My name is Robert Thoelen. I've been a GNU/Linux user since 1996 when I first installed a Slackware distribution. Since then, I've experimented with several GNU/Linux distributions, as well as FreeBSD and OpenBSD. I am a systems/software engineer during the day for a large aerospace company, and at night I help businesses and people with web technologies and administrate several virtual and dedicated servers.
I'm finishing up a Master's Degree in Software Engineering from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. Once I get done with this, I hope to turn my attention to creating some toolkits for GNU Octave, and maybe contribute to the codebase. I have an interest in Software and Systems Engineering, and I think that GNU Octave could really help engineers who can't afford the very expensive and proprietary systems engineering and mathematical programs.