Tom 4

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19 years, 212 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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I am currently in Kuala Lumpur teaching a Maple course and I'm showing the participants MaplePrimes ... say hi to our Malaysian friends. Salam! T4 from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia!
Hello all ... while I was in Japan, Paul Goossens filled in for me as guest host of MapleCast Episode 10. Special guest is Dr. Marvin Weinstein of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). Paul also interviews yours truly while I try to recover from jet lag in Philadelphia. T4.
The episode is called Surviving Math education and the guest is Jack Weiner, author of the book, and e-book the Mathematics Survival Kit.
Continuing on the theme of the last poll on "pencil and paper", let's dig into the calculator scene a bit. In earlier times (i.e. 20 years ago), there were two types of calculators and calculator users: those who lived and breathed RPN and those who stared at RPN users in disbelief :-) Let's see what kind of calculator you are ... T4.
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