I'm originally from Buffalo, New York;
I lived in the area 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.
The economic crash of 2008 did help things, but I got alot of time on the horn
and sailed a bunch of races on the western end of Lake Erie.
Since then, we bought house built in the late '20s in a nice neigborhood,
did a bunch of work on it, and I landed a decent technical gig for a large
US aerospace company.
Hobbies: sailing, travel, photography, evangelizing on FreeBSD
(lately any decent flavor of Linux)
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 !