Tom 4

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19 years, 211 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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Thanks to genus3 and his personal Web site for offering (via his membership profile) links some excellent online collections of digitized historical monographs by many of the great mathematicians. Collections are from Cornell and University of Göttingen. The latter also links to collections of historical monographs in on-mathematical topics.
Click below to see the places that have been documented in Germany

This recommendation was provided by Dr. Jürgen Gerhard, a colleague of mine at Maplesoft and coauthor of the book Modern Computer Algebra. He felt that Göttingen was definitely a center for German mathematics and science and well worth the visit if you are mathematically inclined. The city is located virtually in the geographic center of the country (in the state of Lower Saxony...

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Karl Friedrich Gauss, one of the most important mathematicians of all time. To mark this occasion, the Georg-August-Universität, the town of Göttingen and the Göttingen Gauss Association have declared 2005 Gaussjahr (Gauss year). I stumbled onto this interesting bit of news as I did some research on the city of Göttingen, Germany. A colleague of mine suggested this city as a candidate entry for Singular Planet. Göttingen is not only famous for Gauss but also for Hilbert, Heisenberg , and 44 Nobel laureates.
Singular Planet is an attempt to compile a great travel guide with your help. Technically not a Wiki but using the system's "collaborative book" facility, we can immediately begin building something that I've personally always wanted to see ... hopefully you share some of my interests as well.
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