Tom 4

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19 years, 205 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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Florence has so many great works of art that it can be overwhelming after a while. For the average visitor who might spend a day or two in this wonderful city, you can easily spend the entire time at the primary art galleries and see nothing else. So there we were in Florence in May, family of 4 including 2 small children looking at the 3 hour line to get into the Uffizi gallery (the big one in Florence). At one point, we decided it would not be worth it. Someday, we'll return and see the famous artworks (perhaps during February or some other light month).
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University of Waterloo The most significant destination would be the University of Waterloo, the birthplace of Maple as well as many other significant inventions including the the famous programming languages WATFOR and WATFIV, the WATCOM series of software, and the first electronic version of the Oxford English Dictionary. It is also known for the largest Faculty of Math in the world -- over 3000 undergrad majors in math. There are equal numbers of engineers and scientists as well. It also pioneered the co-op education program in Canada and is one of the largest programs of its type in the world.
A collaborative travel guide for the mathematical tourist: A passion for math, science, and technology is a common denominator for most of us in the Primes community. We are also global in scope with representation from all corners of our planet. In addition, many of us have vocations that take us to other lands or welcome like-minded visitors from far away places.
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