My Education
University of Oregon (UO), Eugene, Oregon
M.S. Applied Information Management (AIM), 2007
University of Oregon (UO), Eugene, Oregon
B.S. Computer Science, 1983
University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF), Alaska
B.B.A. Management/Marketing, 1978
Copper Valley School (CVS), Glennallen, Alaska
1970-1971
Elementary Schools: Valdez, Glennallen, Copper Center
Notes
1. My oldest son and I were the only father-son graduates of the UO AIM Program.
2. In 1978, I was a student commencement speaker at UAF. I was also the president of the Associated Students of Business, the second year after it was founded.
3. During my freshman and sophomore years of high school, I attended Copper Valley School, a Jesuit boarding school that served rural Alaska elementary and secondary students. After CVS closed in 1971, I finished my last two years of high school at East Anchorage High School.
4. The two-room elementary school I attended in Copper Center had approximately 20 students in the first through eighth grades. My teachers, who have remained lifelong friends, lived in an apartment adjoining the school.
5. During the 1964 Great Alaska (Good Friday) earthquake, it was a blessing that we were not in elementary school in Valdez.
Continuing Education
When I worked as a Technology Solution Consultant from 2015-2020, I learned about many technologies used in health care delivery. I appreciated the learning challenges and knowledge that my work led to better outcomes for patients. Imaging informatics was one of the specialty areas I supported. Given my interest in photography, this was a wonderful fit.
Now that I’m retired, I have more time to pursue my interests in subject areas such as history, biology, botany, etc. I've been investigating the many resources/courses that are available online. I'd also like to contribute to Wikipedia, since I frequently use their resources.
My prior work in the fields of information, data, and metadata management is prompting me to learn more about the Semantic Web (Web 3.0). I’m optimistic about the benefits we can realize now and in the future.
I'm also closely watching the rapid development of generative artificial intelligence (AI) applications. I'm currently interested in the machine learning models such as DALL-E that generate digital images from natural language descriptions.
As an IT veteran, I know the possibilities of AI are potentially significant. However, as I mention on my Social Media subpage, I'm also concerned about the legal and ethical aspects.
I’m also intrigued by blockchain technologies, but I’m wary about the engagement models and practices that might emerge. I'll probably just have my sons explain what I need to know (or not) about cryptocurrencies.
Finally, I still have a strong interest in hands-on technology. My early roots in IT were using mainframe and UNIX operating systems, so I've repurposed one of my older iMacs as a Linux sandbox to once again experience the delights of command-line coding.
If I want to go back even further in time, I can blow the dust off of my Kaypro II and boot one of the CP/M programs I still have. I no longer have the Commodore 64 I used in the 80s to access the UO CIS lab, but I can always go down other memory lanes using the Internet Archive resources.
Last Updated: 11/2/2022
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