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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

What's wrong with UMass?

Many — probably most — of my Weston students look down on UMass Amherst. Certainly it’s not the choice of our most successful students. I heard one junior disparaging it to the extent that he would consider his life ruined if he had to go there. Maybe they would change their mind, or at least reconsider, if they read the bio of one of my former Lincoln-Sudbury students. Here are some excerpts:

  • B.S. Physics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (9/84)

  • M.S. Computer and Information Science, University of Massachusetts (5/87)

  • Ph.D. Computer Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne. (7/93)
After obtaining his Doctorate in 1993, he moved back to the States where he worked as Principal Software Engineer for Amerinex A.I. in Amherst Massachusetts. In 1994 he joined the faculty in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department at [University of Maryland Baltimore County]. After working two years for Wigitek Corporation as Vice President of Research and Development, he joined Celera Genomics, of Rockville, Maryland.

Dr. Turner also conducted research in the areas of physics-based character animation and object-oriented software architectures for 3D interaction. He was recipient of a 3-year CAREER award from the NSF for development of the Metis toolkit, and has sponsored several Research Assistants, a Visiting Scholar and a Research Associate working in the areas of virtual reality and interactive physics-based animation.

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