Tom 4

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19 years, 259 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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A Maple package for Stochastic Differential Equations. Developed at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt.
GR Tensor II a Maple package for tensors in general relativity applications. Developed at Queens University, Canada.
Maple bibliography maintained by Nelson Beebe of the University of Utah. An online bibliographic database of Maple papers.
David Joyner, US Naval Academy Annapolis. Useful links to various math topics as well as a good collection of the author’s Maple work including coding theory and cryptography.
John Stembridge, University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Maple packages for symmetric functions, posets, root systems, and finite Coxeter groups. A wonderfully entertaining collection of math quotes.
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