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Here's a survey I once thought to take, but hadn't gotten around to:
Some of you are my friends from way back or my students, alumni, and colleagues in real life. I probably know what you do for a living, then. For those who I know only recently through LiveJournal, or have just gotten in touch with again: what do you do for a living? Tell me as much or as little as you like: what company you work for (or if you are self-employed or unemployed); whether you recently changed jobs, or (if it is OK to talk about now) are about to change jobs or are looking for a job; whether your job is part of your career plan; and what made you decide on your present career.

Context: I'm just curious, but the title (taken from the song "Proud Mary", of course) was inspired by a nighttime rendition of "Proud Trippy" (Firefly-style) in #teunc.

I have been a faculty member in Computing and Information Sciences (CIS) at k_state (Kansas Stete University) since July, 1999. My current job title is "Assistant Professor of Computing and Information Sciences", and I'll officially be an associate professor come September. You know what they say: assistant profs can only assist professors, while associate profs can associate with them...

I earned my Ph.D. from the University of chambana (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, aka UIUC) in 1998 (July, August, or October, depending on whether you count the date of final defense, deposit, or the university chancellor signing my diploma). For one year I worked as a research scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), primarily known outside high-performance computing circles as the birthplace of telnet and Mosaic, the precursor to Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. I had my own research program in the Automated Learning Group (ALG), which belonged under the "Strategic Technologies Initiative" (STI) division when I joined, was assigned to "Emerging Technologies (ET)" while I was there, and became the flagship of the "Data Mining and Visualization (DMV)" division after I came to K-State.



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May. 21st, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
I'm a network security analyst / application developer / system administrator / for a fortune 500 company (www.acs-inc.com)

May. 21st, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
I work for a company that makes thermoelectric devices, peltier junctions, used for heat/cool applications and power generation. I do some computer work, electrical engineering, and quality.

Here's our site, Tellurex.com
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May. 21st, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC)
I was there, and I don't get it, but the relevant bits go like:
(From 20050519. Times are EDT. OtherChatter is not me. I was so clueless I wasn't even sure what questions to ask.)

[22:25] (Banazir) # Big wheel keep on turnin' #
[22:25] (Banazir) # Proud Trippy keep on burnin' #
[22:25] (Banazir) # Rollin' #
[22:25] (Banazir) # Rollin' #
[22:25] (Banazir) # Rollin' on the River #
[22:26] (Tripitaka) #Left a good job on a Core World#
[22:26] (Tripitaka) #Workin' for the Feds every night and day#
[22:26] (Banazir) lol
[22:27] (OtherChatter) Core World?
[22:27] (OtherChatter) Feds?
[22:27] * Banazir really thinks "Proud Trippy" needs more Chonese lyrics
[22:27] (Banazir) (It's a Firwefly thang, OtherChatter)
[22:27] (Tripitaka) OtherChatter is Alliance
[22:27] (Banazir) Trippy done caught the Firefly bug

(Of course, I don't watch Firefly, so that's most of my confusion right there.)
May. 22nd, 2005 06:01 am (UTC)
Proud Trippy
That's the one!

Core world: of the Alliance, a 26th-century conglomeration of worlds headed by a sinister government and the "powers that be", namely one Blue Sun Coporation. Think Big Brother meets Star Trek's Federation and throw in a dash of Illuminati.

May. 22nd, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
Sino-American Alliance
Yep... as sui_degeneris quotes above, it's one of those situations where TEUNCs, American Idol, and Firefly make for a very hetero genous mixture. :o)

May. 21st, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC)
Graduate research assistant at K-state in the Division of Biology... going on a year now.
May. 22nd, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
Have we ever met?

BTW, I've got a bioinformatics course I will be offering from 01 Jun - 15 Jul 2005, if you or any of your classmates are interested. The prerequisite is CIS 200 (our CS1 course in Java, though I'm taking any veterans of a course that covers structured programming fundamentals).

I'll post the syllabus in the next entry.

May. 22nd, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
Re: Say...
Don't think so... though if memory serves, you're working with the ecological genomics group right? Have had some contact with Mark Ungerer and Loretta Johnson.

Just a boring soil ecologist, myself. With programming experience limited to C++, a course I took in my sophomore year of high school.

May. 21st, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
what do you do for a living? Tell me as much or as little as you like: what company you work for (or if you are self-employed or unemployed)

I'm a lecturer in information systems at Griffith University in the Department of Management (in the business school). I started there in April this year after being awarded my PhD in online learning environments in March (there's a link to my abstract and dissertation from the info page of my other journal purple_geek if you are curious). I'm not sure how I managed to get this job because my research interests are the social/informational aspects of computing rather than the technical (which I am currently teaching).

what made you decide on your present career.

I decided on my present career because I love teaching and I love learning. Where else but academia can you do both?

Now a question for you: What did you do in the Automated Learning Group (if you can divulge such information)?
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May. 22nd, 2005 05:59 am (UTC)
Tres bien!
I know a few of those. :)
What field (at present)?

May. 22nd, 2005 12:17 pm (UTC)
Medical records temp! Woohoo! Shout out to all my underachieving kin up in here! W00t!
May. 22nd, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
unemployed, looking for work as a software engineer
see my memories and recent entries for more info
May. 23rd, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC)
I'm a software tester for an insurance company. I design test plans, conditions, and cases, then execute them and analyze the results to see if the system is performing as it ought. I do a lot of documentation for the users and I occasionally teach in-house classes when large changes are implemented. I also act as liason between the end users and the developers, since they don't speak the same language. :)

In a nutshell, I sit around and try to blow up software all day.

I'm not a developer and I have zero experience programming (though I've thought about taking some classes from time to time; it'd certainly be helpful), my job is strictly blackbox stuff.
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