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
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
telnetand 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.