I have been doing Statistical
Analysis since 1967 and using computers since 1971 .
My first computer was an IBM 360 mainframe at the University of Hawaii, where I was then working on my MSc.: I punched the data from my experimental research and the statistical analysis instructions in cards and submitted them to the Computer Operator for overnight processing. If I was lucky, I got my results the next day. If I was not (if I had made errors in the syntax of the job control cards, for instance), I would have to resubmit the job and wait another day.
From 1971 to 1981, I used various mainframes and mini computers (IBM 360, 370, Amdahls and PDP-11) to process data from my work or research at the University of Hawaii, Peru's Ministry of Food, or the University of Guelph, where i did my PhD work. In the late 70s, instead of punch cards, I started using terminals to communicate (using TSO or CMS) with the mainframes. That was a big progress!.
I started using personal computers in the late 70s, first the Apple II and later the Superbrain. When the Commodore 64 came out in 1982, I bought one and had much fun with it but I soon found it limiting (it had 64 kilobytes of RAM and used a casette tape for data storage!).
In 1984, after much wishful window shopping, I walked into a store and bought an IBM PC-XT. It had 640 KB of ram, a clock speed of 4.77MHz and a huge 10 Megabytes Hard Disk!. I paid a bit over $5000 for this treasure. When I got home with it, my spouse (with whom I had not consulted about the purchase) instructed me curtly that, if I wanted to buy expensive toys, I had to find a way to pay for them. Being the wise man I am, I decide not to argue with a higher authority and instead started a part time career as computer programmer and consultant.
During the next few years, in my spare time, I wrote programs, databases and macro-based spreadsheets for industry (Ontario Nutri labs, Martin Feed Mills, Maple Leaf Mills) and performed computer based statistical consulting for the government (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources). I also trained Faculty and graduate students on graphical and statistical computer applications.
In 1990 I began a full time computer career as MIS Coordinator for Mid Atlantic Medical Services: I migrated their computer systems from stand alone Apples to IBM PCs, set up a Novell network, wrote an on-line ordering and inventory system, and configured and managed a computer based voice response system.
In 1991 I was recruited by the Hoechst Celanese Research Center to work, as a Statistician, performing computer based formula and process optimization using advanced statistical modeling techniques on a VAX mini computer. Shortly thereafter (in 1992), I was retained by L'Oreal's Research and Development Division to manage their computer systems (VAX) and administer their Oracle based Formula and Raw Material databases. I also lead their efforts in computer based formula and process optimization. As the L'Oreal R&D team grew, my duties concentrated more on the computing side: I determined hardware, software and training requirements and selected and purchased the necessary hardware and software. I also trained the users or arranged for their training. I established local area networks (Novell and NT), and later WANs and VPNs. I configured, maintained and supported a variety of hardware and software. Because of the high value of the information stored in the computers (about 400 million dollars), I designed and implemented strict Security Policies to protect it from unauthorized access and a Disaster Recovery plan to recover it in the event of it's being destroyed in a disaster.
In 1999, while still at L'Oreal, I started teaching computer courses at Hudson County Community College as a fun way to spend my free time. I had always enjoyed teaching (I had taught previously to graduate and undergraduate students in Canada) and, when I left L'Oreal in 2001, I became a full time Instructor at HCCC teaching Computer Networks, Database Design, Intro to Computing and MS Office.
In September of 2002, I joined Bergen Communty College as a full time lecturer, and taught courses on Operating Systems, Networking Technologies, Internet Concepts and Applications and Microsoft Office. I left Bergen in January of 2004 to join AT&T Automation Prototype Center and Network Operations Center as a Network Engineer, dealing with wide area network outages and their restoration.
On November of 2004, I joined Rutgers University at Newark where one of my main achievements was the automation of the functioning of their Research Animal Facility. On July of 2012, I became part of Pfizer's World Wide Research & Development - Comparative Medicine, coordinating their Animal Welfare Management System and their System Administration and Bio-Resources section. I retired from Pfizer at the end of 2016. Throughout all of these years, I have continued teaching at HCCC and greatly enjoyed doing it.