Bryan Higgs, Ph.D.
What turns me on about
teaching at Rivier College is that I am able to learn lots of neat, new
stuff, right along with my students. This semester, for example, I am
teaching a Computer Security course full of fascinating topics, such as
cryptography (which has an amazing history, and is at the same time a very
hot topic), and we are also learning how hackers attack machines with
viruses, worms, and other malicious software. I came to the U.S. from my
native England to earn a Ph.D. in Physics from Yale University. From there,
I spent many happy years in the Database Systems Engineering group at
Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). I also worked at Oracle Corporation
before finally pursuing my dream to teach full-time at the college level. My
major interests are database systems, programming languages (especially Java
and C/C++), and Web development.
Director of the Academic Computing Center
Since 1971, Sr. Martha has been integrally involved with the development of the College's computer systems and with the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. While many today know her as the director of the Academic Computing Center, she was responsible not only for the establishment of the Computer Science Department, but with Sr. Cecile Papineau, she oversaw installation of the first computer on campus in1983. Sr. Martha chaired the Mathematics and Computer Science Department from 1975 to 1992 and taught in the department all these years. She remembers when Rivier's computer lab consisted of one teletype terminal located in a small room and the College shared access to a mainframe computer at Dartmouth College, along with Mount St. Mary College and Notre Dame College. Today, while she admits to missing her time in the classroom, she says that overseeing the Computing Center gives her plenty of opportunity to continue to interact with students. "As long as I can continue to help students," she says, "I'm happy."
Excerpt from "Sr. Martha Villeneuve to celebrate 50th Jubilee" article in the Rivier College Campus Forum, April 2003.
Research, teaching, and photography are three of my passions. My latest
work involves the development of a “bagel-shaped” parachute that NASA
plans to use for landing future space probes on Mars, Venus, Titan,
Europe, and Neptune. After receiving a Ph.D. from Moscow Institute of
Physics & Technology, I developed computer codes for the Russian Space
Shuttle “Buran” before immigrating to the United States. Here, I worked
for Nortel Networks for a time and then joined the Rivier College faculty.
My “joy of discovery” has led me to research in the fields of storage area
networks, embedded system design, direct simulation Monte-Carlo
techniques, complexity code analysis, and numerical methods for aerospace
applications. I am also excited by new technological challenges in the
Computing first became an important part of my life 25 years ago when I
studied computer science at the Politehnica University in my native Rumania.
After completing my master's degree, I researched the automation of
programming or the "what you see is what you get" type of interaction most
people prefer. I pursued a doctorate in computer science jointly with a
master's in college teaching at the University of New Hampshire. There is no
greater professional satisfaction for me than imparting what I know to my
students and partnering with them in learning how computers can serve us in
smarter ways. My current research is in the field of artificial intelligence
and how it is used to diagnose faults in computer networks; to tailor the
assembly of products with too many features; and to manage the storage of
Alberto Moreira, M.S.
I was born and educated in Brazil. I have a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering by the Instituto Militar de Engenharia in Rio, and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Rivier College. I have worked in software development of Operating Systems, Wide Area Networks, and 3D Computer Graphics. I'm currently a Senior Lecturer at the Rivier College Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and I manage the development of kernel debugging and development tools for Compuware Corporation's Nashua Labs. As a senior industry man, I teach because I love to teach, and because I also love to be involved in projects with my students ! When I'm not working, I play classical piano or I go out birding with the NH Audubon Society.
Last time updated:
May 27, 2004