As I mentioned in the last newsletter, I’ll be teaching a new honors course in the
Spring on mobile computing using App Inventor (see
http://appinventor.mit.edu/). I spent some time this summer developing the
course (even had to break down and buy an Android phone!) and a website for it.
The website is still under development, see
https://sites.google.com/site/honr292androidapps, but check it out after
the course begins since there will be links to student portfolios.
On the leisure side, my wife and I were able to go "Back home again in Indiana"
for her 50+ years high school reunion and our scattered about family was able to
spend a couple of days together at the OBX. Here is a pic near Currituck Lighthouse
of our daughter Lisa (Houston) with our grandkids Benny and Sophie.
John and Mary are 1984 graduates of our Computer Science program. Mary majored in
Mathematics and minored in Computer Science; John majored in English and minored
in Computer Science. They both spent long nights working in the computer center
and at Hardee's getting a midnight breakfast.
After graduating, Mary spent 15 years working for government contractors at the
NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, doing computer programing, data
analysis, system administration and presentation graphics to support research scientists.
John spent a year working for the Office of Management and Budget in Washington
D.C. to gain experience before starting graduate school. John received a master's
degree in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary in December of 1986
and joined PRC, A NASA contractor in the Hampton Roads area.
John and Mary were married in May of 1987. John joined NASA as a research scientist
working on intelligent flight control systems in 1987 and entered the Ph.D. program
at William and Mary. John completed his PhD in 1992 and spent the next six years
working on flight simulations systems at NASA's Langley Research Center.
John and Mary moved to Leesburg, Virginia in 1998. John spent two years as the Vice
President of Research at Cigitial, a small startup that focused on software quality,
reliability, and safety. Mary worked at GRCI in Vienna as technical liaison, security
token manager and intranet support wizard. Mary spent a lot of her daily commutes
stuck on the Dulles Toll Road trying to figure out why people in Northern Virginia
drove so poorly.
The next stop (2001 - 2003) was two years in beautiful (yes, it was beautiful) Freehold,
New Jersey where John served as the Vice President of the Software Technology Center
at Lucent's Bell Labs. That was followed by an almost five years (2003 - 2007) in
Woodbridge, Virginia. John spent four years as the Chief Technology Officer and
Deputy Chief Information Officer at NASA and a year as the Deputy Chief Information
Officer at the Department of Commerce.
In 2008 John and Mary moved to Redmond Washington. John is currently the Chief Information
Officer at Watermark Estate Management Services, LLC, a small privately owned company
based in Kirkland Washington.
Mary spends much of her free time caring for her family and their two Boxer puppies,
Thelma and Louise. Thelma and Louise spend most of their time celebrating that they
won the "puppy lottery" and have such a wonderful home. John spends his free time
enjoying the company of his amazing wife and two silly boxers.