I typically attend 2-3 conferences a year, and when I am not speaking, I am taking tutorials and listening to papers and panels. There are always good things to pick up. For example, at the most recent conference I attended, there were several tracks on human system integration and human centered design, and that's become my latest study topic.
I have a personal library of a couple hundred technical books, as well as dozens and dozens of various reports. I typically read about 4 books and a dozen reports a year.
I earned my Masters in Mathematics at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. I also did one post-masters year towards my doctorate, but I had senioritis and needed to get out and start earning money to pay off my student loans. I spent a lot of time on point-set topology and number theory; not exactly useful in the real world, but I thought they were very interesting.
As with many others in those prehistoric days, I primarily learned about computers by programming spaghetti COBOL and submitting decks of punch cards to old IBM mainframes and waiting until I received the printout the following day to learn whether or not the program ran correctly (or at all) As a mathematics major specializing in statistics, I used computers strictly as a means to an end, and I have to admit that I didn't really understand their potential and get hooked on them until later in the business world after using them daily in my work. I have spoken widely at international conferences on object technology and software development and have been the program chair and on the program committee of several such conferences
I earned a full Bachelors in both Mathematics and German at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. I also minored in Physics. This is a great small liberal arts college that I highly recommend. I spent some of the best years of my life as a student there.
I studied Mathematics at Ludwig Maximilian Universität and German at the Wayne State University campus in Munich, Germany. I stayed in a small student apartment building as the only American. It was a truly great experience.
I graduated from Battle Ground High School. I was a member of the German club and the Science Club.
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