Profile: Gary E. RAFE, PhD


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Personal background
Hello SETI@home.

I'm originally from Buffalo, New York;
I lived there from my birth in 1960 until
I went off to college to get an Associate Degree
in 1978 at SUNY College of Technology/Alfred State College.
After getting that Associate Degree,
I stayed around Alfred to do some work with commerical
computer-aided design/manufacturing systems, and to start on
a B.S. degree at Alfred University.
Nine years later, I finished the B.S. degree while
working at SUNY Alfred.
By 1993, I grew restless enough that I went in search
of graduate programs, and ended up at the University of Pittsburgh to get
an M.S. degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering.
At Pitt, I met my wife (a French medievalist),
and stayed on to finish a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering.
We moved to Toledo (OH) in 2001, and I worked at the
University there as a (visiting) professor of industrial
engineering for a few years.
When the contract ended, and I became an unemployed
academic, I picked up my trumpet after many years
off the horn and started to play jazz again.
A year-and-a-half later (late 2005), still looking for paying
work, but having fun working on my jazz chops
(between writing ineffective resumes for jobs
in industry).
Hobbies: sailing, travel, photography, evangelizing on FreeBSD
as an alternative to the Microsoft hegemony.
Personal web site: http://gary.e.rafe.googlepages.com
Professional web site: http://ger.rrgllc.googlepages.com
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Yes, there *must* be extraterrestrial life.
How could there not be ?

We run SETI@home because it's the right thing to do !
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