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Q&A with Glenn Weinberg, Class of 1978, currently the VP of Operating Platforms at Sun Microsystems

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 11/18/05 • Contact Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

Q: What was your major at Dartmouth?
German. I am a perfect example of the value of a liberal education. I later earned an MAS in Computer Science from Boston University.

Glenn Weinberg
Glenn Weinberg '78 (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Q: Any specific courses or professors that you remember?
I was extremely privileged to learn operating systems from Tom Kurtz. Kurtz was the co-inventor of the BASIC computing language with John Kemeny, who was president of the College while I was a student.

Steven Sher, who passed away earlier this year, was probably my favorite professor. He had the most influence on my choice to major in German, my interests, and my writing style, and his classes were consistently fun, informative and challenging.

Q: Did you play sports or participate in clubs?
I was a proud member of the Dartmouth College Marching Band, and while I was still living on the East Coast after graduation I returned often to play with the band as an alumnus. I was a terminal room assistant at the now-defunct Kiewit Computation Center, spending uncountable hours there on the computer back in the days when there was only one. I also have fond memories of engaging activities such as bridge and speed chess with my Kiewit buddies.

Q: What do you think Dartmouth will bring to the OpenSolaris Project?
Dartmouth's expertise in Public Key Infrastructure technology is invaluable to the evolution of our secure operating system. We look forward to many new ideas and perspectives from the Dartmouth students to the OpenSolaris project.

Q: Anything else you'd like to add about this partnership?
Beyond the contributions we are anticipating from the Dartmouth students to the OpenSolaris project, we are excited about the introduction of a OpenSolaris-based Operating System course to be included in the graduate level computer science curriculum. This addition will give students the opportunity to learn and innovate in the ground-breaking world of open source development. This collaboration puts Dartmouth in the enviable position of working side-by-side with leading minds in the industry.

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