Profile: Steve Purcell

Personal background
I am a 50+ year old Rocket Scientist for ATK Thiokol in Salt Lake City. Part of my job responsibilities have included System Administration for the Engineering computer system (an IBM RS/6000 SP running AIX). I have collected a number of retired, \\\\\\"obsolete\\\\\\" resources and created an 11 node IBM SP compute server, each node consisting of 4 Power III CPUs and and 3 GB of memory. On the home front, I constantly badger my family to install and run seti/boinc on their PCs.

I have a wonderful wife of 27 years, 4 children who circulate in and out of the house and two Standard Poodles. My principle hobby is music -- I play trumpet in 4 or 5 groups and numerous pit orchestras for local musicals.

I have recently experienced the joys of a total knee replacement, effectively ending any athletic aspirations I once harbored.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I run SETI@home because I've always been interested in space and it's exploration, and SETI@home is just about the only way that an overweight, myopic 50+ engineer with weak math skills can participate. I'm sure that we are not alone in this cosmos, and this is my way of backing that belief with action. I think that the likelyhood of this project finding the signal it's looking for is rather low (because of the vastness of the volume being searched), but we have to start somewhere. I expect that the project will mature and become more efficient over the next few years, and I'd like to think that I played a small part.
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