Computer Science, U of S - 2001
As a member of the research staff at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in NY I had the benefit of being a student, a researcher, and a teacher for over 20 years. My experience has shown that the three roles are inseparable; each role a stepping stone that permits growth in each area of endeavor.
I have been a life-long student, because research does not take place in a vacuum. It is built on the work of others, whose work I must understand and then expand upon.
As a researcher, I have invented new modes of computer and human interaction, involving handwriting and speech. I have explored new ways to use the technology of the World Wide Web. A good patent teaches one skilled in the art how to recreate and/or use your invention. In the process of examining a patent the examiner must be turned into a student of your technology. The examiner must ensure the patent can be used as a teaching tool for one skilled in the art to use the invention (i.e. patent = syllabus for your technology). Appendix A has a listing of my issued patents.
Finally, being a student or a researcher has little purpose if we do not teach what we have learned or discovered. I have patented my work, produced software products for market, but the achievement I have taken most satisfaction in is teaching. This teaching has rarely occurred in a classroom setting but has involved teaching in the forms of mentoring new researchers, educating my colleagues on new technologies, and formal presentations to customers on applications of technology developed in research. Appendix B lists my most recent presentations.
I believe that as I move to a formal teaching environment I will take the lessons my roles above have taught me to heart:
- Being exposed to a topic by a teacher with enthusiasm (passion), led to discover the concept, but then encouraged to look further on his or her own is essential to the student. This encourages the student to build a conceptual model of the topic that will be a basis for further discovery.
- Being a good student is essential to good research. We are constantly learning from the work of others.
- Disseminating what we have learned through teaching is essential. Patents and papers are limited in their reach. Teaching permits us to contribute to the process that leads to discovery.
My mentor, Dr. Stephen J. Boies, guided me to understand that every person learns at his/her own pace, and specifically by doing. We first met when I was demonstrating a Message Manager system to him. I went through all the capabilities, pushing buttons, and talking non-stop for 10 minutes. I was very pleased in how well and how smoothly I had presented the system. He then told me that he had learned very little, other than to observe my knowledge and understanding of the system. He wanted to develop his own understanding. We then went through the system again, this time with him pushing all the buttons. This lesson stays with me to this day. As a teacher we need to be enthusiastic, but need to listen to the needs of our students, and let them discover the knowledge for themselves.
My hope is to bring my experience to life in the classroom. Through the research and development projects I have participated in, I want to: be able to ground theory in practical applications; to demonstrate that paper and book knowledge have direct applications to both business and research; to expose students to the future of Human Computer Interaction, and to make them into accomplished students, researchers, and teachers.
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- Universal Interaction Project Overview (March 2000)
- JXTA Overview (June 2001)>