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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Spotlight on Associate Editor: Charles M. Shrub

Biographical Sketch for Charles M. Shrub

After a brief sojourn at Cornell University, Dr. Shub spent two years, ten months, and twenty nine days (but who was counting) in the U.S. Army.  His escapades there were recognized by his receipt of the AIR FORCE's outstanding unit award.  He then received a BSEE with high honors from the University of Maryland in 1967 and an MS, also at Maryland, in 1968.  He then served as a three fourths time instructor in Computer Science at the University of Kansas until he finally, at long last, and much to the surprise of his parents earned his Ph. D.  in that discipline in 1974.  For the next five years, he was an assistant and associate professor of Computer Science and (in name only) Electrical Engineering at the University of Wyoming, the nations highest institute of higher education (7200 feet).  While in Laramie, he was elected as the Vice Chairman (a suitable honor for the only member from that state) of ACM's Special Interest Group in Simulation.

In 1979, he moved to Shelburne, Vermont, to campaign in the Lake Champlain yacht racing conference and supported that endeavor as an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Vermont.Tiring of a part time job (and the part time salary that went with it) Dr.  Shub opted in 1982 to seek industrial employment. From 1982 to 1984, (during the breakup of the Bell System) he held a number of positions with Bell Laboratories, American Bell, and A. T. and T. Information Systems working at the same desk for all three companies under the ultimate direction of Judge Green and the F.C.C.  Over a quarter century ago, he returned to academia at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where he supplements his losses on the golf course with his research, committee work, advising, and occasional teaching.

In the prior century, he was punished with a promotion to Full Professor and a 9 month sentence to Iowa City, Iowa, where he learned to overturn sailboats on Lake McBride, discovered the similarities among all Computer Science Departments everywhere, and enjoyed the vagaries of road trips (though not quite in the Belushi tradition) to many diverse yet windy (and even snowy and icy) cities.

Dr. Shub has published a number of papers on the simulation of computer systems and computer science education.  He is also an infrequent contributor to other journals.  His current major research interest is securing funding to pursue his major research interests.  He also has interest in performance modeling and construction of loosely coupled distributed systems.  This week, he is focusing on a variety of application areas including pointwise equivalence of computer programs and dynamic heterogeneous migration.

A ten year veteran of the National Ski Patrol, Dr. Shub is also a member of the International Association of Turtles and the Society for Basic Irreproducible Research. He has been named a fellow of the Society For Computer Simulation, and spent a decade on the steering committee for the National Educational Computing Conference.  At 490 in dog years, he continues to demonstrate his inability to referee youth, high school, and adult soccer matches to the satisfaction of the players, coaches, and attendees. He is survived by three children, Wesley, Sarah, and Jonathan.  He is not now, nor has he ever been affiliated with the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople.

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