Short Formal Bio
Jon Weissman is a Professor of Computer Science at the University
of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He leads the Distributed Computing Systems
Group which explores research issues in distributed and mobile systems, cloud computing,
and high performance computing.
Professor Weissman received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the
University of Virginia in 1995 and a B.S in Computer Science from
Carnegie-Mellon in 1984. He is the recipient of a National Science
Foundation CAREER Award (1995) and is a senior member of the IEEE.
I proudly hail from the borough of Queens New York, home of the 1964
Worlds Fair, the Miracle Mets, and the Ramones, where family-owned
businesses still rule the day. My introduction to computers was a PDP
at City College NY accessed through a remote card reader located at my
high school, Francis Lewis. Amazingly, we learned Basic, PL-1, Cobol,
and Fortran. I headed west to CMU to continue this path and spent four
wonderful years there getting a Math/CS degree. After some interesting
time off in industry including a small start-up and a
research-oriented FFRDC in the DC area, I decided to get my Ph.D. at
nearby UVa to pursue a career in academia. Being a Prof is simply the
greatest job one can imagine.
On the boring side, I have a few simple side interests: cycling
(incl. Ragbrai), nordic skiing (incl. Kortelopet, Birkenbeiner soon),
hiking, film (fandor.com), arts (fine art and b/w photography),
mindfulness/meditation, music (jazz and the Current 89.3), cooking,
hoppy craft IPAs, and
sharing these passions with my wife Susan and three daughters, Hannah,
Claire, and Lily.