at the fact that so much of our new achievements are in the world of engineering modeling and simulation which was my specialization in University.

I did my degrees at the University of Waterloo. My Bachelor and Master’s degrees were in Systems Design Engineering and my PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in surface modeling for CAD systems. Along the way, I dabbled in control systems, physical systems modeling, and computer-assisted education. I still stay connected to the academic world through my position as Adjunct Professor in Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, and as a member of the Board of Governors, Renison College affiliated with the University of Waterloo.

I was born in Seoul South Korea but raised in Toronto, Canada. I moved to Waterloo, Canada to attend university and never left. I tell the Maplesoft people that it’s because of the company but it’s because I met my wonderful wife Dr. Sharon here :-)

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The Maple Conference is the annual user conference held in Waterloo, Canada. For 2006, the dates are July 23-26. The conference information page contains the initial details.
The NIST Engineering Statistics handbook. It's a comprehensive collection of information on the effective application of statistical methods. Submitted by Mariner.
Let's all congratulate Carl Friedrich Gauss for winning our prestigious Greatest Mathematician contest. Our next poll brings us back down to earth and requests your input and comments on what facilities you work with most in Maple. T4.
Maplesoft just announced a patch available for download here.
ORRCA (Ontario Research Centre for Computer Algebra) is a research group drawing from key members of the University of Waterloo and the University of Western Ontario (London) as well as several other prominent universities. This group includes many of the original pioneers of the Maple technology. They are currently one of the most active and largest research groups in Computer Algebra in the world. This Web site give a good overview of the current directions in Computer Algebra.
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