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My time as a professor has ended
October 11, 2021 - 3:14 pm
Member Since: January 29, 2017
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I have retired from the University of Miami effective at the end of this semester (Fall 2021). It has been a great ride but it is time for me to move on, and move over for a younger professor to pilot the battleship for a while. My colleague and close friend Dr. Chris Bennett will be taking over as program director and there will be a search for a new faculty member starting very soon. 

In January 2022, I will be working full-time as a software engineer for Audio Media Research (AMR) and with a really amazing crew of colleagues, engineers, and managers, with whom I've been working for the last couple of years as a consultant. 

While working as a professor with "new" programmers (students who have had one or maybe two classes in programming - and that's all), I have tried to make the code in my books, classes, and app notes as approachable and beginner-friendly as possible, though this has come at a stiff price with heavy criticism from the various message boards and Forums, mostly from people who have never taught at the university level - that's too bad. If I published stuff that looks like what I actually work on, new programmers and students would be very frustrated very quickly. And that has been a difficult and unpleasant fence for me to straddle. 

But, that is all in the past now (well, at least after December) and I look forward to going back to industry full-time again.

I will still be maintaining RackAFX and ASPiK and will probably be doing that forever, and I still use RackAFX every day to design C++ objects and test and debug algorithms in my new engineering role. And I use ASPiK to quickly generate plugin versions for beta testers. 

To be honest, I'm having the time of my life nowadays, working on the coolest and most rewarding stuff I've worked on in many years, and looking forward to each new day of problems to solve and math to conquer. As Guido the killer pimp said in Risky Business - "time of your life, kid... time of your life."

Will Pirkle

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