Profile: RTS

Personal background
I have a home base in Solihull (UK) which is a medium sized town to the south of Birmingham but I live and work in Cairo, Egypt. I am 60 years old, separated and have two grown up sons.

I am employed as a Consultant Process Engineer by BG International and I work full time in a joint venture within the Rashid Petroleum Company which has offices in New Maadi, Cairo. I expect to be here for at least 3 years and possibly more.

The Rashpetco company is responsible for supplying 40% of Egypt's gas from gas deposits in the Nile Delta and my responsibility starts where the gas (and oil) leaves the well.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
SETI has captured my imagination on several fronts. Firstly I believe that we (the human race) would be very unlucky to be the only (intelligent?) life form in the universe and I am proud to be part of a team that is assisting in the steps to first contact. Secondly the concept of distributed computing also excites me as it is teamwork on a global scale that must make governments extremely jealous. Thirdly I am aware that I am not utilising the full power of my computer(s) and am gratified that the idle time is being used to good purpose.

I believe that we should shout (electronically) that we are here (we will have to shout because of the pollution of the EMS by terrestrial frequencies)

May SETI thrive in whatever field of distributed research it carries out. I am grateful that there are people who had the vision and drive to make such a wonderful project so successful.

Rod Peel - November 2008
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