Tom 4

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19 years, 270 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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One of the joys of the software biz is the total uncertainty of things. We learned that the hard way last week when the course of regular maintenance on the servers took a horrible, nasty turn ... the great news is we're back with a brand new, high-performance server, and have switched over to SuSE Linux as the O/S. We're optimistic that we now have the proper infrastructure to sustain growth in this site ... and to also hook up some interesting new features that we have planned for the near future ... stay tuned.
MaplePrimes was down for a while this morning ... our appologies. Just to let you know, we are moving the site to a brand spanking new HP server blade within a few days. The site has reached a critical mass that we need to ensure greater reliabily and we're taking the step (hardware and humanware) to do this. Thanks for your patience. T4.
Thanks to Roman Pearce for this suggestion for the new poll. This topic is one of the livlier debates within the Maple community. Please indicate which platform you use for your Maple work.
FYI: Maplesoft just released DynaflexPro , a new product that generates equations of motion for physical systems (including mechanical, mechatronic, and others). Automatic generation of model equations is one of the most powerful and popular applications of Maple in the engineering fields and Dynaflex offers a lot of tools to make this more efficient.
Hi all. If you have a question on how to do something on Maple, can you post them in a Forum? Either "How Do I? (Newbie)" for new users or "How Do I" for experienced users. We'd like to reserve Blogs for short articles and thoughts. Some recent blog postings will be moved by the moderators to appropriate forums. Thanks! T4.
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