Tom 4

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19 years, 203 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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Maplesoft just released a new e-book called the Mathematics Survival Kit, adaptation of a popular reference book for high school and early collegiate math. It's a pretty interesting work in its writing style, content, and its use of Maple 10's document mode features. T4.
The next episode of the MapleCast podcast series is out. It's called "The Business of Math" and is a look at the non-technical side of the math software business. The guest speaker is Dr. Paul Bragg, a scientist who founded a major scientific sales business in England. T4.
We've just uploaded the new MapleCast episode. This espisode offers excerpts of interviews that I conducted at the recent Maple conference. T4.

Maplesoft has just announced a public beta for a new product called the Maple Toolbox for MATLAB®. In many ways, it's a more advanced version of the Symbolic Math Toolbox produced by The MathWorks. You can get more info and download the software here. Note that you need a copy of MATLAB® on your machine. The discussion forum for the beta test will be right here in MaplePrimes. T4.

FYI, Episode 2 of MapleCast has just been released. The feature interview is with Dr. Richard Gran who was a senior engineer with Grumman during the Apollo program in the 60's. He lead the design teams for the control systems in the lunar module -- i.e. the ship that saved the Apollo 13 crew's lives and made Tom Hanks millions of dollars :-) T4.
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