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New Professor Continues Family's Whitworth Tradition

Pete Tucker, a 1991 Whitworth alumnus who worked as a software design engineer at Microsoft for eight years, will join Whitworth this fall as a computer-science professor. Tucker double majored in math and computer science at Whitworth and is completing a Ph.D. in computer science from the OGI School of Science and Technology at Oregon Health and Science University.

Attending or teaching at Whitworth University is a tradition in Tucker's family: his grandfather, Clarence Simpson, taught English at Whitworth from 1953 to 1980, and his parents are alumni, as are Tucker and his wife, Jane, ’92.

"My goal has always been to teach, to focus on preparing students for a career in computer science," Tucker says. "I have experience in industry and in research, so I believe I can help guide students in either direction. Also, the technological progress Whitworth has made in the past 10 years is amazing."

In addition to working as a software design engineer for Microsoft, Tucker was an adjunct professor of computer science at the OGI School of Science and Engineering and at Portland State University.

As a Whitworth professor, Tucker, who specializes in database management, will teach data structures, computer science, and database management.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

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