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As a Senior Computer Scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center, I designed and managed the building of a major software lab that can run up to 400 simultaneous virtual machines in different network configurations in order to simulate spacecrafts in flight, such as satellites in cluster formations. On an earlier mission, I designed and led the development of the middleware for a key information management system for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission. As a Research Staff Member at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, I implemented a software platform that integrated multiple heterogeneous simulation models in order to help solve the nation's obesity problem. I was the Enterprise Software Strategist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for a major laser-based fusion energy project, the National Ignition Facility (NIF), where I helped design and develop a scientific workflow system to consolidate and manage the data generated by the laser firings.
I have degrees in the mathematical sciences and in computer science from Stanford University. I've written books on compiler writing, software engineering, and numerical computation, and I contributed a chapter to the book Beautiful Code which won the Jolt Award. I find designing and developing software such as compilers and enterprise systems to be fun and challenging. So I'm the kind of geek nobody wants to talk to at parties. My one redeeming feature is that I am owned by two cute cats.
|Recent courses I've taught at SJSU|
|CS 146: Data Structures and Algorithms|
|CS 149: Operating Systems|
|CS 157B: Database Management Systems II|
|CS 160: Software Engineering|
|CS 185C-01/CS 286-03: The History of Computing|
|The History of Computing Speaker Series|