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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