Tom 4

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19 years, 231 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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FYI, Maplesoft just announced the Japanese language edition of Maple 10. Maple has had a Japanese version since Maple V Release 5 (circ. 1998 I believe).
FYI, Maplesoft has just released an e-book called Advanced Engineering Mathematics with Maple (R. Lopez author). Engineers among you will recognize the title as it is used by several popular texts. These books cover most of the primary mathematical topics encountered in engineering.
FYI, Maplesoft has just released a patch for Maple 10. You can download the patch through the "Check for Updates" in Maple 10's "Tools" menu.
The University of Toronto is Canada's largest university and considered one of its very best. Its downtown campus (St. George) campus is the original site with all of the older buildings (circ. mid 19th century) and most of its most prestigeous faculties. Of note for the math crowd would be the Fields Institute .
A while back, I ran across this little gem in an ASME archive. It's a DOS demo of Maple V Release 1 from 1991! Unzip and run maple.exe. On my XP machine, you get an initial error but if you simply ignore it, the demo launches and the demo will run. Press enter to work through the predefined examples. At the end you'll get a blank prompt. Comes with a reduced library so you can't do everything but you'll get a taste of what life used to be like ... T4.
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