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Peter TuckerPeter Tucker

Chair, Math & Computer Science Department

300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4664
Fax: 509.777.4512
Office Location: Eric Johnston Science Center 307


Ph.D. OGI School of Science and Technology, Oregon Health and Science University
B.S. Whitworth College

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Computer science; databases; software-design engineering.

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Presentations include: 
co-presented, "A Career Preparation Course for Students in Mathematics and Computer Science," at the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences, Wheaton, Ill. (2009);
"Punctuated Data Streams," at the Eastern Washington University Computer Science Colloquium (2008);
Pierce and Tucker, "A Math/CS Career Prep Course," in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest Section of the Mathematical Association of America, 19-21 June 2008. Download zip file (5MB)
"Endless Data Streams and Queries" at the Spokane IT SIG Alliance (2008);
keynote speaker, "My Road to IT: A Day in the Life of an IT Professional," for the inaugural Future in Computing Seminar (2007);
panel participant, ACM SIGMOD 2006 Life After Graduation Symposium, part of ACM SIGMOD Conference;
program committee member, IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey (2007).


Publications include:
author, "Punctuations," in Encyclopedia of Database Systems, 1, Springer-Verlag (2009);
co-author, "A Career Preparation Course for Students in Mathematics and Computer Science" in the Conference of Association for Christian in the Mathematical Sciences (2009);
co-author of "Using Punctuation Schemes to Characterize Strategies for Querying Over Data Streams" in IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (2007);
"Semantics and Evaluation Techniques for Window Aggregates in Data Streams," Proceedings of ACM SIGMOD Conference;
"Semantics of Data Streams and Operators," Proceedings of Database Theory– ICDT 2005: 10th International Conference;
"Exploiting Punctuation Semantics in Continuous Data Streams" in TKDE Special Issue Online Analysis and Querying of Continuous Data Streams (2003);
"Rowset Persistence in Microsoft Data Access Components," in Microsoft Developer Network News (1998).
Article reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (2008).

Co-investigator of a $587,494 National Science Foundation grant for "NSF Scholars: Training Tomorrows Scientists Today" (2009).

Professional experience:
Consultant in software quality assurance, Next IT, 2009-present
Software-design engineer for Microsoft Corporation, 1991-99.

Innovation in Teaching Award, Whitworth, 2007.