David Alan Grier and Erin Dian Dumbacher

Forward Slash

Forward Slash is a monthly column that incorporates a multimedia format to profile the lives, trials, and accomplishments of the rising generation of computing professionals, describing the challenges they face and the character they draw upon to do their daily work.

David Alan Grier,  an associate professor of international science and technology policy at George Washington University, is a Fellow of IEEE and the author of the forthcoming book The Company We Keep. Contact him at grier@gwu.edu or on Twitter @dagrier.

Erin Dian Dumbacher is an associate director of research at the Government Executive Media Group, a division of Atlantic Media. Contact her at erin.dumbacher@fulbrightmail.org or on Twitter @erin_dian.

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Learning from the Best

It's not all book learning.  When we prepare for life as a professional, we learn by watching, by doing, and by being mentored.  It's a complex process that's not the same for everyone. We wanted to consider whether things have changed -- if the old roles have somehow shifted in the past decade or so.  The setting is certainly different.  And perhaps, so is the way that such relationships have been established.

From Computer's April 2012 issue.

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