Remembering People Who Made a Difference


Walter Gautschi

Before coming to Purdue, Walter Gautschi did postdoctoral work as a Janggen-Pöhn Research Fellow at the National Institute of Applied Mathematics in Rome and at the Harvard Computation Laboratory. He also held positions at the National Bureau of Standards, the American University, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the University of Tennessee. Since coming to Purdue in 1963, he has been a Fulbright Scholar at the Technical University of Munich and has held visiting appointments at the University of Wisconsin, Argonne National Laboratory, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, ETH Zurich, the University of Padova, and the University of Basel. Walter has been a Fulbright Lecturer, an ACM National Lecturer, and a SIAM Visiting Lecturer. He is a foreign member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and the Turin Academy of Sciences.

Mike O'Donnell

Mike O'Donnell received his B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1972 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University in 1976. He was an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Purdue Computer Science Department 1976-1985. Since 1985 he has been Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Association for Computing Machinery, Association for Symbolic Logic, Computer Society of IEEE, Acoustical Society of America, American Physical Society, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, Free Software Foundation, and Who's Who in America.

Herb Schwetman

Herb Schwetman has been a Senior Staff Engineer at Sun Microsystems, in Austin, Texas, since 2001. In 1994, he founded Mesquite Software, Inc. where he served as President. From 1984 to 1994, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Micro-electronics and Computer technology Corporation (MCC). He has been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin since 1984. From 1972 until 1984, he was a Professor of Computer Sciences at Purdue University. Herb received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Austin in 1970. He represented the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) on the Board of Directors of the Winter Simulation Conference from 1990 to 2001. He served as Chair of ACM/SIGMETRICS from 1980 to 1984.

Vincent Shen

Vincent Shen taught at the Purdue Computer Science Department from 1969 to 1985. He joined the Micro-electronics and Computer technology Corp. (MCC), a research consortium supported by 20 major US computer companies, in 1985. Vincent joined the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1990 as Founding Head of the Computer Science Department. He established the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Office in Hong Kong, focusing on Web internationalization issues. He was General Co-Chairman of the Tenth International World Wide Web Conference (WWW10) which was held in Hong Kong in May, 2001.

John Steele

John began with the Purdue Computer Science Department in 1963. He became Associate Director of the Purdue University Computing Center (PUCC) in 1968 and succeeded the late Saul Rosen as the Director in 1988. John is now the Associate Vice President for Emerging Technologies at Purdue. This area will oversee efforts to develop or acquire state-of-the-art computing systems and services to meet specific, high-priority IT needs. One of the first such projects will be to assess wireless data networking needs campus-wide. His research interests are in the areas of computer data communications and computer circuits and systems.

Curt Worsey

Curt Worsey is a Senior Partner in Accenture's Electronics & High Tech (EHT) group, has led its Southern California practice, and manages Accenture's Finance & Performance Management Service Offerings for EHT. Since joining the firm in 1981, he has assisted clients in a multitude of areas including Technology Strategy, the application of new technologies, Finance and Human Resource Operations, Corporate Performance Management Frameworks, and Customer Relationship Management. Curt has focused his activites within the High Tech, Biotech and Aerospace & Defense industries

Buster Dunsmore, Moderator

Buster has been at Purdue since 1978. His research areas include the Internet, the World-Wide Web, Web browsers, Website design and implementation, software engineering, Java, C++, C, JavaScript, and Perl programming, cgi software, object-oriented design and programming, and information systems. He is a 1996 recipient of the Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award for Purdue University. Buster was named an Outstanding Indiana Information Technology Educator in 2001 by the Indiana Information Technology Association (INITA).


Richard Buchi, 1983
Sam Conte, April 6, 1966
Sam Conte, June 14, 1974
Sam Conte
Maurice Halstead, 1979
Bob Lynch, 1988
John Rice, November 28, 1983
John Rice, 1984
Saul Rosen, April 5, 1966
Saul Rosen, April 5, 1966
Saul Rosen, July 30, 1968